Jay Cutler will be back under center in Week 15, while another NFC North quarterback remains sidelined. And will a bum elbow keep the Cardinals’ quarterback from taking flight against the Titans in Music City this afternoon?
Jay Cutler, QB, Chicago Bears at Cleveland Browns
As promised, Cutler will resume the starting job now that he’s been cleared to return from his ankle injury. Cutler is listed as Probable for today’s game and it’s already been announced that he will replace Josh McCown under center. This is certainly a blow for those who took a chance on McCown, as he fared very well in the starting role. Cutler is just as capable of putting up similar numbers with the weapons he has, but the rust factor and a Browns defense that’s tied for seventh in the NFL against the pass certainly have to be taken into consideration. Whether or not you decide to roll with Cutler with so much on the line this week will likely come down to your appetite for risk-taking at this point of the season. I would carefully consider all of my options before settling on someone who hasn’t played in more than a month.
Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers at Dallas Cowboys
Rodgers returned to practice this week on a limited basis, but he will miss a sixth game as he continues his recovery from a broken collarbone. Depending on the outcome against the Cowboys, it’s not out of the question that the Packers decide to keep Rodgers out the rest of the season as a precaution. For now, Matt Flynn will get the call once again and he was able to rebound (258-1-1) last week from his horrific showing on Thanksgiving Day. Dallas’ defense is the worst in the league, but there’s still a fair amount of risk in trusting Flynn with so much at stake this week.
Carson Palmer, QB, Arizona Cardinals at Tennessee Titans
Palmer was Questionable last week with an elbow injury and he proceeded to throw for 269 yards and a touchdown in the win over the Rams. The elbow is still bothering him enough that he was limited in practice and is listed as Questionable to face the Titans. However, he is expected to be under center for the Cardinals. If there’s any reason for concern with starting Palmer this week it’s because he’s facing a Tennessee defense that has done a good job against the pass and can get to the quarterback. Put it all together and Palmer is a risky fantasy play this week, even in 2-QB leagues.