Jay Cutler finished all the way down at 24th among QBs in fantasy football points last year. Injuries were the primary culprit. Cutler missed 5 full games and parts of 2 more with groin and ankle problems. That figures to have him coming at a discount in fantasy football drafts this summer.
Here are 5 reasons you should target Cutler as a value pick:
1. Cutler was excellent when he was on the field last year. In his 11 games, he racked up 2,621 passing yards, 19 TDs and 12 INTs. His 63.1% completion rate was the 2nd-best mark of his career. His 7.4 yards per attempt was his highest since 2010. Cutler’s 238 passing yards per game were his most in 5 years. And his 1.7 TDs per game were a new personal-best.
2. Cutler was a top-10 fantasy QB in his 9 full games. If we remove the 2 games in which he exited early with injury, Cutler totaled 2,343 passing yards with 18 TDs and 10 INTs. He averaged 22.3 fantasy points per game in those contests. Only 8 QBs averaged more last year.
3. The Bears return all of last year’s key skill-position players in 2014. Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery form one of the best WR tandems in the league. Matt Forte is one of the best pass-catching RBs in the game. And TE Martellus Bennett is both a reliable receiver and blocker. Chicago also returns all 5 of last year’s starting offensive linemen.
4. The Bears should be even better in their 2nd year in head coach Marc Trestman’s offense. Trestman arrived from Canadian Football League last year and immediately improved Chicago’s offense. They climbed from 28th to 8th in total yards and from 16th to 2nd in points. More importantly for Cutler, Trestman took the Bears from 29th in passing yards to 5th. With another offseason together, this group could climb even higher in 2014.
5. Cutler is being overlooked in early fantasy drafts. According to MyFantasyLeague.com’s ADP data, Cutler is the 14th QB off the board. He’s going in the late 10th round of 12-team drafts. If that’s where he’s going in August, Cutler will be an absolute steal. He’s a good bet to finish as a top 10 QB and has the upside to crack the top 5.