Kirk Cousins
Kirk Cousins
31-Year-Old QuarterbackQB
Minnesota Vikings
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Cousins' first season in Minnesota was a fantasy success, even if his team underachieved and finished 19th in scoring (22.5 points per game). He was one of seven quarterbacks with 4,000 passing yards and 30 touchdowns, and only Matt Ryan had fewer interceptions than Cousins' 10 among that group. Cousins, though, was on pace for 5,000 yards and averaging 20.6 fantasy points per 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 the league. 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 in Weeks 9-17. His average depth of target was a mere 7.6 yards, tied with Eli Manning for 27th. 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 playcalling, and though big performances in Weeks 15 and 16 were undone by an ugly showing Week 17 against the dominant Chicago defense, he returns this season. Cousins needs better protection - he was fifth in pressures last year - 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.
Throws four TD passes in win
QBMinnesota Vikings
October 20, 2019
Cousins completed 24 of 34 pass attempts for 337 yards and four touchdowns during Sunday's 42-30 win over the Lions.
Cousins was masterful in this one, averaging 9.9 yards per attempt while completing 71 percent of his passes. He lost Adam Thielen early in the contest but was still able to complete touchdown passes to four different receivers and exceeded 300 passing yards for the third straight game. Cousins has a sparkling 10:1 TD:INT over that stretch and will next face a struggling Redskins team on Thursday night.
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How do Kirk Cousins' 2019 advanced stats compare to other quarterbacks?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
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    The percentage of passes that were considered to be poorly thrown.
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    The average number of yards thrown per pass by the quarterback – including incomplete passes.
  • Sack Rate
    The percentage of dropbacks where the quartback was sacked. The longer the bar below, the more often they are sacked relative to other QBs.
  • 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.
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Avg Target Depth
9.0 Yds
Sack Rate
Avg Receiver YAC
6.5 Yds
Receiver Drop %
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How do Kirk Cousins' measurables compare to other quarterbacks?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
6' 3"
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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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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Another strong showing in win
QBMinnesota Vikings
October 13, 2019
Cousins completed 22 of 29 passes for 333 yards with four touchdowns and one interception in the Vikings' 38-20 win over the Eagles on Sunday. He also netted zero yards on his two rushes.
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Sets season high in passing yardage
QBMinnesota Vikings
October 6, 2019
Cousins completed 22 of 27 pass attempts for 306 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions during Sunday's 28-10 win over the Giants.
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Held in check by Bears
QBMinnesota Vikings
September 29, 2019
Cousins completed 27 of 36 passes for 233 yards in Sunday's 16-6 loss to the Bears.
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Efficient in Week 3 win
QBMinnesota Vikings
September 22, 2019
Cousins completed 15 of 21 pass attempts for 174 yards and one touchdown, while adding four rushes for 16 yards during Sunday's 34-14 win against the Raiders.
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Commits three turnovers
QBMinnesota Vikings
September 15, 2019
Cousins completed 14 of 32 pass attempts for 230 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions Sunday against the Packers. He also gained 17 yards on two carries and lost a fumble in the 21-16 loss.
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