I started research for my fantasy football rankings in June, and what I found on some major websites astounded me. Aaron Rodgers was ranked sixth behind (in order) Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Peyton Manning, Phillip Rivers, and Kurt Warner. Excuse me? Well, that was June. Then came July, and now August, and the rankings have not budged. Do these fantasy football prognosticators know anything about fantasy football?
At the end of 2008, Aaron Rodgers ranked second in fantasy points, only surpassed by Drew Brees. Rodgers was followed (in order) by Jay Cutler, Kurt Warner, Phillip Rivers, Peyton Manning, Matt Cassel, Donovan McNabb, and then the rest.
Aaron Rodgers threw for 4,038 yards and 28 touchdowns during his first year as a starter (2008), despite the Green Bay Packers woeful 6 and 10 record. He has a myriad of receiving threats in 2009 including Donald Driver, Greg Jennings, James Jones, Jordy Nelson, Donald Lee, and Jermichael Finley. Rodgers should reach the coveted 300 yard mark more often than not, and his interception numbers should decrease this season because his offensive line is finally stable, which should also reduce the amount of sacks.
Through three preseason games, Rodgers is 27-of-38 for 458 yards and six touchdowns. As seen below, he leads the NFL in quarterback rating.
QB ratings for 2009 preseason:
Tom Brady 106.0
Drew Brees 114.2
Matt Cassel 78.4 (2 games)
Jay Cutler 74.3
Peyton Manning 110.1
Donovan McNabb 100.2
Phillip Rivers 104.2
Aaron Rodgers 151.1
Kurt Warner 57.5
For those of you wise enough to pick up Rodgers in your fantasy football draft, kudos to you! You will not be disappointed. To those pundits who have Rodgers ranked as the sixth best QB (or worse), better brush up on what constitutes a stud fantasy football quarterback – because Aaron Rodgers is one!