Josh McCown's Updated Fantasy Value After Jay Cutler's Injury
As noted by Mark Maske of the Washington Post, Cutler exited the game after he was sacked hard by Chris Baker, ushering McCown into the starting lineup:
Jay Cutler hurt after being sacked by the Redskins' Chris Baker. Josh McCown takes over at quarterback for the Bears.— MarkMaske (@MarkMaske) October 20, 2013
Cutler couldn't make it into the locker room on his own two feet. Fox's Tony Siragusa reported on the sideline that the quarterback had to be carried to a golf cart, as noted by Tom Musick of the Northwest Herald:
Fox's Tony Siragusa says Jay Cutler couldn't walk anymore once he got to the tunnels, needed to be carried to a golf cart. #Bears— Tom Musick (@tcmusick) October 20, 2013
Once McCown took over, Bears fans everywhere had to have been lamenting the loss of Cutler, and ESPN's Marcellus Wiley was worried he might not last long after the quarterback took a hit:
Jay Cutler is out and Josh McCown is running around like he doesn't want to play long either….ah damn! #Bears— Marcellus Wiley (@marcelluswiley) October 20, 2013
Even if he does stay upright, McCown is nowhere near the quarterback Cutler is when healthy. However, he did finish Sunday's game against Washington with 204 yards and a touchdown pass, playing well in relief.
McCown has started games in the NFL 33 times in his career, during which time he's completed just 58 percent of his passes while throwing 37 touchdowns and 44 interceptions.
His starting experience is some comfort for Bears fans, but he's been a backup for a reason the past five years since starting nine games for Oakland back in 2007.
He isn't a starting-caliber quarterback, nor is he a viable fantasy option.
If you were counting on Cutler and are looking for another quarterback, you'd be better off with guys like Jake Locker, Geno Smith or even Carson Palmer.
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