Strength of schedule is calculated from the opponents projected fantasy points allowed for the QB position. The best rating is +16 which gives the player the advantage against the defense and indicates an easy opponent, the worst rating is -16 which gives the defense the advantage and indicates a tough opponent.
It’s scary to think about what Cutler’s 2012 numbers would have looked like without Brandon Marshall suiting up for the Monsters of the Midway. But even with Marshall serving as Cutler’s top target, the Bears triggerman still failed to crack the ranks of the top-20 fantasy quarterbacks for the second straight year. He has averaged only 2,676 passing yards and 16 touchdown passes per season during that stretch. However, with offensive-minded new head coach Mark Trestman leading a long-overdue overhaul of Chicago’s feeble offense, the fantasy QB2 arrow is pointing up for Cutler. The Bears finally upgraded an offensive line that allowed him to be sacked 148 times in 56 games. Newcomer Martellus Bennett is a much-needed safety valve option. Pass-catching back Matt Forte and promising second-year receiver Alshon Jeffery round out a supporting cast that has potential. Some have forgotten that the 30-year-old Cutler is a rare talent who possesses a great arm and fantastic mobility. Back in 2008, he racked up 4,526 passing yards and 25 touchdown passes. Don’t expect that level of production from Cutler in 2013, but top-15 fantasy passer production is a reasonable prediction.
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2008 Draft Central
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Round 8, Pick 8
Positives A good passer on an always strong offense, Cutler is one of the two QBs I was targeting in the eighth round (Bulger being the other). He somewhat disappointed last year finishing 10th overall (not that much of a disappointment in my mind) so people are undervaluing him this year. I look for another top 10 performance this year. Negatives Missing Brandon Marshall for however many games he misses because of suspension will hurt Cutler's stats for a bit, but his chemistry with Sheffler could make up for that early. Draft Strategy Well, one of the QBs fell to me in the correct round finally. This is what I need now and the price is right, easy pick. (Contributed by: Baron_Fel)
Round 8, Pick 1
Positives Solid QB, put up good #'s last year while playing with undiagnosed diabetes. Could be even better this year while not dealing with massive weight loss, etc. Negatives Marshall suspended for two games. Draft Strategy Deliberately left QB for a while but wanted to address it in this swing. Very happy to get my 7th ranked QB in the 8th round.
Judging by the activity in the 8th/9th, I timed it right as he most definitely would not have come back to me .. round nine is working back to me and the best QB left on my board is now #14 ... (Contributed by: Budman)
Round 7, Pick 10
Positives Last year Cutler threw for nearly 3500 yds and had 20 TDs. I believe he has learned what Mike Shanahan has been trying to teach him. I feel he will be improving on his stats, perhaps approaching 3800-4000 passing yards and 20+ TDs. Negatives Not having Brandon Marshall for at least 2 games will not help his numbers. There are a few question marks after Marshall as far a receivers go so his numbers could suffer in the 1st 2 games. Draft Strategy I had Cutler slated for my 7.10 pick and was happy to land him there. I like the rookie Eddie Royal to eventually earn the #2 spot. Marshall's suspension may affect his numbers for a couple of games, but I don't think too much. We shall see. It was between Cutler and Garrard for this pick and I decided on Cutler this year mainly because he will have Marshall to throw to. (Contributed by: RatSlinger)