Jay Cutler: Week 15 Fantasy Football Outlook for Injured Chicago Bears QB

Nicholas Goss@@NicholasGoss35Correspondent IDecember 10, 2012

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - DECEMBER 09:  Quarterback Jay Cutler#6 of the Chicago Bears throws against the Minnesota Vikings at Mall of America Field on December 9, 2012 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler left Sunday's game against the Minnesota Vikings with an injury and did not return, but even if he's healthy enough to play in Week 15, fantasy owners should not start him.

Here is an explanation of his injury (via CBS Sports):

QB Jay Cutler's injury is to his neck or shoulder and not a concussion according to a team source

— Bears RapidReports (@CBSBears) December 9, 2012

The Bears offensive line has not protected Cutler very well this season, so there's no guarantee that he will have much time to throw the ball against the Green Bay Packers' defense on Sunday.

From a fantasy perspective, Cutler has been awful this year. He has thrown for 300 or more yards in a game just once this season (Week 1) and has 16 touchdown passes with 13 interceptions. He also has four touchdown passes and five interceptions in his last four games.

Cutler isn't a reliable quarterback for your fantasy team during your league's playoffs, regardless if you start one or two quarterbacks each week.

With just one reliable target in the passing game, Cutler isn't likely to throw for over 300 yards against the Packers.

Star receiver Brandon Marshall is second in the NFL in receiving yards, but the lack of a quality No. 2 receiver is a problem for the Bears.

The Bears have lost four of their last five games, and in each of those losses, Chicago has failed to score more than 17 points.

Chicago will need a balanced offense to have success in the playoffs, so giving running back Matt Forte plenty of touches on Sunday would be a smart strategy. If Cutler is not at 100 percent this week, expect Forte to be a major part of the Bears' offense in Week 15.

For people still alive in their fantasy league's playoffs, starting Cutler at QB is too risky. He cannot be relied on to score multiple touchdowns or throw for a lot of yards against an improving Packers pass defense.

Cutler threw four interceptions in a Week 2 loss to the Packers in September. Expect another poor performance in Week 15.