Sep 4, 2014; Seattle, WA, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) during the game against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field. Seattle defeated Green Bay 36-16. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports
QB Aaron Rodgers
Now, this shouldn’t even be a question; he is by many measures the best QB in the league and at worst still in the top three. Fantasy-wise it is the same exact story, with him being a consensus top-3 QB taken in practically any league this year.
There may be some pessimism and fear based on last week’s sub-par performance against Seattle (under 200 passing yards, two turnovers) and a matchup against a team known for its defensive savvy (N.Y. Jets).
Granted, it isn’t the most desired of opponents on the surface, and with the offensive line issues that have cropped up (Barclay out for year, Tretter out for a couple months, and now Bulaga hurt as well) the Jets’ front seven could cause plenty of issues.
Don’t fall into that pit of despair, however.
A quarterback of Rodgers’ caliber is at the level of greatness separates himself not only through his overall abilities, but his consistent ability to show them every week.
When a player with his skill level has a bad game, they almost always recover with a strong performance. With that in mind, even if he was facing Seattle or San Francisco again this week it would be prudent to expect a bounce-back from him.
The Jets, while they do have the aforementioned strength up front and a defensive mastermind in Rex Ryan running the show, are going to be vulnerable in the secondary.
They have a couple players with first round pedigree (CB Dee Milliner, S Calvin Pryor), but are overall very young, inexperienced and able to be exploited. Expect Rodgers to take advantage and put up a big game and remind everyone of his eliteness yet again.
Verdict: Definite Start
Prediction: 300+ yards, 2 TDs, 0 INTs