5 Fantasy Football replacements for Aaron Rodgers

Early in the first quarter of the Week 1 Monday Night Football game between the New York Jets and Buffalo Bills, Aaron Rodgers went down with a torn Achilles.

Aaron Rodgers scored zero fantasy points before going down with a serious injury.
Aaron Rodgers scored zero fantasy points before going down with a serious injury. / Michael Owens/GettyImages
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#2. Baker Mayfield, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, ESPN Ownership: 4.1 percent

Baker Mayfield might be in the midst of a fantasy football resurgence.
Baker Mayfield looked like his old self when he put the Vikings to bed. / Adam Bettcher/GettyImages

Babe, wake up, Baker Mayfield just won his first ever Week 1 start! The longtime Cleveland Browns QB got the job done Sunday, dispatching the Minnesota Vikings in a 20-17 road win. Mayfield completed 21 passes to seven different receivers, resulting in 173 yards, two scores, and most importantly, no turnovers.

Mental mistakes and turnovers have plagued the ex-No. 1 pick's game, but he executed the Bucs' offense flawlessly on Sunday. While a sub-200 yard performance isn't ideal for fantasy purposes, 16.02 points is serviceable enough, especially in a Week 1 that saw Mac Jones and Jordan Love clock in as two of the three highest-scoring QBs.

Mayfield was also able to support both Mike Evans (6-66-1) and Chris Godwin (5-51-0) notwithstanding Tampa Bay's non-existent rushing game. Rachaad White carried 17 times for only 39 yards - good for a clip of 2.3 YPC. Rookie Sean Tucker was no better, compiling 15 yards on his five attempts.

The Bucs will benefit from better matchups and more positive game scripts in the future, as neither they nor the Vikings particularly excelled at consistently moving the pigskin down the field in this one. Mayfield won't be the sexiest option to replace Aaron Rodgers in your fantasy lineups, but if you're desperate enough, this small sample size suggests he can get the job done on a good day.