Fantasy Football Playoff Challenge: Don’t Be Afraid To Grab Aaron Rodgers

By Adam McGill
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After a somewhat down year, many people are shying away from Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers in fantasy football playoff challenges this season.

A-Rod still threw for a dominating 4,295 yards and 39 touchdowns this past season, but people were still expecting more from the NFL MVP. In 2011 Rodgers shocked the fantasy community by throwing 4,643 yards and 45 touchdowns, so his numbers were down rather significantly. However, he still is one of the elite fantasy options in the game and should not be overlooked in playoff leagues this season.

The Pack will almost assuredly beat the Minnesota Vikings this time around, especially since the game is at the cold confines of Lambeau Field. The Packers don’t lose many games at home in January, so expect this weekend to be another Winter Classic in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

The Packers also are currently ranked 20th in the NFL running the ball heading into the playoffs, which will cause Rodgers to throw the ball well over 40 times per game. Rodgers will post big numbers in each game he plays in, and luckily for him, he has some of the best receivers in the game.

Star receiver Greg Jennings is finally healthy, as the team’s number one wideout has caught three touchdowns in his last two games alone. Jordy Nelson has maintained the role as the team’s possession receiver and has grabbed 22 touchdowns in his last 28 contests. Additionally the team has superstar flex option, Randall Cobb, to utilize in space and the speedster has become one of A-Rod’s favorite targets to find inside the twenties. All three of which only gives Rodgers more targets to look for.

Rodgers has all the weapons and the experience to go far into the playoffs this year, so don’t be one of the guys who sleeps on him this playoff season. A-Rod will have a couple big games this January and will once again catch some fantasy owners on their heels.

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