Heading into your week six fantasy football matchup, many of you may be looking for a fill-in starter at quarterback due to bye weeks or even a struggling starter that you may not want to play another week — i.e. Colin Kaepernick.
One of the guys that you may be able to either pick up or buy low on right now is Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler. Yes, I said it. Cutler.
In his last four seasons with the Bears, Cutler hasn’t exactly been a fantasy stud. But, this year he is the 8th-best fantasy football quarterback in standard leagues. I know, I am just as shocked as you are.
In his last two games, Cutler has thrown for 675 yards and four touchdowns. Sure, he’s thrown three picks — all against the Detroit Lions in what was simply his only bad game thus far — but Cutler has been much more accurate and is grasping new head coach Marc Trestman’s offense very well.
On the season, Cutler has thrown for 1,368 yards and 10 touchdowns, completing 65.7 percent of his passes, with six interceptions, equating to a rating of 93.0. This is by far his best start with the Bears since coming to Chicago. Again, you can thank Trestman.
Going up against a New York Giants defense Thursday night which is one of the absolute worst in the league, Cutler should have a field day. Eli Manning is sure to cough up a few turnovers as well, giving Cutler even more time on the field than usual. Against a poor Giants defense, Cutler should have loads of fun with his top targets Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffery and Matt Forte who have all been used consistently in this new offensive scheme.
Trestman has done a nice job of gearing the offense toward Cutler’s strengths as well as toward the strengths of his weapons. This offense could be one to watch as the season progresses, and Cutler could be a quarterback you just might want to hang onto.
Cutler haters everywhere are cringing right now.