During Week 10 of the 2013 NFL regular season, the Chicago Bears returned their passing game to full strength. Jay Cutler was back under center, Brandon Marshall was on the receiving end of a high number of passes and Chicago looked like its normal self.
Moving forward, both players will continue to be consistent fantasy football players.
During the Bears' 21-19 loss to the Detroit Lions, Cutler was 21-of-40 for 250 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Marshall finished with seven receptions for 139 yards and two touchdowns, catching one from backup Josh McCown.
Every time Chicago plays at home, Marshall seems to find the end zone.
At home or on the road, Marshall is a must-start.
Coming into Week 10, he had 53 receptions for 647 yards and six touchdowns. Even as Cutler battled injuries, the 29-year-old wide receiver proved that he's still one of the top five players at his position with yet another dominant stretch of performances.
Where does Brandon Marshall rank amongst wide receivers?
Prior to this week's game against the Lions, Cutler had put together a strong season with 1,658 yards, 12 touchdowns and seven interceptions in seven games. For as well as he's played, Cutler still hasn't emerged as your quintessential fantasy football stud.
He'll toss a touchdown or two each week, but if you're looking for Peyton Manning-like consistency, Cutler isn't your guy yet.
Marshall remains a must-start player, but Cutler is a quarterback who should be evaluated based on his weekly matchups. Consistently producing 200-plus yards and two touchdowns makes him a safe start, but his explosive performances are limited.
A strong first game back from injury is a good sign for future performances, but you should be wary moving forward.