Jay Cutler turned in one of the worst performances of his career last night at Lambeau Field against the Green Bay Packers. That’s all well and good if you’re a fan of the Green Bay Packers and let’s be honest in the NFL whether you lose a game by one point or by four touchdowns even if it is to your division rival, it only counts as one loss in a 16 game schedule. With all that said if you are a fantasy owner, especially if you are in a head to head league or a league that subtracts points from quarterbacks for sacks, you need to get rid of Jay Cutler ASAP.
In most standard format fantasy leagues it is usually advisable to draft a quarterback within the first three rounds, if you’re going any further than that in waiting to draft your QB, you have to make a good value pick, such as Matt Schaub of the high octane Houston Texans who went in the fifth round of my 16 team league. Other than that you have to go with a Pro bowl type quarterback like Tom Brady, Drew Brees or even Peyton Manning coming off an injury.
If you are the unlucky guy that thought you were getting great value in selecting Cutler, you probably have a few bald spots on your head today as a result of tearing your hair out last night. Cutler completed just 11 passes for 126 yards, one touchdown and four interceptions to go along with seven sacks. In my league losing one point for each sack and gaining 0.25 points per completion means that your boy Cutler ended the night with a dazzling -4.01 points. You would’ve been better off without starting a quarterback because now you’re forced to play from behind even if your opponent didn’t have any players in last night’s game.
Given that Cutler only appeared in 10 games last year and had his share of concussion issues and he holds onto the ball too long in the pocket as well as having a below-average offensive line in front of him, you need to consider getting rid of him as soon as possible. The problem with that is that he is more valuable than he showed last night and you’re probably trading him at a very low value if you do it today. At this point you’re better off letting him have a good week or two before you decide to trade Cutler. One or two weeks does not a season make and when he gets going with Brandon Marshall, he might just be able to turn things around and experience the kind of fantasy success that he and Marshall had back in the day with the Denver Broncos.
If you don’t own Jay Cutler but have an extra quarterback to trade to his owner for other assets you may need, you have got to try to make a deal now. I guarantee you that whoever owns Cutler in your league is feeling pretty desperate right now in Cutler’s stock will probably never be lower than it is after week two. Remember that he still has Matt Forte (though it remains to be seen who long he’ll be out for given that he suffered a high ankle sprain last night) and Marshall and the Bears can still put up numbers on the scoreboard most weeks. As for trading for Cutler in the hopes that you can get him cheap I would advise you to stay away completely. Cutler is the biggest reason I lost my pool two years ago and especially in head-to-head leagues he is too inconsistent to count on week to week. Last night was proof that it doesn’t take much for you to lose a matchup with Cutler in your lineup.
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