What to expect from Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers in fantasy football next season.
The Packers have already made a big change this offseason, bringing in Matt LaFleur as the new head coach.
Will Rodgers once again be among the highest-scoring QBs in 2019?
How Rodgers finished in 2018
Statistically, it was another great season for Rodgers. He finished 2018 with 4,442 passing yards (second-most in his career). While he threw less touchdown passes than many expected in a 16-game season (25), he only threw two interceptions all season long (a career-best).
His rushing numbers were perhaps down a little, but not much considering he was dealing with a knee injury for most of the season. Rodgers finished the season with 269 rushing yards and two touchdowns.
Importantly, both of those rushing touchdowns came in Week 16. If you had Rodgers on your team and made it to the championship game, there’s a good chance he helped you win. That afternoon, Rodgers threw for 442 yards and two touchdowns, along with two rushing TDs.
Overall, Rodgers finished as the QB4 in standard scoring, according to FantasyPros. That’s not bad at all, but considering he was likely the top quarterback taken in most leagues, and with a high draft pick too, this was a little disappointing.
What to expect in 2019
There’s no reason why Rodgers won’t once again be one of the top-scoring quarterbacks in fantasy football. With a new offense, I have confidence Rodgers will play much closer to his MVP-best than in 2018.
The key is to stay healthy — a collarbone injury cost Rodgers nine games two years ago, and this past season he played through injury in many games.
Personally, I’m not a fan of using a high draft pick on a quarterback. There are so many QBs available either late in the draft or on the waiver wire that you can start. It’s always possible to stream at the position, too.
According to Fantasy Football Calculator, his current ADP still has him being selected in the fourth round, which is early. Considering you could potentially select Baker Mayfield in the ninth round, Ben Roethlisberger in the 11th round or just wait until the final round and stream at the position, I’d pass on any QB in the early rounds. That includes Patrick Mahomes, Deshaun Watson and Andrew Luck.
That said, if your draft strategy is to pick a QB early, Rodgers could be the player to target. While Mahomes will likely be the top QB off the board in many leagues, you could possibly draft Rodgers a round or two later.