Nov 27, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (6) drops back to pass during the third quarter against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Detroit won 34-17. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports
18. Jay Cutler, Chicago Bears
On his day, Jay Cutler can be unstoppable. Unfortunately for Bears fans, he isn’t on his day enough.
When he’s off, he’s off. This inconsistency hurts his fantasy stock a lot. What you need from your quarterback is reliability, and this isn’t the case with Cutler.
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Let’s start with the good.
Last season, Cutler threw a career-high 28 touchdown passes, and he did so in a season where Brandon Marshall struggled with injuries, as did Alshon Jeffrey briefly.
Marshall may have left town, but Kevin White looks like a great draft pick. Alshon Jeffrey is emerging as a top-tier wide receiver and free agent acquisition Eddie Royal will give Cutler another option.
Cutler is also helped out by Matt Forte and the run game. Forte commands a lot of attention from defensive coordinators, and he can burn defenses on the ground and in the passing game.
Martellus Bennett is reliable in the passing game too, so there is no shortage of options for Cutler entering the new season.
While Cutler will have games such as the Week 2 contest in San Francisco, where he threw for four touchdowns, no picks and had a passer rating of 119.2, he also has the games like the Week 10 game in Green Bay. Cutler finished that game having completed 59.5 percent of his passes for 272 yards, one touchdown and two picks.
Quite honestly, the stats flattered him as the Bears crumbled to a 55-14 loss.
Cutler finished 14th among quarterbacks for fantasy points, so he’s no slouch in the fantasy football arena. He can be your starter, but make sure you have adequate backup.
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