If there is one thing Week 8 proved to fantasy owners, it's that you really can't trust Jay Cutler.
Even when he's put in a position to exceed — with a true No. 1 wide receiver and two capable running backs — Cutler will always find a way to not live up to the hype.
Matt Forte came around for his fantasy owners, and the defense continued to do their thing, despite not having the best day at the office. Let's see how your Chicago Bears did in terms of fantasy football.
Quarterback: Jay Cutler – As we just said, Cutler proved just how inconsistent his is. That isn't even referring to his week by week performance. That also goes for how he plays throughout the course of a game. His first half consisted of three turnovers (one interception and two fumbles lost) while his second half featured a touchdown throw, and a great two-minute drill. All in all, he finished the day with less than seven fantasy points which puts him outside the Top 25 quarterbacks. It's the games like these which makes Cutler owners and Bears fans alike shake their heads.
Running Back: Matt Forte – Forte is back in the primary back role in Chicago. This was made evident as Michael Bush received just three carries in this game. Forte on the other hand recorded 70 yards on the ground and 25 through the air, as well as a 15-yard touchdown run. He totaled 15.40 fantasy points this week in standard leagues which ranked him in the Top 10 for funning backs. Chicago should continue to work Forte moving forward, as everybody knows that he is the key to this offense.
Wide Receiver: Brandon Marshall – You know Marshall is having a good year when he records 98 yards and has an "off week." The 98 yards got his fantasy owners 9.8 points, which put him in the Top 20 as far as receivers went. He failed to find the end zone for the first time in three games, but Chicago wasn't playing in that end of much of the game. Marshall continued to show that he's the clear No. 1 and No. 2 target for Cutler has he caught four balls on the team's final drive to set up the winning kick. He should be a Top 5 wideout throughout the rest of the year.
Other Skill Players – We said it last week that nobody else on this roster is worth owning. Earl Bennett had 47 yards receiving (4.7 points) but the next best was Devin Hester and Bush, who both had just five yards. Chicago's offense really isn't good enough where these players need to be owned.
Tight End: Kellen Davis - We're still not sure why Davis would be your starting tight end as he doesn't receive the targets necessary to be worthy of a roster spot. He had one ball come his way in this one and he made the most of it reeling in a 12-yard touchdown reception. Sure, he was a Top 10 tight end this week with his 7.2 points, but the one target shows he isn't worth a roster spot.
Kicker: Robbie Gould – When an offense doesn't spend much of the game beyond the 50-yardline, a kicker won't get much done. Gould also missed one in this game, which hurt his value this week. He was outside the Top 10 this week with just six points. He was an essential part of Chicago's win as he made a 41-yard field goal as time expired, but didn't do you any good in fantasy this week. This is why we always say that a kicker is a kicker is a kicker. It's always random.
Defense/Special Teams – Despite giving up 22 points to the Panthers, Chicago's defense actually had a good fantasy day thanks to Tim Jennings. Jennings picked off a pass intended for Steve Smith and returned it for a touchdown — the team's sixth defense touchdown this year. They ended up with 12 fantasy points, which is actually low for them. That goes to show you how good a season this defense has had. They should be a consensus Top Three defense the rest of the way.Tags: Brandon Marshall, Chicago, Chicago Bears, Devin Hester, Earl Bennett, Football, Jay Cutler, Kellen Davis, Matt Forte, Michael Bush, NFL, Robbie Gould, Tim Jennings