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8 Kirk Cousins QB
Height/Weight: 6-3/202 | Birthdate: 8/19/1988 | Birthplace: Barrington, IL, USA | Team: Washington | College: Michigan State | NFL Experience: 3 | Owned/Started%: 28/3 | Average Draft Position: 168.00
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Redskins QB Colt McCoy on track to start MNF vs. Cowboys


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10/20/2014) Redskins quarterback Colt McCoy is expected to earn the starter reps this week, coach Jay Gruden told reporters on Monday, per ESPN. McCoy came off the bench for Kirk Cousins in the second half to lead his team to a 19-17 comeback victory over the Titans in Week 7. Barring a "big turnaround" from Robert Griffin's recovery from an ankle injury, McCoy will be the starter Week 8 against the Cowboys.

Colt McCoy no Kirk Cousins in Fantasy


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10/19/2014) You can understand the Redskins' switch from Kirk Cousins to Colt McCoy at halftime Week 7 against Tennessee. Cousins had already committed two turnovers in the contest after throwing seven interceptions in his previous three games. But in Fantasy, he was still a viable contributor, throwing for multiple scores in four of five games prior to his Week 7 departure.

You shouldn't expect that sort of production from McCoy, who has hardly played since failing to impress as the starting quarterback for the Browns, a team still in search of a long-term answer at the position, in 2011. Though he led the Redskins back from a 10-6 deficit and had an impressive final line, completing 11 of 12 passes for 128 yards, understand that 70 of those yards came on his lone touchdown pass, a simple curl route that Pierre Garcon turned into a big gain.

In other words, the play belonged to Garcon, not McCoy. If not for a nifty move after catching the ball and then outrunning the defense, it would have been just a short gain. Which was kind of the norm for McCoy. How do you complete 91.7 percent of your passes? You make it so none go for more than 10 yards. And apart from that one to Garcon, none did.

McCoy averaged 5.9 yards per attempt during that 2011 season and has yet to prove he can stretch the field. Cousins certainly has. From a Fantasy perspective, you'd like to see the Redskins go back to Cousins Week 8 at Dallas because you can't count on anything from McCoy.


Redskins bench Kirk Cousins in second half Week 7


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/19/2014) Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins was benched at the beginning of the second half Week 7 vs. Tennessee in favor of Colt McCoy. Cousins was pulled with Washington trailing 10-6.

Cousins completed 10 of 16 passes in the first half, but he passed for just 139 yards, no touchdowns and one interception. Cousins watched from the sidelines as McCoy completed his first pass of the game -- a 70-yard touchdown to Pierre Garcon.


Kirk Cousins could find more success in Week 7


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(10/16/2014) Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins might not be the starter long term in Washington, but he has performed well enough more often than not for Fantasy owners to consider him a reasonable starting option for Week 7 against the Titans.

Sure, Cousins had that one four-interception meltdown in Week 4, and he tossed three more picks last week too. Still, he ended up with 20 Fantasy points in Week 6 anyways, a mark he has reached four times in five games since taking over in the first quarter of Week 2. It hasn't always been pretty, but Fantasy owners have to be pretty happy with the overall outcome so far.

That theme should continue in Week 7, as the Titan's pass defense has fallen apart in recent weeks. After holding the first three quarterbacks on the schedule to just 11.7 Fantasy points per game, each of their last three opponents have dropped 20 points or more on them, including Brian Hoyer's 27 in Week 5 and Blake Bortles' 20 in Week 6.

At this point, the Titans look exceedingly vulnerable through the air, and Cousins should be able to exploit that. Cousins is ranked in the top-15 in both Jamey Eisenberg and Dave Richard's quarterback rankings for Week 7, so consider him a decent starting option.


Jay Gruden: RG3 definitely will start when healthy


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(10/15/2014) Redskins coach Jay Gruden said quarterback Robert Griffin III will reclaim the starting job as soon as he is "ready mentally and physically," reports the Washington Post. Gruden said that could be anywhere from one to five weeks away.

Gruden previously said Kirk Cousins might continue to start even after RG3 was ready to play. Griffin has missed four straight games with a dislocated ankle, but participated in individual drills Wednesday.


Redskins not considering turning to QB Colt McCoy


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(10/14/2014) Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins leads the NFL with eight interceptions, with seven coming in the last three games. Coach Jay Gruden told the Washington Post he is not considering turning to third-stringer Colt McCoy.

Washington has dropped four straight entering Week 7 against the Titans.


