Show Navigation
Show Menu

Jay Cutler's 2013 Fantasy Football Outlook

By Jared Smola 10:11pm EDT 6/4/13

We're just a couple weeks away from unveiling our 2013 player profiles and projections.  They're the basis for everything we do to help our members dominate their fantasy leagues! 

To whet your appetite, here's a free look at Jay Cutler's profile.  Draft Sharks Insiders will have access to over 300 of these when we go "live" later this month.  Not an Insider yet?  Click right here to get going!

JAY CUTLER

Cutler hasn't been the franchise signal-caller the Bears thought they were getting when they acquired him back in 2009.  He's compiled a 34-22 record as a starter but has reached the playoffs just once in 4 years.

Statistically speaking, Cutler has been mediocre.  He's completed 59.6% of his passes over the past 4 seasons.  He hasn't topped 60.5% and has been under 59% each of the past 2 years. 

Cutler tossed for 3,666 yards in his debut season with the Bears.  He hasn't reached that height since, though, averaging just 2,875 yards over the last 3 seasons.

Similarly, Cutler set a career high with 27 TDs in that '09 campaign.  He sunk to 23 the following year and has been under 20 each of the past 2 seasons.

Injuries have been an issue, too.  Cutler played in all 16 games in 2009.  But he missed 1 in 2010 with a concussion, 6 in 2011 with a fractured thumb and 1 more this past year with another concussion.

Cutler hasn't been much of an asset in fantasy football, either.  His peak with the Bears has been an 11th-place finish in 2009.  He's headed south since, ranking 14th, 26th and 23rd the last 3 years.

Cutler is no stranger to elite fantasy territory, though.  He finished 3rd among QBs in 2008, his final season in Denver.  Cutler teed off for 4,525 yards and 25 TDs that year.

2013 looks like his best chance yet to approach those numbers in Chicago.  The Bears have coughed up beaucoup bucks to add to Cutler's supporting cast.  The most vital addition was LT Jermon Bushrod.  The former Saint has allowed just 10 sacks over the past 3 seasons in 1 of the pass-heaviest offenses in the league.  He'll be a major upgrade over Cutler's 2012 blindside protector, J'Marcus Webb, who allowed 7 sacks.

The Bears also upgraded the interior of the O-line by adding free-agent G Matt Slauson and 1st-round rookie G Kyle Long.  This might not be a stalwart unit in 2013, but it should be a heckuva lot better than the one that allowed 44 sacks and finished 28th in Pro Football Focus' pass-blocking rankings last year.

TE Martellus Bennett should also help in that area.  The Bears signed him to a 4-year deal in free agency.  Bennett graded out as PFF's 3rd best pass-blocking TE last year.

Bennett will help as a receiver, too.  He broke out with 626 yards and 5 TDs last year and is the most talented TE Cutler has had since Greg Olsen departed after the 2010 season.

Of course, Brandon Marshall returns as Cutler's go-to guy.  Last year, the pair instantly rekindled the rapport they had built in Denver in 2007 and 2008.  Cutler targeted B-Marsh a whopping 192 times, connecting on 118 for 1,508 yards and 11 scores. 

Behind Marshall on the depth chart is promising youngster Alshon Jeffery.  In between hand and knee injuries, he averaged 15.3 yards per catch with 3 scores in his rookie year.  The former 2nd-round pick seems capable of emerging as a legit threat opposite Marshall.

Matt Forte returns as Chicago's starting RB in 2013.  He's one of the top pass-catching backs in the league, tallying 267 grabs and 2,325 yards over his first 5 pro seasons.  Both marks rank 3rd among RBs over that span.

There's plenty of talent here for Cutler to work with.  And new HC Marc Trestman is a good bet to get the most out of this group. 

Trestman was a position coach or offensive coordinator for 8 different NFL teams over 19 years.  He most recently served as HC of the CFL's Montreal Alouettes.  In 5 seasons there, he won 2 titles and lost in the championship another year.  Trestman was named the 2009 CFL Coach of the Year.

Trestman's Alouette squads were offensive powerhouses.  They ranked top 2 in both scoring and total yards in 4 of 5 seasons.  More importantly for Cutler, Trestman's offenses finished among the top 2 in passing all 5 years.

Trestman is highly regarded around the football community as a QB guru.  Over the past few years, he's worked with guys like Jason Campbell, Brock Osweiler, Brandon Weeden and … Jay Cutler.

