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QB Aaron Rodgers - Green Bay Packers

6-2, 220Born: 12-2-1983College: CaliforniaDrafted: Round 1, pick 24

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Nov 24): Rodgers and the Packers returned to the more balanced game plan they used often before his injury in 2013. This could be a bad thing for his fantasy value, but if 20ish points is his floor, he's still elite. With matchups against Atlanta (Week 14) and Tampa Bay (Week 16) up, he'll be a great weapon to have in the fantasy playoffs.

Week 13: vs New England Patriots

Mark and Joe say: Good matchup. Aaron Rodgers and company took a break from utterly burying the opposition last week at Minnesota - Rodgers had his first game under 300 yards passing over the last four contests played, with 19/29 for 209 yards, two TDs and zero interceptions passing during the 24-21 win over Minnesota. Not quite in the style of the 53-20 shellacking meted out to Philadelphia two weeks ago (22/36 for 341 yards passing, three TDs with zero interceptions thrown for Rodgers), but a 'W' is a 'W'. As usual, Jordy Nelson (22 targets for 12/177/1 receiving) and Randall Cobb (18 for 14/187/0) have seen the most targets over the last two games played, but Eddie Lacy (six for 5/58/2) and Davante Adams (six for 3/23/1) have been factors when it comes to six-point plays. It's all good for the Packers in this phase of the game. Another nuclear-hot NFL team, the Patriots, are coming to play at Lambeau Field on Sunday. They've held the Lions to just three field goals (Matthew Stafford threw 18/46 for 244 net yards passing, zero TDs and one interception at New England, while taking two sacks for - 20 yards) and limited the Colts' offensive machine to 20 points (allowing 23/39 for 303 net yards passing, two TDs and one interception thrown to Andrew Luck, while sacking him once for zero yards lost). To date, the Patriots average 242.1 net passing yards allowed per game (17th in the NFL), with 18 passing scores handed out vs. 12 interceptions (eighth in the NFL) and 25 sacks (tied for 16th) generated. The Patriots are outscoring their opponents most of the time, but their pass D doesn't shut down opposing passers - at Lambeau field this week, we think this is a good matchup for the high-octane Packers - this game has the look of a shootout to us.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPCMPATTYDTDINTRSHYDTDFumL
10 vs CHI 18 27 315 6 0 0 0 0 0
11 vs PHI 22 36 341 3 0 3 32 0 0
12 at MIN 19 29 209 2 0 6 34 0 0
13 vs NE PROJ-Dodds 22 36 * * * 3 * * *
13 vs NE PROJ-Tremblay 22 33 * * * 3 * * *
13 vs NE PROJ-Bloom 21 33 * * * 4 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 10 vs CHI (18 / 27 / 315 / 6 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

What many quarterbacks would call a fantastic game, Aaron Rodgers managed in one half. By the end of the second quarter, Rodgers had thrown for all 315 of his yards and all six of his touchdowns. After three incomplete passes in the third quarter, the Packers wisely removed him from the game so he wouldn't get hurt. When he was in the game, he was surgical, picking apart the Bears secondary from all over the field, with two of his touchdowns from long range--one a 73 yard score and the other from 40 yards, both to Jordy Nelson. Rodgers did benefit from great play by his offensive line, which didn't allow one sack and rarely let the defensive line pressure Rodgers. That afforded Rodgers time to wait for his receivers to get open, as Nelson did on his 73-yard touchdown. On the play, Rodgers had plenty of time and Nelson slipped past the cornerback, who seemed to think he had safety help over the top. The result was blown coverage and a wide open Nelson, who made an easy catch and then outmaneuvered the safety as he ran the last 30 yards for the touchdown. The copious amount of time also gave him enough space to hit Nelson again on the 40-yard touchdown, as he had time to scramble to his right and Nelson again broke free while the safety failed to recognize the play and react. Rodgers also had receivers who could turn short passes into long gains, as running back Eddie Lacy did in the second quarter. The pass from Rodgers was just a short dump pass to Lacy, but the running back turned upfield. He had excellent blocking in front of him, allowing him to gain a ton of yards before having to cut back across the field and then into the end zone. This was a great day for Rodgers, who maximized the advantage his offensive line was offering him.

2014 Week 11 vs PHI (22 / 36 / 341 / 3 / 0 pass, 3 / 32 / 0 rush)

As has been the case for both of the last two weeks, Aaron Rodgers was surgical early in the game. The Eagles defense was unable to cover his receivers, get pressure on Rodgers or generally slow the offense down very often. Only when the field got shorter in the red zone did they stop the bombardment and then really only on the first drive. Rodgers threw for three or more touchdowns for the seventh time this year, the first of which looked rather pedestrian by his standards--a slant to Davante Adams which the rookie muscled across the goal line. His touchdown pass to Jordy Nelson was more like what we've come to expect, with Rodgers dropping the ball in perfect placement for Nelson as the receiver crossed the goal line. You really can't throw the ball better than that. His third touchdown, while a nice dump pass, was really about running back Eddie Lacy willing himself across the goal line to cap a 30 yard run after the catch. That's not to take anything away from Rodgers though, who looked as sharp when he was pulled for Matt Flynn late in the fourth quarter.

2014 Week 12 vs MIN (19 / 29 / 209 / 2 / 0 pass, 6 / 34 / 0 rush)

Early on the Minnesota Vikings did a solid job of covering the wide receivers, though their defensive front was not as effective getting to Rodgers, who consistently used his legs to buy time when they did so he could find a receiver or get rid of the ball. Rodgers' first big play was to Randall Cobb, who was running a post route. Cornerback Captain Munnerlyn had pretty good coverage on the play--Cobb had maybe a step or two on him--and Rodgers delivered a laser-accurate throw into a tight space, which Cobb hauled in for a 29-yard gain. The thing which always stands out about Rodgers is how much he trusts his receivers (or perhaps more accurately, relies on them) to make tough catches. Rodgers will not hesitate to throw a risky pass into traffic because he knows that Cobb or Jordy Nelson will make the catch 99 percent of the time. Sometimes it makes for harrowing viewing but it works for the Packers. Rodgers also consistently throws the ball where only his players can make a play on the ball, such as one incomplete pass down the sideline to Jordy Nelson in the second quarter. On the play, Nelson gained separation on his coverage and Rodgers threw the ball a little high and along the sideline where the Vikings player couldn't reach the ball. The throw was a little off and Nelson couldn't keep his feet in, but it was almost a brilliant catch--something that is commonplace between Rodgers and Nelson. Rodgers will also put the ball into the hands of his receivers and let them make a play, as he did with Andrew Quarless on a play late in the second quarter. As the offense was able to do many times on Sunday, the receiver heading on a deep route cleared out the intermediate area, where Quarless ran an out route. Rodgers delivered the ball, and Quarless did the rest, making one defender miss with a move, then dragging two more to the one yard line. Rodgers was able to take advantage of many similar defensive lapses as well--when Rodgers sees a defense messing up, he is very quick to burn them because of it. He did that again on the touchdown throw to Richard Rodgers in the second quarter. On the play, Rodgers scrambled to his right while Richard Rodgers headed out into the flat along the left side of the offense, then drifted into the end zone. Rodgers saw his tight end wide open and, under pressure threw the ball from the right side of the field to the back-left corner of the end zone where the tight end made an easy catch.

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Schedule

13vs New England Patriots
14vs Atlanta Falcons
15@ Buffalo Bills
16@ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
17vs Detroit Lions