While most of the fantasy players who entered the season ranked No. 1 at their respective position — Chris Johnson, Andre Johnson and Dallas Clark, to name a few — fell short of living up to expectations this season, Aaron Rodgers was different. Through the season's first 13 weeks, the Packers' quarterback lived up to the hype, putting up more fantasy points than anyone at the position. Then disaster struck.
Just when his owners needed him to play his best in the fantasy playoffs, Rodgers suffered a concussion in Week 14 that caused him to miss most of a luscious matchup with the Lions, then he sat out entirely against another weak secondary in New England. For anyone who invested an early pick in the signalcaller, there's a good chance this meant the end of your fantasy campaign.
But for those savvy enough to back up A-Rod with a dependable No. 2 QB who was able to guide them to victory in Week 15, they received a nice day-after-Christmas present last Sunday. That's because Rodgers had his best game of 2010 in a tough matchup, throwing for 404 yards and four TDs in a win over the Giants. A performance of this caliber more than likely led his owners to fantasy titles during championship week.
Overall, it was another sensational season from Rodgers, who had nine outings of at least 289 passing yards and threw for multiple scores on eight occasions. Adding to his value is his rushing ability; he has run for a career-high 335 yards with four TDs on the ground. Even though he missed time, he still will finish among the top fantasy producers at the QB position.
With Rodgers out and the Packers wrapping up the regular season against the Bears, the question now becomes whether or not he will retain his No. 1 ranking in 2011. Based on what he did when healthy this season, it would be hard to argue against him, but his competition will be even stiffer than it was coming into 2010.
While this season was a deep one for QBs, it was missing a name that took the fantasy world by storm: Michael Vick. The best QB producer on a per-game basis, Vick will be Rodgers' primary foe for the top spot next season. This likely will be one of the hottest debates come this summer as everyone prepares for yet another fantasy season — as long as there is one.