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Andrew Luck delivers huge fantasy day in Colts' loss

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Despite a scoreless first half and a two-score loss, the Colts' quarterback topped 30 fantasy points Sunday. We break down the fantasy implications.

If Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck can ever put up a first half to match his second halves, he'll set all sorts of record. Since the team's Week 8 bye, the Colts have been outscored 114-24 in the first halves of games, but then outscored their opponents 102-71 in the second half. That includes Sunday's game, in which the Colts trailed 14-0 after two quarters, then matched the Cincinnati Bengals score-for-score in the second half, with Luck's production skyrocketing.

Luck threw for 326 yards and four touchdowns Sunday, adding 32 more yards on the ground. He completed two touchdown passes apiece to wide receivers Da'Rick Rogers and LaVon Brazill, the first touchdowns in either receiver's season, and the first ones of Rogers' career.

Fantasy impact: Luck's numbers have flagged in a bad way lately, held down by his rough first-half performances. In his last four games, he's got only two touchdown passes against five interceptions and a fumble, and has averaged only 13.5 fantasy points a game in that time.

Sunday's fantasy production was Luck's best game of the season, topped the 29 he put up against the Denver Broncos in Week 7, and was only the second four-touchdown game of his career, matching a four-touchdown, three-interception performance against the Detroit Lions in Week 13 of last season.

The Colts' repeated first-half struggles have to keep fantasy owners less than enthusiastic, as there is only so much Luck can do after basically punting on half of a game. Still, he's a sure-fire starter at quarterback, even if he's at the back end of the top 10.

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