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3 Fantasy QBs to Consider Drafting Instead of Andrew Luck Following Bone Injury News

Dan Israeli
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Following a report that Indianapolis Colts' quarterback Andrew Luck is dealing with a 'small little bone' injury, according to team owner Jim Irsay, the uncertainty surrounding his Week 1 status has grown. Luck had previously been sidelined at camp with a calf issue.

While Irsay may have downplayed the issue, the fact that Luck is dealing with two injuries this close to the regular season does not inspire a ton of confidence. For fantasy football purposes, Luck is currently projected as the QB4, according to's average draft position (ADP), and the 54th overall pick.

For owners feeling a little squeamish about taking Luck at his lofty ADP, here are three quarterbacks who are all currently going later in drafts that have the potential to match Luck's upside in the 2019 fantasy season.

3. Carson Wentz, Philadelphia Eagles

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While Carson Wentz has also been no stranger to injury in his career, he enters the 2019 season seemingly as healthy as he's been in two years. He is practicing with no restrictions at training camp and may even find himself involved in some preseason action. Wentz enters this season with some new weapons on offense, including a pair of WRs in veteran (and former Eagle) DeSean Jackson and rookie JJ Arcega-Whiteside. When you look at his per-game stats over the past two years, Wentz can easily put up Luck-type numbers over the course of a full, 16-game season. As long as he doesn't run into any injury issues, a career year could be coming for the former No. 2 overall pick out of North Dakota State.

2. Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons

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Matt Ryan is seemingly a veteran who gets no respect every year in fantasy football. Currently projecting as the QB6, according to ADP, you might need to spend a considerably high pick on him, but we're talking about a guy who finished as the QB2 in most scoring formats last season, trailing only Patrick Mahomes. Ryan is as steady as they come in fantasy, and he is supported by arguably the best receiving duo in football between Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley. When you throw in a reliable slot guy like Mohamed Sanu, a solid tight end in Austin Hooper, and the return of Devonta Freeman at running back, the Falcons are an offense with few flaws.

1. Baker Mayfield, Cleveland Browns

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While the first two names on this list offer veteran experience, Baker Mayfield is considerably less proven entering his second NFL season. If you buy the hype, however, Mayfield is one of the league's brightest up-and-coming stars, playing in an offense just as loaded as the Falcons. Baker had an impressive rookie season, which began in Week 3 against the New York Jets when he took over for starter Tyrod Taylor. Throw in one more year of development and the addition of All-Pro WR Odell Beckham Jr., and there are plenty of reasons to drink the Mayfield Kool-Aid in 2019.

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