Two games into the NFL season and Aaron Rodgers hasn't played lights out, not even close to it. If you picked Rodgers for your fantasy team, you most likely used a first round pick on the QB.
That's a big investment with little return to show for it as of now.
Currently Andrew Luck and even Matt Cassell have more passing yards than the Packers' MVP QB. Matt Ryan has the same amount of TD passes in one less game played. Depending on your league, Robert Griffin has double the points of Rodgers.
As someone who drafted Rodgers in the first round, I'm not too worried. The Pack played the best defense in the league Week 1 - the 49ers. If there is one team in the league your offensive player can get a pass for bad performance on, it's San Francisco.
Now the second game is where I have a problem. I don't know (well I do - revenues) why the NFL feels it's ok to have a team play on Sunday of Week 1 then play on Thursday night of Week 2? Seems brutal and unfair.
This isn't a typical "short week," this is after the first real game of the season. The game was 3 days after the first time players played a full 60 minute game. Against division rivals nonetheless. Terrible scheduling in my opinion.
I grew up in the mid-west, and watched Bears-Packers NFC Central games my entire life. Thursday's game was a throwback to those classics, and I think fatigue from the short week hurt both teams. Cutler and Rodgers both looked like D2 college QBs, and neither offense was inspiring.
Factor in the lack of Greg Jennings, and Rodgers drab performance doesn't seem so out of place. Fatigue, tough division opponent, and no number one receiver - never a good recipe for quarterback success.
Two games against two of the best defenses in the league, a short week, and lacking his number one receiver. These are conditions that have hampered Rodgers fantasy performance.
Do I think Rodgers will bounce back - 100% yes I do. Look at his schedule after next week at Seattle:
Wk 4: vs N.O.
Wk 5: @ IND
Wk 6: @ HOU
Wk 7: @ STL
Wk 8: vs JAC
Wk 9: vs ARI
Going forward Jennings will be back, the schedule gets much better, and Rodgers will bring some rushing TD's to add to his value.
If you're in the market for a QB, it is my recommendation you pursue trading for Rodgers now. Given his poor performance recently, this is the cheapest you'll ever be able to get the MVP & Super Bowl winning QB.
If you can offer a over-performing QB (think Carson Palmer) and a flex player for Rodgers -and it's accepted, you'll be laughing all the way to the fantasy bowl. Take advantage of lack of patience some owners possess.
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