The Kirk Cousins Experience – Week 13

This column is a week late, thanks to an unexpected turn of events. My family and I moved to a new home, and that required a change in Internet providers. Rather than stick to their promised deadlines, our new Internet company no-showed for their first appointment and waited a full week to get us up and running.

And that’s life. I have written about it before, but real life is more tangible and more urgent than fantasy football. Sometimes that is for good reasons, but some weeks it’s because your Internet service provider doesn’t feel like honoring its commitments.

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That’s the detailed way of offering my own apology for failing to follow through with the weekly column last week. Let’s get things going again and dig into the weeks we missed.

The Last Two Weeks

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After eleven weeks, I was two weeks away from the playoffs and looking like a strong favorite to end up with one of the league’s four playoff berths. When I hit that point in a league, I begin to urgently look to upgrade my weak points at the expense of my team’s depth.

So two weeks ago I made the big move. I traded for Aaron Rodgers, giving up Derek Carr, Allen Hurns, and DeAngelo Williams for him. I am now able to start him alongside Ben Roethlisberger, doing away with the need to stream QBs in the playoffs.

Hurns and Williams were depth I liked but didn’t need, and I was banking on Aaron Rodgers providing a weekly edge over my streaming options. As we have seen, there is reason to doubt that the Packers have the ability to support Rodgers to his typical heights. But we shall see.

Here is what my starting roster looked like in Week 13:


QB Aaron Rodgers
QB Ben Roethlisberger
RB Thomas Rawls
RB C.J. Anderson
WR Julio Jones
WR Calvin Johnson
WR Jordan Matthews
TE Travis Kelce
K Cairo Santos
D/ST Bengals


I clinched the third seed in our playoffs with a strong showing this week. I like the shape my team has taken, with Mark Ingram and the Seahawks defense also on the roster. There is not a clear favorite in this league, and all four playoff teams have high-scoring potential but aren’t consistent enough to look like a certainty. My team fits right into that mold, and I am worried with a few tough matchups upcoming in Week 14.

This week, I don’t have a dilemma at QB2. Although I have Ryan Fitzpatrick still on the roster, I don’t foresee benching either of my starters to play Fitzpatrick versus Tennessee this week or at Dallas next week. Instead, he has become a strong backup in case of injury. Let’s hope it doesn’t come to that.

To those of you moving into the playoffs this week, good luck! To those of you who missed out, keep fighting — don’t be that owner that quits on the consolation bracket. And lastly, to those of you with a week of regular season left, best of luck! Making playoffs is my goal in every league; winning a championship is just very rewarding gravy. Good luck to you all!



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    Daniel Lindsey

    December 9, 2015 at 7:43 am

    I’m not sure glossing over Fitz is a good idea though. Both have decently tough matchups. I think you could argue Fitz over Ben, but the offense firepower is there for Ben more than Fitz

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      Joshua Lake

      December 9, 2015 at 6:28 pm

      That’s a really good point. I’m torn, because I like Fitzpatrick in this matchup but I’ll have a hard time benching the upside of Big Ben in that explosive offense, even in a tough matchup. I’ll probably be waiting to the last minute to make that call.

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