Matthew Stafford or Kirk Cousins

Who Should I Start? - Week 7

 
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  Kirk CousinsK. Cousins
QB - MIN
Kirk Cousins
at DET, Sun 1pm EDT
Matthew StaffordM. Stafford
QB - DET
Matthew Stafford
vs. MIN, Sun 1pm EDT
 
 
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Rankings 
    
ECR# 17# 19-
Best Rank# 13# 17-
Worst Rank# 22# 23-
    
Matchup 
    
Opponent at DET vs. MIN-
Matchup Rank1521-
Matchup Rating-
    
    
Stats Allowed   
Pass Comp14.621.9
Pass Yds175187.6
Pass TD0.81.4
    
Fantasy Points 
    
Season Total93.991.7-
Avg Game15.718.3-
Avg Projection14.714.1-
Week 628.311.5-
    
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  Kirk CousinsK. Cousins
QB - MIN
Kirk Cousins
Matthew StaffordM. Stafford
QB - DET
Matthew Stafford
2019 Schedule 
Week 1 vs. ATL
8/10, 98 pass yds, 1 td, 0 int
6 rush, 4 yds, 1 td
at ARI
27/45, 385 pass yds, 3 td, 0 int
3 rush, 22 yds, 0 td
Week 2 at GB
14/32, 230 pass yds, 1 td, 2 int
2 rush, 17 yds, 0 td
vs. LAC
22/30, 245 pass yds, 2 td, 2 int
4 rush, 13 yds, 0 td
Week 3 vs. OAK
15/21, 174 pass yds, 1 td, 0 int
4 rush, 16 yds, 0 td
at PHI
18/32, 201 pass yds, 1 td, 0 int
3 rush, 1 yds, 0 td
Week 4 at CHI
27/36, 233 pass yds, 0 td, 0 int
vs. KC
21/34, 291 pass yds, 3 td, 0 int
2 rush, 18 yds, 0 td
Week 5 at NYG
22/27, 306 pass yds, 2 td, 0 int
3 rush, 3 yds, 0 td
BYE WEEK
Week 6 vs. PHI
22/29, 333 pass yds, 4 td, 1 int
2 rush, 0 yds, 0 td
at GB
18/32, 265 pass yds, 0 td, 0 int
3 rush, 9 yds, 0 td
Week 7 at DET vs. MIN
Week 8 vs. WAS vs. NYG
Week 9 at KC at OAK
Week 10 at DAL at CHI
Week 11 vs. DEN vs. DAL
Week 12BYE WEEK at WAS
Week 13 at SEA vs. CHI
Week 14 vs. DET at MIN
Week 15 at LAC vs. TB
Week 16 vs. GB at DEN
Week 17 vs. CHI vs. GB
  Kirk CousinsK. Cousins
QB - MIN
Kirk Cousins
at DET, Sun 1pm EDT
Matthew StaffordM. Stafford
QB - DET
Matthew Stafford
vs. MIN, Sun 1pm EDT
Passing
   
Pass Att31.734.0
Pass Cmp21.720.6
Pass Yards248.7242.0
Pass TDs1.41.3
Ints0.70.8
   
Rushing
   
Rush Attempts2.02.3
Rush Yards6.69.6
Rush TDs0.10.0
   
Misc
   
Fumbles0.20.2
   
Points
   
Fantasy Points14.714.1
   
  Kirk CousinsK. Cousins
QB - MIN
Kirk Cousins
Matthew StaffordM. Stafford
QB - DET
Matthew Stafford
2019 Points 
Week 114.327.6
Week 210.917.1
Week 312.612.1
Week 47.323.4
Week 520.5
Week 628.311.5
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  Kirk CousinsK. Cousins
QB - MIN
Kirk Cousins
at DET, Sun 1pm EDT
Matthew StaffordM. Stafford
QB - DET
Matthew Stafford
vs. MIN, Sun 1pm EDT
Expert 
Zach Brunner
FantasyPros
Cousins has been good the past two weeks, but those two games were against the worst secondaries in the league. Damper your expectations this week for Cousins, as he is nothing more than a bye week fill-in.Stafford and this passing attack has been incredibly inconsistent. He returns home in Detroit this week, but he will face a tough Vikings defense that also plays better indoors. He is nothing more than a bye week fill-in this week.
Mike Tagliere
FantasyPros
The one part many are missing here is that Cousins has still thrown just 56 passes in those two games. The Vikings were and still are a run-first team. Their 47:53 run to pass ratio is the second-most run-heavy in the league, so he needs to get it done on efficiency, or he's not going to be a very good fantasy option. The Lions have not been a team who's allowed very good efficiency, as quarterbacks have completed just 56.5 percent of passes (3rd-lowest mark in the league, behind only the Patriots and 49ers) and averaged just 7.04 yards per attempt. In two games against the Lions last year, Cousins threw the ball just 50 times in the two games combined. The good news for Cousins is that the Lions opponents have averaged a league-high 69.8 plays per game, which is quite the difference from the 59.2 plays per game the Vikings average. There should be more plays available because of that, but with how generous the Lions have been on the ground this year, it could just mean more rushing attempts. Gamescript will matter in this game, and if the Lions jump out in front, they'll likely slow the game down quite a bit. Cousins should be considered a middling QB2 this week who will likely come back down to earth.It's now four straight weeks we've seen Stafford throw the ball 34 times or less, which is not a great recipe for fantasy success when he doesn't offer anything on the ground. Now on to play the Vikings defense that's allowed just 6.43 yards per attempt on the season? That's the sixth-lowest mark in football. They've allowed the 12th-fewest fantasy points to quarterbacks despite seeing the sixth-most passing attempts against them. Many will look at the 10 passing touchdowns they've allowed and think it's not a bad matchup, though a lot of that has come in garbage time against Matt Ryan, Derek Carr, and Carson Wentz. This should be a well fought game throughout as it's a divisional matchup against two teams familiar with each other. In two games against the Vikings last year, Stafford totaled just 315 yards and no touchdowns… in the two games combined. Stafford is just a mid-to-low-end QB2 this week.