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What to do with Aaron Rodgers in the Divisional round of the 2021 NFL playoffs

We go over the fantasy football and DFS outlook of Aaron Rodgers ahead of the Packers Wild Card matchup against the Rams in the 2021 NFL Playoffs.

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Outside of one game—a Week 6 flop against the Buccaneers—Aaron Rodgers has been one of the most reliable fantasy performers of the season, usually littering lineups with lots of points. This week could be a little more difficult for the Green Bay Packers signal caller. They’re taking on the Los Angeles Rams, a team that’s been notoriously rough on quarterbacks.

Fantasy Football analysis: Packers QB Aaron Rodgers, $6,900

Rodgers has had three touchdowns or more in all but three games this season, finishing the year with 48 touchdowns and just five interceptions. However, that Buccaneers team was probably the toughest defense he’s played this year.

Rodgers’ best selling point throwing under pressure is that he’s the only QB, according to PFF, who’s faced pressure on at least 135 dropbacks and not thrown multiple picks this season. One thing the Rams defense does incredibly well is pressure quarterbacks, and don’t be fooled by Aaron Donald sitting out practice this week—he’s going to play. It’s not going to help matters that Green Bay’s best receiver, Davante Adams is going to be locked up in coverage against Jalen Ramsey all day.

That’s not to say Rodgers is guaranteed to be a bust this week. He is still Aaron Rodgers. But it’s tough see him throwing four touchdowns in this one.

Fantasy Start/Sit Recommendation

Rodgers is quite a bit cheaper than the four quarterbacks listed above him in DraftKings leagues this week, but he’s also not as apt to score as many fantasy points as Patrick Mahomes, Lamar Jackson, or Josh Allen. He might be worth a spot if you want to save some money at the position (though if value’s your main selling point, I’d take Baker Mayfield for $5,300, with more upside attached.)