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One of the biggest questions in fantasy football this season surrounds the impact of Aaron Rodgers in his first stint as the starter in Green Bay. After all, he’s replacing a legend in Brett Favre and now holds the keys to what could be one of the league’s most talented offenses.
So far, all reports on the former first-round pick have been extremely positive.
Rodgers has shown terrific arm strength, and has even drawn comparisons to Favre in that department. He has also looked very comfortable at the helm of the offense in offseason workouts. That shouldn’t be much of a shock, though, as Rodgers spent three seasons learning behind one of the greatest quarterbacks to ever strap on a helmet and shoulder pads.
That could be the greatest intangible in the determination of Rodgers’ value in the world of fantasy football.
Remember, Rodgers was considered for the first overall selection in the 2005 NFL Draft before Alex Smith went to San Francisco. Three seasons later, would the 49ers make the same decision?
One thing is for certain. Rodgers will be taken ahead of Smith in almost all fantasy drafts this season.
Rodgers has immense weapons in Ryan Grant, Donald Driver, Greg Jennings, James Jones and Donald Lee, not to mention one of the best offensive lines in the NFL. He also looked terrific in relief of Favre in an important contest in Dallas last season, throwing for 201 yards and one touchdown in a 37-27 loss. But despite his lack of playing time, Rodgers has been prone to injuries.
In fact, he has sustained serious foot and hamstring injuries that have caused him to miss significant time while behind Favre on the depth chart.
All the intangibles are there for Rodgers to meet expectations, both for the Packers and fantasy owners. He’s learned from one of the best in Favre, has a loaded offense at his disposal and should receive more than adequate protection from his line. The team could also use more spread formations this season, so Rodgers will have a chance to post attractive stat lines.
He won’t finish with Favre-like numbers. But if he can avoid injuries, Rodgers should emerge as a nice No. 2 fantasy quarterback and starter against favorable opponents.