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Who is Kirk Cousins’ backup for fantasy football

Vikings QB Kirk Cousins has tested positive for COVID-19. We break down what the backup options are heading into Week 17 for fantasy football.

Kirk Cousins #8 of the Minnesota Vikings looks on from the field during the second quarter of the game against the Los Angeles Rams at U.S. Bank Stadium on December 26, 2021 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images

Quarterback Kirk Cousins has been vocal about the fact that he is unvaccinated, and as we approach the close of the 2021 regular season, the Vikings are paying for it. Cousins is the latest quarterback to have tested positive for COVID-19 and has been placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list.

Due to his unvaccinated status, Cousins will be OUT for the Vikings’ Week 17 matchup against the Packers in a crucial divisional game. Next up on the depth chart is Sean Mannion, who was just activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list on Friday. Mannion has spent his career as a backup for the Rams, Seahawks and Vikings. His only career start for the Vikings came in 2019, where he threw for 126 passing yards and two interceptions.

Third on the depth chart is rookie QB Kellen Mond. The Vikings selected Mond with a 2021 3rd rounder as the 66th overall pick. At Texas A&M, Mond holds the all-time record for passing touchdowns, passing yards, completions and scrimmage yards. He attempted 51 passes in the preseason, completing 54.9% of those for 310 passing yards and an interception.