Kirk Cousins, QB, Redskins
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2013 Outlook: Fantasy HandcuffLast updated on Aug-21-2013 by Ben Standig
Update (8-20): Redskins QB Kirk Cousins, who is starting in place of the rehabbing Robert Griffin III, left Monday night's game against the Steelers in the first half with his own injury. The former Michigan State star did not return after being taken down from behind while scrambling toward the sideline. He got up and walked toward the huddle before going back down to the ground. Initial X-rays were negative, but he will undergo an MRI. Redskin's nation breathlessly awaits the results. Rex Grossman replaced Cousins. He would be the starter if Cousins missed the Redskins' third preseason game or any significant amount of time. That should explain the reason for stress, though Grossman's aggressive style always gives his team a puncher's chance offensively. As for the much-discussed RG3 situation, it remains uncertain. Much of the speculation centers on the dynamic QB being ready for the regular season opener, but Dr. James Andrews has final say when it comes to that famous knee. If it were Cousins facing the Eagles in Week 1, he would be worth a fantasy start in leagues that use two-quarterbacks and possibly worth rostering for RG3 owners. The bigger issue is what happens to the Redskins offense if neither RG3 nor Cousins can go. That's a situation nobody in D.C. wants to ponder.
Preview - There is an old adage that for fans, the most popular player is the backup QB. That is certainly not the case in the greater D.C. area where seemingly everyone is afflicted with RGIII mania. That's not to infer folks in the DMV don't like Cousins, who turned in solid performances when called upon due to Robert Griffin III's injuries last season. However, the more the pocket passing Cousins plays, that means something is wrong with RGIII and his video game-type abilities. Cousins completed 68.8 percent of his passes in three games last season, throwing four TDP and three INT. Let's also remember he was a fourth-round pick just last year. If Griffin were out for the count (and there is no reason to think this), Cousins' fantasy QB ranking falls somewhere in the 20-26 range and he'd be worth rostering if he became the starter. Deep league owners could contemplate drafting Cousins as a QB3/handcuff, but unless RGIII's progress takes a wrong turn, the Redskins backup is just a waiver wire play.
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