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  Patrick Mahomes IIP. Mahomes
QB - KC
Patrick Mahomes II
at BAL, Mon 8pm EDT
Kirk CousinsK. Cousins
QB - MIN
Kirk Cousins
vs. TEN, Sun 1pm EDT
 
 
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Rankings 
    
ECR# 5# 24-
Best Rank# 2# 22-
Worst Rank# 7# 30-
    
Matchup 
    
Opponent at BAL vs. TEN-
Matchup RatingThis is a 2 star matchup. QBs perform worse than their average vs BALThis is a 3 star matchup. QBs perform close to their average vs TEN-
    
    
Stats Allowed   
Pass Comp15.317.3
Pass Yds140.3177
Pass TD0.71.3
    
Fantasy Points 
    
Season Total47.924.3-
Avg Game24.012.2-
Avg Projection20.814.9-
Week 227.51.5-
    
Misc 
    
Injury Alert-
Weather82 F, Humid and mostly cloudy throughout the day.Indoor-
    
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Player Game Logs Comparison
  Patrick Mahomes IIP. Mahomes
QB - KC
Patrick Mahomes II
Kirk CousinsK. Cousins
QB - MIN
Kirk Cousins
2020 Schedule 
Week 1 vs. HOU
24/32, 211 pass yds, 3 td, 0 int
vs. GB
19/25, 259 pass yds, 2 td, 1 int
4 rush, 34 yds, 0 td
Week 2 at LAC
27/47, 302 pass yds, 2 td, 0 int
6 rush, 54 yds, 0 td
at IND
11/26, 113 pass yds, 0 td, 3 int
Week 3 at BAL vs. TEN
Week 4 vs. NE at HOU
Week 5 vs. LV at SEA
Week 6 at BUF vs. ATL
Week 7 at DENBYE WEEK
Week 8 vs. NYJ at GB
Week 9 vs. CAR vs. DET
Week 10BYE WEEK at CHI
Week 11 at LV vs. DAL
Week 12 at TB vs. CAR
Week 13 vs. DEN vs. JAC
Week 14 at MIA at TB
Week 15 at NO vs. CHI
Week 16 vs. ATL at NO
Week 17 vs. LAC at DET
Player Projections Comparison
  Patrick Mahomes IIP. Mahomes
QB - KC
Patrick Mahomes II
at BAL, Mon 8pm EDT
Kirk CousinsK. Cousins
QB - MIN
Kirk Cousins
vs. TEN, Sun 1pm EDT
Passing
   
Pass Att37.431.5
Pass Cmp24.021.0
Pass Yards287.6240.6
Pass TDs1.91.5
Ints0.50.8
   
Rushing
   
Rush Attempts3.92.3
Rush Yards21.17.6
Rush TDs0.10.1
   
Misc
   
Fumbles0.10.2
   
Points
   
Fantasy Points20.814.9
   
Player Fantasy Points Comparison
  Patrick Mahomes IIP. Mahomes
QB - KC
Patrick Mahomes II
Kirk CousinsK. Cousins
QB - MIN
Kirk Cousins
2020 Points 
Week 120.422.8
Week 227.51.5
Week 3
Week 4
Week 5
Week 6
Week 7
Week 8
Week 9
Week 10
Week 11
Week 12
Week 13
Week 14
Week 15
Week 16
Week 17
Total47.924.3
Average24.012.2
Notes for Player Combination
  Patrick Mahomes IIP. Mahomes
QB - KC
Patrick Mahomes II
at BAL, Mon 8pm EDT
Kirk CousinsK. Cousins
QB - MIN
Kirk Cousins
vs. TEN, Sun 1pm EDT
Expert 
Kyle Yates
FantasyPros
Mahomes is currently the QB8 on the season for fantasy football, but he gets a tough matchup here against the Ravens. The Ravens are currently only allowing an average of 13.3 fantasy points to opposing QBs, which indicates that Mahomes doesn't exactly have an enormous ceiling heading into this game. He's still a must-start option every single week, but it's important to recognize that the path for him to finish as the QB1 this week most likely isn't there.I'm trying to find a nice way of describing what Cousins did on the field last week against Indianapolis, but I'm coming up short. This was a disastrous performance and Cousins cannot be trusted anywhere near your starting lineup moving forward. The Vikings need to figure out what they're doing on offense or their season is going to quickly get away from them.
Mike Tagliere
FantasyPros
Over the last eight regular season games, Mahomes hasn't quite lived up to his No. 1 quarterback drafted price tag. During that time, he's averaged 19.5 fantasy points per game, which would rank 15th in 2020, and would've been No. 8 in 2019. I'm not suggesting he's not elite, but when you factor that in with his matchup against the Ravens this week, you don't get warm and fuzzy feelings. The Ravens have allowed exactly one quarterback to score more than 15.8 fantasy points against them since the start of 2019, a span of 18 games. That quarterback was Mahomes, when he completed 27-of-37 passes for 374 yards and three touchdowns in Week 3 of last year. The week is notable because the Ravens didn't have Marcus Peters on the roster at that point, but they did have Earl Thomas. Going back to 2018 against this John Harbaugh defense, Mahomes did throw the ball 53 times for 377 yards and two touchdowns, so it's clear this defense is not his kryptonite. Mahomes has always played well on a national stage, too. He's averaged 321.3 yards and 2.7 touchdowns in his three Monday night games. You're starting him every week, and despite the tough matchup, you shouldn't be scared to.The Vikings are running an average of just 48.0 plays per game while their opponents have averaged 71.5 of them. That's... bad. Their two opponents have held the ball for 66.4 percent of the game, which is the most in the league. In fact, the Jets are the only other team whose opponents have had the ball more than 58.0 percent of the time. It's going to be difficult to produce in those circumstances, and it doesn't help that Cousins played one of the worst games of his career in Week 2. After being under pressure on 38 percent of his dropbacks in Week 2, Cousins should have a bit more time against a Titans front that has just a 2.5 percent sack-rate through two weeks. They're still without their top cornerback Adoree Jackson, and they also had veteran Johnathan Joseph leave the game in Week 2 with a leg injury. If they're without Jackson and Joseph, they'll be starting Malcolm Butler and rookie Kristian Fulton. It's not a bad matchup, but there's no way you can trust Cousins after the outing he just had, combined with his defense's inability to get off the field. He doesn't come with a high floor and his ceiling is limited considering his current stable of pass catchers and lack of mobility. He's just a low-end QB2.
Derek Lofland
FantasyPros
Mahomes torched the Ravens for 374 yards passing and 3 passing touchdowns last year. There just is not a defense capable of holding him down when he is on his A game.