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Experts' Pick
 
 
Kirk Cousins
QB - MIN
Kirk Cousins
Kirk Cousins
QB - MIN
vs. JAC, Sun 1pm EST
vs. WAS, Mon 5pm EST
 
 
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Updated: Dec 4th, 2020
69%
Recommended by
64 of 93 experts
31%
Recommended by
29 of 93 experts
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Rankings 
    
ECR# 11# 12-
Best Rank# 6# 6-
Worst Rank# 16# 13-
    
Matchup 
    
Opponent vs. JAC vs. WAS-
Matchup RatingThis is a 5 star matchup. QBs perform better than their average vs JACThis is a 3 star matchup. QBs perform close to their average vs WAS-
    
    
Stats Allowed   
Pass Comp18.815.9
Pass Yds219.6157.4
Pass TD1.61.1
    
Fantasy Points 
    
Season Total201.5209.3-
Avg Game18.319.0-
Avg Projection17.817.7-
Week 1226.213.5-
    
Misc 
    
Injury Alert-
WeatherIndoor34 F, Mostly cloudy throughout the day.-
    
Expert Ranks 
Kirk CousinsBen RoethlisbergerAdd Player
    
Frank StampflF. Stampfl
CBS Sports
1 m
#9#13-
    
Mike RigzM. Rigz
Gridiron Experts
13 m
#11#12-
    
Mike TagliereM. Tagl...
FantasyPros
15 m
#13#11-
    
Mauricio GutierrezM. Guti...
Estadio Fantasy
27 m
#11#10-
    
Morgan ColbyM. Colby
The Fantasy Champions
59 m
#11#12-
    
Patrick ThormanP. Thorman
Establish the Run
2 h
#10#13-
    
Rudy GambleR. Gamble
Razzball
2 h
#15#10-
    
Richard KingR. King
King Fantasy Sports
2 h
#9#12-
    
Ken ZalisK. Zalis
Pressbox
2 h
#10#13-
    
Kyle YatesK. Yates
FantasyPros
2 h
#10#11-
    
Matt MacCoyM. MacCoy
Fantasy Team Advice
2 h
#10#5-
    
Dan ClasgensD. Clas...
Get Sports Info
3 h
#10#11-
    
Jeff PaurJ. Paur
RTSports
3 h
#7#10-
    
Dave RichardD. Richard
CBS Sports
3 h
#6#8-
    
Tozzi BrothersT. Brot...
Legion Report
4 h
#11#12-
    
Matthew HillM. Hill
DataForce Fantasy Football
4 h
#10#6-
    
Jamie CalandroJ. Cala...
Fantasy Team Advice
4 h
#9#5-
    
John FergusonJ. Ferg...
FantasyData
4 h
#11#12-
    
Kevin HansonK. Hanson
EDSFootball
4 h
#11#12-
    
Ryan NoonanR. Noonan
FTN
4 h
#11#12-
    
Zachary HanshewZ. Hanshew
FantasyPros
5 h
#8#13-
    
John PaulsenJ. Paulsen
4for4.com
8 h
#11#13-
    
Site ProjectionsS. Proj...
numberFire
10 h
#9#16-
    
Dalton Del DonD. Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
10 h
#11#12-
    
