College: Michigan State | 9 years
Height: 6'3" | Weight: 202 lbs
Birth Date: 8/19/1988
2020 Bye Week: 7
Total Pts: 280.85
Avg Pts: 17.55
Rank: 10 QB
|Week 1||16.10||Kirk Cousins 1 passing TD (4.00 pts)|
. . . Kirk Cousins 4 yd TD pass to Kyle Rudolph
Kirk Cousins 242 passing yds (12.10 pts)
|Week 2||10.60||Kirk Cousins 1 passing TD (4.00 pts)|
. . . Kirk Cousins 41 yd TD pass to Stefon Diggs
Kirk Cousins 172 passing yds (8.60 pts)
Kirk Cousins 1 interception thrown (-2.00 pts)
Minnesota Vikings QB Kirk Cousins earned a 84.1 Pro Football Focus passing grade on throws outside the pocket in 2019 which ranked second among quarterbacks.
Fantasy Spin: Cousins is underrated on the move, and he's ranked in the fantasy QB top 15 in each of his two seasons with Minnesota. He's now without WR Stefon Diggs, but he's still a low-end QB2.
Minnesota Vikings QB Kirk Cousins led the NFL with an average depth of target of 19.2 yards on touchdown passes in 2019, according to Pro Football Focus.
Fantasy Spin: Cousins could see a dip in this department in 2020 following the offseason trade of WR Stefon Diggs, but it bodes well for rookie WR Justin Jefferson, who is the most likely replacement across from WR Adam Thielen. Cousins relies heavily on efficiency and is a low-upside QB1 in a run-first offense.
Minnesota Vikings QB Kirk Cousins threw a league-high 135 passes with at least eight defenders in the box in 2019, according to Pro Football Focus.
Minnesota Vikings QB Kirk Cousins completed 65.5 percent of his passes, averaged 7.3 yards per pass attempt, threw 10 touchdowns versus five interceptions and recorded a passer rating of 94.8 when RB Dalvin Cook was not on the field in 2019. Conversely, Cousins completed 71 percent of his passes, averaged 8.5 yards per attempt, threw 16 touchdowns versus one interception and recorded a passer rating of 114.3 when Cook was on the field.
Minnesota Vikings QB Kirk Cousins threw five interceptions on 165 pass attempts without RB Dalvin Cook on the field in 2019, according to Next Gen Stats. Cousins threw just one interception on 279 pass attempts when Cook was on the field.
Fantasy Spin: Cook rushed for 1,135 yards and 13 touchdowns on 250 attempts last season, and he caught 53 of 63 targets for another 519 yards. When he's healthy and on the field, he's a high-end RB1 and Cousins can be a low-end QB1 in pass-friendly matchups.
Minnesota Vikings QB Kirk Cousins posted a passer rating of 129.2 on throws over the middle of the field in 2019, according to Inside Edge NFL.
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins has mostly been successful in the NFL when pressured. While he doesn't face as much pressure as he once did, Cousins remains a top-five QB when under duress. His passer rating (91.5) was fifth-best in 2019, his completion percentage under pressure (58.1) was fourth-best and his completion percentage above expectation (plus-3.8) was in the top five. The 31-year-old is often overshadowed by some of the league's stars at the position, but he also lost his No. 1 receiver in Stefon Diggs and his offensive coordinator in Kevin Stefanski. He could take a step back in 2020 in an offense that will lean heavily on the running game. Target Cousins as a midrange QB2 with a low ceiling.
Minnesota Vikings QB Kirk Cousins has been the team's most valuable player of the past decade, according to Pro Football Focus' WAR.
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins had a 9:1 touchdown-to-interception ratio on deep passes in 2019 and the highest passer rating (121.5) on such throws among NFL.com's Nick Shook's top-10 best deep passers last season. But his deep shots weren't nearly as risky as other QBs, as Cousins attempted deep shots into tight windows just 20.4 percent of the time and his receivers were open on 25.9 percent of his deep pass attempts with an average target separation of 2.2 yards. Cousins did this while being pressured on 31.5 percent of his deep attempts, but his probability for success was high to begin with. But losing Stefon Diggs, his No. 1 deep threat, will surely put a dent in these numbers in 2020. It's why Cousins' fantasy upside won't be as high this year while remaining in a run-first offense.
Minnesota Vikings QB Kirk Cousins threw a catchable ball 78.8 percent of the time in 2019 - tied for the third-best mark by a quarterback with at least 300 pass attempts.
Minnesota Vikings QB Kirk Cousins threw for a league-high 13 touchdowns on play-action passes in 2019, according to USA TODAY's Doug Farrar.
Minnesota Vikings QB Kirk Cousins offered up his thoughts on his team's Christmas Day game against the New Orleans Saints, noting the peculiarity of having to play on a Friday. 'I haven't played on a Friday since high school. That will be interesting,' Cousins said.
Fantasy Spin: The Week 16 game projects to be a marquee matchup in a rematch of the 2019 wild-card game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. Late in the season, all players should be in a groove with fantasy managers having a strong idea of what to expect, but the day of the game may cause some sluggishness and lead to some disappointing fantasy performances in the championship week.
Minnesota Vikings QB Kirk Cousins enjoyed a league-high average of 2.7 seconds in the pocket in 2019.
The Minnesota Vikings and quarterback Kirk Cousins agreed to a two-year, $66 million contract extension on Monday, according to sources. Cousins was heading into the final year of his three-year, fully guaranteed $84 million deal that he signed in March of 2018. Counting next year's salary from his old deal, Cousins has a $96 million deal with $61 million guaranteed at signing. He has his critics, but the 31-year-old had 26 touchdowns and only six interceptions in the regular season last year, including a career-high 107.4 passer rating. Cousins has some QB1 upside with Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen as his receivers, but Minnesota is mostly a run-first squad, making him preferable as a QB2 for fantasy owners.
Updating an earlier report, Minnesota Vikings QB Kirk Cousins' two-year extension is worth $66 million. The deal includes $10 million in new money and provides $10 million in salary cap relief. He's guaranteed $61 million in 2020 and 2021 and an additional $35 million guaranteed for injury. That converts to fully guaranteed in 2021.
Minnesota Vikings QB Kirk Cousins agreed to a two-year contract extension Monday, March 16, according to agent Mike McCartney. Financial terms weren't disclosed.
Fantasy Spin: Cousins threw 26 touchdowns and only six picks, but he was 19th in fantasy points among quarterbacks. He'll be a high-end to midrange QB2 in fantasy drafts.