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Kirk Cousins
QB - MIN
Kirk Cousins
Kirk Cousins
QB - MIN
vs. CAR, Sun 1pm EST
Mason Rudolph
QB - PIT
vs. BAL, Tue 8pm EST
 
 
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Rankings 
    
ECR# 22-
Best Rank# 15-
Worst Rank# 24-
    
Matchup 
    
Opponent vs. CAR vs. BAL-
Matchup RatingThis is a 2 star matchup. QBs perform worse than their average vs CARThis is a 3 star matchup. QBs perform close to their average vs BAL-
    
    
Stats Allowed   
Pass Comp22.917.8
Pass Yds225166.9
Pass TD1.31.1
    
Fantasy Points 
    
Season Total175.3-0.4-
Avg Game17.5-0.1-
Avg Projection15.70.7-
Week 1123.0-0.4-
    
Misc 
    
Injury Alert-
WeatherIndoor54 F, Clear-
    
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Sports Illustrated
3 h
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Player Game Logs Comparison
 
Kirk Cousins
QB - MIN
Kirk Cousins
Kirk Cousins
QB - MIN
Mason Rudolph
QB - PIT
2020 Schedule 
Week 1 vs. GB
19/25, 259 pass yds, 2 td, 1 int
4 rush, 34 yds, 0 td
at NYG
Week 2 at IND
11/26, 113 pass yds, 0 td, 3 int
vs. DEN
Week 3 vs. TEN
16/27, 251 pass yds, 3 td, 2 int
2 rush, 14 yds, 0 td
vs. HOU
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
Week 6 vs. ATL
24/36, 343 pass yds, 3 td, 3 int
vs. CLE
1/1, 6 pass yds, 0 td, 0 int
3 rush, -3 yds, 0 td
Week 7BYE WEEK at TEN
Week 8 at GB
11/14, 160 pass yds, 1 td, 0 int
at BAL
Week 9 vs. DET
13/20, 220 pass yds, 3 td, 0 int
at DAL
2/3, 3 pass yds, 0 td, 0 int
Week 10 at CHI
25/36, 292 pass yds, 2 td, 1 int
1 rush, -1 yds, 0 td
vs. CIN
0/0, 0 pass yds, 0 td, 0 int
Week 11 vs. DAL
22/30, 314 pass yds, 3 td, 0 int
1 rush, 4 yds, 0 td
at JAC
0/0, 0 pass yds, 0 td, 0 int
3 rush, -4 yds, 0 td
Week 12 vs. CAR 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. CAR, Sun 1pm EST
Mason Rudolph
QB - PIT
vs. BAL, Tue 8pm EST
Passing
   
Pass Att29.81.5
Pass Cmp20.11.0
Pass Yards239.910.3
Pass TDs1.80.1
Ints0.80.0
   
Rushing
   
Rush Attempts1.40.2
Rush Yards4.00.2
Rush TDs0.00.0
   
Misc
   
Fumbles0.20.0
   
Points
   
Fantasy Points15.70.7
   
Player Fantasy Points Comparison
 
Kirk Cousins
QB - MIN
Kirk Cousins
Kirk Cousins
QB - MIN
Mason Rudolph
QB - PIT
2020 Points 
Week 122.8
Week 21.5
Week 321.4
Week 414.9
Week 515.2
Week 626.7-0.1
Week 7
Week 810.4
Week 920.80.1
Week 1018.6
Week 1123.0-0.4
Week 12
Week 13
Week 14
Week 15
Week 16
Week 17
Total175.3-0.4
Average17.5-0.1
Notes for Player Combination
 
Kirk Cousins
QB - MIN
Kirk Cousins
Kirk Cousins
QB - MIN
vs. CAR, Sun 1pm EST
Mason Rudolph
QB - PIT
vs. BAL, Tue 8pm EST
Expert 
Mike Tagliere
FantasyPros
He can perform when they ask him to, though the problem is getting that to happen, as Cousins is averaging just 27.5 pass attempts per game. Did you know he leads the league while averaging 8.9 yards per target? Or how about that his 7.3 percent touchdown-rate ranks third behind only Russell Wilson and Aaron Rodgers? Yeah, he's been wonderful, but the volume hasn't. Will it be there against the Panthers? Probably not in a game that has just a 48.5-point total where they're four-point favorites. That just screams run-heavy, doesn't it? The Vikings have thrown the ball just 49.8 percent of the time, which is the fourth-lowest mark in the league, while the Panthers have faced a pass on 60.2 percent of plays, which ranks as the 11th-most, so something has to give. Prior to shutting down the Lions offense, the Panthers had allowed seven passing touchdowns in the prior two games to Patrick Mahomes and Tom Brady. The difference is that those guys threw the ball 39-plus times while Cousins has topped 36 pass attempts just once all season. In order to expect Cousins to throw the ball enough to be considered as a streamer, you need the Vikings to fall behind, which is something oddsmakers don't see to be the case. On top of that, we don't even know if he'll have Adam Thielen available, as there were conflicting COVID tests. It's best to just find another streamer for this week, as there are too many ifs to start him confidently. 
Kyle Yates
FantasyPros
Cousins was asked to throw the ball more than he had been in previous weeks against the Cowboys and he delivered with a spectacular fantasy performance. Cousins threw for over 300 yards and three touchdowns and there's a possibility that he's asked to throw quite a bit here again on Sunday. While Dalvin Cook has a very favorable matchup, Carolina's offense could keep them in this game. Cousins is a bit of a risky play due to the game-script dependency, but he's worth looking at as a high-end QB2 or streaming option.