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Like/Dislike: Worst week ever for Jay Cutler

What we are talking about:

  • Mark Sanchez

One last chance to do it

  • Doug Martin

Dude, too little, too late

  • John Cena

Who will he face at 'Mania?

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*Adam Rank is disappointed that he won't get to see Lizzy Caplan shine in a starring role in "The Interview" on account of current events. Sort of the same way that Alshon Jeffery might not shine with Jimmy Clausen under center in Chicago. But he thinks both Caplan and Jeffery will have the chance to rebound. *

The Chicago Bears made a stunning (really?) announcement this week when they decided to pull the plug on Jay Cutler's season. (Career?) And if you think things couldn't get worse for Cutler, he also had a cameo in "The Interview" too!

I'm kidding. But could you imagine? That would be like the worst week possible. But don't cry for Cutler. Like Seth Rogen and James Franco, all were paid handsomely and will eventually find work again. And the upshot for Jay is that it's only the Bears' fans who are upset with him, not an entire country.

Although fantasy enthusiasts are upset as well because of the collateral fallout. Much like many movie enthusiasts will lament a missed opportunity to see Lizzy Caplan on the silver screen and will have to watch "Hot Tub Time Machine" one more time. That's who I really wanted to see. Forget Rogen and Franco, I've seen their act before. This was going to be a chance for Lizzy to get out there and shine. Similarly, this was going to be a great opportunity for Alshon Jeffery to do his thing this week, too.

Although, I don't believe Jeffery's value takes that big of a hit. Jeffery had his best success with Josh McCown last season. You could make the case it was really McCown who was responsible for Alshon's breakout 2013 season. So here we have Jimmy Clausen coming in and who do you think he is going to look for here? His first read will likely be Jeffery. And if that's not open, it will be a check-down to Martellus Bennett or Matt Forte.

So it's not all doom and gloom for Jeffery. He can still go out and have a pretty good afternoon. All we need is for Clausen to get lucky with one pass to Jeffery. He can do that, right? Yes, I saw Clausen's rookie season. But one pass! That's all we need, just one pass.

And similarly, Lizzy will be in "Now You See Me: The Second Act" in 2016. So she will rebound. But wait, a minute, Franco will be in this movie. Damn it; don't ruin this one, too, Franco! At least Jeffery will be clear of Cutler after the season. Poor Lizzy, she really does deserve better than this.

The fun part of this Cutler saga is fantasy booking his next landing spot. I have an idea that's pretty crazy, but just might work. I don't have time for that now. I'll tackle that in the Madden predictions on Friday. (Or if you read this during the weekend, you can find the Madden predictions on my author page. Yes, I have one. And no, I don't know why.)

A big hand to stats mavens Careen Falcone, Matty Fredrickand The Mick for dropping the knowledge. Oh, and our man **Patrick Crawley** continues "Patrick's Corner" this week.

And without further ado ...

Don't forget Mark Sanchez did have a nice string of 300-yard games. Washington has allowed the third-most fantasy points to quarterbacks over the last month. And Chip Kelly hasn't publicly ripped him.

I think that "(insert coach)" has gone into full-Costanza mode to get fired. But what the (expletive) is up with Jay Gruden? I halfway expect him to turn all of the TVs at Redskins Park to reruns of "South Park" or something.

Robert Griffin III has a 101.4 passer rating in four starts against the Eagles. I mean, if you want to base this just on the matchup and trend, it's hard to find a reason not to start him.

Philip Rivers has done very well in his history against the 49ers as he has thrown five touchdowns with no interceptions. And the 49ers might have already mailed it in.

Matthew Stafford had 390 yards and two touchdowns against the Chicago Bears in Week 13. That might be a conservative estimate this time around.

Matt Ryan has played too well as of late to leave on your bench. Ryan passed for 446 yards and three touchdowns in Week 1 against the Saints. He's going to be the QB who lurks in the middle rounds of fantasy drafts next season, but ends up leading you well into the playoffs.

Drew Brees has won seven of his eight starts at home against Atlanta with a passer rating of 103.8. There have been great matchups at home for Brees this season and he's failed to deliver. But I just have a feeling this is the time he finally puts it together. You know, he could be poised for a monster playoff run, too.

