There’s going to be a long conversation during the offseason about whether Aaron Rodgers deserves to be the No. 1 pick in fantasy drafts. We will save that for another day. This is what we can say about him right now: Nobody offers more hope for fantasy owners (or discomfort if you’re facing him) than Rodgers playing on Monday night.
Take, for instance, our current producer on the Dave Dameshek Football Program. TD “Black Tie” St. Matthew-Daniel had a 28-point lead over Tom Brady (our boss, not the Patriots quarterback, and yes, that’s his name). The thing is, Brady had Rodgers. And this is where it gets interesting. If you are holding Jason Avant and chasing 28-points, you don’t have a shot. I would even say that you don’t have much of a shot with the majority of NFL quarterbacks. The last time a quarterback other than Rodgers topped 28 points was Drew Brees in Week 7 (33 points), and before that you have to go back to Week 4.
But even then, leading by 28, Black Tie felt like he had already lost because — as I explained on NFL Fantasy Live — the Packers never stop throwing the ball. And on Monday night, they didn’t. Rodgers ended up with 28.10 points, leaving TD to take a loss — and many gloating IMs — by .10. (We can rant about fractional points later.)
I imagine Rodgers will end up causing more people to quit fantasy football than keep them around. Take my friend Momma Dina, who had a 31-point lead over a team that had Rodgers and Greg Jennings. She asked me on Twitter Monday afternoon if she had a chance. On Tuesday morning, she’s already cleaning house on her team, partly because of Michael Vick. Make that mostly because of Vick. If she ended up with Rodgers instead of Vick, she would be having the time of her life in fantasy.
So let’s hold a therapy session for those of you who have lost to Rodgers, not just this week but over the past several weeks. There is nothing more I can say that will help you, but I will let you know that it feels better to get it out. Consider this one great, big therapy couch, and the rest of us are here to help.
Let it out, you will feel better when you do.