Most every Fantasy owner will view Aaron Rodgers as one of the best quarterbacks in Fantasy. Running off his statistics year over year might be what you'd expect to read, but there's only one thing to admire. Playing all of last season without stud receiver Jordy Nelson, with a sagging receiving corps and with less-than-desired completion percentages and passing averages, Rodgers had nine games with at least 22 Fantasy points and finished as the seventh-best Fantasy quarterback. That should be a testament to how good Rodgers is. With a favorable slate of opponents in front of him and his top receiver ready to play (along with new tight end Jared Cook), Rodgers should be in great position to have one of his best seasons yet. So when to draft him? Many Fantasy owners will consider him Round 1 material. If someone else in your league takes him that early, that's fine - there are other passers to chase later on in drafts. But if you get to late Round 2 or later and Rodgers is still there, grab him. In two-quarterback leagues he's worth taking No. 1 overall.
Rodgers (rest) will play in Friday's Week 3 matchup against the 49ers, Bob Holtzman of ESPN reports. Rodgers has not played yet this preseason, as the Packers have opted to keep their star quarterback off the field in exhibition games. However, Rodgers will play Friday, but he is not expected to play more than one quarter. Head coach Mike McCarthey is likely looking to simply get Rodgers some game reps prior to the regular season.
Rodgers seems likely to play in Friday's preseason game against the 49ers, ESPN's Rob Demovsky reports. Rodgers was seen in practice taking all the snaps with the Packers' starting offense, which is a change after he worked with the scout team during the first two weeks of the preseason, when he sat out both of Green Bay's games. Since Rodgers will probably also be rested for the team's preseason finale, Friday's contest likely represents his lone opportunity to get some game action under his belt before the regular season, so his involvement with the starters in practice certainly seems to suggest he's preparing for just that.
The Packers will not play Aaron Rodgers (rest) in Thursday's matchup with the Raiders. This will be the second consecutive preseason game missed for Rodgers. The move is unsurprising as head coach Mike McCarthy appeared to be leaning in this direction during the week. The Packers are clearly favoring Rodgers' health over the need for preseason snaps. Historically, teams tend to play their starters the longest in Week 3 of the preseason, so that may be the only time we get to see Rodgers in action prior to the season.
Rodgers' status for Thursday's preseason game against the Raiders remains unclear, ESPN's Rob Demovsky reports. Rodgers sat out the Packers' preseason game Friday, and as of now, it's uncertain whether coach Mike McCarthy will have him play in this week's subsequent exhibition. McCarthy indicated Monday that Rodgers' status will be influenced by which offensive linemen ultimately play, thus ensuring any risk is as minimal as possible. Rodgers obviously doesn't need many preseason snaps to be prepared for Week 1, so it's really just a matter of when those snaps will come in Green Bay's remaining preseason slate.
Rodgers isn't expected to suit up for Friday's preseason game against the Browns, Jason Wilde of ESPN.com reports. During the final practice open to the media prior to Friday, Rodgers directed the scout-team offense, which is the clearest indication that the Packers won't risk any hits for at least another week. If he follows his preseason reps from the past three seasons, he'll take the field two times and total about 5-to-6 series in advance of the regular season. With Brett Hundley (ankle) still tending to an ankle injury, Joe Callahan and Marquise Williams will be under center for the exhibition.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|5||10/10||New York Giants||31||24.56|
|3 Year Avg||63.8||3579||29||6||244||1||345|