EDITOR'S NOTE: OUR SUPERCOMPUTER beardog IS NOT Big ON Aaron Rodgers for next year and we trust that. But here is the counterargument:
Opposing NFL defenses took it on the chin from Aaron Rodgers during the 2011 regular season. Rodgers shredded NFL safeties and cornerbacks to the tune of 4643 yards, 45 TDs and 122.5 rating. He threw only 6 interceptions. He was the MVP and seemed poised for back-to-back Super Bowls. Then it happened.
The bye happened.
The Packers had the #1 seed and a first-round bye headed into their playoff match-up with the Giants. However, Aaron Rodgers had not thrown in a game in three weeks headed into that game. Keep in mind that he took off Week 17 against the Detroit Lions. That was the same game in which Matt Flynn torched the Lions and earned himself a great deal of money. Against the Giants, It was clear that Aaron Rodgers did not connect with his receivers in the same manner that he did during the regular season. Thus, the Packer’s season came to an abrupt conclusion.
This is the exact reason why Aaron Rodgers could be the #1 pick in fantasy football draft boards. Aaron Rodgers was second to Drew Brees in terms of fantasy points among quarterbacks. However, Drew Brees had an abnormally high number of passing yardage and touchdowns. One cannot expect him to duplicate the same success without Sean Payton.
On the other hand, Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers will play with a huge chip on their shoulder this season. Thus, fantasy owners can expect a focused and motivated Aaron Rodgers every week. This will translate into on-field success for the Packers and possible fantasy football championships for fantasy owners. As long as Aaron Rodgers continues to have his full complement in terms of receivers and tight ends, he will hold the top spot. I Aaron Rodgers could win a second MVP award this season and that he will spearhead fantasy owners to success as well.