Don’t think that’s necessarily the comparison. I run RB Zero a tonne and have been one of the guys pushing it on these forums. I’m not sure what slot you picked from but if you picked from the top 4, that means you took rogers within the top 4. I did both of my leagues using a Zero RB or Modified Zero RB approach and they were also both superflex. Superflex definitely increases the value of QBs drastically but not to the point where you are taking rodgers with a top 4 pick. The point differential just simply doesn’t warrant it. Not sure what your QB scoring is but it likely wasn’t even as favorable to elite QBs as the settings I used in my leagues which were 6 pt passing and -4 int. That format probably results in highest value ascribed to someone like Rodgers he went about 1.06 in that league, which is the highest I’ve ever seen a QB go and somewhat makes sense. If your league is closer to the regular 4/1 or 6/2 format, that makes taking Rodgers that early make even less sense cause the gap between replacement value of other guys and rogers is far exceeded by the gap between someone like Bell and RB 12+ and AB and WR12+. When I’m running Zero RB, I typically wait till about at least after the 4th round to grab a QB. Cause if you miss on Rogers, you can still get some elite productive players. You can easily get guys like Brees/Brady in the 3rd, guys like Stafford/Ryan in the 4th/5th and round it out with guys like Ben/Mariota/Dak in the 7th/8th.
The comparison isn’t really Rogers+Jones vs AB + Dak, cause you don’t have to wait until the 17th QB to take your first QB, you can easily take a QB in the 3rd/4th and get a top 10 guy. So it’s not so black and white as you have put it.
When you go Zero RB, you need Elite players at the WR position and heavily sway that positional advantage in your favor and then hope that you nail a couple mid/late round RBs that close the gap on the RB front. Really the only truly Elite guys you have is MT who is a mortal lock to finish as top 12. Fitz is maybe the next ranked but after that, Thielen and Marvin Jones both have huge question marks / candidates for regression.
Let’s start with Thielen. I believe last year was his ceiling. It was the perfect marriage of coaching and situation. First you have Shurmur (who is now gone) who absolutely loves utilizing the slot receiving role and featuring it in the offense. Then, you had Case Keenum who struggles to push the ball down field and relies heavily on the short underneath routes. All of that combined to give Thielen 140+ targets last year. Diggs is the way more talented receiver and they went out and acquired Cousins who is a far better QB and has the ability to push it downfield. Do you foresee thielen getting 140 targets again? I sure as hell don’t. Even with 140 targets, he only barely finished as a wr1 coming in at WR12. He is awful in the redzone so work there will also go in diggs favor. Thielen is probably my top guess for who falls out of WR1 conversation this year. Also, when doing Zero RB, you need to have WRs who have the ceiling to win you weeks. Thielen, is not that.
Next, you have Marvin Jones, who had his best statistical season ever. Far exceeding league averages on every deep ball metric, specifically, TDs. As we know, this is one of the least predictive metrics in fantasy. His TD rate on deep balls was abnormally high and is definitely a candidate for regression. Also, he now has to deal with a healthy Golladay who has a very similar build and very similar skill set in terms of deep ball ability. So they will be fighting for targets there. When Golladay was in the line up last year, Jones averaged 4 targets less and about 3 points less per game from 12+pts to about 9pts per game. That’s still great production but nowhere near the numbers he would need in order to reach WR1 status again.
So again, not to say that your WRs are scrubs, cause they aren’t, they’re still good receivers. Larry and MT being the 2 I have ranked the highest out of the group but compared to what I’ve typically gotten or see others get when running Zero RB, even in superflex, I think this roster lacks a bit of the ceiling required to compete with those teams with top RBs, especially in a 10 man where every team can be pretty stacked. Taking QB early in 10 man probably hurts more so than taking one in 12 man leagues. Too much talent in the top rounds to use a top pick on a QB. Only time I would consider taking rodgers is late in the 1st and only if the scoring format was such that it gave him a larger positional advantage (i.e. +6 / -4 scoring)