Trestman praised Cutler's natural ability shortly after getting hired.  "It's not just that he's got a strong arm. He has the power basis to make all throws," Trestman said. "He's got an inventory of passes. He can do it all. He can drop it in. He can drive it in. He can slide it in. He can slow it down."

Trestman's offensive plans in Chicago are still mostly a mystery, although he has mentioned running some no-huddle and even some read-option.  One thing's for sure: the addition of an offensive-minded HC is good news for Cutler.

The fact that Cutler is entering the final year of his contract also bodes well for his 2013 fantasy outlook.  The team isn't expected to offer him a new deal this offseason, so Cutler will be playing for cash.  That worked out well for Joe Flacco last year.

Draft Sharks Bottom Line:

Because of poor offensive line play, inconsistent pass-catchers and injuries, Cutler has been a big-time disappointment over the past 3 seasons.  But his arrow is pointing up in 2013.  The Bears added a few reinforcements along the O-line, brought in talented TE Martellus Bennett and hired passing guru Marc Trestman as HC.  The pieces are in place for Cutler's numbers to take a significant leap forward.  And he'll come cheaply in fantasy drafts this summer.  Consider Cutler a value pick as a high-end QB2 or even as part of a QB-by-committee.


** Ready for over 300 more player profiles to help you dominate your fantasy league?  Become a Draft Sharks Insider right now!


In This Article

Related Fantasy Football

Premium Content Premium ContentDFS Showdown Tips: Monday Night Football

DFS Showdown Tips: Monday Night Football

10:50pm EST 12/19/21

Where are the fantasy football values in a rare Monday Night Football doubleheader?

Read More »
Premium Content Premium ContentDFS Showdown Tips: Bear-Packers

DFS Showdown Tips: Bear-Packers

3:40pm EST 12/12/21

Aaron Rodgers is back from bye. Justin Fields is back from injury. Who's ready to help your showdown lineups?

Read More »
Premium Content Premium ContentDFS Showdown Tips: Bears-Steelers

DFS Showdown Tips: Bears-Steelers

10:30am EST 11/8/21

Where will the points come from on Monday Night Football (if they come at all)?

Read More »
2018 Team Defense Draft Strategy

2018 Team Defense Draft Strategy

8:08am EDT 8/31/18

Picking a D/ST (or 2?) is a lot different than drafting the other positions. Here's our guide for what you should do on draft day ... and well into the regular season.

Read More »
The 2017 Fantasy Football Bye Weeks

The 2017 Fantasy Football Bye Weeks

9:04am EDT 4/21/17

Find out when the NFL will hit us with those value-draining 6-team byes and which QBs you won't want to pair in your next MFL 10 draft.

Read More »
How to Draft Tom Brady

How to Draft Tom Brady

9:07am EDT 7/18/16

How exactly should we value 12 games of Tom Brady in 2016 fantasy football drafts?

Read More »
2016 Team QB Rankings

2016 Team QB Rankings

10:07am EDT 7/11/16

Does your fantasy football draft include Team QB instead of individuals? If so, then here are your rankings ...

Read More »
Other rankings are stale  before the 2nd round.

Draft using the best dynamic tool in the industry. Our fantasy player valuations (DMVP) change during your draft in response to...

  1. Exact league settings - direct sync
  2. Opponent and Team Needs
  3. Positional scarcity & available players
  4. Ceiling, injury risk, ADP, and more!

You need a dynamic cheat sheet that easily live-syncs with your draft board and adapts throughout your draft using 17 crucial indicators.

Get your Draft War Room Today
Winning Your League Starts Here Trophy
Why Wouldn’t You Invest
$36 to Win Your League?
Check out thisleague-winning info
2023 Draft Package Now - Sept 15

$39

Get Instant Access
2023 In-Season Package Sept 5 - Mar 7

$39

Get Access Sept. 5
2023 DFS Package Sept 5 - Mar 7

$49

Get Access Sept. 5
Best Value – All Access Pass
DS Insider Membership All 3 Packages

