Why Aaron Rodgers Should Be the First QB Taken in Fantasy Drafts This Year

Jake WinieckiCorrespondent IIIAugust 10, 2011

Why Aaron Rodgers Should Be the First QB Taken in Fantasy Drafts This Year

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    It's around that time of year where everyone is starting to draft for their fantasy football leagues.  In fact, I have a draft tonight.  Getting Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers will be one of my first priorities and should be yours as well.

    Rodgers is without question one of the best in the game.  I think we all saw that—and then some—this past post season.

    There has been a lot of hype about Michael Vick in the fantasy world, and the usual feelings about guys like Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Drew Brees and Philip Rivers, but I am about to tell you why Aaron Rodgers—from a fantasy football stand point—is head and shoulders above them all.

    Please feel free to comment and share your thoughts on who the best fantasy QBs are this season.  Hope you enjoy!

5. He's Been Top Three Every Season as a Starter

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    This past season, Aaron Rodgers finished third in the NFL in total fantasy points.  Had he not missed a game and a half due to a concussion, he would have likely finished first.  In 2009 he finished first.  In 2008, his first season as a starter, he also finished first among fantasy scorers.

    He is a near lock to finish in the top five if not top one or two.

4. He's Still Improving

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    As we saw in the playoffs this past year, Rodgers' potential is just starting to get tapped.  There is no reason to think that he won't be as good statistically this season as he's been in the past.

    Rodgers should continue to improve this season and reach the next stratosphere of his abilities.

3. His Weapons

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    The Packers have a lot of weapons for Aaron Rodgers to take advantage of this season. Greg Jennings, Donald Driver, James Jones, Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb, Jermichael Finley, Andrew Quarless, D.J. Williams, Ryan Grant and James Starks to name a few.

    This offense could be near unstoppable this season and should be among the best, if not THE best in the entire NFL.

    With those kind of targets Aaron Rodgers should have no trouble putting up big numbers in 2011.

2. Running Ability

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    Now Rodgers may not be Michael Vick when it comes to running with the ball, but he is much better than pretty much every other QB in the league.

    His passing stats are as good if not better than other elite guys like Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Philip Rivers, Drew Brees and Tony Romo, but his rushing stats blow them away.

    Rodgers has rushed for 207, 316 and 356 yards in the last three seasons.  He has also added four, five and four rushing TDs in those years.  That is a lot off added points that help put him over the top in fantasy football leagues.

1. He's Aaron Rodgers

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    Everyone saw what he did in the Super Bowl, and many people saw his 31-for-36, 366 yard, three passing TDs and a rushing TD performance against Atlanta in the playoffs.  The guy knows how to get it done.

    Like I said before, he's just starting to tap into his potential and could absolutely explode this season. 

    He is already projected almost 30 points above the next best player in fantasy football by ESPN.com and those projections were pretty low in my opinion.

    If you can, take Aaron Rodgers in your fantasy draft this year.  That is, if you want to win.