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QB Kirk Cousins - Washington Redskins

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

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 17): Cousins was able to finish two scoring drives with passes despite being without Jordan Reed, and he also seemed to gain a strong running game. Next week brings the Lions, who just made Case Keenum look like a stud quarterback. Cousins is a preferred Week 7 streamer.

Week 7: at Detroit Lions

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Mark and Joe say: Great matchup. The Washington passing attack has come around over the last four weeks, and their 4-2 record has Washington in the thick of the playoff hunt as we near the midway point of the season. Kirk Cousins avoided any and all sacks last week to post 18/34 for 263 yards passing, two TDs and one interception thrown against the Eagles - Pierre Garcon (11 targets for 6/77/0 receiving) and DeSean Jackson (nine for 4/55/0) led the team in targets, while Jamison Crowder (four for 3/52/1) and Vernon Davis (four for 2/50/1) were the recipients of Cousins' TD passes. Jordan Reed was out last week due to a concussion, and given his history of prior concussions, he may well be out for this contest as well. Stay tuned to's Players in the News as the weekend approaches to monitor Reed's practice availability (or lack thereof). The Lions' pass defense was battered into smithereens by the Rams' Case Keenum last weekend, allowing 27/32 for 311 net yards passing, three TDs and one interception thrown, with one sack recorded for -10 yards. Two weeks ago Carson Wentz threw 25/33 for 230 net yards passing, two TDs and one interception , with three sacks generated for -8 yards against the Lions. So far this year Detroit has given out 17 passing scores (most in the NFL) vs just three interceptions and a middling 13 sacks generated, while averaging 271.3 net passing yards allowed per game (23rd in the NFL). From Week Four to Week Six of the 2016 season (over the last three weeks), Detroit has averaged 25.6 fantasy points allowed per game to opposing quarterbacks (fourth-most in the NFL); and 29 fantasy points per game allowed to wide receivers (sixth-most); with 7.9 fantasy points given up per game to tight ends (14th-most). This is a poor pass defense from any angle we look at it. Advantage, Washington.

Recent Stats and Projections

3 at NYG 71 21 35 296 2 0 3 -5 0 0 21.3
4 vs CLE 62 21 27 183 3 1 0 0 0 0 19.15
5 at BAL 66 29 41 260 1 1 1 -1 0 0 14.9
6 vs PHI 74 18 34 263 2 1 2 8 0 0 20.95
7 at DET PROJ-Dodds * 25 37 * * * 2 * * * *
7 at DET PROJ-Tremblay * 24 38 * * * 1 * * * *
7 at DET PROJ-Bloom * 22 30 * * * 1 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2016 Week 6 vs PHI (18 / 34 / 263 / 2 / 1 pass, 2 / 8 / 0 rush)

Kirk Cousins battled through constant pressure most of this game and played well enough to get the win. The first two drives of the game started out skittish as he constantly missed receivers and the run game couldn't get started. By the end of the first quarter Kirk found his groove and he marched the team down field and found Jamison Crowder for a twenty yard strike. On the following possession Kirk found success in the red zone again as he hooked up with Vernon Davis on a terrific throw up the seam. Kirk is still a bit out of sorts when facing pressure as he threw his lone interception of the day facing a blitz. The play action roll out didn't fool the defense and before Kirk could make a proper read he just panicked and threw it. Kirk tried to find his intended receiver without noticing the defender cutting underneath and it was returned for a touchdown. Kirk only managed two field goals in the second half as he was unable to capitalize on two red zone opportunities. There was a mixture of bad throws and heavy pressure that prevented him from putting touchdowns on the board. Fortunately for Kirk his running backs played a huge role and kept him away from more mishaps in the passing game. It is clear Kirk needs a clean pocket to be as efficient as he would like to be.

2016 Week 5 vs BAL (29 / 41 / 260 / 1 / 1 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)

Kirk Cousins struggled to find consistency in the passing game today for various reasons. The sporadic high winds and inaccurate throws were often seen from Kirk in this game. The run game wasn't as effective as the last two games so it forced Kirk to pass more than maybe they desired. Kirk attempted forty-one passes but only had one touchdown on the day. He missed DeSean Jackson twice for potential big plays but ultimately wasn't able to generate a spark with the electric receiver. Kirk also had one interception and one fumble. The interception could have been costly had the linebacker not fumbled the ball into the end zone for a touchback. The fumble was fortunately recovered by Washington. The interception play would have been a late game pick six and likely closed the door on Washington's chances to seal the win. This game turned into a defensive battle and Kirk was fortunate enough not to come out on the wrong side of this contest. The Ravens and the weather kept this game bottled up for Kirk and didn't allow the chunk plays that they like to get in the passing game. Overall, Kirk was unable to sustain drives as he displayed scattered accuracy and poor decision making throughout this game.

2016 Week 4 vs CLE (21 / 27 / 183 / 3 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

Kirk Cousins put together one of his better performances of the season this Sunday against the Cleveland Browns. He had great balance and it showed from the opening drive. There were six pass plays and five runs all while keeping the offense on schedule. However, the biggest showing for Kirk and the offense this game was there efficiency in the red zone. On the opening drive of the game Kirk found Jordan Reed for an eight yard score. He followed up that drive by finding Jordan again in the back of the end zone after scrambling to buy time. In total Kirk executed four red zone trips which is what is needed if they want to accumulate wins. Washington had only three red zone touchdowns in total prior to playing Cleveland. Kirk still has to clean up the turnovers as he still threw an interception despite his improvement on scoring drives. He lost a fumble as well to go along with a few drives that got bogged down by penalties and misreads. As a result of some sloppy play in the third quarter, Washington went on a scoring drought until the fourth. Overall, Kirk did a good job closing the game out in the fourth quarter by executing two scoring drives which led to touchdowns instead of field goals. The run game helped Kirk immensely with seeing the field better and staying away from such a high volume passing game.