The Saints would host a playoff game if they win the NFC South. Then it would be on to Detroit or Arizona. Then another game against Arizona or possibly Dallas. The Saints could even play host to the Packers in the NFC Championship Game. Crazy, but possible.

Alex Smith is a great start this week as the Steelers have allowed the most points to fantasy quarterbacks over the last month. Smith might even throw to a wide receiver this week!

Ben Roethlisberger has 2,822 passing yards with 21 TDs and five picks in his last eight starts. Granted, I believe about 20 of those came in a two-game stretch (probably), still impressive.

Teddy Bridgewater has a passer rating of 103.3 in his last three starts. The Dolphins have been real generous to opposing quarterbacks as of late.

ImageThere is a huge void in my schedule with "Sons of Anarchy" finished. I do enjoy "Homeland" which has been excellent, but I did get a chance to catch up on some movies in the DVR. I watched "North Shore" a couple of weeks ago and then a buddy came by and I had to watch it again. I find it no coincidence Rex Burkhead scored to be a "That Helps No One" all-star in the same week I watched a movie with Lance Burkhardt. Actually, that is coincidence.

ImageOne thing I finally was able to catch up on was the NXT Takeover: R Evolution PPV. NXT has been better than the main roster for a long time, and people are now just becoming hip to it. Which is fine. NXT has become wrestling's version of "The Daily Show" which is the defacto news program for smart people. RAW is like the FOX News or CNN, wrestling dumbed down for the masses. I don't know if RAW will ever regain the edge in quality over NXT. But maybe one day the WWE Network will have a series based on the NXT and WWE wars.

Mark Ingram had two touchdowns against the Falcons in Week 1, but I would be very wary of him this week. I'd play him with slight confidence. Pierre Thomas would be my pick of the Saints backs in daily fantasy leagues. He's a PPR machine.

Steven Jackson has seven touchdowns in his last eight meetings against the Saints. He has either rushed for 100 yards or scored a touchdown in five of his last seven.

C.J. Anderson has averaged 135.3 scrimmage yards with six total touchdowns in his last six games. He's the real deal, folks. He will be a first-round pick next year if Peyton Manning doesn't retire. The reliance of Anderson the last few weeks showed Manning (or John Fox) realized the old gun slinger doesn't have it. And he might decide to devote more time to Papa John's or one of his many business ventures during the offseason and call it a career.

Jeremy Hill is the truth. We said during the preseason he was going to inherit the 200 carries the Law Firm left behind. He's made the most of them and he is perfect for this offense.

LeSean McCoy rushed for 184 yards and a touchdown in his last game at Washington. I just wanted to give some hope for those of you still alive with McCoy this week.

Alfred Morris had a touchdown in his last home meeting against the Eagles. Sounds like Jay Gruden doesn't want to give the ball to RG3 too much, so Morris is an excellent play.

Jonathan Stewart is another great play this week if he's the solo back. I'm sure this might just be me in the chase after Hills' points from last week. But Stewart has been great in his last three games.

I wouldn't shy away from Fred Jackson just because his buddy C.J. Spiller is back. This will probably actually inspire Jackson to have another great game.

Justin Forsett was more like Bustin Forsett last week, am I right? Sorry, I stole that one from Molly. But Forsett will be good against the Texans this week.

Joique Bell had 91 yards and a pair of touchdowns the last time the Lions played the Bears. Barring a straight-up Festivus miracle, this one isn't going in the Bears favor this week. Ring the bell!

ImageJon Lester did something cool this week when choose to wear No. 34 with the Cubs in honor of Kerry Wood and Walter Payton. More sports cities should retire numbers across all sports. Nobody in Chicago should be able to wear 23. That's kind of easy because Jordan and Ryne Sandberg. But how cool would it be if nobody in Los Angeles sports wore No. 32 for Magic Johnson. Again easy because Sandy Koufax wore the number for the Dodgers. I'm surprised Pittsburgh hasn't retired 66 in all sports. That would be the most obvious city to start this.

