Kirk Cousins
Kirk Cousins
30-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.
Gaining experience with receivers
QBMinnesota Vikings
June 14, 2019
Offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski expects Cousins to take a big step forward in his second season with the Vikings,'s Jeremy Bergman reports. "Having one year under his belt around his teammates is a big deal and there's so much that goes into understanding the nuances of each one of your receivers and your tight ends and knowing how they come out of routes," Stefanski said.
Cousins finished his first season in Minnesota with career highs for completion percentage (70.1) and passing touchdowns (30), but he produced just 6.6 YPA after a Week 10 bye as the team stumbled to a 3-4 finish and missed the playoffs. Stefanski was promoted to replace John DeFilippo as offensive coordinator for the final three weeks, helping secure two easy victories prior to a season-ending collapse against the Bears in Week 17. The Vikings seem to be tweaking their philosophy and terminology rather than overhauling, with the hope that some offseason changes can put the same core group of players in better positions to succeed. A shaky offensive line got some help in the form of first-round pick Garrett Bradbury and free-agent signing Josh Kline, while offensive advisor Gary Kubiak should be a useful asset for the coaching staff. There's also some hope the offense can become more versatile, with second-round pick Irv Smith Jr. potentially allowing for increased use of formations with multiple tight ends. The Vikings had three wideouts on the field for 69 percent of their snaps last season, despite getting minimal production from No. 3 receiver Laquon Treadwell.
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How do Kirk Cousins' 2018 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.
  • 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.
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    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
7.6 Yds
Sack Rate
Avg Receiver YAC
4.7 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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203 days ago
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204 days ago
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206 days ago
Trust players with playoff stakes on the line in Week 17, including the Eagles' Nick Foles. Luke Hoover has several other competitors in mind.
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207 days ago
Chris Carson should run wild at home against the Cardinals, assuming that the Seahawks play their starters.
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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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.
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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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