Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Brett Favre Retires - Welcome To The Show Aaron Rodgers

Brett Favre announced today that he is retiring after a remarkable 17-year career which saw him shatter NFL records while winning three MVPs and a Superbowl title. Favre is the NFL's career record holder in touchdowns (442), passing yards ( 61,655) and interceptions (288) with his lone Superbowl championship coming in the 1996 season.

Favre's retirement finally opens the door for 24 year old Aaron Rodgers, the Packers first round pick in the 2005 NFL draft to succeed Favre as the starting QB in 2008.

Fantasy Impact

Favre had a monster fantasy season in 2008 throwing for 4,155 yards and 28 TDs. Don't expect Rodgers to come close to those yardage or touchdown numbers, however, given the Packers offensive weapons, Rodgers could be a serviceable fantasy QB in 2008.

The Packers are returning a productive, speedy receiving corps featuring Donald Driver, Greg Jennings and James Jones that will provide Rodgers with plenty of opportunities to make plays. In addition, Rodgers will have the benefit of a stout offensive line and strong running game anchored by Ryan Grant, one of the top running backs in the second half of last season.

Rodgers will certainly experience some growing pains early on. But unlike rookie QBs thrust into starting roles on the fly, he has had three season in the NFL under his belt while waiting in the wings behind Favre. Rodgers' pro experience should help make his transition to starter a little smoother and I can see him being a decent #2 fantasy QB option this season.

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