Fantasy Football: What if Aaron Rodgers' Injury is Serious?

By Matthew Wood

Aaron Rodgers, the Green Bay Packers’ superstar quarterback, went down early with a shoulder injury in a Monday Night Football loss to the Chicago Bears, leaving his immediate future in doubt.

We don’t yet know how severe the injury is and whether or not he’ll be available for Sunday’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles. Since you probably took Rodgers with an early-round pick you most likely don’t have a great backup plan for the normally durable signal caller. Let’s take a worst-case scenario approach as fantasy football owners and look at some options if Rodgers does miss a week or more.

Nick Foles, Philadelphia Eagles: This one’s a no-brainer after Foles tied a single-game record with seven touchdown passes on Sunday. He will be the big waiver-wire QB pickup and should be your top choice if you are on top of the waiver order. But don’t necessarily expect anything close to that kind of production, even against a Packers team that has been giving up points. Remember his dreadful performance two weeks ago where he got knocked out with a concussion after throwing for just 80 yards and missed the next week with the head injury? He’s by no means a lock to provide starter-like stats.

Jay Cutler, Bears: The guy who was supposed to go against Rodgers on Monday was still out with a groin injury but claims he’ll be ready to go Sunday in a first-place matchup with the Detroit Lions. After backup Josh McCown’s performance in the win, Bears fans might respond to Cutler’s offer to play with a resounding “Dooon’t caaare!” But if he’s good to go, it would be a juicy matchup against a Lions team that gives up a ton of yards in the air. If he can’t go, McCown might be an even better – or at least safer – bet. Monitor this situation closely.

Case Keenum, Houston Texans: In two starts, the Houston product has averaged over 300 yards and thrown four touchdowns, most likely establishing himself as the starter for at least the near future. This week’s matchup with the Arizona Cardinals isn’t great, but he’s already proven he can throw on some good defenses. And the schedule sets itself up well going forward.

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