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The Jay Cutler Trade: Fantasy Implications for Denver and Chicago

SAN DIEGO - DECEMBER 28:  Quarterback Jay Cutler #6 of the Denver Broncos throws a pass against the San Diego Chargers during the NFL game at Qualcomm Stadium on December 28, 2008 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
The SportmeistersAnalyst IApril 3, 2009

by Derek of The Sportmeisters


So, when I wrote my blog predicting the fantasy implications of a Jay Cutler trade just 24 hours ago, the Bears weren’t on that list.


But now, with the trade complete (Broncos get QB Kyle Orton, 2009 and 2010 first round picks, 2009 third-round pick, Bears get Cutler and 2009 fifth-round pick), lets break down how this affects your fantasy big board for 2009. 



Chicago Bears Fantasy Impact


Obviously, the most impacted player in this deal is Cutler. ESPN’s Matthew Berry, or The Talented Mr. Roto as he is also known, has Cutler dropping outside his Top 10. I disagree. 


Cutler has the pieces around him to have another solid fantasy season. He has a solid O-Line to protect him, including the signing of T Orlando Pace who, when healthy, is one of, if not the best pass blocker in the NFL


I haven’t done actual rankings yet, but if I had to, I would put Cutler around number seven behind  Drew Brees, Philip Rivers, Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, Kurt Warner, and Tony Romo


RB Matt Forte jumps up as well, because with an actual QB at the helm, Defenses can no longer stack eight in the box vs. Forte, who also caught 63 passes last year. 


TE Greg Olsen had a breakout year in 2008, catching 54 balls for 574 yards and five touchdowns and the upgrade from Kyle Orton to Jay Cutler pushes him up into my top eight.  However, the guy I really love is WR Devin Hester. 


Last year, Hester showed some talent as a WR last year catching 51 balls for 665 yards and three touchdowns. This year, he is the front-runner for a starting WR job and, with his home-run threat speed, will be an intriguing middle to late round sleeper next year.



Denver Broncos Fantasy Impact


This move will be good for Orton. He will have to compete with Chris Simms for the starting job, but is the front-runner right now and is a perfect fit in Josh McDaniels' offense. Orton could be a nice late round sleeper in upcoming drafts. 


WR’s Brandon Marshall and Eddie Royal slip, but not too much considering the new offense is being led by the mastermind who orchestrated Tom Brady’s fifty touchdown season.


As an extra positive note for Marshall, WR Randy Moss had 23 TD’s that year. 


We will have to wait and see who emerges as the starting RB (Correll Buckhalter, J.J. Arrington, Selvin Young, Ryan Torain, LaMont Jordan, or Peyton Hillis) to determine fantasy value there, but once Training Camp and OTA’s get underway, we will have a better idea there.


So that's the fantasy impact of the Chicago Bears and Denver Broncos swap.  Any questions or comments, feel free to email me at

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