Aaron Rodgers enters 2014 as a favorite for the top fantasy quarterback. Rodgers missed nine games in 2013 due to a broken collarbone. The Green Bay Packers quarterback was able to return during the final game of the season against the Chicago Bears.
It didn’t take long for Rodgers to show why he is one of the games top quarterbacks leading the Packers to a 33-28 victory over the Chicago Bears. Rodgers connected with speedy wide receiver Randall Cobb with less than a minute remaining to give the team the win. The win also locked up the NFC North and a trip to the post season.
Prior to the injury Rodgers was putting up another solid season of stats at the quarterback. Rodgers opened the season with 333 yards, three touchdowns and one interception against the San Francisco 49ers. The success continued a week later as Rodgers picked apart a very bad Washington Raven secondary, throwing for 480 yards and four touchdowns.
In the first seven games of the season before suffering the collarbone injury, Rodgers completed 167 passes for 2,191 yards. Rodgers was also limiting the amount of interceptions committing only 4 verses 15 passing touchdowns.
As we enter the 2014 NFL Season, Rodgers is one of a handful of the top quarterbacks worthy of an early fantasy pick for season owners. Here is the complete list of the top five fantasy quarterbacks for the upcoming season.
Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers: If Rodgers last game of the regular season is a sign of the way he is going to play in 2014, the Packers quarterback might finish as the best quarterback in the NFL.
Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos: Manning is one of those quarterbacks that fantasy owners can take in the first round and can live up to the hype. Last season, Manning broke the single season passing yardage and passing touchdown records. Despite losing Eric Decker, the Broncos found replacements in both Cody Latimer and Emmanuel Sanders.
Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints: Brees is the only quarterback in NFL history to top the 5,000 yard mark in three consecutive seasons. The team also got better adding Brandin Cooks to the passing game as well as building one of the NFCs top defensive units. The key to the offense will be a good defense that can get the ball back for the offense.
Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions: It is hard to imagine not taking Stafford in fantasy leagues when he has the NFL’s top wide receiver in Calvin Johnson. The team also made two key moves this off-season signing Golden Tate and hiring Jim Caldwell as the head coach. We saw Caldwell work with Joe Flacco during his eleven touchdowns zero interception run through the Super Bowl.
Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals: The Bengals starter continues to get better in each NFL season he plays. Last season, Dalton topped the 4,000 yard mark as well as 30 touchdown passes for the first time in his young NFL career. It doesn’t hurt that Dalton has one of the games top wide receivers in A.J. Green.