Kirk Cousins

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What is with the sudden antipathy toward Kirk Cousins? I know his line is tattered, his team is out of contention, and his last game wasn't good.

However, there seems to be a dramatic overreaction to a one-week sample. In my 6-pt TD league, Cousins is the #6 QB this year, and here are the stat lines for his last 5 games in my league:

Week 10 (MIN): 327 PaYds, 1 Int, 5 RuYds, 1 PaTD, 2 RuTD = 33.85
Week 11 (NO): 322 PaYds, 0 Int, 11 RuYds, 3 PaTD = 35.20
Week 12 (NYG): 242 PaYds, 1 Int, 4 RuYds, 2 PaTD = 23.50
Week 13 (DAL): 252 PaYds, 2 Int, 1 FL, 6 RuYds, 2 PaTD = 22.15
Week 14 (LAC): 151 PaYds, 1 Int, 8 RuYds, 1 PaTD = 13.35

Overall, he's thrown for 240+ yards in 10 of 13 games, and accounted for 2 or more TD's in 8 games, including 4 of the last 5.

In his worst games (Weeks 1, 2, 8, 9, 14), he's still managed no fewer than 11.75 points, and four of those defenses in those games (PHI, LAR, SEA, LAC) being ranked in the top 11 vs. QB's.

Arizona is #19 and Denver #14 vs. QB's in out scoring, middle of the pack, and neither are division rivals. Jordan Reed hasn't played since Week 8 (and had only delivered one fantasy-impact game to that point), so his being placed on IR doesn't change anything. I'm not saying his situation is perfect, but the experts have turned on him very fast.

I'm going to play him Week 15 over Andy Dalton and Jimmy Garoppolo, with a team that is pretty strong at every other position. I would just like for someone to explain how Cousins went from "dependable QB1" to "you can't possibly consider starting him" so fast, because I'm not seeing it.
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Arizona does rush the passer pretty well... might be down on him more this week for sure with a really banged up line. Not like their 'Zona's O is that great either, so they should have plenty of opportunities unless Kerwynn has a big day...

Haven't hardly been following the 'Hogs and them much since Reed hasn't been useful to me.
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RotoMoto wrote:Haven't hardly been following the 'Hogs and them much since Reed hasn't been useful to me.


Yeah, looks like I called it before the draft. I put the over/under on full games he'd play at 6, and took the under.
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Just to follow up, I played Cousins in weeks 15 and 16:

Week 15: 196 PaYds, 2 PaTD = 21.80
Week 16: 299 PaYds, 8 RuYds, 3 PaTD, 1 INT = 32.75.

Garoppolo did outscore him by 4.25 in week 15 (I won by 8.5), but Dalton bombed. Cousins outscored Garoppolo by 3.35, and Dalton by a couple TD's, during the championship (I won by 21.95).

Overall, glad I stuck with my bargain "semi-stud" Cousins down the stretch.