It is not quite understandable with the way Josh McCown played last time out, but the Bears and Marc Trestman are going back to the error- and injury-prone Jay Cutler at quarterback this Sunday. You have to credit Trestman for his intestinal fortitude.
Trestman's coaching qualities might be the reason this offense works no matter who is playing quarterback right now. Cutler tells the Chicago Tribune's Dan Wiederer:
I think Trest for the last month really has a bead and a feel for what he likes to call, what we’re running well, what we feel comfortable with, what the offensive line likes in the running game.
If you want a third party on the quarterback decision, listen to wide receiver Brandon Marshall explain it to Wiederer:
There’s no one like (Cutler). Before the injury, he was playing at a high level—his best football ever. You could put him in any room in the NFL and he’s the smartest guy in the room. And his arm is unmatched. He’s our guy.
Cutler should also be the guy for anyone who was planning on starting McCown.
Start Packers QB vs. Dallas?
The Cowboys are the team McCown ripped last Sunday, and they happen to be the worst team in fantasy against quarterbacks by a wide margin. They cannot stop anyone. You probably shouldn't trust Matt Flynn in a standard league, though, if Aaron Rodgers (shoulder) is ruled out later Friday. If Rodgers plays, he is a must-start in crunch time.
Other Manning One Giant Bust
Peyton Manning is going to shatter records. Eli Manning has merely shattered the confidence of his one-time fantasy faithful. You absolutely cannot consider Manning against the Seattle Seahawks, the No. 1 pass defense in football and the No. 1 team in fantasy against quarterbacks.
Like Him More
On the other side of the ball in East Rutherford, N.J., you should love Russell Wilson to rebound. The Giants are a lame-duck team now, so fully expect the Seahawks to rout them on the road. The Giants are solid against the run—tied for 10th in the NFL—so Wilson should do the damage through the air. Expect 225-plus yards and three touchdowns.
Wilson is among the quarterbacks we like three spots better than the consensus this week:
- Russell Wilson
- Tom Brady
- Andy Dalton
- Carson Palmer
- Matt Flynn
Like Him Less
Ryan Tannehill has put together a pretty decent stretch of games, and he is at home in a must-win game against the Patriots, but he still doesn't rate among the viable starting options in a standard league in our book. There are just too many to consider over him.
Tannehill is among the quarterbacks we like less than the masses below:
- Cam Newton
- Nick Foles
- Alex Smith
- Ryan Tannehill
- Jason Campbell
Week 15 Quarterbacks Rankings—Eric Mack