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QB Jay Cutler - Miami Dolphins

6-4, 225Born: 4-29-1983College: VanderbiltDrafted: Round 1, pick 11

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Sep 18): Cutler was playing safe football within himself and it was enough to get a road win against a tough Chargers defense (with some help from their kicker). Being back with Adam Gase helps his decision-making and should make him a safe weekly play. He's even more than that against the toothless Jets defense next week.

Week 3: at New York Jets

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FBG says: Good matchup. Jay Cutler was uncharacteristically conservative in his Dolphins debut. Ever the gunslinger, Cutler focused his attention on quick underneath throws to Jarvis Landry to counteract a fiery Chargers pass rush. Landry won't see 15 targets every week, but it's clear he's on Cutler's page and an integral part of the offense as a kind of extension of the running game. Going forward, though, we should probably expect a gradual effort to push the ball downfield more. He took an interest in DeVante Parker during the preseason, and it carried over into the opener with 9 targets, including a pair of 31-yard completions. They failed to connect on their other four deep-ball attempts; this should be viewed as a boom-or-bust connection for the time being, but one with strong weekly upside. Like the rest of the Jets' units, this one is rebuilding and poses little threat to opposing offenses. The coverage has been atrocious thus far, and starting cornerbacks Juston Burris and Buster Skrine took turns being burned for touchdowns by Michael Crabtree (three in all) in Week 2. Rookie safeties Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye are intriguing prospects, but neither is ready to anchor a pass defense in coverage. And as the Jets continue to rebuild this unit, we see how imperative it is they add some explosive element to their pass rush. Muhammad Wilkerson and Leonard Williams are talented pocket-pushers, but there's virtually no dynamism coming off the edges. Recent third-round pick Jordan Jenkins has yet to make noise, while Kony Ealy was a low-floor flyer who's contributed little thus far and Josh Martin is a miscast special-teamer. It's difficult to slow down opposing passing games without pressure or coverage chops, so this is a great defense to target for efficient fantasy production.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPCMPATTYDTDINTRSHYDTDFumLPts
2 at LAC 68 24 33 230 1 0 2 -1 0 0 15.4
3 at NYJ PROJ-Dodds * 21 32 * * * 3 * * * *
3 at NYJ PROJ-Tremblay * 18 29 * * * 2 * * * *
3 at NYJ PROJ-Bloom * 19 27 * * * 2 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 2 vs LAC (24 / 33 / 230 / 1 / 0 pass, 2 / -1 / 0 rush)

Jay Cutler played a very efficient game for the Dolphins, completing 24 of 33 passes for 230 yards and one touchdown. Cutler did not turn the ball over, but he didn't play it safe by any means, as he targeted DeVante Parker and Kenny Stills quite frequently down the field. With Jay Ajayi consistently moving the chains, the Dolphins need Cutler to take advantage of favorable play-action opportunities down the field, and that is exactly what he did on Sunday. Cutler has quickly established a rapport with Jarvis Landry, targeting him on 16 of his 33 attempts. Cutler was able to throw Landry open several times, giving him the opportunity to create yards after the catch, which is where Landry excels. The biggest difference between Cutler and Ryan Tannehill is Cutler's willingness to take deep shots and give his receivers the chance to make big plays. This is a big difference though, as the Dolphins have the mismatches on the outside to take advantage when defenses stack the box against Ajayi.

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Schedule

3@ New York Jets
4vs New Orleans Saints
5vs Tennessee Titans
6@ Atlanta Falcons
7vs New York Jets
8@ Baltimore Ravens
9vs Oakland Raiders
10@ Carolina Panthers
11vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
12@ New England Patriots
13vs Denver Broncos
14vs New England Patriots
15@ Buffalo Bills
16@ Kansas City Chiefs
17vs Buffalo Bills