Kirk Cousins – QB
Let’s be honest, Kirk Cousins had a good year overall. Anytime a quarterback can throw for over 4,000 yards, 30 touchdowns, and only 10 interceptions, it’s a solid year.
He has a ton of weapons around him in the likes of Adam Thielen, Dalvin Cook, Stefon Diggs, and Kyle Rudolph (who we may talk about later). That supporting cast is very good and you should expect big numbers from an even slightly competent quarterback as these guys made career backup Case Keenum look like a superstar.
But, we can’t go into this season and look at the box score from last year and think it’s all roses and daisies going forward. The offensive line was discussed with the running backs and the same can also be said when analyzing the risk of drafting Cousins to your fantasy team.
He was sacked a whopping 40 times last season, which is one shy of his career-high. Minnesota’s offensive line dealt with a lot of variances last year and their camaraderie was a mess. They had six different combination fronts all of last year.
They also allowed 259 pressures last season, which was second-worst in the NFL to only the Houston Texans. Their lack of blocking caused a lot of forced fumbles by Cousins.
By all accounts, Cousins should have an improved fantasy season in 2019 after failing to be a top-10 fantasy quarterback for the last few years.
The Vikings’ offensive line went through some revamping and it appears to be improved, all of his weapons are still intact with a healthy Dalvin Cook, and Gary Kubiak and Kevin Stefanski should be able to open up space for him to throw the ball.
But, after 2018’s debacle, there’s plenty to still be worried about when you think about rostering Cousins this year.