Kirk Cousins Fantasy News

Friday, February 7, 2014, 10:57am

ESPN Cleveland - [Full Article]

Browns OC Kyle Shanahan said he was “a big fan” of Brian Hoyer’s coming out of Michigan State in 2009 and reviewed him again when New England let Hoyer go in 2012. By then, Shanahan had his hands full with RG3 and Kirk Cousins as rookies.

“I think Brian’s a very capable guy,” Shanahan said. “Everyone’s looking for one of those top five guys. If you’re not one of those top five guys, then odds are you’re trying to get replaced. Obviously, no one here has proven they are one of those top five guys.

“But he has shown he can play in this league. You’ve got to see what his ceiling is and how high a level he can reach. Everyone wants a franchise quarterback. I truly believe that’s the only way to have sustained success in this league. I’m not saying he is. But he hasn’t shown that he can’t be. So I’m looking forward to studying him more. It’s nice to be in this building so I can look at a lot of practice tape, also.”

Fantasy Impact:

Hoyer is atop the Cleveland depth chart at this point, but the Browns are expected to draft a QB early.


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Aaron Rodgers ruled out vs. Steelers
Friday, December 20, 2013, 1:53pm

Jason Wilde, Twitter - [Full Article]

Packers QB Aaron Rodgers is officially out.

Fantasy Impact:

This is not surprising news given the way this week has gone. Owners waiting on Rodgers will have to continue to put a band aid on the QB position. Kirk Cousins, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Ryan Tannehill, Joe Flacco and Jason Campbell are all decent-to-good streaming options. Even Matt Flynn and Matt Cassel are worth consideration. Check our QB rankings to see how we believe these players will perform this week.

Report: Kirk Cousins to start in Week 15
Wednesday, December 11, 2013, 11:13am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Kirk Cousins will replace Robert Griffin III at quarterback Sunday when the Washington Redskins face the Atlanta Falcons, a high-ranking team official confirmed to

NFL Network, which had earlier reported Cousins would start, reported that Redskins players have been told that Griffin will be inactive for Sunday's game and veteran Rex Grossman would be the backup quarterback.

Coach Mike Shanahan raised the possibility Monday of benching Griffin for the last three regular-season games, citing 24 sacks in the past five games and the desire to keep him healthy for the offseason. Griffin's offseason work this year was compromised by the major knee injury he suffered in the team's playoff loss to the Seattle Seahawks in January.

Fantasy Impact:

Cousins has one NFL start in his career -- Week 15 last year against the Browns in Cleveland. He threw for 329 yards on 26-of-37 passing with two touchdowns and one interception. He also rushed three times for 22 yards. He was the #7 QB that week. He comes in at #19 in a nice matchup against the Falcons, though he carries some risk since the Redskins organization is a dysfunctional mess right now. Alfred Morris may see a few extra carries, but the defense won't have to respect Cousins' running ability as much, so they can key on Morris. Pierre Garcon looks like an upside WR2, while Jordan Reed -- if healthy -- isn't a bad option at tight end.

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Monday, August 26, 2013, 9:41pm

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The Washington Redskins still await word on Robert Griffin III's status for the season opener. But there doesn't appear to be any question as to whether backup Kirk Cousins will be ready.

"No doubt at all," Cousins said.

Cousins sprained his right foot in the Redskins' preseason win over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Aug. 19. X-rays and an MRI ruled out torn ligaments as well as a Lisfranc injury.

Fantasy Impact:

Cousins participated in practice Monday but said he's still not 100 percent when it comes to rolling out or quick changes of direction, the story said. If RGIII doesn't play, Cousins may actually be an emergency, QB2 option against what's been a very poor Eagles secondary.

Kirk Cousins expected to be fine for Week 1
Tuesday, August 20, 2013, 1:21pm

Alex Marvez on Twitter - [Full Article]

Redskins QB Kirk Cousins' MRI on his foot was negative, source tells FOX Sports. Expected back for season opener. May play next week.

Fantasy Impact:

The Redskins need the insurance of Cousins, even with Robert Griffin III expected to be ready for Week 1 as well. It's a good matchup for either QB against an Eagles defense that isn't supposed to be very good. If for some reason neither QB could play, Rex Grossman would get the call.

Kirk Cousins sprains foot
Monday, August 19, 2013, 10:30pm

CBS Sports - [Full Article]

Kirk Cousins got his second start of the preseason because Redskins franchise quarterback Robert Griffin III is still recovering from a knee injury he suffered in January.

