Is Aaron Rodgers Still the Top Fantasy Football Option?

By Jeric Griffin
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After half a decade of fantasy football domination, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was topped by not only one but two other fantasy football quarterbacks in 2012. So the question on everyone’s mind is this: Is Rodgers no longer the consensus No. 1 overall pick?

The answer is both yes and no.

Rodgers should be the top quarterback taken in every single fantasy football draft in the world. Period.

Now, does that mean he should always be the No. 1 overall pick in every draft? Not exactly.

For example, if Adrian Peterson rushes for 2,000 yards again (which is very likely considering who he is and the injury he overcame to have his best season yet in 2012) then you should take him with the No. 1 overall pick.

The reason is simple: if you can get a guy like Peterson as your top overall player and still land a quarterback like, say, Peyton Manning in the second round, that should be your strategy.

Sure, it’s great to pick up a guy like Rodgers because you’re guaranteed a big game every week, but stud quarterbacks are no longer a rarity in fantasy football, but elite running backs are becoming more and more scarce. So although all your friends will be picking quarterbacks early, don’t do it if a guy like Peterson is still on the board.

How do you justify passing up a top three overall fantasy football scorer, you ask? Because two players of Stud 1-B status outweigh the combination of a Stud 1-A player and a second-stringer. For example, if you land Peterson and Manning, I’ll bet my house that you beat a team with Rodgers and Frank Gore.

See what I’m saying? Two B-players don’t always equal one A and one C player. In fact, the duo of B players will come out on top nine times out of ten. Don’t believe me? Pass on Peterson in your 2013 fantasy football draft and let me know how your season turns out.

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