Kirk Cousins
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By Jonathan Ebanks, Redskins Correspondent, Sun, Nov 2nd 12:43pm EST

Redskins' QB Colt McCoy has passed fellow QB Kirk Cousins on the depth chart after his impressive performance over the last couple of weeks.

Fantasy Impact: Kirk Cousins should not be owned in any fantasy leagues. Something tells me the that team will likely enter next season with a slew of new QBs to wash themselves clean of the erratic performances from their current passers.

By Scott Ellinwood, Redskins Correspondent, Mon, Oct 20th 3:36pm EDT

Barring a series of injuries to the team's other quarterbacks, Kirk Cousins won't be seeing the playing field anytime soon. Coach Jay Gruden announced on Monday that Colt McCoy will start at QB until starter Robert Griffin III is ready to return. The move completes a swift fall for Cousins, who was considered as a possible replacement for Griffin only a month ago. (Source: Pro Football Talk)

Fantasy Impact: Time to drop Cousins and scoop up Colt McCoy as your handcuff to RG3. McCoy may get the start in Week 8, so follow the practice reports this week.

By Scott Ellinwood, Redskins Correspondent, Sun, Oct 19th 7:28pm EDT

Redskins QB Kirk Cousins was benched at halftime of the team's 19-17 win over Tennessee in Week 7. Cousins struggled in the first half, completing 10 of 16 attempts for 139 yards but also throwing a pick.

Fantasy Impact: It is unclear at this time if Cousins has been benched moving forward or if the move was intended to spark the team. Either way, with Robert Griffin III expected to return either next week or soon thereafter, Cousins' fantasy value has plummeted.

By Scott Ellinwood, Redskins Correspondent, Sun, Oct 12th 7:50pm EDT

Redskins QB Kirk Cousins had a productive game from a fantasy standpoint, but again had costly interceptions in the team's Week 6 loss to the Arizona Cardinals. Cousins completed 24 of 38 attempts for 354 yards with two TDs and three INTs.

Fantasy Impact: Two of Cousins' picks were very bad decisions and the team is likely eagerly anticipating the return of Robert Griffin III. Cousins is likely to play in Week 7 when the Redskins host the Tennessee Titans.

By Scott Ellinwood, Redskins Correspondent, Tue, Oct 7th 2:58pm EDT

Redskins QB Kirk Cousins completed 21 of 36 pass attempts for 283 yards and two TDs in the team's Monday night loss to the Seahawks. After a disastrous showing in Week 4, Cousins rebounded nicely against one of the better pass defenses in the league but was ultimately unable to deliver the win.

Fantasy Impact: Just three weeks ago, fantasy owners were anticipating that Cousins had stolen the Redskins QB job from Robert Griffin III. Since then, Cousins has played unevenly, showing both promise and shortcomings. Cousins makes an excellent bye week replacement or QB2 in fantasy, but owners need to monitor the Redskins QB situation. There is a good chance that RG3 will be under center within the next few weeks.

By Jonathan Ebanks, Redskins Correspondent, Sat, Sep 27th 5:33pm EDT

After Redskins' QB Kirk Cousins' five turnover game against the Giants, head coach Jay Gruden came to Cousins' defense, "It's not just Kirk. Kirk, his mistakes are magnified obviously, but there are other guys who had mistakes that were equally important and devastating to the football game. We just have to continue to work to get better, and we will, but we're not going to hold Kirk's head under the water right now. We're going to keep him composed and getting better, and he's going to be fine next week." (Source: Washington Post)

Fantasy Impact: Cousins is much like former QB Rex Grossman. The talent is there, but you never know which Cousins you're going to get. Cousins, much like Grossman, was fantastic when he was on a hot streak, but when he's cold ... he gives away the ball like it's a hot potato. Gruden cited inexperience as Cousins' biggest con right now, so perhaps he'll improve as the season progresses. View Cousins as a middling QB2 next week against Seattle.

