Sadly, we can't call Aaron Rogers a sure-fire top 12 Fantasy Football quarterback anymore. We might not even call Rodgers a Packers quarterback much longer after the team drafted first-round pick Jordan Love. Green Bay has become more run-focused under coach Matt LaFleur, giving a lot of work to Aaron Jones near the goal-line last year and drafting a physical goal-line back in the draft this April. It has left Rodgers grasping for stats - he has just 27 total touchdowns in 2018 and 2019 despite having the second-most pass attempts inside the 10-yard line in 2019. There would be optimism for improvement if the Packers receiving corps was deeper, but the guys behind Davante Adams don't really inspire confidence. It also kind of stinks that Rodgers' completion rate has faded to roughly 62% since 2018, which is 37th best among passers with at least 100 pass attempts (Mitchell Trubisky had a higher rate). If you're going to draft Rodgers, do it with a middle- to late-round pick and pair him with a young passer with upside (Joe Burrow? Daniel Jones?) with one or two picks later.
Talking to the media late Thursday night, Packers GM Brian Gutekunst said he hadn't spoken with Rodgers about the team's decision to use a first-round pick on fellow quarterback Jordan Love, Olivia Reiner of The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. Rodgers likely was hoping for a draft pick that would help him win games in 2020. Instead, he saw the Packers draft his potential successor at No. 26 overall, though Gutekunst believes it's too early to say that Love will eventually replace Rodgers, Ryan Wood of the Green Bay Press-Gazette reports. There's an obvious disconnect between the words and the actions, so this should be an ongoing storyline throughout spring and summer. Rodgers has four seasons remaining on his contract, and while the deal technically doesn't contain any guaranteed money beyond 2020, the fact that his compensation has largely come in the form of bonuses means a trade or release before 2023 would leave Green Bay with a big dead-cap hit. It also means he has reasonable base salaries by high-end QB standards, which could be useful if the time ever comes when the Packers are willing to trade the future Hall of Famer.
Rodgers completed 31 of 39 passes for 326 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions during the Packers' 37-20 loss to the 49ers in Sunday's NFC Championship Game. He also netted zero yards on his sole rush and committed three fumbles, losing one. Rodgers' final numbers were more than acceptable from a fantasy perspective, but they were largely the byproduct of a game script that called for the Packers to consistently put the ball up throughout the second half in response to a 27-0 halftime deficit. The 36-year-old signal caller made do with the thin receiving corps he was saddled with this past regular season, one that had no consistently viable second option behind Adams. Despite the disappointing conclusion to the season and personnel-related shortcomings, Rodgers generated a stellar 26:4 TD:INT and just managed to eclipse the 4,000-yard mark (4,002) for the second consecutive campaign. He'll look to lead the Packers back to the postseason in 2020 while working with what should be a revamped pass-catching arsenal.
Rodgers completed 16 of 27 pass attempts for 243 yards and two touchdowns during Sunday's 28-23 divisional-round win over the Seahawks. Rodgers completed just 59 percent of his pass attempts, but he averaged a healthy 9.0 yards per attempt thanks to some big gains through the air. The majority of his damage was done when targeting Davante Adams, who piled up 160 yards while reaching the end zone in the first and third quarters. Rodgers could be busier in next week's NFC Championship Game against the 49ers, but he could face a tough task against one of the league's best defensive units.
Rodgers completed 27 of 55 pass attempts for 323 yards, two touchdowns and one interception in the team's Week 17 victory over Detroit. Rodgers and the Packers got off to a slow start, falling behind the Lions by a score of 17-3. However, the veteran quarterback threw for 233 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the second half to earn a dramatic, last-second win. Though Rodgers appears unlikely to ever replicate his 40-touchdown campaigns, he closed the regular season with a pristine 26:4 TD:INT ratio and surpassed 4,000 passing yards for the third time in his last four seasons. Beyond individual statistics, he also led the Packers to the second seed in the NFC, giving them a bye during wild-card weekend.
Rodgers completed 26 of 40 passes for 216 yards with no touchdowns and one interception in the Packers' 23-10 win over the Vikings on Monday night. He also netted minus-3 yards on his three rushes and completed a two-point conversion pass. Rodgers had another underwhelming night from a fantasy perspective, but of overriding importance was the fact he helped the Packers clinch the NFC North crown and remain alive for the NFC's No. 1 seed in the process. Rodgers failed to throw a touchdown pass for the third time in 2019 -- although he did have a scoring throw in the form of a two-point conversion pass to Geronimo Allison -- but he extended his interception-less streak to nine games despite a season-low 48.5 percent completion rate. Rodgers will now look to help Green Bay stay in the hunt for the NFC's top seed, or at least lock up a first-round bye, in an early-window Week 17 divisional matchup against the Lions.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|3||09/28||@New Orleans Saints||20||20.18|
|6||10/18||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||23||22.13|
|9||11/06||@San Francisco 49ers||15||18.00|
|3 Year Avg||62.6||3373||22||4||193||1||281|