The Chicago Bears currently have a quarterback conundrum on their hands. As of early Thanksgiving afternoon, the team isn’t sure whether or not starting signal-caller Jay Cutler will be back under center for Sunday’s game.
While the latest reports (courtesy of Michael C. Wright of ESPN Chicago) are that Cutler has returned to practice in a limited fashion, he’s still not completely cleared and the team is leaning towards keeping the starter on the bench for Week 12’s contest against the Minnesota Vikings.
If Cutler misses a second straight week, fantasy owners of the gunslinger must go with backup plans to adapt and succeed against their opposition—especially with the fantasy postseason a few mere weeks away.
Here are some options that can likely be found in the free-agent pile in your league that are worth a shot if Cutler can’t go.
The San Francisco 49ers have just declared that the second-year man has earned the starting QB job over Alex Smith this week, and has an excellent matchup against the last-ranked defense in the NFL, the New Orleans Saints.
Kaepernick performed admirably against an elite Chicago secondary in Week 11, completing 16 of 23 passes for 243 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions. While he didn’t use his feet (just four rushes for 10 yards), he does have the option to take off when it’s available.
We expect that he’s going to have a monster game against the Saints and start pushing Smith towards a full-time backup role by the time the NFL playoffs hit. Kaepernick could pay off as an every-week starter if you take a chance on him early.
The Bears backup QB could be your fantasy backup for Cutler, and should be available in nearly every league.
As a former starter in Washington and Oakland, Campbell knows how to manage a team and is certainly capable of putting up big stats given an opportunity. He struggled against the brick wall that is the 49ers defense this past Monday, but shouldn’t have much trouble against the Vikes in Week 12.
If you are in a bind and there aren’t many options in the waiver pile, grab Campbell and hope that Cutler can come back to eviscerate Minny, while having the peace of mind that a solid contingency plan brings.
Seattle has been a surprising contender in 2012, and Russell Wilson is a large reason for its success.
The rookie signal-caller has completed 157 of 253 passes for 1,827 yards, 15 touchdowns and eight interceptions. He’s also great at extending plays and making things happen on the ground, rushing 52 times for 189 yards.
Wilson has been much more successful at home than on the road, and faces a tough test this week down in South Beach when the Seahawks travel across the country to take on the Miami Dolphins.
With that being said, he did put up solid numbers in his last road outing, in a loss against the Detroit Lions back in Week 8. Wilson connected on 25 of 35 passes for 236 yards and two touchdowns, with just one interception.
The former Wisconsin QB has scored at least two TDs in each of the two contests following that contest and should add a few more this coming Sunday as he’s refreshed off Week 11’s bye.
Keep it tuned here on B/R for the latest fantasy news, updates, opinions and analysis on Jay Cutler’s injury and potential replacements for the QB on Sunday.