Who Should I Draft?

Jay Cutler or Matt Ryan (2014)

Expert Pick %
81%
19%
ECR
# 7
# 11
Best
# 2
# 5
Worst
# 26
# 18
Ave Projection (?)
17.2
18.2
Best
19.9
23.0
Worst
11.8
16.0
Expert Pick %
81%
19%
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ECR
# 7
# 11
Best
# 2
# 5
Worst
# 26
# 18
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
4
5
Michael Pichan
Fantasy Alarm
7
5
Scott Whitfield
Roto Rankings
6
5
Patrick Thorman
Pro Football Focus
14
6
Nathan Jahnke
Pro Football Focus
8
6
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
10
6
Raju Byfield
Win My Fantasy League
7
6
Ken Zalis
Pressbox
8
6
Site Rankings
FantasyOMatic
26
6
Kevin Hanson
EDSFootball
13
7
Staff Rankings
DavidGonos.com
6
7
Zach Wilkens
RotoBaller
9
7
Tony Mauriello
ProjectRoto
6
7
Tommy Rowan
Juan Elway
6
7
Joseph Dolan
Fantasy Guru
6
7
Staff
Roto Analysis
11
7
Ross Miles
Pro Football Focus
13
8
Walton Spurlin
FantasySharks
9
8
Tom Schriner
FFLockerRoom
7
8
Seth Klein
Razzball
7
8
Staff Rankings
FFToolbox
9
8
Neil Parker
Fantasy Sports LR
7
8
Kevin Roberts
Breaking Football
10
8
John Halpin
Fox Sports
4
8
Staff Rankings
Fantasy Knuckleheads
9
8
Salvatore Stefanile
XN Sports
13
8
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
6
8
R.J. White
Fantasy Football Cafe
5
8
Ryan Noonan
The Fantasy Fix
4
8
Gene Wang
The Washington Post
2
8
Huseyin Aksu
Fantasy Couch
10
8
Steve Olson
StatSims
16
8
Ryan Boser
LeagueSafePost
10
8
Dan Yanotchko
EDSFootball
13
9
Brendan Donahue
EDSFootball
7
9
Sean Beazley
EDSFootball
5
9
Brad Evans
Yahoo! Sports
5
9
Akbar Gbaja-Biamila
NFL.com
12
9
Matthew Hill
Fantasy Team Advice
5
9
Matt Waldman
FootballGuys
14
9
Justin Boone
The Score
6
9
Tozzi Brothers
Legion Report
6
9
Doug Orth
FFToday
8
9
Tom Poisal
Top Tier Football
6
9
Matthew Berry
ESPN
12
9
Jim McCormick
ESPN
6
9
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
6
9
Chris Heil
Sportable
7
11
Staff Rankings
2MugsFF
6
9
Paul Greco
Paul Greco Sports
13
9
Jamey Eisenberg
CBS Sports
5
10
Nate Hodges
Pro Football Focus
7
10
Jeff Brubach
The Fake Football
8
10
Adam Pfeifer
ProjectRoto
5
10
Brandon Funston
Yahoo! Sports
4
10
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Yahoo! Sports
4
10
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5
10
Zach Greubel
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9
10
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7
10
Addison Witt
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11
10
Jake Ciely
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6
10
Mike Tagliere
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5
10
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8
10
Antonio DArcangelis
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6
10
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15
10
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7
10
Jeff Paur
RTSports
6
10
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9
10
Mike Harmon
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6
10
Dave Richard
CBS Sports
7
11
Jeff Ratcliffe
Pro Football Focus
7
11
Chet Gresham
The Fake Football
9
11
Greg Smith
The Fake Football
6
11
Nathan Miller
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5
11
Matt Smith
NFL.com
15
11
Dan Clasgens
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8
11
Jeff Haseley
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6
11
Brian Dezelske
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5
11
Dennis Esser
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10
11
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6
11
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6
11
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16
11
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9
11
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5
11
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6
11
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6
11
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8
12
Bryan Fontaine
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6
12
Scott Pianowski
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5
12
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7
12
Mike Rigz
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11
12
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11
12
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8
12
Matt De Lima
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8
12
John Paulsen
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7
12
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5
12
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6
12
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5
12
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5
12
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4
12
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7
13
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5
13
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11
13
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11
13
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11
13
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10
14
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9
13
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11
13
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11
13
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7
13
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9
13
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5
13
Ryan Hodge
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9
13
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5
13
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The Washington Post
7
13
Smitty
Fantasy Football Starters
10
13
Eddie Cooley
Sundays Are For Football
6
14
Christopher Harris
ESPN
11
14
Sablich Brothers
The NY Times
6
14
Maurile Tremblay
FootballGuys
7
14
David Gonos
DavidGonos.com
6
14
Pat Fitzmaurice
The Football Girl
10
14
Jon Collins
Fantasy Sports LR
8
14
Terrance Bridgett
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9
15
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ESPN
9
14
Joshua Kay
The Fantasy Fix
6
14
Jeff Collins
Fantasy Contrarians
9
14
Sean Koerner
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11
14
Derek Lofland
Fantasy Football Maniax
14
15
Staff Rankings
RosterWatch
9
15
Michael Fabiano
NFL.com
8
15
Eric Mack
Bleacher Report
10
15
Staff Rankings
ESPN
11
15
Adam Meyer
Fox Sports
12
15
Cory Bonini
USA Today
6
15
Jason Smith
NFL.com
13
16
Ryan Fowler
Fox Sports
8
16
Joel Beall
Fox Sports
7
16
Staff Composite
Fox Sports
8
16
Bill Enright
FFChamps
7
16
Davis Mattek
Sports Wunderkind
12
16
Sean Morris
Bruno Boys
7
16
James Hatfield
Hatty Waiver Wire Guru
7
17
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
7
17
Austin Lee
FootballGuys
14
17
Russell Clay
Dynasty League Football
7
17
Site Projections
scoutPRO
12
17
Alessandro Miglio
FootballGuys
9
18

