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2017 Fantasy Football: Possibility Growing of Aaron Rodgers Returning Before Season’s End

On Saturday, Rodgers may practice for the first time since his collarbone injury.

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According to Rob Demovsky of ESPN, Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers is on pace to practice on Saturday for the first time since his collarbone surgery.

Rodgers has a workout scheduled for today (Friday) and will be cleared to practice on Saturday as long as everything goes well. Today is the first day that he is eligible to practice under the Injured Reserve guidelines, but the Packers do a light practice on Saturdays instead of Fridays.

Rodgers was initially injured during a Week 6 matchup with the Minnesota Vikings when OLB Anthony Barr drove Rodgers into the ground on his shoulder.

This is obviously huge news if Rodgers is able to get back before the end of the season. The first game that he would be eligible to return for would be Week 15 at the Carolina Panthers.

While it is definitely worth picking Rodgers up if your fantasy rosters have QB issues, it’s a tricky situation, to sat the least.

Week 15 and 16 are during the fantasy playoffs, when every week counts. Some leagues spill into Week 17 as well. The three matchups that Rodgers may have are all very tough, especially for someone playing in his first games back in half of a season. The Panthers rank 10th in FPPG to QB’s (14.8). Week 16 is the second matchup with the Vikings, who rank 7th against QB’s (14.6 FPPG). Week 17 is a road matchup with the Detroit Lions, who rank 15th against QB’s (17.2 FPPG).

On one hand, it’s Aaron Rodgers. He’s a better option than if you’ve been streaming QB’s. However, if he has rust to knock off, it could come at the expense of your season. Regardless, it would boost the fantasy value of Jordy Nelson back to usable levels. Nelson, although Green Bay’s best WR, has had non-existent fantasy value with Brett Hundley at QB.