Once in the conversation as a first-round pick in fantasy football, Aaron Rodgers has been off to an ugly start for anyone who drafted him in 2019, ranking only 21st in fantasy scoring among QBs.
Rodgers has dealt with a string of three difficult matchups though (winning each), and he is in a great spot to bounce back Thursday night, finding himself in the most favorable spot he's had in 2019, in a Week 4 "Thursday Night Football" clash with the Philadelphia Eagles.
The Chicago Bears, Minnesota Vikings and Denver Broncos (Rodgers' first three opponents this year) all finished the 2018 season ranking top-five in Football Outsiders' pass defense DVOA rankings. They also all held opposing QBs to bottom-six fantasy production last year.
Even ahead of the season, some could see Rodgers getting off to a shaky fantasy football start. It's also notable that he's still played quite well from a real-world perspective, throwing five touchdowns and no interceptions, ranking 13th in quarterback rating.
Playing well in these tough matchups, there's not a lot of reason to be concerned about what he's going to do once the schedule opens up more, like it does tonight against Philly.
The Eagles have allowed the NFL's 10th-most fantasy points per game (PPG) to opposing QBs this year, thanks in part to getting burned for the fourth-most passing yards per game.
With weekly fantasy finishes of QB24, QB19 and QB24, Rodgers owners can be forgiven for being hesitant to keep starting him. And to their credit, there are still some passers worth starting ahead of Rodgers this week, but that list isn't a long one.
Rodgers sits ninth at the position in our Week 4 fantasy football rankings. After starting the season with some solid, real-world play, finally landing in a favorable matchup makes him a safer bet to put up his best fantasy score of the young season.
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