Kirk Cousins
Kirk Cousins
30-Year-Old QuarterbackQB
Minnesota Vikings
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Cousins' first season in Minnesota was a fantasy success, even if the team underachieved to miss the playoffs and finish 19th in scoring (22.5 points per game). Cousins was one of seven quarterbacks with 4,000 passing yards and 30 touchdowns, and only Matt Ryan (7) had fewer interceptions than Cousins' 10 among that group. Cousins, though, was on pace for 5,000 yards and averaging 25.5 fantasy points a game until the Minnesota offense imploded at midseason. His YPA fell from 7.4 to 6.7 from the first eight games to the last eight games, ultimately putting him 24th in YPA for the season. After pushing the ball downfield effectively in the season's first half, the Vikings couldn't connect on deep passes in the second half. Cousins posted 14.4 YPA on throws longer than 20 yards through Week 8, but that fell to 10.4 Weeks 9-17 as he completed just seven deep passes despite the same rate of downfield throws attempted. His average depth of target was a mere 7.6 yards, tied with Eli Manning for 21st. In fact, while Cousins tied Warren Moon's single-season franchise record for pass attempts, the last time he had 606 attempts - 2016 in Washington - he had 600 more yards. The second-half struggles cost offensive coordinator John DeFilippo his job after a particularly inept Week 14 loss at Seattle. Quarterbacks coach Kevin Stefanski took over the play-calling and returns this year, after big performances in Weeks 15 and 16 were undone by an ugly showing Week 17 against a dominant Chicago defense. Cousins needs better protection - he was fifth in pressures last season - but first-round pick Garrett Bradbury should help the offensive line, and there's no shortage of playmakers between Adam Thielen, Stefon Diggs and Dalvin Cook. There's plenty of ammo to make another run at 4,000 and 30, even if Stefanski doesn't create an offensive juggernaut. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a three-year, $84 million contract with the Vikings in March of 2018.
Underwhelms in season-ending loss
QBMinnesota Vikings
December 30, 2018
Cousins completed 20 of 33 passes for 132 yards with a touchdown and no interceptions in the Vikings' 24-10 loss to the Bears on Sunday. He also rushed once for seven yards.
ANALYSIS
It was a disappointing end to a debut Vikings campaign that started off promisingly for Cousins, the team's marquee offseason acquisition. The veteran signal-caller generated a pair of 400-yard performances and a 300-yard effort over his first five games of the season, posting an 11:2 TD:INT along the way. While there was another pair of prolific outputs from that point forward, Cousins wrapped up 2018 passing for between Sunday's 132 yards and 215 yards in four of the last five contests. For fantasy purposes, Cousins still rewarded owners with his fourth straight 4,000-yard season and a 30:10 TD:INT. He'll look to regroup this offseason as the Vikings look to bounce back to the upper echelon of the NFC in 2019.
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  • Bad Pass %
    The percentage of passes that were considered to be poorly thrown.
  • Avg Target Depth
    The average number of yards thrown per pass by the quarterback – including incomplete passes.
  • Sack Rate
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  • Avg Receiver YAC
    The average number of yards after the catch that receivers gained on passes thrown by this quarterback.
  • Receiver Drop %
    The percentage of passes dropped by receivers on passes thrown by this quarterback. The longer the bar, the more sure-handed his receivers have been.
Bad Pass %
17.0%
 
Avg Target Depth
7.6 Yds
 
Sack Rate
6.2%
 
Avg Receiver YAC
4.7 Yds
 
Receiver Drop %
4.0%
 
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How do Kirk Cousins' measurables compare to other quarterbacks?
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Height
6' 3"
 
