The Kirk Cousins Experience – Week 7

This week started out dreadfully for me across all my leagues, so I shut down all my fantasy scoreboards and decided to just enjoy the games. As it turned out, I finished the week 6-2 across my eight leagues, so the early angst was unnecessary. But it was a good lesson to me: nothing is gained by agonizing over fantasy second-by-second as the games go on. It is good to just enjoy the game of football, which is where most of us originally got started.

That said, this series is all about fantasy football, and I still enjoy the game. So let’s take a look at the Kirk Cousins experience in Week 7.

Last Week

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I tried hard to make a trade shipping away Josh McCown this week, but I couldn’t find buyers even at a discount. With Tony Romo on my bench and Ryan Fitzpatrick facing favorable matchups for the upcoming weeks, McCown is expendable. But, sometimes you can’t find a buyer. So I am holding four QBs this week, rather than dumping McCown onto waivers for someone else to add.

Here is what my starting roster looked like in Week 7:


QB Matt Ryan
QB Ryan Fitzpatrick
RB Mark Ingram
RB Lamar Miller
WR Julio Jones
WR John Brown
WR Allen Hurns
TE Travis Kelce
K Chandler Catanzaro
D/ST Minnesota Vikings


I won this week with big scores from Lamar Miller and Mark Ingram. Ryan Fitzpatrick came through with 19 points, although I could have gotten an amazing 30 had I picked up Kirk Cousins. I did not see that one coming.

I locked up the win Sunday night, so I dropped my kicker to add Davante Adams as a free agent — that way I don’t waste a waiver pick on a wide receiver next week when two of mine are on bye.

My team is 5-2 and now two games in the lead in my division. The other division has two teams stronger than mine, but I am in a strong position given the weakness in my own competition. Historically, eight wins guarantees a playoff spot in our league that plays only thirteen regular season weeks before heading to playoffs — after a decade of league history, we know that eight wins is essentially a guaranteed playoff spot — so I need to win three of the next six to make it in.

Week 8

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 John Brown
TE Travis Kelce
D/ST Vikings

For options at the QB2 spot this week, I have Josh McCown (vs ARI) and Ryan Fitzpatrick (at Oak) rostered. I have the fourth spot in our waiver order and could add Teddy Bridgewater (at Chi) or Nick Foles (vs SF).

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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