Kirk Cousins, QB Minnesota Vikings

General Info

  • Height: 6' 3"
  • Weight: 214 lbs
  • DOB: 08-19-1988

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Vikings Beat: Offense is progressing

Monday, August 6, 2018, 10:35am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Minnesota is five days away from opening preseason action against Denver, its first chance to test where the team stands and the areas that need honing in. While still early in the process with a new quarterback and offensive coordinator, elements of the install that once felt foreign are now starting to click.

“As far as learning the concepts we’ve been learning since minicamp and OTAs and going into training camp, it was a lot smoother because ... we have learned the concepts,” Stefon Diggs said. “So now we’re kind of like – you have a subject in class that you’ve been studying for a little while, you’re starting to get it and you’re starting to find the small nuances of it that you want (to make) little tweaks here and there and that kind of thing.”

Related players: Kirk Cousins, Dalvin Cook

Fantasy Impact:

There have been more good days lately, despite a hiccup now and then, which is to be expected with all the injuries on the offensive line, and including a new QB in Cousins. Diggs added the unit continues to work on timing.

Scouting Report

Fantasy Upside

Kirk Cousins joins the Vikings after being the sixth-highest QB in 2017. In fact, Cousins has been a top 10 fantasy QB in each of the last three seasons. In 2018, he joins a talented team with Stefon Diggs, Adam Thielen, Kyle Rudolph, and Dalvin Cook, so there’s reason for Cousins to continue his success. In addition, Minnesota brought in former Eagles quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo, who helped mold Carson Wentz.

Fantasy Downside

Cousins threw the ball pretty often in Washington, averaging 563 pass attempts in the last three seasons. He’ll need to be more efficient on Mike Zimmer’s team as QBs have attempted less than 530 passes in three of the last four seasons in his offenses.

2018 Bottom Line

With DeFilippo coming in, the Vikings may lean more on Cousins and the passing game in 2018. There’s plenty of reason to air it out with Diggs and Thielen on board, one of the best WR duos in the league. Cousins is much more talented than Case Keenum, who performed well a year ago with the same weapons. He should be viewed as a decent QB option before the 10th round.

2018 Strength of Schedule - MIN
W1W2W3W4W5W6W7W8W9W10W11W12W13W14W15W16W17
27
SF
29
@GB
6
BUF
8
@LAR
13
@PHI
22
ARI
31
@NYJ
11
NO
26
DET
BYE5
@CHI
29
GB
32
@NE
7
@SEA
23
MIA
26
@DET
5
CHI

Schedule difficulty based on schedule-adjusted, positional defensive ranking. Top DEF = 1, bottom DEF = 32.

2017 Game Stats
WkOppCompAttPaYdsPaTDIntYPAYPRRuAttYdsTDFumYPCPtsSnaps%
1PHI2340240116.0010.43430027.5010.663/63100.0%
2@LAR1827179106.639.9437002.3311.971/71100.0%
3OAK25303653012.1714.6012002.0026.868/68100.0%
4@KC1424220209.1715.71738005.4320.650/50100.0%
5BYE---------------
6SF2537330218.9213.20426106.5027.874/74100.0%
7@PHI3040303317.5810.10318006.0023.964/64100.0%
8DAL2639263116.7410.1210010.0010.559/59100.0%
9@SEA2131247007.9711.7634011.338.363/63100.0%
10MIN2645327117.2712.5845201.2527.675/75100.0%
11@NO22323223010.0614.64311003.6726.069/69100.0%
12NYG1931242217.8112.7434001.3316.171/71100.0%
13@DAL2637251226.789.6536012.0012.656/6093.3%
14@LAC1527151115.5910.0728004.008.850/50100.0%
15ARI1826196207.5410.8920000.0015.853/53100.0%
16DEN1937299318.0815.7458001.6022.869/69100.0%
17@NYG2037158034.277.901121012.007.557/57100.0%
Per game21.6933.75255.811.690.817.5811.803.0611.190.250.313.6517.3563.25/63.5099.58%
Totals347540409327137.5811.8049179453.65277.621012/101699.58%