Fantasy Deconstruction: Cutler and the Bears
Jay Cutler was the fifth-ranked fantasy QB last year for the Broncos with 4,526 passing yards, 200 rushing yards and 27 total TDs. In light of his cannon arm and playmaking ability, it's easy to see why there was so much optimism surrounding Cutler's arrival in Chicago. Bluntly, as a die-hard Broncos fan, it was sickening to see Cutler leave town. The strong-armed QB has certainly added spark to the Bears' passing attack. The Bears have gone from having the 21st-ranked passing game last year, to possessing the 10th-ranked aerial show in 2009. Cutler has thrown for 2,353 yards, rushed for 110 yards, and scored 15 total TDs. Mr. Cutler is putting up starter-worthy fantasy numbers. Nevertheless, it hasn't been all Oprah-like hugs and kisses for Cutler in Chicago. Cutler has already thrown 17 interceptions and has been woefully inaccurate in a number of games. Cutler's owners never know when their backend QB1 is going to carry them to victory, or crush them with bone-headed plays. Ride Cutler at fantasy crunch time. He's thrown 30-plus passes in five straight games. Thus, the opportunities will be there for him. In addition, he has a host of explosive young receiving weapons that continue to develop on a weekly basis. Finally, the Bears face five top ten rush defenses over the next six games. It will be Cutler's show over the final weeks. You just have to gamble on his upside and live with some turnovers when you start this dude. Don't worry about any media heat on Cutler, all we care about is his fantasy production.
Philadelphia's pass defense is currently ranked 10th in the league. However, this overall ranking is deceptive given the secondary's current state of affairs. The Birds may be missing CBs
I wish I could republish some of the expletive-laden emails I have received from owners who scooped up
Forte will once again struggle to find running room against the Eagles' underrated, ninth-ranked rush defense. However, with LBs dropping back to help the decimated secondary in coverage, Forte will rack up catches and receiving yards.
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Hester will most likely see a heavy dose of CB
In the preseason, all we heard about was how Cutler and
Olsen will continue his recent domination against a LB crew that is sub-par in pass coverage. Olsen will find the end zone this week on a seam route from outside the 20-yard line.