College: Michigan State | 7 years
Height: 6'3" | Weight: 202 lbs
Birth Date: 8/19/1988
Depth Chart: QB.1
2018 Bye Week: 10
Total Pts: 60.55
Avg Pts: 30.28
Rank: 2 QB
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Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins is ready to eviscerate the lowly Buffalo Bills in Week 3. Cousins is averaging 335 yards and three touchdowns per game so far this season. The Bills secondary has already given up six passing TDs through two weeks, so Cousins and his murderers' row of offensive options should thrive at home. The only thing preventing Cousins from piling up numbers is the fact that the game might be a blowout. The Vikings could rely on the ground game to run out the clock if they are up a ton in the second half. Regardless, Cousins is a definite start for Week 3.
Buffalo Bills cornerback Phillip Gaines (elbow) suffered a dislocated elbow in the Week 2 loss to the Chargers, but he could still play in Week 3 against the Vikings, according to head coach Sean McDermott. Buffalo's secondary is already weak, so losing Gaines for any amount of time would be bad news. Even if Gaines is active this weekend, Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins and receivers Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen could have a big game.
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins was exceptional in a 29-29 tie against the Green Bay Packers in Week 2. Cousins threw for 428 yards on 35-for-48 passing. He also tossed four TD passes, while giving up an interception (although it was entirely Laquon Treadwell's fault). He is clearly starting to adjust to the Vikings offense and is developing great chemistry with star wideouts Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen. Cousins is a must-start in Week 3 when he takes on the lowly Buffalo Bills.
Minnesota Vikings QB Kirk Cousins completed 35-of-48 passes for 425 yards, four touchdowns and one interception in the Week 2 tie on the road against the Green Bay Packers.
Fantasy Spin: Cousins might need to continue jacking it up frequently in the near future, as Dalvin Cook left the game in overtime with a hamstring injury and his status is uncertain. The Vikings will face the beleaguered Bills next week in the Twin Cities, so another big game could be in the offing for Cousins.
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins will only continue to get better as he further adjusts to the offense with each passing week. In Week 2, he'll take on a youthful Green Bay Packers secondary that is coming off of a stingy performance against the Chicago Bears. With that being said, Minnesota's Week 1 opponent, the San Francisco 49ers, realistically have a better secondary than the Packers. Cousins looked poised against them en route to a 20-for-36, 244 yards, two touchdown performance. Expect a similar stat line with a better completion rate and slightly more yards in Week 2 as Cousins will utilize all of the offensive weapons at his disposal.
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins started his season off on the right foot on Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers. Cousins was 20-for-36 passing with a total of 244 yards and two touchdowns. He pulled off a number of great throws against an aggressive 49ers defensive front. In particular, his touchdown strikes to Stefon Diggs and Kyle Rudolph were both beautifully thrown balls which defeated near-perfect coverage. The fact that Cousins looked this solid in Week 1 is a huge boon for fantasy owners. The Vikings offense should keep getting better as Cousins continues to adjust to his new surroundings. Furthermore, the line play should improve if starting center Pat Elflein (shoulder) can get back into the lineup for Week 2. Cousins remains a solid QB1 option for fantasy purposes as the Vikings look ahead to the Green Bay Packers next Sunday.
Minnesota Vikings QB Kirk Cousins completed 20-of-36 passes for 244 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions in the Week 1 win against the San Francisco 49ers.
Fantasy Spin: Cousins signed a huge contract in the offseason and he did what the Vikings want him to do - win. He had a solid assortment of weapons in the Twin Cities, including Adam Thielen, Stefon Diggs and Kyle Rudolph. He connected with Thielen for over 100 yards, while Diggs and Rudolph each found the end zone. Cousins is a decent low-end QB1 in most fantasy leagues. He'll get his first taste of the Vikings-Packers rivalry in Week 2 at Lambeau.
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins will be looking to prove himself in the Week 1 matchup with the San Francisco 49ers. Cousins has been a consistent fantasy performer over the past three seasons, and now he is at the helm of the best offense he has ever played with. The 49ers allowed the 12th most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks last season. Although the team added Richard Sherman in free agency, he has looked more like a weak spot than an upgrade at this point. Aside from learning a new offense, Cousins could be hindered by a mediocre offensive line, but that should be bearable in Week 1. The 49ers were 26th in the league in sacks (30) in 2017, and 23rd in pressure rate on opposing QBs (30.5%). Cousins should find enough time in the pocket to expose an average 49er secondary with the plethora of offensive weapons at his disposal. He is a top-10 option at the QB position.
