It didn't take long for the Bears to change perceptions. At the end of a sluggish preseason, the Jay Cutler sleeper shine had worn off. I didn't think I was particularly high on Cutler – (Silva and Wesseling ranked him higher than me in our magazine) – but I wound up owning Cutler in two of my three leagues because Sweet Baby Jay's stock plummeted late in August.
I've never been in fewer than 8-9 leagues because of work until now. Three is awesome. Highly recommended.)
In two weeks, Devin Aromashodu
went from everyone's favorite sleeper to fantasy waiver wires. Earl Bennett
has taken his role. Aromoshadu will probably have a few big weeks, but I don't think he's worth waiting for in most formats. (For what it's worth, Rotoworld listed Aromashodu on our busts list.) The big question in Chicago was whether Cutler had enough weapons. The mistake was looking only at wide receiver.Greg Olsen
has proven to be a far bigger factor in Mike Martz's scheme than anyone imagined. I'm not convinced Olsen can be consistent in fantasy leagues, but the team essentially uses Olsen as a wideout, not a tight end. Chester Taylor
completed the offense. He's not playing a ton of snaps, but his presence guarantees that an elite pass-catching back is in the game at all times.
Most importantly, Cutler is slinging the ball again. He's making throws other quarterbacks simply can't make. He's always been aggressive, which suits Martz's offense perfectly.
This week against Green Bay provides another test for Cutler, but he's shown me enough. I'm willing to live with a few ups, downs, and interception. He's not coming out of my lineup.Week 3 Quarterbacks
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In lieu of the normal notes culled only from re-watching games, I'm going to review what players at each position have seen their value change the most after only two weeks of the season.Going up
: Every year, we look at the final magazine rankings and know there will somehow be a bunch of undrafted guys that turn into every week fantasy starters. Michael Vick
is one of those guys this year. The old fantasy incarnation was oddly consistent because his running game was the great equalizer. Vick actually seems like he's maturing as a passer, but he barely needs to be a top ten guy.Carson Palmer
is coming off an ugly box score, but he would actually inch up my rankings now. The arm looks better; he can be a higher-level QB2. … I pumped up Kyle Orton
quite a bit this offseason, but it wasn't enough. He was still ranked as an endgame QB2. Now he's closer to top-15 range. … Would Joe Flacco
move down if I had to do it over? Not really. Most quarterbacks would struggle against the Jets and Bengals. Give him time. … We've gone over Cutler, but he could possibly now sneak into the top six quarterbacks or so. I'd put him roughly around Matt Schaub
and Tony Romo
. … Sam Bradford
would now be ranked as barely draftable. Which is pretty damn good for a rookie quarterback. Going down:
The top guys are who we thought they were. Romo's YPA will bump up. … Kevin Kolb
will go down as a bust, even if he gets his job back eventually. I wouldn't hold on him in redraft leagues. … Despite Miami's winning start, Chad Henne
looks less potentially explosive than I hoped. … Very excited to see what Matt Ryan
does this week. I own him in our office league and have concerns despite the three scores last week. … Brett Favre
is a matchup-play type of quarterback now, not an every-week starter like he was last year. … Matt Cassel
's sleeper shine is wearing off, but it never figured to be an easy transition to Charlie Weis' schemes.