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Kirk Cousins
ADP: N/A
Bye: 7
Experience: 10 Yr(s)
Age: 34.4
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 202
40 Time: 4.93
SPARQx (Rank): 79.30 (16%)
Burst Score (Rank): 104.40 (21%)
Agility Score (Rank): 11.55 (43%)
Throw Velocity (Rank): 59.00 (90%)

Kirk Cousins's Weekly Outlook

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Kirk Cousins's 2022 Projections & Outlook

Scoring

#12 Quarterback

307.5 Projected Points

ADP Comp/Att P Yds P TD INT Att R Yds Fum
Not Available 393.5/583 4547.4 30.9 9.9 33 118.8 3

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Basic StatsKirk Cousins's Preseason Player Analysis

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What You Need to Know:

  • In 2021, Cousins’ 8th season as a full-time starter, he finished as the QB9. He finished at QB11 in 2020.
  • Cousins ranked as a top-12 QB 10 times last season.
  • He missed only 1 game (Week 17, COVID list). He’s missed only 2 games dating back to 2015.
  • Among 21 QBs with 500+ dropbacks, Cousins ranked 4th in PFF passing grade and adjusted completion rate.
  • Cousins’ 7.5 YPA dipped from 8.3 and 8.0 over the 2 prior years. All of his other key passing metrics remained stable, though.
  • He played behind an O-line that ranked 3rd best in adjust sack rate (4.7%).
  • Note that Adam Thielen missed 4 games; Irv Smith missed the entire season with a torn meniscus.
  • The ’22 Vikings brought in new HC Kevin O’Connell, formerly the Rams’ OC (but not play-caller). He was Cousins’ QB coach for a time in Washington.
  • Here’s what O’Connell said of his offense: “I think we can build an offensive system like we had in L.A. to take advantage of that skill set,” O’Connell said. “I see us being able to build an offense to maximize what he does best, which happens to be what a lot of quarterbacks want to be able to do best, a quarterback-friendly system where they can have an attacking mindset, aggressive mindset.”
  • "I think he's gonna finally thrive, really thrive, in a system and a coach that actually respects him." Those were the recent words from ex-Vikings LB Ben Leber, who now works the sideline for team radio broadcasts.
  • According to ESPN’s Courtney Cronin, the new-look offense will have “a heavy dose of pre-snap motion and movement, reliance on three-receiver sets, a zone run game and play-action concepts.” Essentially — a lot of what the Rams do under Sean McVay.
  • When O’Connell held the role of OC from 2020-2021 (Rams), L.A. ranked 21st and 9th in pass rate.
  • The Vikings will get Irv Smith back from his knee injury. Of course, they retain a strong top-2 at WR with Justin Jefferson and Adam Thielen. Thielen does bring some injury/decline risk at 32.
  • Dalvin Cook will continue to provide a strong option out of the backfield. While he carries some risk of his own, Cook’s receiving upside is clear. There have already been whispers of an expanded pass-catching role under O’Connell.
  • Trade rumors surrounded Cousins over the winter and spring, but he’ll return for year 5 in Minnesota.

Draft Sharks Bottom Line:

Cousins has finished as a QB1 in 3 of his 4 seasons in Minnesota.

That type of upside remains for 2022. We like the hiring of HC Kevin O’Connell and the return of TE Irv Smith, who missed all of last season.

The QB landscape continues to deepen with each passing year, though. And with minimal contributions on the ground, Cousins will need to remain highly efficient in his age 34 season.

At bottom, Cousins should remain a strong matchup-based play — especially for as long as the Jefferson-Thielen duo can stay healthy.

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Kirk Cousins, QB MIN

8:53pm EST 1/15/23

Cousins efficient in Wild Card loss

Vikings QB Kirk Cousins completed 31 of 39 attempts for 273 yards and 2 TDs in Sunday's Wild Card loss vs. the Giants. He also punched in a 1-yard rushing TD in the contest. The veteran put forth about as valiant of an effort as one can ask for, but the Giants ultimately proved to be too big a challenge. It'll be interesting to see how HC Kevin O'Connell and company rebound from this upset loss in 2023. It's fair to say the effort should start with bolstering their defense that ranked 28th in Football Outsiders' DVOA this season.

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Vikings TE Irv Smith has been activated from IR, putting him on track to play vs. the Bears on Sunday. He's been out since going down with a significant high-ankle sprain in Week 8. Smith's return is a boost to Minnesota's passing game, but he's unlikely to be a big fantasy factor in the postseason behind TE T.J. Hockenson.

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Vikings HC Kevin O'Connell said Friday that his regulars will start this weekend's game vs. the Bears but that there's a plan to potentially pull them early to get backups some reps, according to ESPN's Kevin Seifert. The Vikings can't get the NFC's #1 seed and can only climb from #3 to #2 with a 49ers loss to the Cardinals. QB Kirk Cousins, RB Dalvin Cook, WRs Justin Jefferson and Adam Thielen and TE T.J. Hockenson are candidates to leave Sunday's game early.

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Kirk Cousins, QB MIN
Dynasty MVP 222.0
Position Rank #28 QB
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914
1,204
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Dynasty Write-up
In 2022, Cousins hit 4,100 passing yards — and finished as a QB1 — for the 3rd straight season. Playing alongside young HC Kevin O’Connell, Cousins will likely remain the starter for at least 1 more season. He'll play next season at 35 years old.

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