Don’t be afraid to stream Jay Cutler in Week 5

In Quarterback Streaming, Tom Van Wyhe explains why you should fire up Jay Cutler, Blake Bortles, or Alex Smith Week 5.

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(AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

(AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Don’t be afraid to stream Jay Cutler in Week 5

I feel a little like Nux in “Mad Max: Fury Road.” Week 1’s picks had me saying, “Oh, what a day, what a lovely day!” And now I feel closer to when he tripped while trying to mount Furiosa’s war rig and heard Immortan Joe describe him as “mediocre.” But hey, I pick, I whiff, I pick again!

“Fury Road” references aside, Week 4’s results almost inevitably led to whiffs, but it was an ideal week for streaming. Sam Bradford, Kirk Cousins, Josh McCown, Nick Foles, and Blake Bortles were all in the top seven among fantasy quarterbacks, while Carson Palmer and Aaron Rodgers failed to put up QB1 point totals. That’s a bummer, since I picked Foles and Bortles Week 3. If that sort of trend keeps up, I’ll write this column next week regretting passing on Joe Flacco.

But hopefully not! This week sees the return of a couple other names familiar to this column, and the addition of a new and rather apathetic figure. Before we get to those picks, let’s see what I got right (and wrong) last week.

Last week’s picks

Andy Dalton (321 passing yards, 1 touchdown)

Andy Dalton attempted just 22 aimed passes in a rout over the Kansas City Chiefs. Despite that low volume, Dalton managed 321 passing yards, an impressive 13.4 yards per attempt.

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  • Ridgeback

    Cutler is ok as a flier but I’m not really buying into the hype this week. 10 point underdog on the road and even if Jeffrey plays he will be banged up. Sean Smith should play a full compliment of snaps this week and Marcus Peters will be on the other side. I stIll like the Chiefs run defense and I think their pass rush breaks through this week at home. They are weak at nicel back so I think Royal and or Bennett could have a good game. Forte’s value is more dependent on catching balls out of backfield this week (like every week but more so in this game). Only thing that scares me off of Bennett is if he is used to block or chip Justin Houston more this week and runs less routes. Would like to see some stats on how often TEs are left in to block dominant rushers in a 3-4 scheme.