Redskins QB Kirk Cousins throws three picks in Week 6 loss


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/12/2014) Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins completed 24 of his 38 attempts for 354 yards and two touchdowns but also threw three interceptions in his team's 30-20 loss to the Cardinals in Week 6.

Cousins connected with DeSean Jackson for a 64-yard touchdown in the second quarter, with 50 yards coming after the catch as Jackson ran away from his defender. He entered halftime down by one point and still had his team within four points going into the fourth quarter when he fell apart, throwing all three of his interceptions in the final period, with the third being returned for a game-sealing touchdown. Cousins has failed to run away with the job in the wake of the injury to starter Robert Griffin III, as the Redskins have dropped four straight games. He'll attempt to turn things around against the Titans in Week 7.


Kirk Cousins takes his roller coaster to Arizona


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(10/8/2014) Kirk Cousins last three games have been quite a roller coaster ride, as he has gone from torching the Eagles to slumping against the Giants to showing a surprising amount of fight against the Seahawks. How should Fantasy owners approach him in Week 6's matchup between the Redskins and Cardinals?

Arizona's defense has surrendered 19-plus Fantasy points to each of their last three quarterback opponents, and could be missing some key players. Cornerback Patrick Peterson is dealing with an ankle sprain and could be limited, while defensive lineman Calais Campbell is dealing with a knee injury that is likely to keep him out. The Cardinals are one of the league's toughest teams to run the ball against, so Washington might end up having to throw the ball against them; if they are shorthanded, that only helps his chances.

Cousins is obviously tough to rely on at this point, with how up-and-down he has been. Still, his performance against Seattle should give you enough hope to consider him a worthy No. 2 Fantasy quarterback in Week 6.  


Kirk Cousins overcomes tough matchup


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10/7/2014) After he threw four interceptions against the Giants in Week 4, Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins didn't find too many takers for Week 5 against the Seahawks. Nobody really knew whether the four interceptions or the three touchdown passes in Week 3 was the fluke, and besides, you'd sit just about any quarterback against the Seahawks.

Turns out that even though the Redskins lost, those Fantasy owners who actually started Cousins in 8 percent of leagues may not have. He had another strong showing, throwing for 283 yards and two touchdowns to give him three good performances in four.

Predictability is a concern for him -- the Giants didn't look like they'd be a tough matchup -- but if Cousins performs well again Week 6 at Arizona, he'll have definitively regained my trust. The position is deep enough that he may not deserve to start for you, but he needs to be owned, if only as a backup.


Kirk Cousins holds his own in MNF loss


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(10/7/2014) Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins played well against the Seahawks' fearsome defense Monday, completing 21 of 36 throws for 283 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions. Cousins added 4 rushing yards on two carries in the 27-17 loss.

Cousins threw a couple beautiful deep balls to DeSean Jackson, hitting him down the sideline for a 60-yard touchdown late in the first half and unloading a perfect 57-yard strike on the first play from scrimmage after halftime. Cousins found Andre Roberts wide open for a 6-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter.

Cousins bounced back from his four-interception debacle against the Giants and has tossed eight touchdowns in four games. He'll visit the Cardinals in Week 6.


Redskins QB Kirk Cousins seeking to learn from Week 4 disaster


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/2/2014) Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins is trying to turn a negative into a positive, which is why he is hoping to learn from watching the film of his Week 4 performance against the Giants in which he tossed four interceptions.

Cousins told the media Thursday that he learned different things from each pick, including not throwing blind and when to take a sack.

He performed well in his first two games after starter Robert Griffin III was lost to injury. Cousins has completed 71 of 114 passes on the year for 934 yards, six touchdowns and five interceptions.


FFT Blog: Looking at the most-dropped list


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(10/1/2014) At the Fantasy Football Today blog, we took a look at the most-dropped players in CBSSports.com leagues.

The five most-dropped players are Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins and tight end Niles Paul, Chargers running back Donald Brown, Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams and Buccaneers running back Bobby Rainey

You probably won't regret dropping Williams or Paul given their injuries, and Cousins' next few matchups will probably bring out more bad habits. However, if Brown is available in your league (as he is in 19 percent of leagues), you might want to snatch him. He has a tough matchup in Week 5, but we think he can run all over the Raiders in Week 6. 


No point in hoping for a Kirk Cousins bounce back in Week 5


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/30/2014) If Kirk Cousins was hoping for a soft landing after his disastrous performance last Thursday, he won't find one in Week 5, with the Seahawks on the schedule for the Redskins.

