July 20, 2024

3 Fantasy Impact: Kirk Cousins

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Kirk Cousins broke the bank and signed with the Atlanta Falcons. What are the fantasy impacts of the new QB in A T L?

As the resident Minnesota Vikings fan at Dynasty Pros. I have been tasked with the Kirk Cousins article. Kirk Cousins has signed a 4-year 180 million 180-million-dollar deal with the Atlanta Falcons. $100 million of that was guaranteed. One thing was for sure: the Minnesota Vikings were never going to do a 4-year contract. With that, the Falcons are fully bought into their new quarterback with a slew of weapons. This signing impacts a lot for fantasy. The top 3 are:

 

Atlanta Offensive Weapons

 

There is no question that all the offensive weapons’ values skyrocketed after this deal. Bijan Robinson, Kyle Pitts, and Drake London will all benefit. They finally have a quarterback. Drake London has the most to prove with the new quarterback. He has been a disappointment in fantasy but has shown signs that he can become a WR1; the potential that only improves with Kirk Cousins as quarterback.

Kyle Pitts will also benefit greatly. In two seasons, T.J. Hockenson has had 213 targets in both seasons with Cousins. Pitts has had 149 in the past two seasons, so let’s chalk him up to getting more targets as well.

The best part of Kirk Cousins’s game is play-action. Bijan Robinson is entering his prime after a good rookie season. This will solidify his status as a fantasy RB1 or 2. The only back to compete with him will be Breece Hall. Get Bijan in space, and Cousins will get him the ball.

 

Minnesota Vikings Weapons

 

I may be a Vikings fan, and it may be a tough day for us. Yet, I remain optimistic. When Kirk Cousins suffered his season-ending Achilles injury, everyone put the Vikings on the sidelines. They may have ended at 7 – 10, but there were positives. 

Justin Jefferson got over 1,000 yards in just 10 games, and half of them were without Cousins. Jordan Addison broke out to show he is a legitimate weapon, and TJ Hockenson is coming back. The biggest takeaway is that we know Kevin O’Connell knows what he is doing. He got the team to stay competitive with Josh Dobbs, Jaren Hall, and Nick Mullens. Mullens threw for over 400 yards in one game and 396 in another.

The Vikings’ weapons have already proven they can produce in an offense without Kirk Cousins. Now it frees up money to get defensive players. They started doing this by signing LB Blake Chasman. They have also signed EDGE Andrew Van Ginkel and EDGE Johnathan Greenard.

Kirk Cousins Value is the Same

 

Kirk Cousins is already a top 12 fantasy QB every week. The only position that improves based on talent is the running back position. You can say London and Pitts are a wash when it comes to that, but Bijan is the clear upgrade. He may boost the rest of the offense’s fantasy value, but he stays top-12 and is always near a top-5 fantasy quarterback week.

In his last nine seasons as a starter, he has eclipsed 4,000 yards in seven of them and thrown for over 25 passing touchdowns in eight of those seasons. Last season was one of the seasons he didn’t eclipse these totals because of the season-ending injury. Expect similar numbers for this four-year contract with the Falcons. 

If you have Atlanta’s weapons, good on you for staying strong, and now you will benefit. If you have some of the Vikings’ weapons, do not sell them low or at all. They will produce. O’Connell runs a form of the McVay offense so the pass catchers will produce. Kirk Cousins is still a great option at QB. In Superflex leagues, don’t trade him while you need depth.

 

For Review:

Bijan Robinson, Drake London, Kyle Pitts Stock Up

Kirk Cousins Value remains the same

Minnesota Vikings weapons buy 

 

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