Jacob W. DunneJ. W. D...
New Life Fantasy
12 h
#12#10-
    
Lawrence JacksonL. Jackson
Fantasy Football Lord
14 h
#10#11-
    
Steven PintadoS. Pintado
The Fantasy Coaches
14 h
#11#15-
    
Nick ZylakN. Zylak
Fantasy Football Advice
15 h
#11#12-
    
Brandon MurchisonB. Murc...
RotoBaller
15 h
#11#13-
    
Elliot Berkovits E. Berk...
Packer Report
15 h
#10#12-
    
John HestermanJ. Hest...
Dynasty League Football
16 h
#10#12-
    
Bart WheelerB. Wheeler
Hail to Fantasy Football
16 h
#11#14-
    
Pat FitzmauriceP. Fitz...
The Football Girl
16 h
#10#12-
    
Staff RankingsS. Rank...
QB List
17 h
#9#18-
    
Mundo Fantasy MXM. Fant...
Mundo Fantasy
17 h
#11#12-
    
Huseyin AksuH. Aksu
Fantasy Couch
17 h
#11#17-
    
Jacob GibbsJ. Gibbs
SportsLine
18 h
#15#14-
    
Neema HodjatN. Hodjat
Real GM
19 h
#10#12-
    
Jake ArthurJ. Arthur
Colts.com
19 h
#11#12-
    
Michael PetropoulosM. Petr...
BRoto Fantasy
20 h
#12#14-
    
Andrew SeifterA. Seifter
FantasyPros
20 h
#7#13-
    
Andrew EricksonA. Eric...
Pro Football Focus
20 h
#9#13-
    
Craig PhillipsC. Phil...
FF Prophet
21 h
#11#12-
    
Jamey EisenbergJ. Eise...
CBS Sports
21 h
#9#11-
    
Pierre CamusP. Camus
RotoBaller
22 h
#6#12-
    
Davis MattekD. Mattek
RotoExperts
22 h
#11#12-
    
Zach BrunnerZ. Brunner
FlurrySports
22 h
#13#14-
    
Andy SingletonA. Sing...
Expand The Boxscore
22 h
#11#12-
    
Dominick PetrilloD. Petr...
Fantasy Hot Read
23 h
#7#12-
    
Jason WillanJ. Willan
Gridiron Experts
23 h
#12#13-
    
Justin GeorgeJ. George
Take Your League
1 d
#4#15-
    
Jared SmolaJ. Smola
Draft Sharks
1 d
#11#12-
    
Andy BehrensA. Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
1 d
#9#11-
    
Scott PianowskiS. Pian...
Yahoo! Sports
1 d
#10#12-
    
Chris MeaneyC. Meaney
FTN
1 d
#11#12-
    
Frank BonincontriF. Boni...
Fantasy Wire HQ
1 d
#11#12-
    
Andy HollowayA. Holl...
The Fantasy Footballers
1 d
#10#12-
    
Christopher DellC. Dell
Betting Predators
1 d
#14#7-
    
Andy VandaA. Vanda
Take Your League
1 d
#12#11-
    
David BiggsD. Biggs
Drink Five
1 d
#11#10-
    
Donkey TeethD. Teeth
Razzball
2 d
#12#13-
    
Kevin WheelerK. Wheeler
The Draft Zone
2 d
#12#11-
    
Anthony CervinoA. Cervino
Gridiron Experts
2 d
#12#11-
    
Jacob WayneJ. Wayne
Lineups
2 d
#12#13-
    
Zach GreubelZ. Greubel
Gridiron Experts
2 d
#10#13-
    
Rich PiazzaR. Piazza
Fantasy Shed
2 d
#10#12-
    
Chris KennedyC. Kennedy
The Fantasy Headliners
2 d
#11#13-
    
Matthew BetzM. Betz
BallBlast
2 d
#12#13-
    
Jeff BoggisJ. Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
2 d
#12#11-
    
Justin DoddsJ. Dodds
SleeperWire
2 d
#12#11-
    
Wolf of Roto StreetW. of R...
Roto Street Journal
2 d
#16#12-
    
Liz LozaL. Loza
Yahoo! Sports
2 d
#10#12-
    
SmittyS.
SleeperU
2 d
#12#11-
    
Scott SprattS. Spratt
Football Outsiders
2 d
#14#18-
    
Dan HarrisD. Harris
FantasyPros
2 d
#13#11-
    
Garret PriceG. Price
Dynasty Nerds
2 d
#12#11-
    
Derek LoflandD. Lofland
FantasyPros
2 d
#11#12-
    
Kevin TompkinsK. Tomp...
Fighting Chance Fantasy
2 d
#14#13-
    