2016 Week 3 vs NYG (21 / 35 / 296 / 2 / 0 pass, 3 / -5 / 0 rush)

Kirk Cousins had another slow start which has been part of the issue with the Washington offense so far this year. Kirk's first three drives resulted in field goals and stopped Washington from gaining any real momentum on the road. Then as they were looking at a 21-9 deficit it was once again on Kirk to dig the team out of a hole. The offense finally got on track as Kirk connected with DeSean Jackson for a forty-four yard touchdown towards the end of the first half. DeSean ran what seemed to be a "nine/go route" and Kirk put the pass right on target in the end zone in front of two defenders. This was vital to Kirk's confidence as well as the entire offense going into halftime. He has struggled with accuracy so far this season and has several misfired deep shots to DeSean so that play was much needed. On Washington's first possession of the second half Kirk threw a bubble screen to Jamison Crowder and he did the rest of the work on his way to a fifty-five yard touchdown. These were Kirk's only two touchdowns of the day but his clean play allowed Washington to stay on track. Kirk's zero turnover day was a huge plus and proved to be a huge factor in their comeback. He still has to get more efficient in the red zone with reads and accuracy but today was a good start towards building some positive momentum.

2016 Week 2 vs DAL (28 / 46 / 364 / 1 / 1 pass, 2 / 20 / 0 rush)

Kirk Cousins had a classic tale of two halves. Kirk often missed on throws that either stalled drives or left opportunities to score on the field. He has been known for being an accurate quarterback but his play so far has been erratic and streaky. Kirk's most notable mishaps that could have potentially turned the tide of the game are his touchdown misses to Desean Jackson and Jamison Crowder. Kirk had DeSean deep up the right sideline but overthrew him and missed Jamison Crowder on what appeared to be a post corner route. These two plays would have sent them into the half with fourteen points instead of six. However, in the second half he found somewhat of a rhythm as he put together of seventy-five yard scoring drive to open the third quarter. Kirk found Jamison Crowder in the red zone as he took advantage of the slot corner going up the seam. The pass had perfect touch which demonstrates Kirk's terrific accuracy that leaves him at bad times. It was great to see him capitalize in the red zone for once because he has struggled mightily there so far this season. It should be noted that Kirk threw another red zone interception as he misread the coverage trying to find Pierre Garcon in the end zone and ultimately ended another potential scoring drive. Washington had one last chance to redeem the day as they got the ball back with a little over one minute left. Kirk made a few good throws to put them within striking distance for one last Hail Mary heave but it was thrown out of the back of the end zone and the game was over. Kirk leads a pass heavy attack but his inaccuracies and seemingly confused reads in the red zone have been problematic for the entire offense.

2016 Week 1 vs PIT (30 / 43 / 329 / 0 / 2 pass, 1 / 8 / 0 rush)

Kirk Cousins day had some highlights and its fair share of lowlights. Kirk did a very good job of finding receivers all game, but came up short finding touchdowns. He started the game a little cold as he often missed receivers by being off target. Their first possession was a three and out mainly due to the fact that the offense had poor execution. Cousins continued this trend while managing to get two field goals out of reaching the red zone. Kirk only completed passes to two receivers in the first half with a few to Jordan Reed as well. The Steelers forced Cousins to be patient as they played plenty zone to avoid the big plays. This plan hindered his ability to get Jordan Reed going as his biggest weapon. As the game started to get out of reach and forced Kirk to be more aggressive the offense slowly started to unravel. He had two interceptions as the first one was a blatant misread down the middle. The 2nd interceptions came as a result of a tipped pass. Overall Kirk managed the game well making high percentage passes but inconsistent execution stalled the offense most of the night. Kirk threw 43 passes which is usually the danger zone for him being at his best. His favorite target turned out to be DeSean Jackson for this game as the Steelers completely took Jordan Reed away. The biggest potential play of the game for Kirk was wiped out by a pass interference call going deep to DeSean Jackson.


Latest News

Redskins | Another strong game for Kirk Cousins (Sun Oct 16, 04:40 PM) - Washington Redskins QB Kirk Cousins threw for two touchdowns and 263 yards Sunday, Oct. 16, in a 27-20 win over the Philadelphia Eagles.

Our View: Cousins was better at finishing scoring drives in this game, and he got a lot of help from his running game in a rare occurrence. He'll be a preferred streamer and low QB1 next week against the Lions defense that made Case Keenum look good today.
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Redskins | Kirk Cousins struggles without Jordan Reed (Sat Oct 15, 01:42 PM) - Washington Redskins QB Kirk Cousins has thrown for 32 touchdown passes versus 12 interceptions with Jordan Reed (concussion) on the field over the last two seasons, good for a 102.3 passer rating. Without Reed on the field, Cousins has 14 TDs and 13 interceptions, contributing to a passer rating of 84.4.

Our View: Keep this in mind if you're considering Cousins this week -- or if you want to play him in DFS. Against a hyper-aggressive Eagles defense, we can only recommend Cousins as a low-end QB2 in Week 6. Basically, find a better option if you can.
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Redskins | Kirk Cousins throws for 260 yards (Sun Oct 9, 05:40 PM) - Washington Redskins QB Kirk Cousins went 29-for-41 for 260 yards, one touchdown and one interception against the Baltimore Ravens in Week 5.

Our View: Cousins wasn't able to throw downfield effectively with the wind issues and he still had trouble finishing drives, but he was still adequate for fantasy and for the win against a Ravens defense that looked like it might be a good matchup going into this week. Next week, he has the Eagles defense that Matthew Stafford had some success against today.
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