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Jay Cutler: Fantasy Owners Should Avoid Bears QB Even If He's Cleared to Play

CHICAGO, IL - NOVEMBER 11:  Quarterback Jay Cutler #6 of the Chicago Bears looks to pass against the Houston Texans during the game at Soldier Field on November 11, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Rick WeinerFeatured ColumnistNovember 12, 2012

Jay Cutler was a shaky option for your fantasy squad in Week 11 before he suffered a concussion against the Houston Texans on Sunday night.

Jay Cutler is out for the second half with a concussion. Jason Campbell will replace him at QB. #Bears #HOUvsCHI

— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) November 12, 2012

After getting his bell rung, there's no way I'd be starting him this week in what is sure to be a critical game for your fantasy squad—even if he is medically cleared.

Chicago travels to San Francisco for a Monday night spat against the San Francisco 49ers, a team Cutler has never beaten in two career games.

While he's completed nearly 60 percent of his passes (50-of-84) for 537 yards against San Francisco, Cutler has thrown only one touchdown pass to six interceptions.

There's no silver lining to be found in those numbers.

From the look of things, it doesn't seem as if the Bears themselves have much faith that Cutler will be able to play on Monday night, per the Chicago Sun-Times:

With uncertain status of Jay Cutler's concussion, source tells @suntimes #Bearsexpected to re-sign QB Josh McCown. suntm.es/UjKtEQ

Suntimes (@Suntimes) November 12, 2012

With the 49ers pass defense being among the best in the NFL—allowing fewer than 200 yards passing per game and with nearly as many interceptions (six) as touchdown passes allowed (eight)—this wasn't a great matchup for Cutler to start.

Throw in the fact that he's concussed and the lingering effects a concussion can have, and the choice is clear.

Cutler is simply too risky to start in a Week 11 game that is sure to be crucial to your fantasy squad's playoff hopes.

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