Fantasy Football: 5 Quarterbacks With Rushing Upside in 2017

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Kirk Cousins, Washington Redskins

Projected Fantasy Points: 26.45

Despite Kirk Cousins' contract situation and a level of uncertainty surrounding one of his key weapons, numberFire's algorithms tell us the quarterback should be in line for the third-most passing yards (4,728) this season. However, his projection of 26.4 touchdowns leave much to be desired when we're talking about a player expected to throw well over 600 passes.

But don't let that trouble you if Captain Kirk is your top signal-caller. If he fails to reach 30 passing touchdowns, it wouldn't be the first time -- he tossed just 25 scores last year, yet still finished as fantasy football's fifth-best quarterback. He threw for 4,917 yards while adding 96 yards and 4 touchdowns on the ground.

With just 34 rushes in 2016, you'd probably think that Cousins' rushing production was more fluky than good, but he's been able to maximize his production. He's rushed the ball a total of 60 times over the last two seasons, scoring nine touchdowns despite averaging just 2.4 yards per carry during that time. He's also been efficient with these types of plays, producing a Rushing NEP per attempt of 0.42 last year.

Cousins is currently the 10th quarterback off the board in drafts, but he's our QB6. When it comes to his rushing potential in 2017, though, our algorithms project just 148 yards and 1.95 touchdowns.