• Kirk Cousins

  • QB
  • , Minnesota Vikings
  • 32
  • 214 lbs
  • 6' 3"
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Draft note
by John Paulsen
In 2019, Cousins finished No. 16 at his position, outscoring 10 quarterbacks who had more pass attempts than he did. In fact, he had the second-fewest pass attempts of all the quarterbacks who finished in the top 19. Not coincidentally, he scored the sixth-most fantasy points per pass attempt. The Vikings attempted the third-fewest pass attempts last season and figure to be at least a little more pass-happy this year since the defense is expected to take a step back. OC Kevin Stefanski left to coach the Browns and Gary Kubiak will take over the play-calling. In his last two seasons in Denver, Kubiak’s offenses were 13th and 17th in pass attempts. HC Mike Zimmer will try to keep the team run-heavy, but if the defense struggles, Cousins could see his pass attempts spike in 2020.

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Scouting report

by Richard Mejia

MIN QB Kirk Cousins - 2020 Fantasy Football Outlook

Fantasy Upside

The 2019 season was arguably Kirk Cousins’ best in the NFL from an efficiency standpoint. While only called upon to throw the ball 444 times, Cousins ended the season with 26 touchdowns to only 6 interceptions and 3,603 passing yards in 15 games, good enough to finish as the QB16. In what was one of the league’s heaviest running schemes under then-offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski, Cousins will head into 2020 with new offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak, who’s Denver offenses the past 2 seasons finished 13th and 17th. Even with the departure of WR Stefon Diggs, Cousins still has his primary target in WR Adam Theilen, who missed 5 games last season and 2020 first-round pick WR Justin Jefferson. Above all however, the looming potential of a Dalvin Cook holdout can quickly change the identity of this team and create a serious uptick in Cousins pass attempts.

Fantasy Downside

As efficient as Cousins was from a football standpoint, his usage in 2019 was only worthwhile as a QB streamer as he only had 4 games with at least 20 fantasy points. His usage stems from the Vikings having the fourth-most running attempts (476) combined with one of the league’s best defenses. RB Dalvin Cook will look to be one of the league’s highest paid backs, and the franchise would be wise to oblige, thus spelling another season for minimal passing attempts for Cousins. Even if Cousins does manage to find himself in more shootouts this season, the departure of Diggs will cap his upside as the Minnesota receiving group is mostly barren outside of Thielen and the rookie Jefferson.

2020 Bottom Line

Kirk Cousins has shown the ability to produce fantasy points, however his current situation will make it hard for him to be a reliable contributor to any fantasy team. His 444 passing attempts were less than team’s 476 rushing attempts and there is little to implicate that changes—especially with the team being comfortable enough to move on from one of the most talented WRs in the in NFL in Stefon Diggs. We have Cousins ranked 18th amongst quarterbacks and his current ADP has him going in the 12th round in 12-team leagues. With the cluster of QBs going around Cousins ADP, you will not be hard pressed to find one with more weekly upside.

2020 Strength of Schedule - MIN

W1W2W3W4W5W6W7W8W9W10W11W12W13W14W15W16W17
12
GB
14
@IND
19
TEN
24
@HOU
17
@SEA
25
ATL
BYE12
@GB
30
DET
5
@CHI
20
DAL
9
CAR
22
JAX
16
@TB
5
CHI
18
@NO
30
@DET

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

2019 Game Stats

WkOppCompAttPaYdsPaTDIntYPAYPRRuAttYdsTDFumYPCPtsSnaps%
1ATL81098109.8012.2564100.6714.353/53100.0%
2@GB1432230127.1916.43217018.508.965/65100.0%
3LV1521174108.2911.60416004.0012.661/6396.8%
4@CHI2736233006.478.6300010.007.362/62100.0%
5@NYG22273062011.3313.9133001.0020.571/71100.0%
6PHI22293334111.4815.1420000.0027.371/71100.0%
7@DET2434337409.9114.044-300-0.7529.273/73100.0%
8WAS23262850010.9612.3922001.0011.672/72100.0%
9@KC1938220305.7911.5815005.0021.371/71100.0%
10@DAL2332220206.889.5715005.0019.376/76100.0%
11DEN2935319309.1111.0021010.5022.963/63100.0%
12BYE---------------
13@SEA2238276217.2612.5500000.0017.055/55100.0%
14DET2430242108.0710.081-100-1.0013.673/73100.0%
15@LAC1925207118.2810.89314004.6711.762/6595.4%
16GB1631122113.947.6200000.006.954/54100.0%
17CHI000000.000.0000000.000.00/490.0%
Per game20.4729.60240.131.730.408.1111.732.074.200.070.202.0316.2965.47/65.8099.48%
Totals30744436022668.1111.733163132.03244.38982/103699.48%
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