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33 red zone passing TDs for Andrew Luck, only second to Patrick Mahomes’ 35. That’s a lot of TDs to go around, and remember, Luck wasn’t even throwing footballs at this time last year; he actually has an offseason to improve and build rapport with his guys. The next highest red zone TD total was Russell Wilson with 24 TDs. Luck was also only second to Patrick Mahomes in passing TDs inside the 10. He had the third most attempts inside the 10 and third most inside the 20.

Eric Ebron got 11 of those red zone TDs, and had 21 of Luck’s 99 red zone targets. TY Hilton had 17 red zone targets, and the rest was pretty spread out, so there’s definitely room for a third option, even taking a bit away from Ebron.

Remember, Ebron wasn’t even a proven red zone asset when he got to the Colts, and Luck was able to make him relevant. Funchess had a 30.8 TD% in the red zone, which is 16th among WRs since 2015, according to Nat Newell of the Indy Star, so Luck will be working with someone who has proved that he can be successful in the red zone, even with a less accurate QB in Cam Newton. If the WR2 is reliable in the red zone, Luck will find them; Donte Moncrief was that guy, and caught a TD in 7 of 9 games played in 2016.

Funchess will definitely be more valuable in standard and 0.5 PPR leagues, as he probably won’t be a target hog and be as valuable between the 20s, but depending on his ADP come August, he can still be a value regardless of format. Do you believe Luck can make him a consistent WR3? Let me know 👇👇