The Kirk Cousins Experience – Week 8

Kirk Cousins

The stream continues, with 100% less Kirk Cousins. After eight weeks, I no longer have Kirk Cousins on my roster, and Ryan Fitzpatrick has been far more steady as a plug-and-play QB2 than I expected when I drafted him.

Unfortunately, that may have come crashing down. Fitzpatrick reportedly tore thumb ligaments in his non-throwing hand this week, but the team is waiting to see if he can play this Sunday. I hope so, because he’s been a reliable fantasy option. That said, I am also starting to make contingency plans.

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Streaming quarterbacks is always an unstable adventure, but it is even more difficult in 2QB leagues. As we have discussed previously, this example comes from a ten-team league with shallow benches, so I can find a couple QB options on waivers most weeks. But in many 2QB leagues you are “streaming” by choosing from your two or three options already on your roster. Either way, you’re looking at bad options most weeks, but you’re learning to play matchups.

If Ryan Fitzpatrick is out this week, I will go back to the waiver wire and look for a favorable matchup.

Last Week

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Continuing my approach of churning through players and looking for trades, I made a few moves this week. I first traded Dion Lewis for Calvin Johnson, a move that was a net negative for me this week but hopefully will boost me as the season goes on. I still have three solid RBs on my roster, and adding an elite WR should boost my weekly ceiling as we approach the playoffs.

After that move, I felt comfortable trading away a WR3, so I sent John Brown and Matt Ryan for Ben Roethlisberger. Again, this trade was a net negative for me on the week, but I am concerned with what I have seen out of Matt Ryan this season. He is QB11 overall, but that is without a bye week so far. He is 22 in points per game and 30th in fantasy points per pass attempt. If he weren’t throwing to Julio Jones, Matt Ryan would be dramatically lower in all our minds. Roethlisberger, however, is coming back to a powerful passing offense, and I like his potential to return to being a reliable top-ten option.

Here is what my starting roster looked like in Week 8:

 

QB Ben Roethlisberger
QB Ryan Fitzpatrick
RB Mark Ingram
RB Justin Forsett
WR Julio Jones
WR Calvin Johnson
WR Davante Adams
TE Travis Kelce
K Blair Walsh
D/ST New York Jets

 

I lost by a lot this week, facing an opponent with Eli Manning, Brandin Cooks, Justin Tucker, and the Rams defense. On my side, Ryan Fitzpatrick went out of the game after only four passes, Davante Adams scored 0 points, and the Jets dug a -2 hole. Overall, this was a week to be forgotten.

I now have the first waiver pick, and I will have to follow the Fitzpatrick injury news closely while I wait for Tony Romo to return. Do I spend the first waiver pick on the thin waiver wire for QBs, or do I target DeAngelo Williams or another RB? I would strongly prefer not to waste the high priority pickup on a QB, given that I expect Tony Romo back in a couple weeks. I am likely to wait and see which QBs slip through to free agency after waivers run, but I am playing that by ear.

My team is 5-3 and one game in the lead in my division. Having Allen Hurns off bye this week should help, and I am hoping to get more out of Ben Roethlisberger after he’s had a full week back.

Week 9

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

 

QB Ben Roethlisberger
QB ???
RB Lamar Miller
RB Mark Ingram
WR Julio Jones
WR Allen Hurns
WR Jordan Matthews
TE Travis Kelce
K Blair Walsh
D/ST Jets

For options at the QB2 spot this week, I have Ryan Fitzpatrick (vs Jax) rostered, if he’s healthy. I have the first spot in our waiver order and could add Kirk Cousins (at NE), Josh McCown or Johnny Manziel (at Cin), Zach Mettenberger (at NO), or Nick Foles (at MIN).

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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