Jay Cutler sore, but fantasy owners can expect him to play in Week 8

Jonathan Daniel

Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler said he expects to play in Week 8 after taking a hard shot to the ribs on Monday night. We break down the fantasy implications.

Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler said Wednesday that his ribs remain sore but he will be ready to play on Sunday against the Carolina Panthers. Cutler took a hard hit from Ndamukong Suh on Monday night but has said he would not miss any time.

Cutler threw for 150 yards a touchdown against Detroit and also had 34 yards rushing.

Fantasy Impact: Cutler has had his moments as a fantasy quarterback and Monday's effort was average. Cutler has turned Brandon Marshall into a No. 1 fantasy receiver, while Cutler remains closer to a No. 2 quarterback in most weeks.

Fantasy owners should expect better numbers from Cutler against the Panthers, who recent placed defensive back Chris Gamble on the injured reserve. Cutler should be considered a solid bye-week replacement for Week 8.

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