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Would You Rather: Draft Aaron Rodgers or Tom Brady for 2021 Fantasy Football

Larry Rupp
Would You Rather: draft Aaron Rodgers or Tom Brady in 2021 fantasy football leagues.
Would You Rather: draft Aaron Rodgers or Tom Brady in 2021 fantasy football leagues. / Dylan Buell/Getty Images

Waiting to secure a starting quarterback until later in the draft is a popular strategy amongst fantasy football managers. However, the decisions get hard to make once the top players at the position are gone. Managers may be forced to choose between veterans like Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady.

Choosing between these two quarterbacks isn't going to be simple, but let's break it down.

Aaron Rodgers Fantasy Outlook

After experiencing an offseason full of turmoil and drama, Aaron Rodgers enters the fall looking to repeat as the NFL MVP. From a fantasy football perspective, he is a relatively safe QB1 option. The Green Bay Packers' leader has posted at least 4,000 passing yards and 25 touchdowns in each of the last three seasons.

Rodgers was simply playing out of his mind in 2020 as he posted a career-high 70.7% completion percentage and 48 passing touchdowns. It would be tough to imagine him repeating those kind of numbers. The emergence of wide receiver Davante Adams should allow Rodgers to keep dominating, though.

There isn't much to worry about when it comes to drafting Rodgers as long as he stays on the field.

Tom Brady Fantasy Outlook

Meanwhile, Tom Brady is a reigning Super Bowl champion and remains a QB1 in fantasy football at the ripe age of 44 years old. He continues to defy Father Time after completing 65.7% of his pass attempts for 4,633 yards and 40 touchdowns last season.

The only thing seemingly holding Brady back is his tendency to turn the ball over. The veteran signal-caller tossed 12 interceptions in 2020 and had 4 fumbles as well. That is well above the total that Rodgers racked up (9). It may not seem like a big deal, but those negative points had a lot to do with Brady finishing at No. 8 amongst quarterbacks in fantasy football.

Brady probably doesn't have the upside to finish as the overall QB1 anymore. But that doesn't mean he is no longer a high-quality option at the position. He has the offensive weapons and overall talent to fight for a top-five spot in the best case scenario.

Aaron Rodgers or Tom Brady

The answer has to be Rodgers here. He has finished as a top-10 fantasy QB in each of the last three seasons, which cannot be said about Brady. Rodgers' ability to take over games and get into the end zone ultimately makes him the better choice.

Rodgers checks in at QB9 in The Duel's 2021 fantasy football rankings, while Brady can be found one spot higher at QB8.

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Larry Rupp is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Larry Rupp also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username phillyfan424. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.