With 11:50 left in the second quarter of the Monday Night game against the Steelers, Cousins dropped back to pass, didn't find any receivers open, and took off running towards the sidelines. Except Pittsburgh linebacker Lawrence Timmons beat him to it, tackling the second-year quarterback by the ankles.

Cousins limped back to the huddle before sitting down in the middle of the field and pointing to his right foot. He eventually hobbled to the bench where he was examined by the Redskins' medial staff.

Fantasy Impact:

Cousins didn't return to the game, but the team announced at halftime that X-rays of Cousins' right foot were negative - and it was diagnosed as a mid-foot sprain. With Robert Griffin III out of the preseason, most likely, the team went to veteran Rex Grossman. That's not a direction they want to go in come Week 1...

Redskins QB Cousins: RG3 "looked awesome" in OTAs
Monday, June 24, 2013, 10:37pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

Redskins backup quarterback Kirk Cousins has spent the offseason working with the first-string offense while Robert Griffin III recovers from knee surgery. But Cousins thinks the chances are slim to none that he’ll be with the first-string offense when the season starts.

Cousins said Griffin has made significant progress in his recovery, and Cousins can’t imagine that Griffin won’t be ready to play when the Redskins open the season against the Eagles on September 9.

“Robert looked awesome, and I’m not just saying that,” he said on NFL AM. “He is a bit of a freak in terms of his athleticism, he has healed very quickly, he couldn’t practice with us, but he was on a separate field doing drills all spring during OTAs and minicamp. He looked really good. I think he’ll be on the field Week One. But my mindset is to be ready no matter what, and I’m getting ready all summer so I’ll be ready if called upon.”

Fantasy Impact:

It appears to be all systems go for Griffin to play in Week 1. Now the only worry is that he's going to alter the way he plays (i.e. fewer runs) to protect his body. While it's not a bad idea (at all), fewer runs will likely result in fewer fantasy points.

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RGIII continues to be day-to-day
Tuesday, December 18, 2012, 9:07am

The Washington Post - [Full Article]

Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III will continue to be evaluated on a daily basis this week, according to coach Mike Shanahan, who gave no indication Monday whether he expects Griffin to return to the lineup for Sunday’s game at Philadelphia.

Shanahan would not say whether he expects Griffin to practice fully Wednesday.

Fantasy Impact:

Griffin was limited in practices last week and was held out of Sunday’s win at Cleveland because of a mild sprain of the lateral collateral ligament in his right knee, according to the story. Kirk Cousins started in Griffin’s place and threw for two touchdowns to extend the Redskins’ winning streak to five games. Cousins could be a decent option, likely in the QB2 ranks, this week against the Eagles.

RG3 reportedly out for Week 15
Saturday, December 15, 2012, 11:14pm

Adam Schefter, Twitter - [Full Article]

At team meeting minutes ago, Redskins players were informed QB Kirk Cousins will start at Cleveland, according to text from person in room.

Fantasy Impact:

Robert Griffin III (knee) will apparently miss the game. This is a downgrade for the entire passing game, though Alfred Morris could see a few extra carries with Cousins under center.

Saturday, December 15, 2012, 7:16pm - [Full Article]

Albert Breer of reports that a team doctor will determine whether or not Redskins QB Robert Griffin III will play on Sunday versus the Browns. RGIII suffered an injury to his LCL and didn’t take first-team reps all week. Fellow rookie Kirk Cousins will start in Griffin’s place if the No. 2 overall pick can’t go.

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RGIII has mild sprain, day-to-day
Monday, December 10, 2012, 4:45pm

The Washington Post - [Full Article]

Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said that quarterback Robert Griffin III has a “mild sprain to his LCL.

Shanahan said that the sprain to the ligament, which is on the outside of the knee, is a “Grade 1″ category, but that there is no other structural damage to the knee. Griffin tore his ACL in the same knee in 2009, but that ligament is fine, Shanahan said.

Fantasy Impact:

The team hopes the "mild swelling" goes down and that RGIII makes a speedy recovery and plays in Week 15 against Cleveland. It would seem he's likely to be limited in his rushing ability, but we'll have to monitor how he progresses through the week. If RGIII can't go, Kirk Cousins would play, but it sure seems like Griffin is really going to give it a go, especially with a playoff berth still a possibility.