Aaron Rodgers was a disappointment in 2018, but he has the chance to be among the best rebound candidates this year. He's worth drafting as one of the top three quarterbacks with Patrick Mahomes and Andrew Luck as early as Round 3, and it would not be a surprise to see Rodgers finish as the best Fantasy quarterback this season. In 2018, Rodgers struggled and finished as the No. 9 Fantasy quarterback with 4,442 passing yards, 25 touchdowns and two interceptions, as well as 269 rushing yards and two touchdowns. It's the fewest touchdown passes he's ever thrown while playing in at least 15 games. But he had a legitimate excuse for his struggles. Rodgers revealed in April that he played last season on a sprained left knee, as well as a broken leg. He suffered the injury in the first half of Week 1 against Chicago, which was diagnosed as a tibial plateau fracture and sprained MCL. Still, he was out there every week, but he scored at least 20 Fantasy points just nine times -- and only had more than 25 points five times. That's not why you draft Rodgers. You draft Rodgers for 30-plus Fantasy points on a regular basis, and hopefully that happens this season, especially with a new coach in Matt LaFleur. Don't be afraid to buy back in on Rodgers in 2019.
Rodgers won't play in Thursday's preseason game against the Raiders. Rodgers is one of 33 Green Bay players not playing Thursday, a list that also includes Davante Adams, Aaron Jones, Jamaal Williams and Jimmy Graham. Rodgers' next chance to suit up will likely arrive in Week 1 of the regular season.
Rodgers (back) is suited up for Thursday's preseason matchup with the Raiders, Jim Owczarski of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. Just because Rodgers is suited up does not necessarily mean he will play, particularly with concerns about the field conditions in Winnipeg, but he will at least have a chance to see his first action of the preseason. The Packers figure to reveal whether or not Rodgers will ultimately take the field before kickoff, which is schedule for 8:00 ET.
Rodgers' (back) availability for Thursday's preseason game against the Raiders in Winnipeg has yet to be determined, Matt Schneidman of The Athletic reports. Rodgers indicated Monday that he no longer has any issues with the back, so there's a chance he will make an appearance Thursday. Even if he does, there's a good chance it wouldn't last beyond a few series as he looks to preserve his good health for the start of the regular season.
Rodgers (back) was limited during Monday's practice and did not suit up with the first team, Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. Rodgers was held out of practice over the weekend due to back tightness, after having been a late scratch for last Thursday's preseason game against the Ravens. The veteran signal-caller returned to practice Monday and appears to have participated in a limited capacity as the Packers take a cautious approach to his recovery. Though Rodgers is on track to suit up for Thursday's preseason tilt against the Raiders, according to Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com, the extent of his participation throughout the week will be worth monitoring.
Rodgers (back) returned to practice Monday, Ryan Wood of the Green Bay Press-Gazette reports. A late scratch for Thursday's preseason loss to Baltimore, the 35-year-old quarterback then was held out of practice over the weekend. His return Monday supports a statement from GM Brian Gutekunst, who said Rodgers is expected to play in Thursday's exhibition against the Raiders. Coach Matt LaFleur suggested Rodgers would've played through the back tightness last week if it had been the regular season instead of the preseason.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|8||10/28||@Kansas City Chiefs||23||21.67|
|9||11/03||@Los Angeles Chargers||8||16.89|
|12||11/24||@San Francisco 49ers||29||22.88|
|13||12/01||@New York Giants||13||18.75|
|3 Year Avg||64.1||3515||27||5||255||2||327|