2013 Fantasy Football: Fantasy Implications of Jay Cutler’s Return

By Dustin Manko

Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler has been cleared to start Sunday against the Detroit Lions, beating the original projection of being out a minimum of four weeks. Even though he might not yet be at 100 percent health, Cutler should be in your starting fantasy football lineups this weekend unless you have another top tier option.

During Cutler’s absence, Josh McCown stepped in and played very well, a sure fire sign that coach Marc Trestman’s offensive scheme is as solid as they come. McCown’s fantasy value obviously drops down to a QB2 handcuff depending on matchups (and will need a Cutler injury to get back into the game), and he should be dropped in shallow leagues. The offense as a whole didn’t miss a single beat in week seven when Cutler went down or in week nine against the Green Bay Packers. In that week nine contest, both Matt Forte and Brandon Marshall went over 100 yards and each had a touchdown, Alshon Jeffrey had 60 yards and a touchdown and Martellus Bennett came close to adding a score as well. Now that Cutler is returning to the lineup, all Bears players get a bump up in their respective rankings.

Detroit is tied for ninth in the league in offense and the Bears surprisingly are 25th in team defense heading into this weekend. Needless to say, this game projects to be high scoring, so all your Bears players should be in starting lineups. Marshall is locked in as a WR1, Forte is a top five running back you start every week and Jeffery has the makings of a high end WR2 with WR1 potential. Bennett is a TE2 on my board as the Lions have been good against tight ends, but Bennett did have 90 yards in week four against Detroit.

Cutler’s return is great news for all Bears fans and fantasy owners. In a game against one of the top offenses in the league, don’t over think it. Put your Bears in your starting lineups and reap the rewards.

As always, I welcome your comments. If you think I’m wrong, I’m willing to listen. Just back it up with some facts and solid evidence. Thanks for reading and good luck this season.

Dustin Manko is an author at Rant Sports.com. Follow him on Twitter @DustinManko, ”Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google

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