The big question heading into the 2010 season was if Aaron Rodgers could repeat his Pro Bowl performance from a year ago. The answer: Hell Yes!
In fact, Rodgers even managed to improve upon it in a couple ways, with the most obvious one, of course, being that he led his team to a 31-26 Super Bowl victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers while winning the game’s MVP honors in the process.
Though the other aspects Rodgers would surpass in 2010 may not have been as high-profile as his playoff run, witnessing an uptick in his yards per passing attempt while simultaneously seeing his sacks plummet were just as instrumental to his overall campaign as his final feat and shouldn’t be overlooked.
As for how he did from a fantasy perspective, the same assessment applies. Once again, Aaron “It Out” led all QBs in fantasy points by throwing for 3,922 yards and 28 passing TDs while adding another 356 yards and four TDs on the ground.
What made his No. 1 ranking so special, however, is that he was able to accomplish it in just 14.5 games (left the Week 14 game before halftime with a concussion, missed Week 15), and though his 21.9 fantasy points per game turned out to be a half-point less than what he put up in 2009, it was still second in the league next to Mike Vick (27.2 points/game in 12 games).
Since Green Bay decided to pony up for WR James Jones, it looks like the Packers offense will remain intact for the 2011 season.
Actually, with the return of TE Jermichael Finley and RB Ryan Grant, along with the emergence of RB James Starks and drafting of WR Randall Cobb, I’d have to say it’s almost a given Rodgers will put up better numbers this season than he did the last.
With 2010 seeing Aaron amass five 300-yard games and five more with 3+ touchdown passes (eight if you include the playoffs), Rodgers simply has to be my first QB off the board in 2011 fantasy drafts.