The Kirk Cousins Experience – Week 6

Kirk Cousins

You know how this series is titled The Kirk Cousins Experience? Have you noticed I haven’t started Cousins once and dropped him for Josh McCown last week? That’s how streaming often goes.

I paid $1 each for Ryan Fitzpatrick and Kirk Cousins in our preseason auction draft, hoping that one would hit. Outside of this week, Fitzpatrick isn’t what I would call a “hit,” but he has reliably outperformed Kirk Cousins. Then, injuries and benchings have led to a couple opportunities to find QBs on waivers.

Many 2QB veterans complain that they are unable to stream in their 2QB leagues, even if there are only 10 teams. They explain that every starting QB, plus several backups, are rostered, so they can’t stream. I always beg to disagree. Even if all those QBs are rostered and you can’t find any on waivers — a premise I question when we’ve seen Michael Vick, Brandon Weeden, Matt Cassel, and Landry Jones all get play — you can still stream your QB2 spot if you draft in that fashion.

If your league is QB-heavy, you can choose to stream by drafting two late-round QBs and playing matchups between the two of them each week. That’s essentially what I’m doing with this team, although I have had a few options off the waiver wire as well.

Last Week

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Last week I had the opportunity to add Brian Hoyer off waivers, and I had him ranked higher than my two options — Ryan Fitzpatrick and Josh McCown. But ultimately I decided against it when I realized Tony Romo was cut in the middle of last week.

Although it stings to waste a roster spot on a shallow bench for five more weeks, Romo has the potential to win me this league. He will come back shortly before playoffs and ought to immediately surpass any of my streaming options.

So now I will be playing with one fewer bench spot but holding out for the late season when Romo returns fully healthy — hopefully.

Here is what my starting roster looked like in Week 6:

 

QB Matt Ryan
QB Ryan Fitzpatrick
RB Mark Ingram
RB Dion Lewis
WR Julio Jones
WR Jordan Matthews
WR Allen Hurns
TE Travis Kelce
K Chandler Catanzaro
D/ST Minnesota Vikings

 

I won this week with respectable showings from everyone and a surprising 25 points from Ryan Fitzpatrick. I also had John Brown and Lamar Miller on my bench with 18 points each, which doesn’t sting so bad given that I got the win. I am thrilled Miller and the Dolphins looked like a real NFL team this week, and I hope that trend continues. My team is 4-2 and now alone in first in my division.

Week 7

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

 

QB Matt Ryan
QB ???
RB Dion Lewis/Justin Forsett/Lamar Miller
RB Mark Ingram
WR Julio Jones
WR Jordan Matthews
WR John Brown/Allen Hurns
TE Travis Kelce
K Chandler Catanzaro
D/ST  Vikings

For options at the QB2 spot, I have Josh McCown (at STL) and Ryan Fitzpatrick (at NE) rostered. I have the fourth spot in our waiver order and could add Brian Hoyer (at MIA), Kirk Cousins (vs TB), or Landry Jones (at KC).

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 until next week. 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.

2 Comments

  1. Romeo Ramirez

    October 20, 2015 at 9:37 am

    I would rank as follows:

    1.Fitzpatrick
    2.Hoyer
    3.Cousins
    4.McCown
    5.Jones

    The matchup with the Patriots could turn into a shootout. The Jaguars made Hoyer look awesome but the Dolphins are a tougher test. Cousins versus the Bucs is not bad but not great either missing Reed and DJax. The running game isn’t doing him any favors either. Don’t like the Browns versus the Rams – just blah. We have seen Landry Jones before and he stunk. He played well but that was also just filling in for an injured Vick which is who the Cardinals prepared for. Different type of QB and with a whole week for the Chiefs to prepare, Jones should/will fall flat as will the whole Steeler offense.

    Good move with Romo and really liking this experiment.

    • Joshua Lake

      October 20, 2015 at 6:11 pm

      I like it, Romeo! My own rankings aren’t too far off from those. I’m totally with you on Landry Jones. My expectations are very, very low.

      And thank you for the kind words! Us 2QB folks have to stick together!

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