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The Bears announced that QB Jay Cutler has been benched for Week 16 in favor of QB Jimmy Clausen.  It's rock bottom for Cutler and a desperation move by Chicago.  Cutler certainly hasn't played up to his massive contract, but it's the Bears' fault for giving it to him.  Cutler has been a league-average QB this season, ranking 17th in QB Rating.  Clausen is in no way an upgrade.  He's not a fantasy option against the Lions this Sunday, and we're moving Alshon Jeffery, Marquess Wilson and Martellus Bennett down our rankings.

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Bears QB Jay Cutler completed 7 of 9 passes for 75 yards and 1 TD in 2 possessions against the Jaguars on Thursday night.  On the scoring drive, he found TE Martellus Bennett for 25 yards, WR Alshon Jeffery for 17 and then hit WR Brandon Marshall for a 4-yard score.  Cutler has now completed 72.7% of his passes with 2 TDs and 0 INTs through 2 preseason games, looking supremely comfortable in HC Marc Trestman's offense.  If he can stay healthy this season, Cutler has top-5 fantasy potential.  He's moving up our QB Rankings.

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Bears QB Jay Cutler is feeling more comfortable in his 2nd season in HC Marc Trestman's offense.  "Going into my ninth year, I think this is only the second or third time I've been in an offense multiple years," Cutler said. "We're still in the learning process, but guys have much more familiarity with what the concepts are and the formations and everything, so that's definitely going to be a help; less thinking and able to go fast."  Cutler also mentioned that it helps to have the same core group of offensive players returning.  Injuries got in the way of his 2013 season, but Cutler posted top-10 fantasy numbers in his 9 full games.  He has upside even beyond that this year.

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Bears QB Jay Cutler has made "incredible progress" with his fundamentals this offseason, according to position coach Matt Cavanaugh.  "To his credit, he’s taken every suggestion we’ve given and he’s embraced it," Cavanaugh said.  "From how he holds the ball to how he lines up in the`Gun’ pre-snap to how he drops back, to his throwing base to his follow-through. Every little fundamental we’ve talked to him about, he’s embraced, and it’s like night & day."  Cutler has always had elite natural arm talent.  He's surrounded by a stacked group of pass-catchers.  If he's truly cleaned up those fundamentals, he could be in for a huge 2014 season.  Cutler is one of our favorite value picks at the QB position.

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The Bears aren't letting QB Jay Cutler get away.  They signed the free-agent-to-be to a new 7-year contract.  The deal keeps him in Chicago through the 2020 season, when Cutler will be 37.  Cutler missed 5 games this year but looked good in HC Marc Trestman's offense when he was healthy.  Cutler's 63.1% completion rate was his best mark since 2007.  His 238 yards per game were his most since 2008.  And his 1.7 TDs per game were a career high.  With a great offensive mind in Trestman and a beastly WR duo in Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery, Cutler has big-time fantasy upside in 2014 and beyond.

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Bears HC Marc Trestman "left the door open" to the possibility of resting starters in Sunday night's game against the Eagles, according to beat writer Zach Zaidman.  Chicago could clinch the NFC North before kickoff if the Steelers beat the Packers and the Giants beat the Lions.  Getting both those results -- especially the latter -- is unlikely.  And even then, we doubt the Bears would deactivate their stars with 2 weeks until the playoffs.  Fantasy owners should play Jay Cutler, Matt Forte, Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffery and Martellus Bennett with confidence.

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Bears QB Jay Cutler got off to a rough start in his 1st action since Week 10.  His 1st possession ended with a red-zone INT when he tried to force the ball into WR Brandon Marshall.  Cutler then threw a pick-6 in the 2nd quarter.  But he settled down after that, tossing a 5-yard score to Marshall with 24 seconds left in the 1st half and 2 more TDs in the 2nd.  Cutler was especially good in the 4th quarter, when he completed 5 of 7 throws for 71 yards and 2 TDs.  He finished the day with 265 yards, 3 TDs and 2 INTs.  It was Chicago's 4th straight game with multiple passing TDs.  HC Marc Trestman has this passing game humming.  Cutler will be a fantasy starter with plenty of upside in a plus Week 16 matchup against the Eagles.

