I’m starting to get exhausted with this Aaron Rodgers saga.
Rodgers recently sidestepped questions on TNT about whether he would be quarterbacking the Packers on opening day: “I don’t know. We’ll see,” said Rodgers.
Rodgers also didn’t appear on the opt-out list yesterday as far as transactions and no NFL players are believed to have opted out of the 2021 season.
Despite all the rumors and all the uncertainty, it does appear that the most likely scenario is Rodgers returning to the team and suiting up Week 1. The more bread crumbs we get, the more I’m convinced this is all posturing and temper tantrums to save a little face and remind the organization that they aren’t in his good graces.
If this is the case, then Rodgers and all of the Packers pass catchers are undervalued in drafts right now. Davante Adams and Robert Tonyan would be the biggest beneficiaries to things returning to normal in Green Bay, but it sounds like the rookie Amari Rodgers is also making waves as well.
Via Matt Schneidman: “This year, Green Bay’s breakout player will be wide receiver/return specialist Amari Rodgers. The rookie third-round pick out of Clemson is a natural slot receiver, something the Packers lacked, and a skilled punt returner, another tool the Packers were missing. Rodgers, who stands only 5-foot-9 but 212 pounds, can also serve as a gadget piece out of the backfield on jet sweeps, reverses and other motion action.”
📰 Fantasy News for the true sickos.
* New England Patriots WR N’Keal Harry and his agent have formally requested the team to trade him. Harry was the 32nd overall pick in the 2019 draft—A.J. Brown went 19 picks later, for reference—and has massively underwhelmed in his first two seasons. If you’re a Pats fan, you might want to skip over the following screenshot...
* Oh no, not another rosy Mecole Hardman blurb from Nate Taylor at The Athletic. I need things to stop me from drafting him, not encourage more: “From the voluntary workouts and the team’s mandatory minicamp, Hardman, a third-year player, appears to be in position to have a breakout season, as he is expected to have the role previously held by Sammy Watkins."
* The Athletic's Matt Barrows said the 49ers want to run the ball 500 times in 2021. If that is even remotely true, then both Trey Sermon and Raheem Mostert are undervalued in drafts right now.
* “I want our offense to run through Justin Herbert,” said Chargers head coach Brandon Staley in one of the more stunningly obvious quotes of the offseason.
* Ryan O’Halloran of the Denver Post is projecting Javonte Williams to lead the team in both rushing attempts and yards this season. Royce Freeman is unlikely to make the team in Denver. The 2018 third-round pick is currently 4th on the depth chart behind Williams, Melvin Gordon, and Mike Boone.
* Speaking of Denver, Jeff Legwold says Courtland Sutton’s recovery “ was a consistent source of offseason optimism for the Broncos” and that the Broncos are “robustly ecstatic to see him back.”
* Better late than never, grab the Dad in your life a belated Father’s Day gift. He deserves it...
📚 The Fantasy Articles You Must Read
Wide Receiver Red Zone Fantasy Points vs. Expectation by Rich Hribar. Great stuff from Lord Reebs per usual over at Sharp Football Analysis, which is part of the Rotopass.com network. Reebs looks at pass catchers who overachieved and underachieved their red zone fantasy points compared to expectation. There’s some very big names on the underachiever list who could be headed for some positive TD regression this year.
😍 My favorite player in drafts right now…
It’s hard finding late round WRs with decent upside these days. I think Cleveland’s Donovan Peoples-Jones is an interesting flyer who continues to generate buzz out of Browns minicamp. Via Mary Kay Cabot:
“Peoples-Jones had an excellent minicamp and got plenty of reps with Odell Beckham, Rashard Higgins and Anthony Schwartz limited or idle with injuries. The competition early on with Higgins and KhaDarel Hodge for that third spot will be fierce, but DPJ has an excellent chance to at least be part of the rotation for those third-receiver reps.”
Peoples-Jones didn’t get a ton of opportunities as a rookie (14 catches on 20 targets for 304 yards and 2 TDs), but that efficiency points to solid Year 2 potential.
🐦 Tweet of the day. Hahaha, absolutely incredible work by Jake Trowbridge as he re-imagines The Beatles’ “I Wanna Hold Your Hand” as a song about waivers:
Get your Cowboys now, folks:
🐟 The Scott Fish Bowl
The Scott Fish Bowl is off to the races and the unique scoring settings (superflex, TE premium, etc.) are resulting in some interesting builds. Here’s Matthew’s roster so far:
See ya Friday.