If you survived Jordy Nelson's brutal drop last week, congratulations. But I wouldn't have any hesitation to throw him back into your lineup. Randall Cobb is good, too.

Odell Beckham Jr. is the pickup of the year. He's the best rookie receiver by far. And you would be foolish to be one of those guys who believe he can't do it again next year.

This just made me realize I skipped over Tre Mason who you probably have a lot of questions about. I play him against the Giants run defense. He's poised for a huge day.

T.Y. Hilton is a Gwen Steffani (No Doubt) when healthy. I would look to Donte Moncrief if Hilton is unable to go, however. Moncrief is also a good value in your daily leagues, too, no matter Hilton's status for this week.

Jeremy Maclin has four 100-yard games in his past five meetings with Washington, included in the mix is his 154 yards and a touchdown against them in Week 3. Jordan Matthews might be your better value in daily fantasy leagues. He had a pair of touchdowns in their last game.

Kelvin Benjamin drops the ball a lot. He still has a lot to learn as a receiver. But he kind of reminds me of Demaryius Thomas early in his career when he was just raw potential. Benjamin has 952 receiving yards and nine TDs. It took DT three years to hit that mark.

Calvin Johnson had 26.6 fantasy points against the Chicago Bears on Thanksgiving. The Bears have allowed the fifth-most fantasy points to receivers. Golden Tate is also an excellent option. I know, this could end up as a blowout and the Lions could run the ball like 67 times in this game. But now you're just Springfield Nine-ing this thing when you do that.

Tom Brady has thrown for 20 TDs with just seven picks in 12 career roadies in New York. That was when Rex Ryan's club tried. And had Darrelle Revis. I see Bill Belichick looking to put it on Ryan one last time before he gets out of town. So I would start Brandon LaFell and Julian Edelman. LaFell has five touchdowns in his last five roadies.

ImageOur college football editor Andy Fenelon had this crack, 'Watching the game film of Cleveland and Cincinnati made me appreciate how great of a WR Mike Evans is.' Boom, roasted.

Marcus Mariota has the reputation of being "too nice" all of a sudden. Really? Has it held back Andrew Luck who congratulates opposing defenders on great hits? I really hope Mariota sticks it to that notion with a solid performance in the college football playoffs.

Scott Chandler is a fun tight end play this week. The Raiders allow a lot of fantasy points to tight ends. Plus Chandler will now make a push to replace Frank Summers!

ImageThe Chargers announced they will stay in San Diego for the 2015 season. Which they should. The Chargers belong in San Diego. A cool stadium in the Gas Lamp Quarter would be about the best thing imaginable. If you've ever spent time at PetCo Park, you will know why this is true.

ImageSpeaking of the Padres, great news on the Wil Myers trade. Pair him with Matt Kemp in the outfield and now the Padres are going to be rather formidable. Or at least a little more daunting to face. I went to like six Padres games last year and can't recall if the Padres scored a run. That's not true! I saw the game when the Padres beat the Reds even though they were held to one hit. A great game. But they should be able to avoid such things now.

ImageAm I the only one who is overly excited about a new chapter in U.S. and Cuba relations? Unfortunately this came down on the same day Cutler was benched so my Twitter timeline was choked with that stuff. But this is pretty great news. My only advice would be to get down to Cuba as soon as possible before there's a Starbucks and McDonalds on every corner.

Colin Kaepernick has won six of nine starts against the AFC with 13 total touchdowns. But the Chargers have something to play for and we saw the last hurrah for the 49ers last week in Seattle.

Has anybody done Johnny Dumpster Fire yet? I can't believe it, but there were already photos of Johnny Football T-shirts on the discount rack. Are we really going to bury this guy after one start? Give him at least two.

The Browns' effort should raise some concern because it showed the team had no faith in the kid. The Bengals showed more spirit to stop Johnny than the Browns did to protect him.

Derek Anderson was a nice little spot-start last week. But remember, underneath the Carolina blue lurks the heart of a former Cleveland Browns quarterback. So please use caution.

Jimmy Clausen, eh? Well this ought to at least be interesting for the Bears this week. I'm just not sure why David Fales won't get a shot.

