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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#1. Derek Carr, New Orleans Saints, ESPN Ownership: 28.1 percent

Derek Carr can have some big fantasy performances with his new supporting cast in New Orleans.
Derek Carr squeaked out of his first Saints start with a victory. / Jonathan Bachman/GettyImages

It wasn't pretty - actually it was very ugly - but Derek Carr won his first start as New Orleans Saint by a single point, 16-15. This game had everything if you hate good football, as Tyjae Spears played more snaps than superstar Derrick Henry, and Ryan Tannehill completed less than half of his passes to pair with three interceptions. The two teams combined to go 9/28 on third downs, with just one touchdown between their seven trips to the red zone.

In terms of individual performance, though, it wasn't all bad for Derek Carr. The longtime Raider posted 305 passing yards and completed nearly 70 percent of his passes, but only came away with one touchdown pass to go with one interception. 14.6 fantasy points is a very modest total, but Carr attempted 33 passes and should find the end zone more as he regresses to the mean. Former All-Pro Mike Thomas and sophomore Chris Olave both looked excellent, as did second-year pro Rashid Shaheed.

The Saints offense that is crying out for Alvin Kamara needs to survive these next two games before they can welcome their rockstar tailback back to the offense. Jamaal Williams produced 45 yards on the ground via a dastardly 2.5 YPC, which will need to vastly improve if the Saints want to stand any chance of winning games against more competitive teams. For real life purposes, and not fantasy, it's nice that 11 of Williams' 45 yards came on a 3rd and 4 with one minute left as the Saints tried to ice the clock and take the W.

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Carr has long been the quintessential backup fantasy QB, and with an above-average supporting cast, he can probably play a part in keeping your season afloat. He's a speculative add with top-10 potential when playing lowly NFC South teams like the Panthers and Falcons.