10
18
Scott Cullen
TSN
9
18
Ave Projection (?)
17.2
18.2
Best
19.9
23.0
Worst
11.8
16.0
Pass Yards
288.5
272.2
Pass TDs
1.7
2.0
Ints
0.8
1.0
Rush Yards
4.8
12.6
Tom Schriner
FFLockerRoom
In 2013 Matt Ryan was one of only 3 quarterbacks in fantasy football to have double-digit 20-point weeks along with having at least 7 300+ passing yard games. Considering that Roddy White, Julio Jones and Steven Jackson weren't much to rely on because of injuries and you have to walk away impressed with the quarterbacks campaign. He also had a positive 0.375 FFLockerRoom True Proficiency Game Average. http://fflockerroom.com/2014/07/25/2014-fantasy-football-draft-preparation-quarterback-proficiency/
Each and every year Cutler finishes as a dissapointment to fantasy football owners who had drafted him telling themselves that "this is the year." Well, this year may actually be the year! What does that mean? Who really knows, but with a great receiving tandem in Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery to go along with Matt Forte gives Cutler three great passing targets to help get him to the next level. The veteran only has a few years left in his prime making this a year that if he doesn't do it now, he probably will never do it. Cutler must remain healthy and it irks me spending a QB1 quality draft pick on the guy, but with the quarterback position thinning out this season there isn't much else to choose at this point who have better upsides. Just make sure that you handcuff Cutler with another solid quarterback just in case he implodes. The Chicago gunslinger did have 6 20+ fantasy point games in 11 contests in 2013 so if he can carry his momentum over, then he could become one of the better fantasy bargains in 2014.
  
Kevin Roberts
Breaking Football
Ryan had poor protection and his weapons were banged up. Expect a big rebound in 2014.
Cutler has the talent, system and weapons to be a top-5 fantasy passer. He just needs to stay on the field.
  
