| Quarterback, Chicago Bears
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|Draft: 2006 Round 1 (11)
Ht: 6’3” Wt: 220 DOB: 1983-04-29 Age: 32
|Is this the year Cutler emerges as a solid fantasy starting quarterback with the Bears? While Cutler has been a solid performer for two consecutive years after struggling in his first year with the team in 2009, he hasn’t emerged as a solid fantasy producer and the explanation has been two-fold. One, the team has lacked playmakers at the wide receiver position. Two, he has been saddled playing behind one of the worst offensive lines in the league. In 2012, the Bears addressed the wide receiver position with the acquisition of Brandon Marshall and by drafting Alshon Jeffery in the second round. Unfortunately, they did little to improve the leaky offensive line. The reality of it is Cutler is unlikely to see a big improvement in his production this season. The team doesn’t really know what it has in Jeffery, Devin Hester and Earl Bennett and they lack a receiving threat at tight end. Even with Marshall in the fold, Cutler is unlikely to top the 3,666 passing yards he had in his first season in Chicago. He is a mid to lower-tier fantasy backup.
| Cutler and Jeffery return to practice for Bears -- Wed Sep 30 6:16 pm --|
Both limited in practice Wednesday
|The down-and-out Chicago Bears saw a pair of offensive starters return to the field on Wednesday. Quarterback Jay Cutler and wideout Alshon Jeffery both practiced on a limited basis after missing time with hamstring injuries, per Adam Jahns of the Chicago Sun-Times.
FF Today's Take: The Oakland Raiders are one of three teams yielding over 300 passing yards per game so getting either player back this week would be a huge lift for Chicago's offense. Jeffery seems a little closer to returning than Cutler but fantasy owners will want to keep a close eye on the practice reports this week.
| Cutler, Jeffery ruled out Sunday -- Fri Sep 25 6:45 pm --|
Bears will be without two key offensive pieces against Seahawks
|The Chicago Bears are officially Jimmy Clausen's team this week. Coach John Fox announced that quarterback Jay Cutler is out Sunday with a hamstring injury, giving Clausen the start against the Seattle Seahawks. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported earlier this week Cutler would miss at least two weeks. In Week 2 versus the Arizona Cardinals, Clausen went 14-of-23 passing for 121 yards, one interception and a 56.6 passer rating in relief of Cutler. Clausen is 1-10 as an NFL starter. His only win came over John Skelton and the Cardinals in Week 15, 2010. Fox also announced receiver Alshon Jeffery would miss Sunday's contest as he continues to deal with a hamstring injury. Jeffery missed last week's tilt with the injury. (NFL.com)|
FF Today's Take: Steer clear of Jimmy Clausen and Eddie Royal this week if you have any other options. Matt Forte and Martellus Bennett are the only Bears' players worth starting this week.
| Cutler reportedly out at least two weeks -- Mon Sep 21 6:10 pm --|
|Jay Cutler will miss at least two weeks with his hamstring injury, sources told ESPN Insider Adam Schefter. With Cutler out, Jimmy Clausen will take over as the Bears starting quarterback.
Earlier Monday, Bears coach John Fox confirmed that medical tests showed that Jay Cutler suffered a strained hamstring in Chicago's 48-23 loss to the Arizona Cardinals but did not announce a timetable for Cutler's return. (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: A bad season keeps getting worse for Chicago, which will turn to Clausen this week at Seattle and next week at home versus Oakland. Clausen and all Bears outside of Matt Forte should probably be avoided in fantasy in Week 3 while the Seahawks' defense makes for a great play in all formats, including DFS.
| Jeffery's injury more serious than CHI admitting? -- Fri Sep 4 4:40 pm --|
Bears' WR hasn't finished a practice since August 11
|The only thing that matters is if Alshon Jeffery is on the field when the Bears open the season Sept. 13 against the Packers. If you say that enough times, you might retain your sanity. But if you’re a Bears fan, you should be worried about the lack of information from the team about Jeffery’s injury. And maybe this would be no big deal in a vacuum. Another NFL team being paranoid about giving out information - so what? But the Bears hemmed and hawed and obfuscated about Kevin White’s shin injury in training camp before announcing that their 2015 first-round draft pick needed surgery and might miss the season.In Jeffery’s case, we have been reduced to scanning the sidelines during preseason games, hoping for a sighting. He didn’t make the trip to Cincinnati for the third preseason contest, even though the Bears had said he would. There he was before Thursday’s game against the Browns, catching passes but not running routes. What did it mean? Your guess is as good as anybody else’s. (Chicago Sun-Times)|
FF Today's Take: Jeffery's "mild calf strain" could be just that. Or it could be something more serious. Either way, take his mysterious injury into consideration if you're eying him in the second or third round. If he does miss any time, Martellus Bennett becomes Jay Cutler's favorite target in the interim.
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