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Postcards from Camp: Snapdragons

Steve Dugas

By: Steve Dugas, YFFL.com Draft Guru

Posted: Aug 10, 2012

Postcards from Camp

Summary

Aaron Rodgers put together one of the most dominant seasons in YFFL history in 2011. His 269 points were good for 3rd most in history as he paced the Dragons to a 9-4 season and 700 points (9th most in history). Alas, the Dragons fell short of a title as they were knocked out in the first round of the playoffs by the Chickens. Wes Welker also enjoyed the best year of his career as he finished with 86 points and Matt Forte continued to be a solid contributor at RB. Where the Dragons ran into trouble was with Gore, Lloyd and Vernon Davis. All three players tailed off from years past. If Gore and Davis had maintained their elite production the Dragons would have perhaps been playing for yet another title.

Aaron Rodgers? With his summer internship over, Aaron Rodgers(?) is ready to get Back to Football™

Critical Question

Do the Dragons have enough depth to compete in the NFC? I think having Aaron Rodgers in your starting lineup every week cancels out whatever lack of depth the Dragons may have. Isaac Redman looks like the starter in Pittsburgh while Mendenhall is out with his knee injury; Redman should be able to step in for Gore if his decline continues to accelerate. Denarius Moore is a potential 60 point player and should be able to help out when the Dragons' Patriot WRs are on a bye. Also, Fred Davis should be able to step in for Vernon Davis whenever the need arises.

Player to Watch

Denarius Moore, WR; Moore was drawing rave reviews last preseason and he was able to translate it to some big games, but he also had quite a few clunkers. Moore is again being hyped this offseason and it will be interesting to see if he can be more consistent in 2012.

Lineup

Aaron Rodgers, Frank Gore, Matt Forte, Wes Welker, Brandon Lloyd, Vernon Davis, Draft Pick, Isaac Redman

Outlook

Rodgers is unlikely to top his monster season from 2011 and one would think he would regress back to a more reasonable 200 points. Unfortunately for Jon, I think he needs another record-setting season from Rodgers to compete for the NFC East crown. Between Welker and Lloyd, I think they will switch on and off on who has the big week, which will make it frustrating to be starting them both. Gore will continue his slide and might lose his starting spot in the Dragons lineup to Moore. When the season wraps up, the Dragons will miss the playoffs for the first time since 2007 and will probably cast off a few pieces in an attempt to reload while Rodgers remains in his prime.

Predictions

7-6; 600 Points; 3rd place NFC East