College: Michigan State | 8 years
Height: 6'3" | Weight: 202 lbs
Birth Date: 8/19/1988
Depth Chart: QB.1
2019 Bye Week: 12
Total Pts: 29.5
Avg Pts: 14.75
Rank: 25 QB
SAN DIEGO SHARKS XXXIII
|Week 1||15.30||Kirk Cousins 4 rushing yds (0.40 pts)|
Kirk Cousins 1 rushing TD (6.00 pts)
. . . Kirk Cousins 1 yd rushing TD
Kirk Cousins 98 passing yds (4.90 pts)
Kirk Cousins 1 passing TD (4.00 pts)
. . . Kirk Cousins 23 yd TD pass to Adam Thielen
|Week 2||14.20||Kirk Cousins 17 rushing yds (1.70 pts)|
Kirk Cousins 1 fumble lost (-1.00 pts)
Kirk Cousins 230 passing yds (11.50 pts)
Kirk Cousins 1 passing TD (4.00 pts)
. . . Kirk Cousins 45 yd TD pass to Stefon Diggs
Kirk Cousins 2 interceptions thrown (-2.00 pts)
|Week 3||20.30||20-244yds / 1.7TDs 3-9yds / 0.1TDs projected|
|Playoff Week 1|
|Playoff Week 2|
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins is coming off a brutal performance in Week 2, but there's some reason for optimism heading into Week 3. The Raiders have been dreadful against the pass so far, allowing 342.5 yards/game and a 68% completion percentage facing Joe Flacco and Patrick Mahomes. They don't have an imposing pass-rush, either, so that helps for an offensive line that has allowed pressure at a league-high rate (60.9%). Dalvin Cook will likely see at least 20 touches once again, but the Raiders will have a very tough time covering Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen so the opportunities should be there for Cousins. The possibility of limited passing attempts caps his upside, though, as Vegas currently has the Vikings as nine-point favorites at home. Consider Cousins a mid-range QB2 for Week 3, but he's not an exciting play in daily formats due to his low projected volume.
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins had a brutal game on Sunday, completing 14-of-32 passes (44%) for 230 yards, one passing touchdown, and two interceptions on the day. Cousins also fumbled twice (losing one) and appeared rattled all game with terrible decisions and wild overthrows/underthrows serving as the norm for the eighth-year veteran making $28 million this year. The offensive line for the Vikings had a tough time containing the Packers pass rush, but it's difficult to pin much of today's disappointment on anyone but Kirk Cousins. Though he's had a tough start to the year from a fantasy (and real-life) perspective, he remains on the QB2 radar in a juicy matchup with the Oakland Raiders at home in Week 3.
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins was a fantasy disappointment in Week 1, passing for just 98 yards on a career-low 10 attempts against the Falcons. His low-usage was due to the Vikes being up early, and it's far more likely that Cousins will need to throw more against the Green Bay Packers in Week 2. The Packers showed off a rebuilt and rejuvenated defense to open the season against the Chicago Bears, racking up five sacks and causing disruption all night. They could get pressure on Cousins in Week 2 - the Vikings offensive line ranked dead last in pass protection in Week 1 (per PFF). This game should be closer, though, as the Packers are favored by three at home and the rivalry almost always produces a tight contest. Slot Cousins in as a low-end QB2 in standard leagues. He has limited upside and a scarily low-floor in daily formats - there are likely better plays at a similar salary.
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins was 8-for-10 passing for 98 yards and a touchdown on Sunday, adding six carries for four yards and a rushing touchdown. Cousins was not required to throw much - the Vikings got out to an early lead and Dalvin Cook mostly took over from there. However, the 10 passing attempts are a major red flag, and it does appear that the Vikings will look to feature a run-heavy offense this season. The passing attempts won't be this low again, but the apparent usage definitely lowers Cousins' floor. He'll be a middling QB2 on the road against the Packers next Sunday.
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins could be a sneaky play in Week 1, squaring off at home against an Atlanta Falcons Defense that was obliterated in 2018. The Falcons defense finished 27th in passing yards allowed per game, which translated to them being the fourth most-favorable matchup for opposing fantasy quarterbacks. They return a few starters (Keanu Neal and Ricardo Allen), but until they prove otherwise, this is a unit that can be thrown on. The Vikings may be looking to feature the run more this season, with a healthy Dalvin Cook and an improved offensive line, but stud wideouts Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs will demand touches as well and Cousins will be happy to oblige. Cousins should be viewed as a high-end QB2 in this advantageous matchup, and he is absolutely worth a long look as a cheap option in daily formats.