The Lions losing to the Bears would be the most Lions thing ever. I would quit watching football if I was a Lions fan and they lost this game. They shouldn't, though. But we should have a good feeling about how the Bears players feel about Marc Trestman. I think they can do it. But I've been as naïve as Sting who never sees the heel turn coming.

ImageBaby face Chris Jericho is the most depressing thing ever. All of the WWE faces believe they have to be the coolest guy in the room, complete with snarky comments and wiseass grins. It is way too easy to root for guys like Rusev and Brock Lesnar, which I can't believe is the point.

ImageI pretty much fast-forwarded during RAW on Monday night, save the Lesnar stuff. And the TLC PPV was dreadful. Thankfully the WWE Network costs just $9.99. I would have been rather morose if I had spent $60 for that hot garbage. Might as well call it Sunday Night Main Event.

Josh McCown passed for 272 yards with two touchdowns and no picks in his last start against the Packers. But the Packers are going to be a rather angry bunch after last week's loss.

OBJ gives Eli Manning the chance to have a great stat-line each week, but the matchup against the St. Louis FC will lead me to bench him.

Joe Flacco became the first player in club history to pass for 25,000 career yards last week. He shook off the "trap" game, but I wouldn't trust him enough this week.

Geno Smith has passed for 459 yards with two touchdowns and a pick to go along with 69 rushing yards and a touchdown in his last two against the Patriots. I feel for the poor PR staffer who had to look long and hard to find anything positive to say about the Jets. Not just this week, but ever. If you get the opportunity today, hug a PR staffer. While they might spam your inbox with endless emails you don't want, some of them really have a tough job.

ImageJohn Cena won again. I know, I know. It's easy to complain so I will. I almost expect Cena to win the title at the Royal Rumble. And then he's going to enter the Rumble and win that so essentially Cena will wrestle himself in the main event of WrestleMania XXXI. And even then, this probably wouldn't satisfy his ego. It almost makes me bummed when Brock Lesnar shows up to destroy everybody because if the WWE is very deliberate in its buildup of the champion because it just wants Cena to "overcome the odds" once again. Which is why the product suffers.

LeGarrette Blount has 11 rushing touchdowns in his last eight games for the Patriots. He just doesn't get enough yards to justify going into your lineup because the Jets can be pretty tough against the run.

Chris Ivory and Chris Johnson had one last moment in the sun last week against the Titans. Kind of a like a final sendoff for the Rex Ryan era in New York. So don't start either running back.

Did you see the fight between the Jets and Titans last week? What was that all about? The teams played in the NFL equivalent of a pickup game, since nobody really gave a (expletive). So was one guy being overly competitive and the dudes who were just out there for exercise (and to pick up a paycheck) take offense? Did somebody go all "Rudy" on them? 'Hey, we're just trying to hang out here and have some fun and this guy is acting like it's the Super Bowl!'

Carlos Hyde is the future of the 49ers. But I'd avoid him even if he's healthy enough to go. The Chargers have allowed the sixth-fewest points to running backs over the last month.

I don't know who will run the ball for the Chargers this week. I do know I won't be starting him. This Chargers and 49ers game screams of a field goal game. So start both kickers instead.

I'm going to need to see a little bit more of the Browns offense before I get back into the Isaiah Crowell business. I want to at least see the Browns act like they want to be on the field.

C.J. Spiller would return just in time to try to ruin stuff for you. But it's too late for you C.J. You can't stop this Bills juggernaut. The Bills are just fun to watch.

Matt Asiata is a touchdown machine. But I don't like the matchup against the Dolphins who have been very tough on running backs over the last couple of weeks.

What are you doing, Doug Martin? You're gone for most of the season. Ruined it, more like it. Now you want to come out and be a relevant fantasy running back? That's uncool, dude.

I'd bench Matt Forte. He's the best and I love him. But the Bears game plan is non-existent. Or more like the team has made no adjustments. Just watch the Thanksgiving game against the Lions. It's depressing.

