Fantasy Sports

Start Him: Aaron Rodgers

Quarterback Aaron Rodgers has been officially cleared to return to the field after suffering a serious collarbone injury earlier this year, and you shouldn’t hesitate to start him during your fantasy playoffs this week. That’s right, don’t be scared. Start him!

There’s been a plethora of key quarterback injuries this year, and Rodgers was one of them. Other players pushed to injured reserved for the season and not slated to return include:

  • Carson Wentz (torn left ACL)
  • Deshaun Watson (torn right ACL)
  • Carson Palmer (broken arm)
  • Josh McCown (broken left hand)
  • Sam Bradford (knee discomfort)
  • Ryan Tannehill (torn left ACL)
  • Andrew Luck (labrum tear)

What separates Aaron Rodgers from the rest of the pack is that he’s been here before. Rodgers sat out seven games in 2013 when he fractured the same left clavicle against the Chicago Bears. Since becoming the starter in 2008, Rodgers had only missed nine games in nine seasons prior to his recent injury, which makes him pretty darn reliable.

Therefore, it came as no surprise that soon after Rodgers’ second clavicle injury on a Sunday in early October, he gave doctors the go-ahead to pop 13 screws and some other bionic goodies in his collarbone that same Thursday. The next thing we knew, Rodgers was either standing on the sideline calling out plays during games or lightly running on the field beforehand.

Aside from being an absolute freak at quarterback, Rodgers’ determination and mental toughness, much like Tom Brady and former quarterback Peyton Manning, is unquestionable.¬†When Rodgers is on the field, he plays at a high level, so there are usually no bad days. For that reason alone, he’s worth starting.

Not to question the mental toughness of Raiders quarterback Derek Carr, but think about how his leg injury last year has affected him on the field this year. Also think about how Cam Newton hesitates at times out of mental fear for whatever reason. That said, Aaron Rodgers is cut from a different cloth than most. Similar to a LeBron James or Stephen Curry in the NBA, Rodgers’ resilience and perfectionist approach is beyond evident.

Again, why should you start Aaron Rodgers during your fantasy playoffs this week? Without going statistically bonkers, you’d simply be foolish not to. An injury-riddled Aaron Rodgers is better than just about any other healthy quarterback in the NFL on a good day. The only quarterbacks you’re potentially starting over Rodgers this week include Russell Wilson, Tom Brady, Drew Brees, and Ben Roethlisberger.

Yes, we need not repeat ourself.

There are much better things to do with your weekend than beat yourself over the head wondering whether or not Aaron Rodgers is a good play this Sunday. Think of it this way…just as your playoff hopes are on the line, so are his. If you need more convincing than that, then you probably shouldn’t be participating in a fantasy league. Rodgers will be good for a casual 300-yards and two touchdowns. Book it. Good talk.