Andrew Quarless has been a pretty mediocre player for the Green Bay Packers. He seemed to think he had the goods of a stud tight end when he commented on his future earlier this summer, but regardless of whether or not he had a point, his latest fiasco that involves firing a gun in public almost surely means he’s going to be wrong about being one of the league’s top tight ends. For 2015, at the very least.
Quarless had some ability, but he’s not a freak athlete and he certainly hadn’t shown enough leading into this summer to get fantasy football owners excited about drafting him. Instead, he was part of a mediocre tight end platoon in Green Bay. At best, that’s still the situation we’re looking at. At worst, he’s going to be suspended or even cut from the team.
If either of those second two options happen, fantasy owners need to suddenly throw second-year tight end Richard Rodgers a bone. Rodgers is a thick-bodied, average athlete, but he’s going to be the starter in Green Bay by default and has the size and awareness to potentially be a menace in the red-zone. He doesn’t do much to amaze you, but that doesn’t matter in a potent Packers offense that knows how to utilize the tight end when it makes sense. It hasn’t made sense since Jermichael Finley hurt his neck, but with no other clear competition, Rodgers could have all the snaps to maximize his potential with. He’s not an exciting talent, but sometimes in fantasy football, role trumps ability (cough* Larry Donnell cough*).
Richard Rodgers isn’t going to crush it on a weekly basis and he’ll surely be inconsistent and tough to rely on. But he could be a fun streaming option at a position that is increasingly more difficult to trust.