The Kirk Cousins Experience – Week 3

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Live bold. I feel like that was a Doritos slogan once upon a time, but it is also how I run my fantasy teams. I would rather lose for acting too hastily than lose because I waited too long. And that’s the story of this week in the Kirk Cousins experience.

After losing Dez Bryant for an unknown period of time, I knew my season’s chances were diminished, so I wanted to act. I also had two top-five tight ends on my roster — Travis Kelce and Greg Olsen. So I wanted to leverage that strength and turn it into help at the wide receiver position.

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To that end, early last week I traded Greg Olsen and Dez Bryant for John Brown. On its face, I clearly receive less value, but my strength at TE and my desire for immediate production made this worthwhile to me. Additionally, I have concerns — based on a few medical opinions I’ve read — that Dez Bryant’s public recovery timetable may be overly optimistic.

Now, I have just one elite TE, but I also have a WR in a top offense. I also believe I bought low. Brown has drawn three deep pass interference calls this year, and he has narrowly missed the end zone on more than one occasion.

This might backfire terribly if Bryant comes back healthy by mid-season, and it did backfire to the tune of more than 100 yards and 2 TDs for Olsen this week. But I am content with the move.

I also made major changes to my running back position this week, adding Dion Lewis and Matt Jones off the waiver wire. (I used my high waiver position on Lewis, and surprisingly Jones went unclaimed.) I then traded Matt Jones and Steve Smith Sr. for Frank Gore. Again, backfire! We all know how Smith looked this week. My mindset here is that I foresee yet another second-half fall for Smith’s numbers, and I see Gore as a buy-low opportunity. After facing two very difficult defenses to start the year, Indianapolis now gets easier matchups.

After all that intro, here is what my starting roster looked like in Week 3:

QB Matt Ryan
QB Ryan Fitzpatrick
RB Frank Gore
RB Justin Forsett
WR Julio Jones
WR Stevie Johnson
WR John Brown
TE Travis Kelce
K Chandler Catanzaro
D/ST Cleveland


I won handily thanks to large scores by Frank Gore and Julio Jones, but it stings to imagine this roster if I had also started Steve Smith and Greg Olsen. I also left a lot of RB points on the bench in Dion Lewis and Mark Ingram. I am at the point of worrying about Justin Forsett and Lamar Miller, who is also on my bench.

At QB, I started Ryan Fitzpatrick over Kirk Cousins, and it didn’t really matter. Fitzpatrick had 14 points — despite three interceptions — and Cousins had 15. Had I added Josh McCown off waivers, he would have scored 19. Luke McCown, Brandon Weeden, Jimmy Clausen, and Ryan Mallett all scored less than Cousins and Fitzpatrick, but they were available on waivers.

So now I am 2-1, tied for first in my division. I see strengths at every position, although I need to do a better job streaming RBs and need continued success streaming QB. I am not seeking out trades this week, although I have my eye on a couple waiver options.

Week 4

This week, before waivers run, my starting roster looks like this:


QB Matt Ryan
QB ???
RB Mark Ingram
RB Frank Gore
WR Julio Jones
WR Stevie Johnson
WR John Brown
TE Travis Kelce
K Chandler Catanzaro

As always, illustration is my goal in this series, rather than a how-to guide. So once again, I won’t disclose my QB2 pick. Instead, leave a comment telling me who you would start if you were in my shoes.

And if you are in a similar position, streaming bad quarterbacks in a 2QB/Superflex league, share your situation in the comments or give me a shout on Twitter. Let’s learn from each other’s experiences.


  1. bayareascott

    October 1, 2015 at 1:25 am

    Well Cousins might be hurricaned out this week, so I’d look elsewhere :)

    I *wish* my league would trade! Hard to get any nibbles at all. I have AB, Dez, JMatt, Cooks, ARob, JBrown, Moncrief in a PPR league where I can start up to 5 WRs, but still have more and would love to deal….I think Cooks, ideally. On top of that, someone actually dropped Mike Evans last week, and I was able to waiver him!

    But struggling at QB with Bridge, Cutler, ASmith, Bortles. I picked up Vick this week and think I am starting him…

    • Joshua Lake

      October 1, 2015 at 4:19 pm

      Yeah, I’m thankful our league is very active in trading and at least negotiating. I’m very active in trade talks, and it usually serves me well.

      Wow, that’s a crazy list of WRs! Surely someone would want one. Also, dropping Evans?!?

      • bayareascott

        October 1, 2015 at 4:53 pm

        Imagine if Dez was healthy! And I’m sure you do….

        Yeah, I don’t get it. And the guy dropped him for Ginn! But I guess that’s home leagues for ya? I’m working the wires….

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