Should You Bench Aaron Rodgers in Week 15 Against the Chicago Bears?

Ryan Lester@LestersLegendsSenior Writer IDecember 11, 2012

GREEN BAY, WI - DECEMBER 9:  Aaron Rodger #12 of the Green Bay Packers runs for a touchdown against the Detroit Lions at Lambeau Field on December 9, 2012 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Tom Lynn /Getty Images)
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Evidently Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has his fantasy owners at a tipping point. After his fourth straight mediocre performance, there are many fantasy owners making alternative plans for Week 15 as the Packers face the Chicago Bears in the Windy City. Is that a wise move?

Since the Packers' Week 10 bye, Rodgers is averaging 228.5 passing yards per game. He has five touchdowns (four passing, one rushing), but just as many turnovers (three interceptions, two lost fumbles) during the stretch.

He's averaging 18 yards per game on the ground, but that is hardly making up for his shortcomings. He has half as many picks in the last four games as he had all of last year.

With Rodgers in that kind of funk, I can't blame his owners for being disenchanted with the superstar. So what do you do?

If you had a first-round bye or had the rest of your team pick up Rodgers' slack this week, it's gut check time. Should you do the Discount Double Check or should you seek an alternative solution?Obviously, the caliber of your backup quarterback will determine whether or not you can even consider going another direction.

I wouldn't just haphazardly replace him with some flavor of the month. This is a player that has thrown 160 touchdown passes to 45 interceptions in the past 75 games. He's also run for 17 scores. 

If for some reason you also have Matthew Stafford or Eli Manning on your roster, those are certainly viable options. Josh Freeman, given his matchup against the New Orleans Saints, merits consideration. 

Ben Roethlisberger, Philip Rivers, Andy Dalton, Tony Romo and Andrew Luck could also be considered, but I'd think long and hard before I subbed out the reigning league MVP.

Yes, the weather could be a factor in Chicago, but he's used to it from playing his home games in Lambeau Field. According to Yahoo's numbers, Rodgers has 40 touchdowns and 11 interceptions in the 19 games he's played in when it was 40 degrees or below. Rodgers has 35 touchdowns and 10 interceptions in 18 December starts.

I can totally understand why you'd want to bench Rodgers given his play of late. If you do, just make sure you can deal with a big game that you left on your bench.

He threw five touchdown passes on Christmas last year against Chicago. He threw four on December 26, 2010 against the New York Giants. He threw for 383 yards and three touchdowns on December 20th against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

In relation to Rodgers, I go with the old adage. Dance with the partner you brought to the dance. 

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