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Kirk Cousins Fantasy Outlook Includes Safe QB2 Value in 2021

Devon Platana
Minnesota Vikings QB Kirk Cousins' fantasy outlook includes safe QB2 value in the 2021 NFL season.
Minnesota Vikings QB Kirk Cousins' fantasy outlook includes safe QB2 value in the 2021 NFL season. / Rey Del Rio/Getty Images
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After going 7-9 in the 2020 NFL season, the Minnesota Vikings will be trying to find a bit more success in 2021. Any success they see will likely depend on Kirk Cousins, who'll be Minnesota's starting quarterback for the fourth straight year. While Cousins isn't the flashiest No. 1 QB, he is consistently reliable, as proven by his five 4,000-plus passing yard seasons over the last six years.

With the solid team that the Vikings surrounded Cousins with, his fantasy outlook in 2021 includes safe value as a QB2. He's currently ranked in Tier 4 of The Duel's fantasy football quarterback tier rankings.

Kirk Cousins Fantasy Outlook

Turning 36 years old in about a week, Cousins will enter the 2021 NFL season following a solid showing last year. He started each of Minnesota's 16 games, ending the season with 4,265 passing yards and a career-high 35 touchdowns (with 13 interceptions thrown).

Before the 2020 campaign began, some wondered how effective Cousins would be after wideout Stefon Diggs left for the Buffalo Bills, It turned out that the veteran signal-caller would be fine thanks to the emergence of wideout Justin Jefferson. The 22-year-old had a monstrous rookie season, finishing the year with exactly 1,400 receiving yards and 7 touchdowns.

Cousins is also fortunate enough to have a running back like Dalvin Cook in the backfield. The former 41st overall pick in 2017 tallied 1,918 total yards from scrimmage and 17 touchdowns in his fourth NFL season, which should help keep opposing defenders honest in 2021.

Kirk Cousins ADP

Cousins is listed as QB18 with an average draft position of 147.0, according to Fantasy Pros. He is also listed as QB17 on The Duel's fantasy football rankings.

He's not going to blow you away with his upside, but he should be a solid bench option in one-QB formats. And if you're playing in a two-QB or superflex league, Cousins is a rock-solid QB2.


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