Other than Peyton Manning, the two top fantasy QB's that everyone is talking about are Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees. Over the past few years, both Brees and Rodgers have put up big numbers and have earned respect throughout the league. But, it seems like we never have a chance to compare them. In all the fantasy drafts I've done, the biggest decision I've had to make is choosing between Rodgers and Brees. Hopefully, this article will help all the people with the same problem.
After the outstanding 2011 season both Brees and Rodgers had, they've both gone through some dark times. In 2012, Brees lost his coach and his team lost their championship form. Still, he managed to pass for over 5,000 yards and 43 TD's. And, last year, Rodgers missed seven weeks of the season with a broken collarbone. But, this year, they both plan on returning to their old form. So, I would take a chance on either of them.
When I think of Drew Brees, I think of production. He's more of a gunslinger than Rodgers. Brees is the focal point of the Saints offense, especially since they don't have any running game to speak of. He's going to throw for over 5,000 yards and 40 TD's. But, he'll make mistakes and lose points along the way.
When I think of Rodgers, I think more about efficiency rather than production. He isn't going to put huge numbers like Brees or Manning, but he will be as efficient as anyone. He is going to have a high completion percentage and a high passer rating, which makes him an intriguing fantasy QB. And, he could pass for over 40 TD's in the process.
I think that Brees has the better supporting cast. He has the best tight end (yes, tight end) possibly the most explosive rookie receiver (Brandin Cooks), and a core of young and talented receivers. And, we can't forget about Marques Colston, one of the most underrated receivers of our generation. Brees has a lot more to work with. Rodgers has Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb, but he doesn't have a tight end or a solid third receiver. He does have Eddie Lacy though. Although Rodgers doesn't have a fabulous supporting cast, his raw talent makes up for it.
Verdict: Go for Aaron Rodgers, pass on Brees
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