The Kirk Cousins Experience – Week 11

Kirk Cousins

What a week. We saw Joe Flacco, Justin Forsett, Devonta Freeman, and Alfred Morris all leave early with injuries. We also saw only one QB pass for 300 yards on Sunday. Then an undrafted RB went for more than 200 yards. Phew. What a week.

Last Week

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Outside of one player, I had a relatively low-scoring roster last week, as did many of you from what I’ve heard and seen on Twitter. With a host of injuries and surprising results, Week 11 wasn’t a great one for those of us looking for fantasy production.

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As the early games were wearing down, news broke that Marshawn Lynch would be inactive, so I quickly dropped James Starks for Thomas Rawls. We all know how his week went.

I have been a Rawls believer for months, stashing him in one dynasty and one redraft league, and now I am finally seeing results. As I write, we don’t know whether Marshawn Lynch will play again this regular season, but there can be little doubt Thomas Rawls will be the top waiver pick in your league. I am thrilled to have him on my roster without having to burn a waiver spot.

Here is what my starting roster looked like in Week 11:


QB Derek Carr
QB Mark Sanchez
RB Lamar Miller
RB Thomas Rawls
WR Julio Jones
WR Calvin Johnson
WR Allen Hurns
TE Travis Kelce
K Cairo Santos
D/ST Seahawks


I lost a nail-biter this week, with the third-highest score in our league. That’s sometimes how it goes when your league uses head-to-head scoring. I continue to be disappointed with Travis Kelce, and Derek Carr was a massive letdown in what looked to be a favorable matchup. My team is 6-5 and tied for the lead in my division.

Week 12

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


QB Ben Roethlisberger
QB ???
RB Mark Ingram
RB Rawls/Miller/DeAngelo
WR Julio Jones
WR Calvin Johnson
WR Jordan Matthews/Allen Hurns
TE Travis Kelce
K Cairo Santos
D/ST Seahawks

For options at the QB2 spot this week, I have Derek Carr (at TEN), Ryan Fitzpatrick (vs MIA), and Mark Sanchez (at DET) rostered. Teddy Bridgewater (at ATL), Blaine Gabbert (vs Ari), and Matt Schaub (at CLE) are 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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    Daniel Lindsey

    November 24, 2015 at 5:49 am

    Good thing you didn’t listen to me last week. Whoops.

    Tough matchups with all 4 if you ask me – no QB worth picking up better than you have rostered imo.

    I think I’d go with Sanchez… could get you a top-tier QB2 finish at worst against the Lions. But he’s close with Carr for me. Both have somewhat tough matchups that could go well or horrible for either.

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      Joshua Lake

      November 24, 2015 at 5:25 pm

      Last week was a tough one all around for streaming QBs, unless you went with Jameis Winston!

      In late-breaking trade news, I may have solved this streaming dilemma. Stay tuned, kids…

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