Fantasy Football: Previewing the Chicago Bears

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Jay Cutler, QB

May 27, 2015; Lake Forest, IL, USA; Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (6)during organized team activities at the Halas Hall. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports

I talked myself into a massive amount of Jay Cutler fantasy football shares last season. While his overall numbers were certainly fine (3,812 total passing yards and 28 touchdowns), his league-leading 18 interceptions and overall inconsistent play make him a nightmare to own on a week-to-week basis. Simply put, I never knew which Cutler would show up.

While the calming presence of Fox and Gase may lead to some more consistency for Cutler, I am not willing to bet on that.

That being said, his talent on the field is obvious, and makes for huge fantasy upside. On top of that, his weapons to throw to are impressive, and it’s not like we have to pay a premium price for him on draft day. Cutler currently has an ADP of 152, the 20th quarterback off of the board.

Expecting anything out of Cutler would be foolish, but his talent and upside is undoubtedly real. Fantasy owners could undoubtedly do worse than taking a late-round flyer on Cutler. Target the upside, but recognize that the downside is also very real, and probably the more likely scenario.

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