ImageI always like needless speculation on coaching hires. I've tabbed both Jim Harbaugh and Rex Ryan as the next coach of the Bears in recent weeks. And that's fun. But I will not stand for the idea of Mike Shanahan as the next coach of the Bears. That would not only intensify the dumpster fire, but that would be kicking it over and letting the fire burn to other parts of the city. (Too soon, Chicago?) Just because the guy drafted the quarterback doesn't mean (expletive). If you wanted to take a look at Kyle Shanahan, that'd at least make some sense.

The Nelson drop last week was worse than leaving a stud player on the bench. That was a play he makes 99 times out of 100. The one drop, of course, came in the fantasy playoffs.

OBJ is a must-start in your 'ship this week. Obvious. But the matchup against the St. Louis FC is way too much for your daily fantasy leagues.

I wish there was a St. Louis receiver I could recommend. Kenny Britt, Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey have all had their moments. None of them consistent enough.

Reggie Wayne at one point pushed Marvin Harrison aside to be the go-to receiver in Indianapolis. It has certainly happened to Wayne now with Hilton. Wayne no longer passes the eyeball test and looks like he's hurting the team out there.

ImageI wish Jay Gruden would open a Twitter account just to rip his players. I know there are some fake accounts out there, which are great. But I want the real deal, verified Gruden out there with memes about DeSean Jackson's blocking and things like that.

So Josh Gordon, everybody! You've waited this long for that? I know the common theme during his suspension was he could make any quarterback look good. Can he? Because he's sure got his work cut out for him. But (expletive), you've gone this long without him, so why start him?

The Falcons have allowed the fifth-most points to receivers this season. Marques Colston had a monster game against Atlanta in Week 1. Actually, he lost a fumble which kind of nuked his value a bit. But is it going to be him? Kenny Stills? I really, really dislike the Saints' receivers. There isn't one guy I would feel comfortable with this week.

Revis was mum on his future with the Patriots this week. These decisions aren't often left up to the players, especially in New England. But the Patriots could be up for an epic run if Revis were to stick around. He is going to be the player who finally pushes the Patriots over the top to get back to winning a Super Bowl.

How is it possible every receiver in the San Diego and San Francisco 49ers game is basically unusable? I mean, maybe I would start Eddie Royal in a daily league. Maybe.

If Marcus Mariota is to become the Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback next year, as expected, it would be nice for Vincent Jackson to join the rest of them in fantasy relevancy.

Sad news, the 2013 That Helps No One Player of the Year Frank Summers was released this week by the Bills to make room for C.J. Spiller. Congratulations C.J., you just made the list.

ImageAm I the only one burned out by Los Angeles relocation rumors? The Chargers and Raiders should stay home. The St. Louis team is the only one that makes sense for L.A. But here's the deal. Quit jerking around the fans in both cities and make a deal. If the team can't make a final resolution by the end of February, fans in both St. Louis and Los Angeles should just boycott the team. I'm to the point where I wouldn't support an L.A. football team if we don't have one by next season. Because I'm getting pretty sick of this stuff.

ImageExcellent point by David Haugh in the Chicago Tribune on why Jon Gruden was so critical of Jay Cutler on Monday night: Marc Trestman was Gruden's offensive coordinator in Oakland. (Read here.) Now it makes sense why the ultimate cheerleader finally had a negative word for a quarterback for the first time in his broadcast career. It all checks out.

If you had to choose between the Oakland Raiders and Michigan where would you lean? I like the college game and hate the free agency turnover in the NFL, so I would probably go Michign given the money. But if he wanted to be a hero, he should go pick a school like San Jose State and make them into a national power. Don't think this is so far-fetched. He coached USD.

For the record, you can submit your fantasy questions to NFL Fantasy Live or me on Twitter. But realize, NFL Fantasy Live has 300K followers. Me? Just 14. See, the odds are better I will answer your question, so hit me up both via Twitter or via Facebook (if you're RG3). And if you follow me on Sundays, I'll quote "The Wolf" from "Pulp Fiction" and then it's game on! Although, it's tough to catch me on Facebook. Twitter is your go-to." Plus seriously people, I'm not taking your tweets after Midnight. I'm into the #HashtagWars via @Midnight. I've started to mute people who ask me questions at that time.

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