Kirk Cousins' Instant Fantasy Reaction After Week 15

Kenny DeJohnAnalyst IIIDecember 15, 2013

Dec 15, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins (12) throws a touchdown pass to tight end Fred Davis (83) (not shown) against the Atlanta Falcons during the first quarter at the Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports
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Amidst the controversy of the benching of franchise quarterback Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins reserve signal-caller Kirk Cousins put on quite a show against the Atlanta Falcons defense in Week 15.

Despite the heart-breaking 27-26 loss, Cousins ripped apart the Atlanta secondary. He went 29-of-45 for 381 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions, and the Redskins' offense had a much more dynamic look with him under center.

Fantasy owners should rush to pick up Cousins immediately. If you're in the stretch run of the playoffs and need a quarterback with high upside, Cousins is your man.

Sure, you probably want to see a bit more from him before you get him active, but his performance against Atlanta should be reason enough to consider him.

He and Pierre Garcon connected with regularity, as the wideout posted seven catches for 129 yards and a touchdown. Having that type of rapport with the team's top receiver is a good sign of things to come.

The second-year quarterback out of Michigan State is likely auditioning for other NFL teams during the final games of the 2013 season, but he's currently auditioning for your fantasy team as well—and he's doing a really good job.

Pick him up and start him next week against the Dallas Cowboys if you're in a bind at the position.