College: Michigan State | 7 years
Height: 6'3" | Weight: 202 lbs
Birth Date: 8/19/1988
2019 Bye Week: 12
Total Pts: 0.00
Avg Pts: 0.00
Rank: 0 QB
Cousins probably didn't have quite the season the Vikings hoped, but he played pretty well for fantasy teams. He was ninth overall in fantasy quarterback scoring. Cousins topped 4,000-passing yards and scored 31 total touchdowns to 10 interceptions. He completed a career high 70 percent of his passes. He had touchdowns every single game and five 300-yard games. Cousins has at least 29 total scores four straight seasons and at least 4,000-passing yards all of those seasons. Cousins isn't a flashy quarterback but a productive pocket passer. He doesn't have a huge arm but is accurate and makes smart decisions with the football. Cousins also has a knack for the rushing touchdown, scoring 14 the last four seasons.
FANTASY OUTLOOK: Cousins isn't quite an elite option but a solid top-10 fantasy quarterback. He has two top options to work with at receiver and plays in a pass-friendly offense. Expect more consistent production from him this year. He might even top last year's numbers if the Vikings can stay a little healthier. He can throw for around 4,400 yards and score 30 total touchdowns with around 12 interceptions.
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins had a spectacular 2018 season, though it didnt necessarily translate to fantasy points as he finished as just QB13. Cousins threw 425-for-606 (70.1%) for 4,298 yards, 30 touchdowns, and 10 interceptions. He put up these numbers despite the Vikings having a rough season, with Dalvin Cook missing a large chunk of time and an offensive line that ranked among the NFLs worst in 2018. Theres plenty of reason to believe in Cousins this year, however. The Vikings improved their offensive line, added an exciting rookie tight end, and welcomed back a healthy Dalvin Cook. As a starter, Cousins has averaged 22.4, 23.7, 22.2, and 22.1 fantasy points per game in his four seasons, finishing as QB8, QB5, QB6, and QB13 in those years. He is currently being drafted at OVR90 (QB15), behind Jameis Winston, Ben Roethlisberger, Cam Newton, and Philip Rivers. Look for Cousins to exceed his ADP as he is in a prime spot to thrive in a balanced offense that features the best wide receiver duo in the league in Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs.
|No Playoff Match Up|
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins had high expectations in his first year in Minnesota after signing a fully guaranteed $84 million deal, but it didn't exactly pay off on the field. Cousins had career highs in completions (425), attempts (606), completion percentage (70.1) and passing touchdowns (30), but the Vikings finished 8-7-1 and missed the playoffs. Cousins is hoping to win more games in 2019, but he's just 34-37-2 as a starter in the NFL and has no playoff wins. The Vikings are expected to focus more on the running game under offensive advisor Gary Kubiak and offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski this year. Cousins could put up decent numbers, but he should be drafted as a low-end QB1 or high-end QB2 this time around.
Minnesota Vikings QB Kirk Cousins owns a 34-37-1 record as an NFL starter, and said Wednesday, June 12, that his goal is achieving more team success in terms of wins. 'The next level really is all about winning,' Cousins said. 'I'm pretty much a .500 quarterback in my career so far, and I don't think that's where you want to be, and that's not why you are brought in or people are excited about you. If I don't play well, if I don't have gaudy statistics, but we win multiple playoff games, the narrative will be I went to the next level.'
Fantasy Spin: Cousins threw for 4,298 yards and a career-high 30 TD passes in 2018 -- his first season in Minnesota -- but the Vikings finished 8-7-1 and missed the playoffs. It sounds like the Vikings want to be more balanced this coming season, and if so, Cousins' current low-end QB2 ranking will certainly be justified.
Minnesota Vikings QB Kirk Cousins is entering his second season with the team and along with that come higher expectations. 'I think a year under his belt here in Minnesota and his familiarity with everything is going to bode well,' Vikings co-owner Mark Wilf said in the Minneapolis Star Tribune on Sunday, May 19. 'He's doing great. We expect a lot out of him as well as our whole team.'
Fantasy Spin: After three consecutive top-10 fantasy QB finishes in Washington, Cousins finished 13th in his debut season in the Twin Cities, but a some of that was due to his one rushing TD after posting at least four over the previous three seasons. Draft him as a rock-solid QB2.
Minnesota Vikings QB Kirk Cousins called the 2018 season a disappointment and plans to 'make amends' next year.
Fantasy Spin: Cousins faded in the second half after a strong start, but he still finished as a low-end QB1. He has the weapons in the passing game to finish as a QB1 again in 2019, but fantasy owners have to be concerned about his week-to-week consistency.