Packers fantasy focus

Posted Dec. 24, 2010 @ 10:16 a.m.
Posted By Dan Arkush

We're down to the shortest of strokes in this year's fantasy football season. And Packers QB Aaron Rodgers, who unintentionally let his fantasy owners down last week when he had to sit out the game against New England with his second concussion of the year, hopefully will be up to the fantasy task at hand in his return to the starting lineup this Sunday against the Giants.

There are two ways to look at Rodgers heading into a giant outing (no pun intended). Will the one week off take him off his usual game? Or will the layoff actually prove beneficial, having allowed him to rest an arm that was on a major four-game fantasy roll before he went down in the Detroit game in Week 14. In the previous four games before the Lions game, Rodgers averaged 308 yards passing and registered an 11-0 TD-interception ratio. Whether he can get back into that same groove against what has been a very tough Giants pass defense (ranked second in the league) remains to be seen.

Here's another question worth pondering: Will Rodgers boost his fantasy numbers with his legs as well as his arm? He has averaged 5.6 yards per carry this season and almost 24 yards rushing per game with four TDs, but Packers head coach Mike McCarthy no doubt has ordered A-Rod to keep his scrambles to a minimum in the hopes of lessening the possibility of him getting his brains scrambled for a third time this season.

That said, it's worth noting how tough a time the Giants had last week slowing down the legs of Eagles QB Michael Vick, who took off for 130 yards and a TD on 10 carries while directing a comeback for the ages.