For the first time since time began, we’re all really happy to see Jay Cutler. Not because he’s set to individually save fantasy seasons, although he’s still a fine backup quarterback in standard leagues, and if Ben Roethlisberger owners are still desperate, you could do much, much worse.
No, we’re happy to see smokin’ Cutler and his chronic apathy because he’s so very important to the fantasy relevance of two other members of the Bears offense. Cutler leads our list of the remaining notable actives and inactives in today’s eight early games.
Jay Cutler (concussion): When Cutler passed his concussion tests yesterday, this was a formality. Unless you’re in a deep league, you’re not starting Cutler, because if you’re even remotely in contention for the playoffs, you’ve never started Cutler. But his presence means that Brandon Marshall owners can feel much better about themselves, as Marshall’s been targeted 14 times in the red zone this year, while no other Bears receiver has more than four. Matt Forte owners can start feeling a warm sensation too.
Julio Jones (ankle): Again, no surprise here, but questions about Jones’ effectiveness remain. However, the likelihood for a productive day is further elevated by the absence of Eric Wright (Achilles) in a Bucs’ secondary that’s already just the worst. E.J. Biggers and Leonard Johnson will start at cornerback for Tampa, with LeQuan Lewis getting slot work. Yeah, that could be a lot of fun.
Andrew Hawkins (knee): After emerging earlier in the season as A.J. Green’s wingman with eight receptions for 86 yards back in Week 1, Hawkins is now inactive for the second straight week, giving Mohamed Sanu an opportunity to continue his own emergence. Despite still being Andy Dalton’s third option behind Green and Jermaine Gresham, Sanu has scored two touchdowns over the past two weeks. He’s playing nearly every offensive snap, making Sanu an ideal flex option
Mike Goodson and Darren McFadden (ankles): Only Goodson had a chance to play this week, although said chance was about as good as, I dunno, my chances of getting a game-day call. Continue to roll with waiver wire super stud Marcel Reece, who has 392 yards from scrimmage since McFadden and Goodson went down three weeks ago.
Coby Fleener (shoulder): Fleener will miss his fourth straight game today, once again elevating Dwayne Allen’s value. Allen’s still scored only two touchdowns, but he’s become a more frequent target deep down the middle in Fleener’s absence, with a reception of 20 yards or more in four of his last six games. Allen’s also had over 50 receiving yards in three of the games since he became Andrew Luck’s primary option at tight end, which is very efficient production from a player who was a waiver claim a few weeks ago. The scoring will come soon.