Cousins' Fantasy outlook took a big hit last week, and things likely won't get much better against the Seahawks defense. The Seahawks have struggled against the pass in recent weeks, allowing 54 combined points in Weeks 2 and 3, however those games came against Philip Rivers and Peyton Manning. We are still trying to figure out just how good Cousins might be, but it seems fair to say there is a pretty massive step down from that duo to him.

Cousins is going to face a Seahawks defense fresh off a bye and looking to make up for their recent struggles. The Seahawks have five sacks through three games, and should add to that total Monday, with Redskins left tackle Trent Williams dealing with a knee injury. Tight ends Jordan Reed and Niles Paul also enter the game with injury questions, which could make Cousins' life even more difficult.

Cousins could go a long way toward silencing some doubters if he can hold his own against Seattle, but we aren't betting on that happening. Look for better options in Week 5; with only Derek Carr and Ryan Tannehill on bye, it shouldn't be hard to find them. 


Which QB's should you target on waivers?


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/30/2014) With just two teams on bye and few teams dealing with serious injuries at the position, there aren't many needs to fill at quarterback this week. Still, Jamey Eisenberg's Week 5 Waiver-Wire column highlights a handful of names you might want to target before waivers run Wednesday morning.

Giants QB Eli Manning headlines the list of add-worthy quarterbacks, after he lit up Washington for five touchdowns last week. He was featured on the waiver-wire column last week as well. Carson Palmer (shoulder) of the Cardinals is also on the list, as is Joe Flacco of the Ravens, Alex Smith of the Chiefs, Blake Bortles of the Jaguars and Teddy Bridgewater (ankle) of the Vikings to round out the top-5.

Kirk Cousins, Jake Locker and Geno Smith are mentioned as potentially droppable options, if you need a roster spot. 


Kirk Cousins: 'I turned the ball over too much'


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/26/2014) Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins blamed himself greatly for the lopsided loss Thursday night to the Giants. Committing five turnovers has a tendency to have one looking in the mirror.

"I turned the ball over too much," he told ESPN. "I got a little bit of mind play because I was killing us here and there [with] all the turnovers in the second half."

Cousins missed open receivers, forced passes into coverage and was criticized for following his targets with his eyes, allowing defenders to jump routes. He finished with four interceptions and one fumble.


FFT Blog: What went wrong for Kirk Cousins?


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/26/2014) I think we can be honest with each other; we whiffed on Kirk Cousins this week. Seduced by his brilliant showing in his first two games, we believed Cousins would continue his strong play in what was shaping up to be a Thursday night shootout between the Redskins and Giants.

Unfortunately Cousins failed to hold up his end of the bargain, as he turned the ball over five times in a disastrous performance, highlighted by a complete meltdown in the third quarter. Over at the Fantasy Football Today blog, I grabbed some video of his performance to try and highlight just where exactly Cousins went wrong.

"Cousins' mechanics were a mess in this game, as you can see on his second interception of the day. He faced a tough situation with Washington's offense starting deep in their own territory, but he did not exactly have a pass rush breathing down his neck on this pass. He strangely lets his momentum carry him backwards, and ends up throwing a lob off his back foot that is easily taken away by the safety playing over the top."

Cousins faces the Seahawks and Cardinals in his next two games, so Fantasy owners might want to look for other options for Weeks 5 and 6. Fortunately, you likely grabbed Cousins on waivers, so you should have at least a comparable option handcuffed to him.


Kirk Cousins implodes Thursday night


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/26/2014) Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins imploded Thursday against the Giants.

Cousins completed 19 of 33 passes for 257 yards and one touchdown. He threw four interceptions during the contest, all of which came during the second half. Things started out rocky for Cousins. On the team's first drive, he was sacked and turned the ball over on a fumble. He managed to throw an 18 yard strike for a touchdown in the second quarter, but that was the extent of the positives for Cousins.

The second half was a mess. Cousins finished 6 for 14, with 104 yards and four interceptions. Cousins will take on the Seahawks next week .


Receivers could go against the norm Thursday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/24/2014) Generally speaking, skill positions players are hard to rely on when facing Thursday night matchups. Through three weeks, only one player has topped 100 yards receiving on Thursday this season, compared to 29 in 45 other games. That pattern continued last season, as only 10 of the league's 208 100-yard receiving performances came during the 17 Thursday games a year ago.

