Aaron Rodgers has had a tremendous amount of talent surrounding him throughout the past decade. When you pair a top-2 quarterback in the NFL with a talented wide receiver that’s usually going to work out very well. We’ve seen Greg Jennings, Jordy Nelson, and Randall Cobb become top fantasy wide receivers throughout their years in the league while playing with Aaron Rodgers. With Nelson gone to the Raiders, and Cobb’s best years way behind him, Aaron Rodgers has a new WR1: Davante Adams.
Davante Adams burst onto the scene in 2016 as he caught 75 passes for 997 yards and 12 TDs. He followed that up in 2017 by catching 74 passes for 885 yards and 10 TDs in only 14 games. In addition, Aaron Rodgers was only his quarterback for seven of the games as he was injured with a broken collarbone. As a WR2 with Brett Hundley as his QB for half the season, while also playing only 14 games, Davante Adams still finished as the 12th best fantasy wide receiver. With Nelson gone, Adams will move up to the Packers WR1, and with a healthy Aaron Rodgers, skies the limit.
Let’s get into more details here in terms of other WR1s who have played with Aaron Rodgers. In Greg Jennings’ three seasons of playing 16 games and being the WR1 with Aaron Rodgers as QB, he finished 4th, 21st, and 4th in terms of Fantasy WRs. When Jordy Nelson played all 16 games as the WR1 for the Packers, he finished the season 12th, 2nd and 3rd in terms of Fantasy WRs. In the season where Nelson finished 12th (2013), Aaron Rodgers was injured and only played 9 games. This is excluding 2011, where Jordy Nelson finished 2nd after catching 15 TDs as the WR2. Being the WR1 with a healthy Aaron Rodgers as your starting quarterback nearly guarantees you to be a top-5 fantasy WR.
Davante Adams is currently my 5th ranked WR for Fantasy Football behind Antonio Brown, Odell Beckham Jr., DeAndre Hopkins, and Julio Jones (will be adjusted on cheat sheets soon). Expect Adams to catch 90+ passes for over 1100 yards and 10 TDs in 2018. He’s that good.
Of course, there wouldn’t be a Davante Adams hype train without some highlights at the end, so here they are: