Bear Down, gamers. Bear Down. (USAT)
Each week the Noise highlights 12-13 somewhat obscure, un-obvious names who he believes are destined to torch the competition. To qualify, each player must be started in fewer than 60 percent of Yahoo! leagues. Speaking as an accountability advocate, I will post results, whether genius or moronic, the following week using the scoring system shown here. If you're a member of TEAM HUEVOS, reveal your Week 14 Flames in the comments section below.
Jay Cutler, Chi, QB (5-percent started)
Matchup: vs. Dal
The Bears are suffering from a severe case of bipolarity. On defense, they are a sieve, particularly against the run. Holes the width of Lake Superior have become a regularity, allowing even the most marginal RBs to chew up large chunks of real estate. When Benny Cunningham tramples you for 100-plus yards, that says it all. On offense, Chicago is as spectacular as its defense is atrocious. With Matt Forte, Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffery and Martellus Bennett on roster, it’s nearly impossible not to put up monster numbers in Marc Trestman’s high-flying scheme. Just look at journeyman Josh McCown, a passer entering the year who hadn't eclipsed the 300-yard mark in a game since 2006, or when people actually gave two craps about 'American Idol.' Over the past two weeks, he’s averaged 353.5 passing yards per game and totaled four passing touchdowns. Cutler told the Trib Monday he would be “pretty disappointed” if he wasn't active this week. Assuming he practices in-full Thursday, His Smugness should meet his goal. Against a decrepit Dallas secondary, which has yielded the most fantasy points to QBs this year, Cutler is in line to register his sixth 20-plus fantasy point performance in nine tries. If unavailable, McCown would be a clear-cut top-five option.
Fearless Forecast (Cutler or McCown): 321 passing yards, 3 passing touchdowns, 0 interceptions, 7 rushing yards, 28.8 fantasy pointsRead More »from Week 14 Flames: In possible return, Jay should be Cut above the rest