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The final weeks of the fantasy football regular season are upon us. If you need to capitalize on your last couple of games to make the playoffs, let’s find you some viable options—first, quarterback Kirk Cousins of the Minnesota Vikings. If you lost Joe Burrow this past weekend or couldn’t snag Taysom Hill after Drew Brees went down, Cousins is a cheap, intriguing add. Despite the offense being run-centric, Cousins has posted adequate numbers this season.
Cousins is averaging nearly 20 points per game this season and plays his next two games at home (indoors). In typical Cousins fashion, he’s been quietly efficient and ranks in the top 10 at the position in passing touchdowns, quarterback rating, and fantasy points over expectation per game. The addition of Justin Jefferson, coupled with the continued success of Adam Thielen, has been more than enough for Cousins as Dalvin Cook has shouldered most of the load. Looking ahead, Cousins has a favorable schedule and could continue to provide value for fantasy managers.
Quarterback Strength of Schedule – Weeks 12-13
Sticking with the NFC North, running back David Montgomery for the Chicago Bears is interesting. On the one hand, the Bears offense has been atrocious this season and, after roaring out of the gate and starting the season 5-1, now sit at 5-5. Montgomery was a colossal disappointment as a rookie last year. The volume was there (242 carries), but the efficiency (3.6 yards/carry) was not. Still, he finished a low-end RB2 and has been quietly productive this season.
His 12.5 points per game signifies a decent floor, although he’s only posted one RB1 week this season. Looking past the raw point total, he sees nearly 20 opportunities per game and sits at RB9 in total running back targets. Now, the loss of Tarik Cohen helps to boost those numbers, but it’s exciting to see the team commit to getting the ball in his hands early and often.
Looking ahead to the next two weeks, Montgomery has a tantalizing schedule. He returned to practice on 11/23 after a stint in the league’s concussion protocol, which bodes well for his availability in the coming weeks. The Bears face off with their division rival Green Bay Packers for the first time this season in Week 12, and the Packers have been atrocious against the run this year. Montgomery should see all the work he can handle, which makes him an intriguing late-season addition.
Running Back Strength of Schedule – Weeks 12-13