QB Kirk Cousins - Minnesota Vikings

6-3, 214Born: 8-19-1988College: Michigan StateDrafted: Round 4, pick 2012

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Sep 16): Cousins got an ideal game script by falling behind 21 points and still did very little for fantasy. The Packers defense deserves some credit, but it's clear that Cousins is a low ceiling fantasy backup now. He's maybe worth a matchup start against Oakland, but lower expectations. He's not worth a roster spot in short bench leagues unless you're desperate at quarterback.

Week 3: vs Oakland Raiders

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FBG says: Great matchup. The Minnesota Vikings threw the ball just 10 times in their season-opening victory over the Atlanta Falcons, but week two was an entirely different story. The Green Bay Packers jumped out to an early 21-0 lead over the Vikings, which forced the team into a pass-heavy approach. Kirk Cousins went 14-of-32 on the day for 230 yards, 1 touchdown, and 2 interceptions in the unfriendly confines of Lambeau Field. The Vikings struggled to build any momentum with either of their top-tier wide receivers, Adam Theilen and Stefon Diggs. Thielen finished the game with 5 receptions for 75 yards on 8 targets, while Diggs caught just 1 of his 7 targets for 49 yards on the day. The talent of each wide receiver is undeniable, but the Vikings have not eclipsed 250 passing yards in a game since week 12 of the 2018 season. Minnesota's offensive line has done Kirk Cousins no favors to start the season, either. Opposing defenses have pressured Cousins on 20 out of 53 dropbacks on the season, one of the worst rates in the entire NFL. Pat Elflein missed week two with a knee injury, and his status for week three is once again in question. Dakota Dozier will start for Elflein if he is unable to play against Oakland, and Dozier's numbers to this point in the season have been horrid. Minnesota's goal this season under offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski is seemingly to throw the ball as seldom as possible. When the game script calls for a pass-heavy approach, the offensive line must improve and provide Cousins with a clean pocket to throw from for this passing-game to show signs of life. Oakland's pass defense turned in a poor performance in week one, which was masked by Joe Flacco's inability to capitalize on the Raiders' miscues. In week two, however, the Raiders were not quite as fortunate. The Raiders played host to the Kansas City Chiefs' dynamic offense in week two when Patrick Mahomes and the NFL's most prolific passing attack ever lit them up for nearly 450 passing yards, 4 touchdowns, and 0 interceptions. Oakland lost its starting safety Jonathan Abram after week one to a season-ending shoulder injury that required surgery. In his place, the Raiders attempted to rotate Curtis Riley and Erik Harris into the game at safety. Both Riley and Harris were terrorized all day by Kansas City's vertical passing attack, which placed a magnifying glass on a definitive weakness of the Oakland Raiders' defense. In the trenches, unfortunately, the Raiders' defensive linemen were not much better. The Raiders have failed to reach double-digit hurries on the opposing quarterback in either of their first two games in 2019. The inexperience up front has been on full-display through two games, and the only thing that may save them in week three is Minnesota's fondness for running the football. When Minnesota attempts to air it out, the Vikings will likely face little resistance from a reeling Raiders defense.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPCMPATTYDTDINTRSHYDTDFumLPts
1 vs ATL 53 8 10 98 1 0 6 4 1 0 13.3
2 at GB 65 14 32 230 1 2 2 17 0 1 13.2
3 vs OAK PROJ-Dodds * 20 29 * * * 3 * * * *
3 vs OAK PROJ-Tremblay * 20 30 * * * 4 * * * *
3 vs OAK PROJ-Bloom * 13 19 * * * 3 * * * *

Weekly Performance vs QB 1, QB 12, QB 24

Percentile ranks

Kirk Cousins's percentile rank in each category, among QB with more than 50 fantasy points.

Recent Game Summaries

2019 Week 2 vs GB (14 / 32 / 230 / 1 / 2 pass, 2 / 17 / 0 rush)

Everyone thought last week was just an outlier and that Cousins could merely manage a game when Dalvin Cook takes over. This week the Vikings dug themselves a 21-0 hole and Cousins did everything possible to not climb out of it. His lone job saving play was a perfectly thrown 45-yard pass to Diggs for a touchdown. The ball landed just over his outside shoulder in stride for the touchdown. Diggs proceeded to take off his helmet and was called for an unsportsmanlike penalty that pushed the extra point back and Dan Bailey proceeded to miss the kick. Cousins also had a 3-yard touchdown to Diggs nullified by an offensive pass interference call on Dalvin Cook that he proceeded to turn into a field goal. There were a few other big plays, including a 61-yard catch and run by Chad Beebe and a 30-yard catch by Thielen. There were also the 2 interceptions thrown. The first he tried to force a ball across the middle to Diggs in a crowd of Packers defenders and the ball was tipped and intercepted. The second was the worst play of the game where Cousins fled a collapsing pocket, back pedaled away from the goal line, and threw up a lame duck that was an easy interception in the corner of the end zone. Rather than throw the ball away and have another red zone try, he forced the ball towards the end zone and came away with no points. The Vikings paid Cousins a lot of money and are unlikely to move off of him after 2 bad games, but if this trend continues this season the Vikings may want to think about drafting the quarterback of the future in Minnesota.

2019 Week 1 vs ATL (8 / 10 / 98 / 1 / 0 pass, 6 / 4 / 1 rush)

It was a very rocky first year for Cousins and all eyes were on him in week 1 to see if he would rebound and earn all of the money Minnesota gave him. To everyones surprise, Cousins only had to throw the ball 10 times this week and let the running game take over. Cousins found Thielen on the first drive of the game after a blocked punt for a 23-yard touchdown. Thielen worked his way across the middle of the field and Cousins threw him open with a great ball on the deep crossing route. Thielen did the rest of the work and broke 2 tackles for the touchdown. Cousins also helped his own cause on the ground with a rushing touchdown on a quarterback sneak up the middle. Cousins served as more of a game manager this week and it worked out for the Vikings. It will be a much different game next week against a revitalized Packer defense that held the Bears to 3 points in week 1. Cousins will be asked to do a little more next week and again all eyes in Minnesota will be on him to see if he is worth the money they paid.

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Schedule

3vs Oakland Raiders
4@ Chicago Bears
5@ New York Giants
6vs Philadelphia Eagles
7@ Detroit Lions
8vs Washington Redskins
9@ Kansas City Chiefs
10@ Dallas Cowboys
11vs Denver Broncos
12--- BYE WEEK ---
13@ Seattle Seahawks
14vs Detroit Lions
15@ Los Angeles Chargers
16vs Green Bay Packers
17vs Chicago Bears