Huseyin Aksu
Fantasy Couch
 
best value at QB
  
Tozzi Brothers
Legion Report
Expect a major bounce back year out of Matty-Ice. A porous defense will put Atlanta in the position for many many shootouts this year. With TE Tony Gonzalez gone the Falcons weren’t interested in refilling his position. Instead, they added another WR, Harry Douglas, which gives Ryan three great WR options. Julio Jones has already been spotted running, cutting, juking – we don’t see his left foot being any concern this season. A healthy WR Corps, a 31 year old RB Steven Jackson, a bad Defense and a pass happy OC Dirk Koetter is more than enough to expect Atlanta to lead the league in pass attempts this season.
The concern here with Cutler is that he’s missed 11 total games in the past 3 seasons. Last season Cutler threw 19 TD’s in 10 games in a Marc Trestman genius offense. Cutler is surrounded by exceptional talent in WR1 Brandon Marshall, WR2 Alshon Jeffery, RB Matt Forte and TE Martellus Bennett (A.K.A. The Black Unicorn) that offers Top Fantasy QB potential. The Bears released WR3 Earl Bennett in hopes that their former redshirt rookie WR Marquess Wilson will take over. Wilson was drafted in the 7th round, but is known for round 1 talent. The concern was his strength and he quit his college football team, a reason he was drafted so late. Wilson takes over as the WR3 spot in Chicago, although one shouldn’t expect a huge year, he’s a great 5th Option for Cutler. By the way, Cutler has a juicy Fantasy Playoff Schedule playing at home against DAL, NO and DET. If Cutler can remain healthy for a whole season (something he hasn’t done since 2009) he’ll be a sure fire Top 1o Fantasy QB. The question is, can he?
  
Staff Rankings
2MugsFF
For all the same reasons as Romo. Will be a solid fantasy option this year.
 
  
Brandon Funston
Yahoo! Sports
Top fantasy QB in W1 (448/3); I like his chances of reaching 5K pass yards after falling a little short past 2 years
 
  
Chet Gresham
The Fake Football
Matt Ryan was without Julio Jones and a healthy Roddy White most of last season and it showed. He did throw the ball a ton, with the second most attempts by any QB last season, but ended up as the 14th best fantasy QB with no playmakers to do anything with all those passes. He finished as the 6th best fantasy QB in 2012 and there's no reason he can't match that finish with Jones and White healthy.
Cutler continues moping up my draft board. He's looked good in preseason, Alshon Jeffery is in his third year, Brandon Marshall is looking as good as ever, Matt Forte is going to catch a ton of passes and give Cutler passing yards as he runs with the ball and Marc Trestman is a genius.
  
Sablich Brothers
The NY Times
2014 draft positives include 1st rounder T Matthews and the pass-friendly Freeman.
Trestman's air-friendly scheme and Cutler's talented offensive cast ooze upside.
  
Pat Fitzmaurice
The Football Girl
Better health for Julio and Roddy will help, but Gonzo's retirement hurts.
So many positive signs here, but he hasn't earned much trust.
  
Derek Lofland
Fantasy Football Maniax
I think Ryan is one of the most overrated fantasy players in the NFL this year. First, WR Roddy White is starting to advance in age and TE Tony Gonzalez retired and no viable replacement brought into the fold. Also, the Falcons play the NFC West and AFC North this year, divisions loaded with tough defenses. I think Ryan is a middle of the road fantasy QB2, not an elite option.
Cutler has his new contract and will have the same head coach and offensive coordinator in back-to-back seasons for the first time in his career. He needs to stay healthy; I have my doubts. He just has not proven to be durable in recent years and rarely does that improve with age. He also has no value as a runner, which caps his upside compared to some of the younger quarterbacks.
  
James Hatfield
Hatty Waiver Wire Guru
He is extremely consistent and safe. There is no doubt he will put up 4,000 yards and 30 TDs. It's too hard not to draft him at QB.
The Bears are showing commitment to him with his new deal, so he is expected to play all year and he has a ton of amazing targets around him.
  
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
Since the Falcons switched to their uptempo, pass heavy attack we have been unable to figure out why Matt Ryan is consistently overlooked in fantasy formats. Sure, he might not put up the most touchdowns in the league, but with this poor defense he will be playing catch-up more often than not, meaning plenty of yards and fantasy production. If you want to wait on a QB, Ryan offers some of the best value around
There are only 2 factors that hold Jay Cutler back from joining the top tier of QB's - health and INT's. He will always be a bit of a gunslinger, so if you are in a league that heavily weights INT's be sure to steer clear. In standard leagues with -1 for INT's it isn't as big a deal as the 12 missed games the last 3 years. Don't reach too early as the fragile Cutler is one of the more frustrating QB's to own when the inevitable injuries hit