That being said, this Thursday's game has all of the makings of an outlier, as the Redskins and Giants look set for a shootout. Neither team boasts a particularly strong pass defense, with both ranking among the league's seven worst in yards per attempt allowed. That is why you will find Pierre Garcon and Victor Cruz ranked among the top-15 at wide receiver in both Jamey Eisenberg and Dave Richard's rankings for Week 4.

Cruz has enjoyed solid success against Washington in his career, averaging 71.8 yards per game in five matchups. Garcon was mostly held in check in two games against the Giants a year ago, hauling in 15 combined passes for just 117 yards, but Fantasy owners have to consider him a must-start option after the rapport he showed with new starter Kirk Cousins a week ago. Especially with DeSean Jackson's availability in question with a shoulder injury. 

If Jackson plays, he could be a nice option, as he shrugged off the shoulder injury with five receptions for 117 yards and a touchdown last week. Rueben Randle just might find himself the odd-man-out this week, however, and is more of a flex start. 


Jay Gruden: Kirk Cousins could become permanent starter


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/23/2014) Redskins coach Jay Gruden said quarterback Kirk Cousins has a chance to start even after Robert Griffin III returns from his ankle injury, reports the New York Daily News. "Crazy things have happened in the NFL," Gruden said. 

"I'm not going to discount anything."

In two games, Cousins has thrown for 677 yards and five touchdowns with one interception. He'll face the Giants at home Thursday.


FFT blog: You can start Kirk Cousins this week


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/23/2014) While researching players for the Week 4 edition of the Fantasy Cheat Sheet (coming soon here!), I started off with a look at Kirk Cousins. And I just couldn't resist adding more than 2 cents on the Washington signal-caller. 

As I explain in my recent blog post, I like Cousins this week. In fact, I like him enough to start him. Here's a snippet:

"We can now see why the Redskins liked the fit of Cousins in this offense as his accuracy is better than Griffin's. It doesn't clinch him as a rock-solid Fantasy starter week after week. This week we'll take a chance on him, even against the Giants (who have been good against the pass) on a short week."

At the moment I have him at No. 11 and Jamey Eisenberg has him at No. 12 in our rankings. A start for both of us!

Read more of our blogs here and get the latest player news and analysis here.


Kirk Cousins tops 400 yards, three scores in loss


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/21/2014) Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins put together a huge performance in his first start of the season in Week 3, but he just feel short in a 37-34 loss to the Eagles.

Cousins led the team on five scoring drives in the game, and put together one of the most productive single-game performances in team history. Cousins passed for 427 yards in the game, the fourth-highest total in Redskins history. He completed 30 of 48 passes and racked up three touchdowns, but also threw a costly interception mid-way through the fourth quarter, his first of the season.

Cousins has impressed through his first two games, after taking over in relief last week. He has passed for 677 yards while completing 52 of 81 passes, with five touchdowns and one turnover. He will look for more success in Week 4 against the Giants, set for Thursday. 


Kirk Cousins impresses in relief duty


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/14/2014) Redskins quarter Kirk Cousins was forced into action in Week 2 against the Jaguars following an injury to starter Robert Griffin III, and Cousins excelled in a 41-10 win Sunday.

Cousins entered the game in the first quarter and proceeded to complete his first 12 passes, including a 20-yard touchdown to running back Darrell Young on his second play. It was one of two touchdowns Cousins would throw in the win.

Cousins ultimately finished the game 22 of 33 for 250 yards and two scores, while being sacked just twice. Griffin was diagnosed with a dislocated ankle following the game, which should leave Cousins as the starter moving forward. The team's next game is set for Week 3 against the Eagles next Sunday. 


Redskins dispel notion of quarterback controversy


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/11/2014) With reports circulating that Kirk Cousins has been outplaying Robert Griffin III in training camp, Redskins offensive coordinator Sean McVay sought to dispel any notion of a quarterback controversy. "Robert is our starting quarterback," McVay emphatically told reporters.

Report: Kirk Cousins outperforming Robert Griffin III


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/10/2014) The Redskins' Robert Griffin III "didn't look like the best quarterback on his own team" in joint practices with the Patriots last week, reports ESPN.com. Kirk Cousins played better than Griffin "from the perpsective of running the offense, fine-tuned mechanics and how decisively the ball came out of his hand," the report said.

That sentiment was echoed by several people in the Patriots' organization, the report added.


Kirk Cousins in a groove against Patriots


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/7/2014) Redskins backup quarterback Kirk Cousins played most of the first half against the Patriots, completing 9 of 13 passes for 103 yards and a touchdown. Cousins hit wideout Aldrick Robinson for a 10-yard score late in the first quarter.