Jody SmithJ. Smith
FantasyData
2 d
#12#11-
    
Kate MagdziukK. Magd...
BallBlast
2 d
#17#21-
    
Richard SavillR. Savill
Fantasy Six Pack
2 d
#11#12-
    
Matthew BoweM. Bowe
Razzball
3 d
#11#12-
    
Mike KruegerM. Krueger
FFToday
3 d
#11#12-
    
Nick MarianoN. Mariano
RotoBaller
3 d
#11#8-
    
Joe BondJ. Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
3 d
#12#11-
    
Tal MalachovskyT. Mala...
The Fantasy Scout
3 d
#16#18-
    
Kevin RobertsK. Roberts
Breaking Football
3 d
#12#11-
    
Matt HarmonM. Harmon
Yahoo! Sports
3 d
#10#12-
    
Chet GreshamC. Gresham
DK Nation
3 d
#12#11-
    
Jason MooreJ. Moore
The Fantasy Footballers
3 d
#12#11-
    
Mike WrightM. Wright
The Fantasy Footballers
3 d
#12#11-
    
Walter CherepinskyW. Cher...
WalterFootball
4 d
#13#7-
    
Michael FabianoM. Fabiano
Sports Illustrated
1 w
#13#12-
    
Player Game Logs Comparison
 
Kirk Cousins
QB - MIN
Kirk Cousins
Kirk Cousins
QB - MIN
2020 Schedule 
Week 1 vs. GB
19/25, 259 pass yds, 2 td, 1 int
4 rush, 34 yds, 0 td
at NYG
21/32, 229 pass yds, 3 td, 0 int
3 rush, 9 yds, 0 td
Week 2 at IND
11/26, 113 pass yds, 0 td, 3 int
vs. DEN
29/41, 311 pass yds, 2 td, 1 int
3 rush, -2 yds, 0 td
Week 3 vs. TEN
16/27, 251 pass yds, 3 td, 2 int
2 rush, 14 yds, 0 td
vs. HOU
23/36, 237 pass yds, 2 td, 0 int
5 rush, -3 yds, 0 td
Week 4 at HOU
16/22, 260 pass yds, 1 td, 0 int
4 rush, 5 yds, 0 td
BYE WEEK
Week 5 at SEA
27/39, 249 pass yds, 2 td, 1 int
1 rush, 2 yds, 0 td
vs. PHI
27/34, 239 pass yds, 3 td, 0 int
2 rush, -2 yds, 0 td
Week 6 vs. ATL
24/36, 343 pass yds, 3 td, 3 int
vs. CLE
14/22, 162 pass yds, 1 td, 0 int
3 rush, 5 yds, 0 td
Week 7BYE WEEK at TEN
32/49, 268 pass yds, 2 td, 3 int
1 rush, -1 yds, 0 td
Week 8 at GB
11/14, 160 pass yds, 1 td, 0 int
at BAL
21/32, 182 pass yds, 2 td, 0 int
Week 9 vs. DET
13/20, 220 pass yds, 3 td, 0 int
at DAL
29/42, 306 pass yds, 3 td, 0 int
1 rush, 8 yds, 0 td
Week 10 at CHI
25/36, 292 pass yds, 2 td, 1 int
1 rush, -1 yds, 0 td
vs. CIN
27/46, 333 pass yds, 4 td, 0 int
1 rush, 0 yds, 0 td
Week 11 vs. DAL
22/30, 314 pass yds, 3 td, 0 int
1 rush, 4 yds, 0 td
at JAC
32/46, 267 pass yds, 2 td, 1 int
Week 12 vs. CAR
34/45, 307 pass yds, 3 td, 0 int
3 rush, 19 yds, 0 td
vs. BAL
Week 13 vs. JAC vs. WAS
Week 14 at TB at BUF
Week 15 vs. CHI at CIN
Week 16 at NO vs. IND
Week 17 at DET at CLE
Player Projections Comparison
 
Kirk Cousins
QB - MIN
Kirk Cousins
Kirk Cousins
QB - MIN
vs. JAC, Sun 1pm EST
vs. WAS, Mon 5pm EST
Passing
   
Pass Att31.437.2
Pass Cmp21.424.8
Pass Yards263.2268.6
Pass TDs2.02.0
Ints0.70.6
   
Rushing
   
Rush Attempts2.01.3
Rush Yards6.12.3
Rush TDs0.10.1
   
Misc
   
Fumbles0.20.1
   
Points
   
Fantasy Points17.817.7
   
Player Fantasy Points Comparison
 
Kirk Cousins
QB - MIN
Kirk Cousins
Kirk Cousins
QB - MIN
2020 Points 
Week 122.822.1
Week 21.519.2
Week 321.419.2
Week 414.9
Week 515.221.4
Week 626.711.0
Week 715.6
Week 810.415.3
Week 920.825.0
Week 1018.629.3
Week 1123.017.7
Week 1226.213.5
Week 13
Week 14
Week 15
Week 16
Week 17
Total201.5209.3
Average18.319.0
Notes for Player Combination
 
