The Head Cheese: Why Aaron Rodgers Leads The "Pack" Of Top Fantasy QBs

Dustin MaulContributor IAugust 17, 2010

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 10:  Quarterback Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers drops back to pass during the 2010 NFC wild-card playoff game against  the Arizona Cardinals at the Universtity of Phoenix Stadium on January 10, 2010 in Glendale, Arizona.  The Cardinals defeated the Packers  51-45 in overtime.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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I think that it is safe to say, Aaron Rodgers is a stud. Aaron Rodger's spectacular play over the last couple of years has helped Packer fans forget about Bret Favre.

Aaron Rodger's first snap in 2008 signified the start of a new era in Green Bay, and Rodgers has not disappointed, quickly becoming one of fantasy football's elite quarterbacks.

No one even came close to Aaron Rodgers fantasy scoring numbers last season.

The numbers do not lie, and Aaron Rodgers led his position by a country mile in fantasy scoring  last season. And he was number 2. in 2008, his first full season as a starter.

He finished last season with 4,434 passing yards, 30 touchdowns and a quarterback rating of 103.2, all while tossing only seven interceptions.

Another weapon in Rodgers arsenal: his legs. Aaron Rodgers has rushed for nine (9) touchdowns in two seasons, and rushed for 316 yards in 2009.

Aaron Rodgers has skyrocketed up most fantasy rankings, earning the number one  fantasy quarterback ranking over big names such as Drew Brees, Tom Brady, and Peyton Manning.

In his two years as a starter, Rodgers has been consistently productive. In 2008, Rodgers threw for 4,038 yards with 28 touchdowns. In 2009 he threw for 4,434 yards with 30 touchdowns.

Another thing going in Rodgers favor, his great supporting cast. Donald Driver has proven that age is only a number, still producing at a pro bowl calibre.

Then there is Greg Jennings, who is coming off of his second straight 1,000 yard receiving season and shows no sign of slowing down. Jennings is not a big player, but he is a big play guy who is a threat to score every time he touches the ball.

Don't forget about Jermichael Finley. His major drawback in 2009 was that he did not start until the second half of the season. According to many sources, Finley has finally "got it." Finley is very athletic who has great hands, he is a mismatch for most LBs.

The only knock that critics have on Rodgers is the horrible O-line play in 2009. Last year Rodgers was sacked an unacceptable 50 times! Which tied for the league lead.

Obviously there is a slight risk in taking Rodgers. There is only so much punishment that the body can take before it collapses, no matter how tough the individual. So if the O-line plays as bad as it did last year, there is a risk that Rodgers will be injured.

However, the O-line did play considerably better in the second half of the season, and the fact that A-Rod had a productive season behind a horrid line, makes his stats even that much more impressive.

Injuries could also be put to blame, and now that starters are coming back, and with the drafting of Brian Bulaga, the Packers feel that they have addressed the O-line issues.

All in all, A-Rod is poised to have yet another productive season. He is definitely worth a top 5 pick.