$127 $36

Semi-annual
Get Instant Access
Draft War Room Included Draft War Room Draft War Room Draft War Room Included Draft War Room
Unlimited Live-Draft Sync Included Unlimited Live-Draft Sync Unlimited Live-Draft Sync Unlimited Live-Draft Sync Included Unlimited Live-Draft Sync
Award-Winning Player Rankings Included Award-Winning Player Rankings Award-Winning Player Rankings Award-Winning Player Rankings Included Award-Winning Player Rankings
3D Projections Included 3D Projections 3D Projections 3D Projections Included 3D Projections
In-Depth Player Profiles Included In-Depth Player Profiles In-Depth Player Profiles In-Depth Player Profiles Included In-Depth Player Profiles
Mock Draft Trainer Included Mock Draft Trainer Mock Draft Trainer Mock Draft Trainer Included Mock Draft Trainer
DMVP Trade Values Included DMVP Trade Values DMVP Trade Values DMVP Trade Values Included DMVP Trade Values
The Perfect Draft Included The Perfect Draft The Perfect Draft The Perfect Draft Included The Perfect Draft
Breakout & Comeback Player Included Breakout & Comeback Player Breakout & Comeback Player Breakout & Comeback Player Included Breakout & Comeback Player
Average Draft Position by Scoring Included Average Draft Position by Scoring Average Draft Position by Scoring Average Draft Position by Scoring Included Average Draft Position by Scoring
Scientific Injury Predictor Included Scientific Injury Predictor Scientific Injury Predictor Scientific Injury Predictor Included Scientific Injury Predictor
Insider Sleepers & Busts Included Insider Sleepers & Busts Insider Sleepers & Busts Insider Sleepers & Busts Included Insider Sleepers & Busts
In-Season Weekly Rankings In-Season Weekly Rankings Included In-Season Weekly Rankings In-Season Weekly Rankings Included In-Season Weekly Rankings
“Who Should I Start?” Tool “Who Should I Start?” Tool Included “Who Should I Start?” Tool “Who Should I Start?” Tool Included “Who Should I Start?” Tool
“Team Intel” Tool w/ Analysis & Notifications “Team Intel” Tool w/ Analysis & Notifications Included “Team Intel” Tool w/ Analysis & Notifications “Team Intel” Tool w/ Analysis & Notifications Included “Team Intel” Tool w/ Analysis & Notifications
Live-Sync Free Agent Finder Live-Sync Free Agent Finder Included Live-Sync Free Agent Finder Live-Sync Free Agent Finder Included Live-Sync Free Agent Finder
Trade Navigator Trade Navigator Included Trade Navigator Trade Navigator Included Trade Navigator
Player Shares Player Shares Included Player Shares Player Shares Included Player Shares
In-Depth Free Agent Gems In-Depth Free Agent Gems Included In-Depth Free Agent Gems In-Depth Free Agent Gems Included In-Depth Free Agent Gems
Buy/Sell/Hold Trade Advice Buy/Sell/Hold Trade Advice Included Buy/Sell/Hold Trade Advice Buy/Sell/Hold Trade Advice Included Buy/Sell/Hold Trade Advice
Strength-of-Schedule Data Strength-of-Schedule Data Included Strength-of-Schedule Data Strength-of-Schedule Data Included Strength-of-Schedule Data
DFS Lineup Builder DFS Lineup Builder DFS Lineup Builder Included DFS Lineup Builder Included DFS Lineup Builder
DFS Ownership Projections DFS Ownership Projections DFS Ownership Projections Included DFS Ownership Projections Included DFS Ownership Projections
Weekly Top Stacks Weekly Top Stacks Weekly Top Stacks Included Weekly Top Stacks Included Weekly Top Stacks
High-Stakes DFS Line-up Reviews High-Stakes DFS Line-up Reviews High-Stakes DFS Line-up Reviews Included High-Stakes DFS Line-up Reviews Included High-Stakes DFS Line-up Reviews
DFS Independent DFS Independent DFS Independent Included DFS Independent Included DFS Independent
Premium Insider Articles Included Premium Insider Articles Included Premium Insider Articles Included Premium Insider Articles Included Premium Insider Articles
Daily FF Email Updates Included Daily FF Email Updates Included Daily FF Email Updates Included Daily FF Email Updates Included Daily FF Email Updates
Breaking News Updates Included Breaking News Updates Included Breaking News Updates Included Breaking News Updates Included Breaking News Updates
To-the-Minute Game Day Inactives Included To-the-Minute Game Day Inactives Included To-the-Minute Game Day Inactives Included To-the-Minute Game Day Inactives Included To-the-Minute Game Day Inactives
All-Access Draft Sharks App All–Access Draft Sharks App Included All-Access Draft Sharks App Included All-Access Draft Sharks App Included All-Access Draft Sharks App Included All-Access Draft Sharks App
Get Instant Access Get Access Sept 5 Get Access Sept 5 Get Instant Access

Turn your phone into a draft weapon with our FREE APP

Download on the App Store Get It on Google Play