October 4, 2015; Santa Clara, CA, USA; Green Bay Packers tight endRichard Rodgers
(82) is tackled by San Francisco 49ers cornerbackKenneth Acker
(20) during the third quarter at Levi
Rodgers – 2 catches, 16 receiving yards; 1.60 fantasy points
Perillo – 1 catch, 6 yards; 0.60 fantasy points
Backman – 0 catch, 0 yards; 0.00 fantasy points
In terms of production, this spot is a weakness — both in real life and fantasy.
Richard Rodgers has actually been the #1 tight end all year even when Andrew Quarless wasn’t hurt, but it may be taking a toll on him.
He’s been a consistent #3 or #4 passing option most weeks in terms of targets, but he rarely breaks tackles and has been very quick to go down and drop passes lately.
He’s also been taking over 90% of the tight end snaps since Quarless went down, so his waning production may be connected to that.
There has been talk out of Packerland about maybe getting those guys behind him more involved to lighten his load, hopefully to keep him fresher.
Even if that works, he’s likely not going to do much. He doesn’t break away from coverage all that well, which won’t work too great against the best coverage linebacker duo in the league (Kuechly and Davis). He hasn’t been nearly the red-zone threat he seems like he should be.
A few catches isn’t out of the question, but you likely can get more production from another guy.
The backups may grab a few between them too, but I don’t think it’d be smart to expect much from either by any stretch.
Week 9 Predictions:
Rodgers – 3 catch, 35 receiving yards; 3.50 fantasy points
Perillo – 2 catch, 25 yards; 2.50 fantasy points
Backman – 1 catch, 5 yards; 0.50 fantasy points
Verdicts: Low Floor, Lower Ceiling (Rodgers), Giving Breathers (Perillo), Picking Up Snap Scraps (Backman)
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