2013 Fantasy Football: Don’t Reach For QB Jay Cutler
Everyone seems to be in love with the fact that the team’s new offensive coordinator, Marc Trestman, is now running things. The O.C. has an amazing knack for running an offense with short passes and has a great reputation with getting the most of his quarterbacks (i.e. Rich Gannon). Cutler is entering the final year of his contract and with his new shot-caller, the fantasy community is expecting him to have a huge season.
However, I am one person that is not confident in Cutler’s fantasy value this season. He is too inconsistent and doesn’t put up the jaw-dropping numbers that most fantasy owners are accustomed to getting out of their number one quarterback.
Let’s just look at his numbers from last season.
Cutler finished 24th in the NFL with 3,033 passing yards. He also threw just 19 touchdown passes, which was tied for 21st in the league. Even worse was that he had an 81.3 passing rating, completed just 58.8% of his passes, and fumbled the ball eight times. These are extremely mediocre fantasy numbers from one of the most popular mid round quarterbacks; especially consider that most quarterbacks nowadays are eclipsing 4,000 yards and 25 touchdowns.
Cutler has value in deeper one-quarterback leagues, but I am not sold on him as a reliable starter in any league with under ten owners. There are plenty of other options that can throw over 4,000 yards and Cutler simply doesn’t have it in him.