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What to do with Kirk Cousins in Week 3 fantasy football

Can Cousins rebound against the Tennessee Titans after a forgettable Week 2 showing?

Minnesota Vikings v Indianapolis Colts Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images

Two weeks is probably too early for most fantasy owners to push the panic button. But in Minnesota, it’s reasonable for the purple-clad faithful to be freaking out right now. The Vikings are 0-2. Their defense has allowed 79 points, and the offense, headed by Kirk Cousins, bottomed out last weekend with 175 total yards against the Indianapolis Colts. Now Cousins and Co. have to somehow right the Vikings’ ship against the Tennessee Titans.

Fantasy Football analysis: Vikings QB Kirk Cousins

To put it lightly, the Vikings’ offense has been putrid for all but one quarter this year. Cousins accounted for 164 yards and two touchdowns during what was full-on garbage time versus the Green Bay Packers in Week 1. If you take out that fourth quarter, here is Cousins’ line this season:

19-for-38 for 208 yards, zero touchdowns and four interceptions.

So, yeah, not great. It isn’t all Cousins’ fault, however. Minnesota’s offensive line play has been poor, and he has only one receiver, Adam Thielen), whom he really trusts after the Vikings traded away Stefon Diggs in March. To wit, Thielen has 16 targets this year, at least nine more than any other Viking.

For what it’s worth, the Titans’ defense did permit 339 yards and three passing scores to Gardner Minshew II in Week 2. But with cornerbacks Johnathan Joseph and Kristian Fulton playing generally well in coverage, this should not be viewed as an advantageous matchup for Cousins.

Fantasy Start/Sit Recommendation

Unless you are in an outrageously deep superflex league, there is no reason to employ Cousins right now. He costs $5,500 on DraftKings.