By Scott Ellinwood, Redskins Correspondent, Fri, Sep 26th 4:17pm EDT

Redskins QB Kirk Cousins completed 19 of 33 passes for 257 yards with one TD and four INTs in Thursday night's loss to the Giants. As bad as the stats were, Cousins' performance may have been worse. Cousins made some bad decisions, forced the ball at times and even looked panicked.

Fantasy Impact: The good news is the team now has 10 days to prepare for a Monday night game in Week 5. The bad news is that they face the Seahawks in what projects as a second straight embarrassment on national television. Nonetheless, Cousins will be back under center and should be attempting lots of passes. If your league doesn't penalize for interceptions, consider Cousins against your other options and proceed with caution.

By Jonathan Ebanks, Redskins Correspondent, Tue, Sep 23rd 11:21pm EDT

During a conference call on Monday, the New York media asked Redskins' head coach Jay Gruden about the possibility of QB Kirk Cousins taking over as the permanent starter. Gruden said, "Crazy things have happened in the NFL," and he later responded, "I'm not going to discount anything." (Source: CSN Washington)

Fantasy Impact: It's too early to say whether Cousins will keep the job when Robert Griffin III is healthy. It may seem a little insane to have a healthy Griffin riding the pine, but if Cousins keeps playing this well then Gruden will have to continue rolling him out there. Cousins provides low-end QB1 value in Thursday's tilt against the Giants.

By Scott Ellinwood, Redskins Correspondent, Sun, Sep 21st 5:11pm EDT

Redskins QB Kirk Cousins had a strong performance against Philadelphia in Week 3, but could not deliver in the final moments to lead Washington to victory. Cousins finished 30 of 48 for 427 yards with three TDs and one interception.

Fantasy Impact: For much of the contest Cousins looked like an elite QB. Despite the loss, his confidence and that of his teammates must be growing. Cousins clearly has command of the offense and will be a serious fantasy factor in the weeks ahead. Consider Cousins a high-end QB2 for now, with the potential to blossom into a QB1.

By Jonathan Ebanks, Redskins Correspondent, Tue, Sep 16th 7:00pm EDT

Before Redskins' quarterback Kirk Cousins was drafted into the NFL, draft pundits compared him to inconsistent quarterback Rex Grossman. (Source: John Keim via Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: While Rex Grossman had a decent arm, led the 2006 Chicago Bears to the Super Bowl, and won his fair share of games in the NFL, his reputation will forever be mired by his inconsistency. Grossman possessed the raw talent required to succeed in the NFL, but his decision-making was spotty. His mental game (or lack thereof) hurt him and his team more often than it helped. Cousins' arm isn't quite as good as Grossman's was, but Cousins' decision-making is a bit better than Grossman's. Regardless, both quarterbacks have a similar style of play, but Cousins' intelligence is what will give him more success in Washington than Grossman had as a Redskin. Look at Cousins as a high-end QB2 in Week 3.

By Scott Ellinwood, Redskins Correspondent, Mon, Sep 15th 1:38pm EDT

Redskins QB Kirk Cousins was pressed into action in the first quarter on Sunday, following a serious ankle injury to starter Robert Griffin III. Cousins had an outstanding game, completing 23 of 33 passes for 250 yards and two TDs. Cousins figures to be the starter for at least the next 5-6 games and possibly further, and he will look to continue his success against the Eagles in Week 3.

Fantasy Impact: Cousins is a must-add waiver wire pickup if you need help at QB. He has demonstrated his ability as a pocket passer and with the offensive skill position talent at his disposal, Cousins could put up good numbers.

By Scott Ellinwood, Redskins Correspondent, Sun, Aug 24th 5:06pm EDT

With starter Sam Bradford out for the season with a torn ACL, there is growing media speculation that the Rams may reach out to the Redskins about the availability of QB Kirk Cousins. (Source: CSN Washington)

Fantasy Impact: Cousins could thrive as a starter and should be monitored closely. Be ready to sign/draft him if he lands a starting job. Sign him immediately if he is available in dynasty leagues.

