Josh McCown's Updated Fantasy Value After Jay Cutler's Injury

Jesse ReedCorrespondent IOctober 20, 2013

CLEVELAND, OH - AUGUST 30: Quarterback Josh McCown #12 of the Chicago Bears makes a pass during the second half of a preseason game against the Cleveland Browns at Cleveland Browns Stadium on August 30, 2012 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
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Jay Cutler left the Chicago Bears' Week 7 game against the Washington Redskins with an injury, and Josh McCown isn't a great second option—both for the Bears and for fantasy football owners.

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:

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:

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:

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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