2013 Fantasy Football: Aaron Rodgers’ Injury Creates Great Buy Low Opportunity On Packers

By Dustin Manko

Aaron Rodgers
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When Aaron Rodgers went down on the first series of the Monday night game, Green Bay Packers fans and fantasy football owners of Rodgers alike held their collective breaths. Owners of the wide receivers became concerned, while owners of Eddie Lacy have benefited as Lacy is sure to have an increased role during Rodgers’ absence. While the Packers have been vague about the specifics of severity of the injury, one thing is for sure, it has created a potentially great buy low opportunity for multiple Packer players.

Initial reports are that Rodgers is week to week and could be out four to six weeks. Seneca Wallace did a good job of managing the game, but obviously is a significant downgrade on Rodgers for the Packers receiving corps. With as well as Lacy is playing, it would make sense for the Packers offense to essentially run through him until Rodgers can return.

Right now the savvy fantasy owner will do a quick recon mission to see who in their league has not only Rodgers, but Jordy Nelson and James Jones as well. If the owner of those players is low in the standings, they might not have the depth or the luxury to wait multiple weeks for one of their top tier players to get back to producing. They may need to win right now to keep their season alive, leading to a chance to get some of those guys on the cheap. Conversely, if you have depth and a good enough record to be able to acquire one of these players and stay afloat, a trade could be a good fit for all parties.

I’m not suggesting you sell the farm for anyone, (other than possibly Peyton Manning) but it is worth kicking the tires on. Desperate times call for desperate measures and depending on how desperate that other owner is, a trade might be a possibility. If I owned Rodgers, Nelson or Jones and was low in the standings with a win now mentality, I would certainly be willing to move those players for someone who can help me immediately. If I was higher in the standings and had the depth to stay afloat a few weeks without top tier talent, I would try to make the play for them with the playoff stretch in mind. Green Bay has some great matchups over the remainder of the season including tilts with the Minnesota Vikings, Detroit Lions, Atlanta Falcons and Dallas Cowboys, all of which should see plenty of points on the scoreboard.

Of course this whole idea hinges on who has these players and where they are in the standings. Despite that, Jordy Nelson is a top tier wide receiver, Aaron Rodgers is easily a top five fantasy quarterback and James Jones has crazy touchdown potential. Depending on how desperate the owner of those players is, you could possibly acquire top shelf talent that can help you during your playoff run at a discount right now. It is at the very least worth asking about.

As always, I welcome your comments. If you think I’m wrong, I’m willing to listen. Just back it up with some facts and solid evidence. Thanks for reading and good luck this season.

Dustin Manko is an author at Rant Sports.com. Follow him on Twitter @DustinManko, ”Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google

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