Should Aaron Rodgers be rostered in fantasy football leagues?

Aaron Rodgers is back practicing but will he return in time to help in fantasy football leagues?

Nov 6, 2023; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Jets injured quarterback Aaron Rodgers
Nov 6, 2023; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Jets injured quarterback Aaron Rodgers / Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
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Aaron Rodgers 2023 season appeared to be over only four snaps into the season when he suffered a torn Achilles against the Buffalo Bills. However, less than three months after the injury he is back practicing and now appears to have a real chance to return this season.

Aaron Rodgers is an interesting quarterback to stash for the fantasy football playoffs

While Rodgers returned to practice today, the New York Jets have 21 days to actually activate him to the 53-man roster. The fact that he is practicing at this stage is remarkable but the Jets are probably going to try and remain cautious.

This means they could use all 21 days and see how the next three games go before making a decision on whether or not Rodgers plays. The next three games are against the Falcons, Texans and Dolphins.

The most likely game Rodgers would return is Week 16 against the Washington Commanders which is also typically the first week of playoffs (or semifinals) for fantasy football. It would certainly be a risk to play him in that first game, especially in the playoffs, but this is a great matchup for Rodgers to return in.

After that game, the Jets have a tough matchup against the Cleveland Browns but with the number of injuries at quarterback and how he looks against the Commanders, he could be a low-end QB1 in Week 17.

The New York Jets offense has been abysmal this season without Aaron Rodgers under center. However, if he returns it is significant boost for players like Garrett Wilson and Breece Hall, two players who were probably drafted fairly early in fantasy football drafts, but haven't been much of a factor with Zach Wilson and Tim Boyle throwing them the ball.

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