By Jonathan Ebanks, Redskins Correspondent, Sun, Aug 24th 1:50am EDT

Redskins backup quarterback Kirk Cousins put on a clinic against the Ravens' depth, putting up 122 yards and two touchdowns on 14-of-20 passes.

Fantasy Impact: His very first drive outdid everything Redskins QB Robert Griffin III had done all game. He completed five of his seven passes for 52 yards and a TD on that drive. He displayed much better command of the offense, better pocket presence, and made better reads than Griffin. The organization and the fans love Cousins, but Daniel Snyder is in Griffin's corner and the coaching staff has put all of their faith in Griffin. Even if Griffin falls flat on his face this season, it's more likely that the team will stick with him over switching to Cousins.

By Scott Ellinwood, Redskins Correspondent, Sat, Aug 23rd 10:48pm EDT

Redskins QB Kirk Cousins had a strong game against Baltimore in a 23-17 loss. Cousins finished 14 of 22 for 122 yards and 2 TDs.

Fantasy Impact: The contrast between Cousins and Robert Griffin III in this game was striking. While RG3 looked tentative, Cousins looked decisive. When RG3's arm looked unimpressive, Cousins had zip. While RG3's grasp on the starting role is secure today, if his poor play carries into the regular season, Cousins will start at some point this season. Cousins has more experience as a drop back, pocket passer and shows decisiveness in his reads. Quarterback controversy brewing in Washington? Get your popcorn ready.

By Scott Ellinwood, Redskins Correspondent, Tue, Aug 19th 9:23am EDT

Redskins QB Kirk Cousins completed 12 of 21 passes for 145 yards along with one TD and one INT in Monday night's win over Cleveland.

Fantasy Impact: For the most part, Cousins looked in sync with his receivers and seemed to have a decent grasp of the playbook. He worked extensively with the second and third teams but was able to move the ball and connected with rookie WR Ryan Grant on a score. Keep Cousins in mind on draft day, particularly in keeper/dynasty leagues.

By Scott Ellinwood, Redskins Correspondent, Sun, Aug 17th 11:28am EDT

Redskins QB Kirk Cousins understands that he is relegated to a backup role as long as starter Robert Griffin III remains healthy. Cousins looked sharp in the preseason opener and had Patriots staff impressed enough that they came away from joint practices believing Cousins was the best Redskins quarterback. (Source: Washington Post)

Fantasy Impact: Cousins makes an excellent handcuff to RG3 and one with significant upside in keeper and dynasty leagues. There has been much speculation in Washington that Cousins will depart following the 2014 season and that Colt McCoy will serve as the second string quarterback in the years ahead. Stash Cousins if you can.

By Jonathan Ebanks, Redskins Correspondent, Thu, Aug 14th 7:40pm EDT

QB Kirk Cousins had an option play backfire on him pretty badly in Thursday's practice. There seemed to be a disconnect between him and LT Morgan Moses. Morgan Moses blocked for an inside run, but did not expect Cousins to keep the ball and pass. Cousins wanted to quickly hit one of his receivers for a short gain, but since Moses was blocking for the run, rookie LB Trent Murphy was completely unaccounted for and easily reached Cousins to end the play. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: It's been argued that Cousins is a better fit for HC Jay Gruden's offense than QB Robert Griffin III is, but Cousins certainly cannot pull off the option the way Griffin can. Either way, these hiccups will always happen when players are learning a new offense, and Cousins has generally shown a pretty decent grasp of Gruden's scheme so you shouldn't be worried about him. If Griffin misses time (and he probably will I'll bet), then Cousins should be able to jump in and produce without a hitch as he always does. In the event of a Griffin injury, Cousins would certainly be a startable option for desperate fantasy owners.

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