Weight
202 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.93 sec
 
Shuttle Time
4.50 sec
 
Cone Drill
7.05 sec
 
Vertical Jump
28.5 in
 
Broad Jump
109 in
 
Hand Length
9.88 in
 
Arm Length
31.75 in
 
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151 days ago
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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2014
2013
2012
If nothing else, Cousins will be remembered for landing the NFL's first fully guaranteed multi-year free-agent contract. He earned it with three consecutive seasons of 4,000 passing yards while averaging 27 passing touchdowns in that span for the Redskins. His production dropped last year by more than 800 yards from 2016, thanks to nearly 70 fewer attempts and slightly worse efficiency. He finished top 10 in both completion percentage and YPA, even though injuries to three key targets caught up to him in December when he flamed out with 6.3 YPA and 56.7 completion percentage, hurting his season numbers. The supporting cast shouldn't be an issue this year with three playmakers to target in Adam Thielen, Stefon Diggs and Kyle Rudolph. And Dalvin Cook, expected to be healthy coming off an ACL injury, gives him his first opportunity with a legitimate rushing attack. Coach Mike Zimmer said the offense will be built around Cousins' strengths. Perhaps that means more downfield passing with former Philadelphia quarterback coach John DeFilippo the new offensive coordinator, but Minnesota came within a game of the Super Bowl last year playing tough defense and limiting turnovers, so that formula doesn't figure to change too much. Expect fewer shootouts for Cousins, who was fifth in the league last year in fourth-quarter pass attempts (the Vikings ranked last). What's more, in the last three years, Cousins has attempted at least 45 passes in a game eight times (7th). The Vikings have done it twice in that span, none last year.
In two years as the full-time starter, Cousins has twice set the franchise record for passing yards in a season, leading the Redskins to consecutive winning campaigns for the first time in 20 years. Last season, he improved his YPA to third in the NFL, sacrificing a bit of his completion rate for bigger chunk yards with more downfield passing. After 50 passes of 21-plus yards in 2015, he went deep 72 times last season, accounting for 11.9 percent of his attempts — the fourth-highest rate in the league. He completed 45.8 percent (5th) for a 120.4 passer rating (3rd) on such throws. However, he lost his two top receivers from last season in DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon. The Redskins signed Terrelle Pryor, who has the speed to be a deep threat and the size to battle in the red zone. But he's sure to draw double coverage without another receiver to command attention. Jamison Crowder likely will see 100-plus targets this year, but he's a 5-8 slot receiver who doesn't pose a big downfield threat. Second-year WR Josh Doctson is coming off an injury that cost him all but two games of his rookie season, and injury-prone tight end Jordan Reed has played as many as 14 games in a season once in his four-year career. Contract talk dominated offseason headlines, and if this is Cousins' last year in Washington, he's going to have to work to get top dollar next offseason as a free agent.
A fourth-round afterthought in the 2012 draft class that brought Robert Griffin to Washington, Cousins got playing time in each of his first three seasons due to Griffin's injury issues, and was finally given the full-time starting job in training camp heading into last year. He more than seized his opportunity, putting up very good numbers and leading the team to an NFC East title. While he doesn't possess ideal arm strength, his accuracy on shorter routes is excellent, with his 75.2 completion percentage on passes inside 15 yards ranking second in the NFL to Ben Roethlisberger among starters. Cousins' work ethic has never been in question, endearing him to head coach Jay Gruden, and he's also lauded for his leadership qualities, with a clip of him shouting "You like that!" to a reporter after the largest comeback win in franchise history became a rallying cry for the team after it went viral. Despite that successful campaign, his future in Washington isn't totally secure. He had yet to sign a long-term contract with the club at press time, and could play 2016 under the franchise tag he signed in March. Washington did add to its talent level on the offensive side, selecting wide receiver Josh Doctson in the first round, which could perhaps help Cousins produce even stronger numbers in a contract season.
Cousins played in six games in 2014, registering 1,710 passing yards, 10 touchdowns and nine interceptions following a dislocated ankle that caused Robert Griffin III to miss significant time. Whispers arose that Cousins was better suited for Head Coach Jay Gruden’s system, but several mediocre performances sent him back to the bench in favor of Colt McCoy. After approaching the 2015 campaign competing once again with McCoy for backup duty, the franchise switched QB gears in late August, when coach Jay Gruden confirmed that Cousins will be Washington's starter for the upcoming season.
Cousins is destined to backup RGIII again in 2014. He played in five games in 2013 and did not perform as well as his rookie season. He completed 52 percent of his passes including four touchdowns and seven interceptions. RGIII is a year removed from reconstructive knee surgery and is healthy going into training camp which means Cousins is not expected to see the field.
Cousins looked really good in limited 2012 action, completing 68.8 percent of his passes and averaging 9.7 YPA. In his lone start, Cousins completed 26 of his 37 passes for 329 yards and two scores. Of course, he's merely Robert Griffin's backup and RGIII (coming off a serious knee injury) looking good to go for the Redskins' season opener.
Cousins was drafted in the fourth round in 2012. He will compete for the backup quarterback position with veteran and former starter Rex Grossman. The team loved the value of taking Cousins in the fourth round as he was consider a potential starter. The team is heavily invested in starter Robert Griffin III so don't expect Cousins to see the field unless something catastrophic happened to Griffin.
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Tosses three TDs in win
QBMinnesota Vikings
December 23, 2018
Cousins completed 21 of 28 passes for 253 yards and three touchdowns while rushing once for one yard in Sunday's 27-9 win over Detroit.
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Low yardage totals continue
QBMinnesota Vikings
December 16, 2018
Cousins completed 14 of 21 passes for 215 yards, two touchdowns and an interception while adding seven yards on five carries in Sunday's 41-17 win over Miami.
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Another poor outing
QBMinnesota Vikings
December 10, 2018
Cousins completed 20 of 33 passes for 208 yards and a touchdown in Monday night's 21-7 loss to the Seahawks. He also rushed three times for five yards and had a fumble returned for a touchdown.
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Throws two interceptions
QBMinnesota Vikings
December 2, 2018
Cousins completed 32 of 44 pass attempts for 201 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions during Sunday's 24-10 loss to the Patriots.
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Steps up in primetime
QBMinnesota Vikings
November 25, 2018
Cousins completed 29 of 38 pass attempts for 342 yards and three touchdowns in Sunday's 24-17 win over Green Bay.
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