The Kirk Cousins Experience – Week 5

It is hard to believe we are already finished with five weeks of the NFL season, one-third of the typical fantasy football season.

This series, the Kirk Cousins Experience, follows my season of streaming the QB2 position in a two-quarterback league. This squad is in a ten-team league, so there is more potential to stream than if you’re in a deeper 2QB league.

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My hope is to illustrate what it looks like each week if you’re streaming in a 2QB league. I do not spend much time explaining or providing advice, and instead I try to present one example of streaming for 2QB folks.

Last Week

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This week I chose to drop Kirk Cousins, after he spent the first four weeks on my bench. I picked up and started Josh McCown, and boy, did that work out well.

I can’t make any truthful claim to expecting such a huge week from Josh McCown, but I liked him better than Kirk Cousins this week. McCown faced a Ravens defense that had so far been much more favorable to opposing QBs, and he had put together two impressive fantasy weeks in a row. Cousins, however, fits the game manager mold, lacks upside, and faced a surprisingly tough Falcons defense.

Here is what my starting roster looked like in Week 5:


QB Matt Ryan
QB Josh McCown
RB Justin Forsett
RB Dion Lewis
WR Julio Jones
WR Jordan Matthews
WR John Brown
TE Travis Kelce
K Chandler Catanzaro
D/ST New York Giants


I won this week, thanks in large part to Josh McCown’s 39 points in our format. I locked up the win before the Sunday night game, so I was able to cut the Giants defense and pick up the Vikings defense. The Vikings are on bye this week, but they are a top-ten squad and have a great schedule in the coming weeks. I typically stream DSTs, but I am happy to play one several weeks in a row if the matchups are right.

Week 6

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


QB Matt Ryan
QB ???
RB Dion Lewis/Justin Forsett
RB Mark Ingram
WR Julio Jones
WR Jordan Matthews
WR John Brown
TE Travis Kelce
K Chandler Catanzaro

For options at the QB2 spot, I have Josh McCown (vs DEN)  and Ryan Fitzpatrick (vs WAS) rostered. Both Texans QBs (at JAC), Kirk Cousins (at NYJ), and Matt Hasselbeck (vs NE) are all available on waivers.

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.


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    October 13, 2015 at 10:17 am

    Think I would lean Hoyer over Fitz at this point.

    I started Cutler and ASmith this week, leaving Bortles on my bench. Don’t seem to have a good track record when starting 2 QBs in the same game. The hoped for shootout never materializes. Any faith in Bortles to be an every week starter?

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      Joshua Lake

      October 13, 2015 at 4:27 pm

      I was with you on that, not calling a Bortles 4 TD game. I’m not willing to expect every-week status from Bortles, but he’s outperforming my expectations this season. He’s solidly in my streaming pool.

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    Romeo Ramirez

    October 14, 2015 at 1:42 pm

    I would have taken Hoyer as well. The Texans played noticeably better once he entered the game. Fitzpatrick is close behind though but Hoyer’s matchup against Jax is the deciding factor for me. Cousins at the Jets is really bad and Luck sends Hasselbeck back the bench. McCown is not a good play as I can see the Denver D in that backfield all day long when they aren’t picking him off.

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      Joshua Lake

      October 15, 2015 at 5:22 am

      I like it. That analysis makes sense to me. McCown has been fantastic recently, but playing Denver looks like it might put a stop to that, at least for this week.

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