Kirk Cousins is about to embark on a three-game audition.
Making the most of his surprise opportunity won't give him permanent residence atop the Washington Redskins' depth chart. It could, however, set him up for a starting job elsewhere in 2014.
Redskins coach Mike Shanahan strongly hinted at the organization's intentions Friday, telling reporters (via ESPN Radio) that "maybe we can bring a first-round pick (back)" if Cousins shines in Washington's final three games.
Cousins has flashed some of his potential in limited action, including 329 yards passing on 26 of 37 attempts for two touchdowns and an interception in his one career start, which came in Week 15 last season on the road in Cleveland. The key is can Cousins limit the interceptions as he has five to four touchdowns in his career. Cousins has a very favorable matchup this week against the Falcons making him worth considering as a discounted option in DFS play this week.ANALYST: Michael Pichan
Drew Hutchison went five innings, allowed four runs (three earned), on seven hits, one walk, and one strikeout in a no-decision against the Royals on Friday night.
Hutch did just enough to keep the Blue Jays in the game, while he faced a potent Royals offensive attack and a very worthy counterpart in Johnny Cueto. On the season, one would think that his numbers don’t matchup for fantasy ownership, considering his 5.42 ERA, but his 9-2 record and 99 strikeouts say otherwise. If you need wins, Hutchison is a solid option, but you will be taking your chances in the earned run department. Analysis: Dom Murtha
Johnny Cueto went six innings, allowed three runs, on seven hits, two walks, and seven strikeouts in a no-decision against the Blue Jays on Friday night.
Cueto’s much anticipated debut did not disappoint, nor did it blow anyone away either. He was very solid, giving the Royals six innings of three run ball, while he fanned seven Blue Jays batters. Fantasy owners shouldn’t see any sort of drop off in Cueto’s production while playing in Kansas City, in fact his production should increase considering he’s playing for a better offensive and defensive team in the Royals, and is now pitching in a more favorable ball park in Kauffman Stadium, as opposed to the Great American Ballpark. Analysis: Dom Murtha