Kirk Cousins
QB - MIN
Kirk Cousins
Kirk Cousins
QB - MIN
vs. JAC, Sun 1pm EST
vs. WAS, Mon 5pm EST
Expert 
Mike Tagliere
FantasyPros
I mentioned it last week, but after another great performance, it bears repeating. Cousins ranks second in yards per attempt and third in touchdown percentage this season. Based on passing alone, he's averaged 0.600 fantasy points per pass attempt, which is behind only Aaron Rodgers, Russell Wilson, Patrick Mahomes, and Deshaun Watson. The reason you don't consider him a great fantasy option is due to the fact that he's thrown the ball more than 30 times just four times all year. What you need to play him is competence on the other side of the field. The Panthers put points on the board, so Cousins racked up 45 attempts last week. The Jaguars offense haven't generated more than 25 points in eight of their last nine games, so it seems somewhat unlikely, but there are glimpses of hope. While Cousins has only averaged 60.2 plays per game, the Jaguars opponents have averaged 65.5, which should allow for a bit more production overall out of this Vikings offense. The Jaguars have also allowed 103.7 fantasy points per game to their opponents, which is the second-most in the NFL, behind only the Seahawks. Many will say the Jaguars are a cakewalk matchup and that the Vikings won't have to throw much, but why have the Jaguars allowed the third-most fantasy points per game to quarterbacks this year? I mean, they've struggled to be competitive all year, right? When you take Cousins' massive 8.65 yards per attempt and mix it with the league-high 8.29 yards per attempt the Jaguars are allowing, and you have what should be a very efficient day for Cousins. Oh, and they've generated a sack on just 2.84 percent of dropbacks, the second-lowest mark in football. The Vikings can really pick their poison, as the Jaguars have allowed the second-most fantasy points per offensive snap this year, behind only the Falcons. Oddsmakers opened this game with a 30.8-point team-implied total, which bodes well for all Vikings players. Cousins makes sense as a high-floor QB2 streaming option, but you run the risk of 25 pass attempts with the lack of competition on the other side of the ball. For what it's worth, Cousins has been a seven-plus point favorite in five games over the last two years, and in those games, he's averaged 0.6 more fantasy points than he does in all other games.We really didn't know what to expect on the Wednesday game, but we figured it would be an easier time for the Steelers offense given all the injuries/COVID cases on the Ravens defense. Sadly, that was not the case, as Roethlisberger threw for just 266 yards and one touchdown on a massive 51 pass attempts. His wide receivers did him no favors, though, as they dropped at least five passes during that game. The Football Team has allowed just 79.1 PPR points per game to opposing offenses, which ranks as the fifth-lowest mark in football. Quarterbacks have averaged a league-low 216.0 passing yards per game against Washington. In fact, just four quarterbacks have thrown for more than 215 yards, while just one quarterback (Jared Goff) has thrown for more than 286 yards. Much of that comes from the fact that they're under tremendous pressure all game, as the 9.5 percent sack-rate Washington has generated ranks second to only the Steelers themselves. I will say that the level of competition they've played has been poor for the most part. Quarterbacks have averaged just 0.3 fantasy points per game less against Washington than they do versus their seasonal average, which makes them just the 15th-toughest matchup for quarterbacks when you factor that in. Washington is only used to seeing a pass attempt on 56.1 percent of their plays, which is one of the lowest pass-rates in the league. Meanwhile, the Steelers have thrown the ball close to 70 percent of the time over their last four games. Roethlisberger has played well enough this year to trust him as a low-end QB1/high-end QB2, even in what's perceived to be a tough matchup.
Kyle Yates
FantasyPros
Cousins has been one of the better fantasy football QBs here in recent weeks and he now has a fantastic matchup here in front of him. Dalvin Cook might not be 100%, which means that Cousins may need to throw the ball a bit more in this game. This puts Cousins squarely in the streaming QB conversation and he could easily finish within the top-5 yet again. 
Derek Lofland
FantasyPros
The Jaguars allow the 3rd most points to fantasy QBs, Cousins should be an excellent streaming option at home this week.Washington allows the 11th fewest points to fantasy quarterbacks, but Big Ben and the Steelers offense is clicking and he should be a low-end QB1 to high-end QB2 at home.