Minnesota Vikings starting center Pat Elflein (ankle, shoulder) was activated off of the PUP list on Saturday morning. He is expected to be at practice Sunday, but he will still be unavailable for Week 1 of the regular season. Regardless, this is a massive step in the right direction for a Vikings o-line that has already been berated by injuries this preseason. Elflein was the best piece of the o-line last year, and a Week 2 return would do wonders for Kirk Cousins, Dalvin Cook, and all of the other key offensive pieces on the Vikings roster.
Minnesota Vikings QB Kirk Cousins completed 17 of his 28 passes for 182 yards in 21-20 preseason win over the Seattle Seahawks Friday, Aug. 24.
Minnesota Vikings QB Kirk Cousins completed just three of his eight pass attempts for 12 yards and he was sacked once in the preseason game loss against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Saturday, Aug. 18.
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins symbolized the entire first-team offense with his performance on Saturday. It was a sloppy offensive quarter which saw Cousins throw for 12 yards on 3-for-8 passing with no touchdowns or interceptions. To be fair to Cousins, the offensive line was atrocious as regular starters Mike Remmers, Rashod Hill and Pat Elfein were all sitting out. Regardless, it was a far cry from the fantastic performance we saw from Cousins in Week 1 of the preseason. Fantasy owners should take no stock in this outing, and Cousins can still comfortably be drafted as a top-10 QB. He will look to rebound next Friday against the Seattle Seahawks.
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins had a fantastic start with his new team on Saturday night. Cousins was only in the game for a single drive, but he promptly completed all four of his passing attempts while throwing for 42 yards and a touchdown. He seems to have a particular repertoire with Vikings wideout Stefon Diggs, who was on the receiving end of the touchdown pass. While preseason results should never be overanalyzed, the Vikings offense looked very stout with Cousins at the helm. He remains a viable QB1 option that can be targeted in the later rounds.
Minnesota Vikings QB Kirk Cousins threw a touchdown pass on his only drive against the Denver Broncos in the preseason Saturday, Aug. 11, completing all four of his pass attempts for 42 yards.
Minnesota Vikings left guard Nick Easton underwent surgery on Thursday to repair a herniated disk in his neck. It seems likely that Easton will be out for the entirety of the 2018 season, although the injury should not be career-threatening. This is a tough blow for the Vikings, who are already paper thin on the offensive line. Tom Compton is the likely candidate to fill the hole at guard. While Minnesota has a plethora of playmakers in their offense, it will not matter if Kirk Cousins and Dalvin Cook have no time to let a play develop. With center Pat Elfein (ankle) and right guard Mike Remmers (ankle) still out, Minnesota could conceivably have one of the worst offensive lines in the league come Week 1.
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins admitted that he'd like to get better outside of the pocket when a play breaks down. "I'd love to be a better quarterback off-schedule when the pocket breaks down," Cousins said. "Although, I have been a very good quarterback, I believe, on keepers, meaning bootlegs outside the pocket, which are very similar to off-schedule plays. So I'd like to see that translate more, where when a dropback breaks down and I leave the pocket, I can have the same kind of production that I've had when we've run bootlegs and things like that." Some people think that Cousins could struggle in Minnesota if offensive coordinator John DeFilippo's system forces Cousins to freelance too much and make plays on his own. Cousins may start out slow, but the bevvy of options he has in the passing and running game suggest he should still be very solid as a QB1.
Minnesota Vikings QB Kirk Cousins said he probably will not work out with the receivers before training camp because they will have plenty of time to build chemistry during camp.
Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator John DeFilippo may be able to get more production out of quarterback Kirk Cousins in the red zone in 2018. DeFilippo was responsible for much of Philadelphia's red-zone schemes last season, and they led the league in red-zone efficiency. The Vikings will likely run the ball much more in the red zone, but the presence of tight end Kyle Rudolph will surely help Cousins be more efficient in the red zone than he was in Washington last year. Cousins will be a solid QB1 for fantasy owners.