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins went 3-for-13 for 35 yards, no touchdowns and no interceptions Saturday in the third preseason game. He was sacked twice and was pressured often in the outing. Cousins had multiple passes batted down at the line of scrimmage. The stat line looks ugly, but it shouldn't serve as much of a deterrence for taking Cousins as a low-end QB1 or as a quality backup. The upside isn't where it once was, but he's a relatively safe option for your fantasy squad.
Minnesota Vikings QB Kirk Cousins went 3-for-13 for 35 yards, zero touchdowns and zero interceptions in the preseason game Saturday, Aug. 24.
Fantasy Spin: Cousins is coming off a very good 2018 season and will have a solid group of pass catchers to work with but probably should be considered a No. 2 fantasy quarterback.
Minnesota Vikings starting quarterback Kirk Cousins was efficient in limited action on Sunday night, going 6-for-8 for 68 yards passing and leading the Vikings to a Dan Bailey 24-yard field goal in the first quarter. Cousins showed nice poise in the pocket and delivered a few beautiful deep balls to Adam Thielen before being pulled after just two drives. The veteran quarterback is entering a crucial second year with the Vikes, and he has the talent and offensive weapons to remain a high-end QB2 and even threaten to crack the QB1 tier in the right matchups. He's currently being drafted as QB16, but that may be underselling his value based on his 2018 production and this year's projections. Look for Cousins and the first-team offense to play much more in the next preseason game on Saturday against the Cardinals.
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins was only given one drive to show off on Friday night, and he took full advantage of the opportunity. Cousins was 4-for-4 for 65 yards and a touchdown, throwing a one-yard score to Alexander Mattison following catches by Adam Thielen and Kyle Rudolph. The offense was very efficient on the drive, featuring Cousins under center, utilizing play-action, and showing some mobility in and out of the pocket - he even scrambled for 10 yards. Kirk Cousins could absolutely be a steal at his current 117 overall (QB17) ADP with the weapons he has at his disposal, but the Vikings expected run-game emphasis with a healthy Dalvin Cook puts a slight damper on his prospects. He's a QB2 with top-12 potential, draft accordingly.
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins had the best year of his career in 2018, tallying 4,298 passing yards, a 30/10 TD/INT ratio, and a sparkling 70.1% completion percentage. However, Cousins finished the year as QB13, and there seems to be a consensus that the Vikings will shift to a run-centric approach in 2019 (after finishing 30th with just 93.3 rushing yards/game in 2018). The addition of offensive assistant Gary Kubiak, the re-tooling of the offensive line, and a healthy Dalvin Cook seem to validate the team's desire to run the ball, but there might be some overcorrection coming into play here. Cousins is being drafted at 115th overall (QB17), right after Mitch Trubisky and before Dak Prescott and Jimmy Garoppolo. There is absolutely potential for Cousins to provide a return on investment, as he has one of the top WR-duo's in the NFL at his disposal in addition to an offensive line that should improve on the 40 sacks allowed last year (10th most in the NFL). It also shouldn't be overlooked that Cousins will be looking to prove his doubters wrong in year two of his fully-guaranteed contract after stumbling to an underwhelming 8-7-1 record in his first year. Draft Cousins as a high-end QB2 with occasional spot-starts that push him into the top-10.
Minnesota Vikings QB Kirk Cousins said Wednesday, July 31, he's feeling much more confident working with TE Kyle Rudolph in their second training camp together. 'I've done a better job this camp ... of just trusting him more and throwing it to him even when he's covered,' Cousins told reporters Wednesday. 'I think today there were probably two or three examples of him catching the ball with the defender draped over him or pretty close to him. He is just such a trustworthy target, so little things like that, building a chemistry with him, you would've loved to say I did that last year, but I don't think I did enough.'
Fantasy Spin: Rudolph caught 64 passes for 634 yards but just four touchdowns last season in his first year working with Cousins. More familiarity with his 6-foot-6, 265-pound tight end could help Cousins improve a red-zone offense which scored on just 54 percent of trips inside the opponents' 20-yard line last season.
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.