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Bears HC Marc Trestman named Jay Cutler his starting QB for Sunday's game against the Browns.  It means Cutler responded well to yesterday's practice.  He'll still carry plenty of risk as a Week 15 fantasy starter, though.  Cutler struggled when returning from injury in Week 10, tossing for 250 yards, 1 TD and 1 INT before getting pulled late in the game.  Of course, there's upside here, too.  Cutler was sitting 8th among QBs in fantasy points through 6 healthy weeks.  And this Bears passing game is humming.  Click here to see where Cutler sits in our Week 15 QB Rankings.

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Bears QB Jay Cutler (ankle) has been cleared to work out "full speed," per HC Marc Trestman.  The team will put him through a "thorough" workout on Wednesday and then make a decision on its Week 15 starter.  Trestman will announce that decision tomorrow.  He added that he's "optimistic" about Cutler's status.  It sounds like he's now the favorite to start Sunday's game against the Browns.  Fantasy owners should still hang on to QB Josh McCown for now.  Whoever starts will be a sure-fire fantasy starter.

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Bears QB Josh McCown was brilliant again on Monday night, racking up 348 yards and 4 TDs, plus another score on the ground.  He's averaging 352 yards and 3 total scores over his last 3 games.  But HC Marc Trestman reiterated after Monday night's win that a healthy Jay Cutler remains his starting QB.  "There's no change in the plan," Trestman said. "We'll see where Jay is this week. He'll have to be released by the doctors. When Jay is ready to play, he'll be playing."  Trestman added that Cutler will need to put in a full week of practice before returning to the starting lineup.  Both Bears QBs are worth owning in fantasy right now.  Trestman has this passing game humming.  Chicago gets a mediocre Browns pass defense in Week 15, followed by a dream matchup against the Eagles in Week 16.

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Bears QB Jay Cutler (ankle) was listed as a limited participant in Thursday's practice.  It's unclear exactly how much he did, but it certainly gives him a chance to play against the Cowboys on Monday night.  Hopefully we'll have a better idea of Chicago's QB situation before the games kick off on Sunday.  Whoever starts at QB -- Cutler or Josh McCown -- will have huge fantasy upside.

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Bears QB Jay Cutler (ankle) is hoping to return for Monday night's game against the Cowboys.  But he's yet to gain medical clearance to do so. “Getting better,” Cutler said of the ankle Monday. “Still got to talk to the doctors, gotta go through some stuff this week. I don’t know. I think if we’re gonna have any shot at playing, I’m gonna have to practice [this week]. I still feel like I’m gonna get back here really soon. I want to play. It’s just the trainers and doctors and going through the scenario we’ve got to go through.”  Consider Cutler 50-50 for Week 14.  Whoever starts for Chicago -- Cutler or Josh McCown -- will be a QB1 in fantasy.

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Bears QB Jay Cutler (ankle) has already been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Vikings.  But he believes he has a good chance of being cleared for Week 14.  "I'd be pretty disappointed if I wasn't able to play for that game," Cutler said Monday.  QB Josh McCown has played well in Cutler's absence, but the Bears offense will get a boost with the return of their starter.  Cutler will have an extra day to get ready for Week 14 with the Bears taking on the Cowboys on Monday Night Football.

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Bears HC Marc Trestman confirmed that QB Jay Cutler (ankle) is not expected to be ready for Sunday's game against the Vikings.  He's dealing with a significant ankle injury and is still considered week-to-week.  QB Josh McCown turned in another solid effort against the Rams and will be a high-end QB2 vs. Minnesota's leaky pass defense.

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