NFL fantasy football: Jay Cutler could be elite

Hungry Bears: It didn’t take long for Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler to gain his confidence after a 333-yard, two-touchdown day against the Indianapolis Colts. Speaking to CSNChicago.com, Cutler referred to his Thursday Night Football opponents the Green Bay Packers by sarcastically wishing them “good luck… we invite press coverage. We invite man.” The Vanderbilt product should be a little cocky about his Thursday night opponents after they allowed Alex Smith to complete 20 of his 26 pass attempts for 211 yards and two scores. The loss broke a 13-game home winning streak, but don’t expect lightning to strike twice. Aaron Rodgers and the Pack haven’t lost consecutive home games since 2008, the first season he was given the reins. Though that doesn’t necessarily mean much for fantasy owners, you should start your Bears as needed. Still, temper expectations on Brandon Marshall and Cutler. Not only will the Packers come ready, they won’t have to worry about a physical tight end and might try to make Alshon Jeffery the one to beat them while they focus their full attention on Marshall and Matt Forte.

Will Jay Cutler join the elite ranks now that he has the weapons? Sitthixay Ditthavong/Associated Press

Unpacked: Staying on topic, another storyline facing the Green Bay Packers is the health of Greg Jennings. The veteran suffered a pulled groin during his Week 1 matchup, missed practice on Tuesday and is listed as doubtful for Thursday’s game. Fantasy owners who own Jennings should keep a very close eye on the situation leading up to kickoff, but for those who own Aaron Rodgers, fear not, he has proven he can do it no matter who’s lined up out wide. Randall Cobb and James Jones each combined for 158 yards with a score during Week 1, aiding Rodgers in racking up 303 yards to go with two touchdowns and an interception. Given that the Bears only allowed 54 yards rushing to the Colts and the Packers only amassed 45 yards against the 49ers, this will be a matchup most likely won through the air for Green Bay.

No bailout: It looks like Oakland Raiders wideout Jacoby Ford could be headed for the PUP list. Coach Dennis Allen told the Associated Press that after Ford visited a specialist, “the medical people, felt like that surgery was probably the best thing for him.” After Carson Palmer’s struggles on Monday night, the addition of Denarius Moore will be a sight for sore eyes next week, but fantasy owners are going to want to avoid anyone on the team not named Darren McFadden. The good news is Run DMC will have every opportunity to rack up the points, but the bad news is it will put a lot of mileage on a running back who has had his fair share of injury issues. Ride the Arkansas product as far as he will take you, but until Moore or Darrius Heyward-Bey prove they are starter worthy, they should be sitting on your bench.

-Adrian Mojica
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