Week 9 - Jay’s miserable 2012 fantasy season continues as he threw for just 186 yards, 1 TD, and 1 INT in week 8 against the Panthers. Cutler is now on the verge of dropping out of the top 20 QB’s altogether, and should only be starting in 2 QB formats at this point.
Week 6 - Cutler gets a bye week, after arguably his best game of the season where he threw for 292 yards, 2 TD and 1 INT against the Jaguars. He is still a QB2 when he returns until he starts showing owners a little consistency.
Week 4 - Last week we mentioned it was becoming harder to recommend Cutler as a fantasy option, and he has now dropped from a top12 preseason QB, outside of the top 20. The O-line for the Bears has problems that seem impossible to fix, and Cutler just doesn’t have time to get off any big plays. Week 4 the Bears take on the Cowboys, and Cutler should be benched in the majority of formats for this matchup.
Week 3 - It is becoming harder and harder to recommend Jay Cutler as a fantasy option as his offensive line just seems to get weaker and weaker. Cutler was on his back the majority of the game vs. the Packers in week 2, and with a matchup against the Rams in week 3, he is a low QB1 in 12-team formats.
Week 2 – The season opener was just as interesting as expected, and the Bears didn’t disappoint as they laid 41 points on the Indianapolis Colts. They did it through the air, on the ground, and with the defense, and week 2 sees an equally favorable matchup for Cutler as he faces the Green Bay Packers. This should be a shootout as two of the best arms in the NFL go head to head, and Cutler is locked in as a top 10 QB this week as he is expected to throw for multiple TD’s in this matchup.
Week 1 - Season openers are always interesting, but in the case of Cutler and the Bears it will be doubly so, especially for fantasy owners who will be looking to see if Cutler and Marshall = fantasy greatness. Marshall is a top 10 receiver in most projections, and with the preseason emergence of Alshon Jeffery, Cutler could have a few high powered weapons to throw at. Going up against the 15th ranked passing defense from a year ago in the Colts, we currently have Cutler projected as a low #1 option on draft day. For most owners it will depend who your other QB is if you start Jay Cutler or not for week 1.
Jay Cutler will be coming back from a broken thumb which caused him to miss 6 games in 2011. Now reunited with Brandon Marshall in Chicago, Cutler could be in for a solid season in 2012, and we recommend him as a solid #2 QB in all formats, with the upside to play like a #1.
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