This article is part of our Exploiting the Matchups series.
Last year at the start of the fantasy playoffs (or the critical win-and-you're-in final regular season game, depending on your league), I advised, as I often have in the past, to simply KISS for that playoff run.
Keep. It. Simple. Stupid.
Mike McCarthy forgot that, and look where it got him. Actually, McCarthy is a bit of an extreme case. He kept it far too simple for far too long. As in, his offense lacked any bells and whistles and relied on far too simple of route concepts, depending on Aaron Rodgers to make magic happen with a receiver corps getting no creative assists from its play caller.
He kept it too simple, too stupidly.
Where McCarthy should have actually been keeping it simple was in creating more easy throws for Rodgers (duh) and feeding the hell out of Aaron Jones the second he stepped back on the field in Week 3.
I tweeted this glorious tidbit of karmic retribution last night when I discovered it, but McCarthy's firing was not just a birthday present to Rodgers, who turned 35 on Sunday, but also to Jones, who shares the same birthday as the elder Aaron, just 11 years apart. Given how McCarthy held them both back this year, that coincidence is utterly mind-blowing.
Digressing back to the point, keeping it simple this time of year means following opportunity in instances where talent is either unavailable or up against extreme obstacles. Fortunately, this year with the rules limitations placed on defenses,