Fantasy Faceoff: Cutler vs. Roethlisberger

Fantasy Faceoff: Cutler vs. Roethlisberger
August 4, 2013, 9:00 pm
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Scott Krinch

When it comes to fantasy football, a crucial aspect of your drafting is making sure you secure a solid No. 2 quarterback. Many leagues have been won or lost because of a backup signal caller. 

When finding a backup, one factor you look for is the player that could have the highest upside of the remaining prospects at his position.

In the latest edition of 'Fantasy Fix,' NBC Sports' Drew Silva and Kay Adams debate who the better No. 2 quarterback is: Jay Cutler or Ben Roethlisberger?

In past years, it hasn't really been close.

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Roethlisberger has always been "Mr. Consistent." In 2012, he averaged 21.9 fantasy PPG, which is a phenomenal number for a No. 2 quarterback. 

Cutler was spectacular at times, but also had his fair share of duds, averaging only 16 PPG.

Going forward, the two-time Super Bowl champion Steelers QB could be the bigger injury risk. He played in 13 games last season and battled through a shoulder injury. He also lost his No. 1 target, Mike Wallace, to the Miami Dolphins in the offseason. Neither Antonio Brown nor Emmanuel Sanders have shown their capable of putting up the numbers Wallace had in Pittsburgh. Tight end Heath Miller has always been one of Roethlisberger's favorite targets, but he may start the season on the PUP list.

Roethlisberger isn't alone when it comes to risks. 

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Since entering the NFL, Jay Cutler has been prone to throwing interceptions. He threw 14 picks to only 19 touchdowns in 2012. But when it comes to fantasy, interceptions won't hurt your point total as much as you would think. In most leagues, giveaways only subtract two points from your total, while TD's add six points.

Touchdowns are something you may see more frequently from Cutler in 2013. With head coach Marc Trestman, the Bears are going to air it out more often than in past years. Cutler's go-to-guy Brandon Marshall was a Top 5 fantasy wide receiver last season. Alshon Jeffery is an emerging player who some believe could be a breakout star this season. Matt Forte is one of the best past catching running backs in the NFL and Martellus Bennett is a viable tight end option who could become one of Cutler's favorite targets. 

There's no denying the man under center in Chicago has more weapons in his arsenal than Roethlisberger. He also has the tools to be a Top 10 fantasy QB and possibly borderline Top 5 which is why it may be a smart move to scoop him up in your fantasy draft.  

So when making your decision on Draft day, will you go with the safe pick in Roethlisberger or go for the potential home run selection in Cutler?  Let us know in the comment section below.