Aaron Rodgers has been viewed as a top quarterback since getting the chance to become a full time starter in 2008. Rodgers has consistently been taken amongst the first quarterbacks in fantasy drafts and has proven he will not hurt your team, having double digit interceptions only twice in his career and the worst of which came in 2008.
Aaron Rodgers is a contrast in perception, playing for the cold weather Green Bay Packers and throwing for over 4,000 yards in 4 of the past 5 seasons. The Packers have been devoid of a real running game since Rodgers took over, with the team ranking only as high as 14th in attempts with 4.0 yards per carry over that time. The Packers have also not been a team that runs in the redzone much either, rushing for 63 touchdowns in the past 5 years and 18 of those touchdowns belong to Rodgers.
Rodgers has been an extremely effective and consistent quarterback during his career. He has averaged throwing for 274.77 yards per game with 2.41 total touchdowns and only 0.58 interceptions. This is the most impressive stat of Aaron Rodgers career to this point, having thrown only 45 interceptions on 1,717 attempts…that is only 3% of the time…Rodgers does not hurt his team.
Rodgers has also proven that he is the type of a player who can win games in the NFL by taking the team on his back, as well as for fantasy owners. Rodgers throws a 300 plus yard game 35.9% of the time he takes the field as a starter. Rodgers also throws for 3 or more touchdowns 41% of the games he starts. That is extremely impressive and the type of stat that wins games in the NFL and in fantasy. For contrast, Rodgers has averaged throwing for zero touchdowns in a game only 8.9% of the time.
Rodgers has not been the quarterback that has busted off the 5,000 yard passing season, with his best effort coming in 2011 where he threw for 4,643 yard in 15 games (that 16th game was the game that made Matt Flynn a ton of money throwing for 480 yards and 6 TD against the Lions). This is not Rodgers game, but being safe with the football and running when needed is Rodger’s game, which is winning football.
Rodgers and his Packers will have the best chance for a ground game with the additions of Eddy Lacy and Johnathan Franklin to the backfield. Rodgers is a savvy quarterback and a proven winner playing with a great home field advantage. Rodgers is just hitting the prime of his career, and having weapons like Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb, James Jones and Jermichael Finely in the passing game, we may not have seen the best that Rodgers has to offer. So, while I can say 5,000 yards and 50 touchdowns in a season has eluded him, I can only say...so far.