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Cousins, K. – Min (QB)

2021 fantasy player outlook for Kirk Cousins, QB, Minnesota Vikings (6/23) Advice: Cousins is best drafted as a No. 2 quarterback in the double-digit rounds, but he’s one of the more reliable options you can say that about. Cousins has finished as a top-12 quarterback in five of the past six seasons. So why don’t we draft him that way? For starters, it’s difficult to compare 2015-18 Cousins to what he’s been the past two years. The Vikings have morphed into one of the most run-heavy offenses in football, which is why Cousins missed the mark in 2019, and needed a career-best 6.8% touchdown rate to sneak into the top 12 in 2020. Even with the emergence of Justin Jefferson, you should expect Cousins to regress back towards his career norm in 2021, which means he won’t crack the top 12 passers unless Mike Zimmer has a complete change of heart. Cousins’ reliability does make him an excellent second quarterback in a two-QB league. (CBSSports.com)
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Eagles News: Travis Fulgham is a “must-start” against the Giants

Fulgham has been super consistent since breaking into the Eagles’ lineup in Week 3, averaging 19.3 points per game and no fewer than 12 points over that period. Even with Alshon Jeffrey likely to make his first start of 2020, I still expect to see Fulgham see double digit targets against the Giants as the Eagle attempt to start to pull away in the NFC East.

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Anderson, R. – Car (WR)

Robby Anderson Fantasy Football Outlook (2021) (7/9) Advice: It’s odd to say, but Anderson was somewhat of a Jarvis Landry-type fantasy asset last year. He finished with more than 15.5 half PPR points just twice, but he also scored fewer than 8.0 half PPR points just four times, offering a level of consistency we hadn’t seen out of him. It’s because they used him in the possession-style role with a shorter average depth of target than he was getting with the Jets. The Panthers lost Curtis Samuel in free agency, but gained Terrace Marshall in the draft, and will get Christian McCaffrey back from injury, so the loss of Samuel doesn’t do a whole lot for projections. D.J. Moore started coming on more as the year went on, though the switch to Sam Darnold could prove to be a good thing for Anderson, who was Darnold’s teammate with the Jets. It’s still the same offense, and Anderson proved he’s able to contribute in a big way, making him somewhat of a safe WR3/4 option with WR2 upside should Darnold favor him as the top option. (FantasyPros.com)
ADP: 4.12 — 9.08
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Born: May 9, 1993, Teaneck, NJ

Thielen, A. – Min (WR)

Adam Thielen 2021 Outlook: Passing The Torch Yet Still Scoring Touchdowns (5/14) Advice: Over the final month of 2020, Thielen averaged just 51 receiving yards per game, while Jefferson averaged 90 receiving yards per game. Thielen is also turning 31 before Week 1, so there’s always a risk he could begin to lose a step. Nevertheless, Thielen is a top-15 WR who should be drafted within the first 50-60 picks since he could have 1,000 yards and 10 touchdowns this year, but do not be surprised if his fantasy value drops and Jefferson’s soars, either. (CBSSports.com)
ADP: 3.01 — 6.01
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Born: August 22, 1990, Detroit Lakes, MN

How MyPillow CEO’s delusions endanger democracy

Anne Applebaum talks about her recent profile of MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell and his efforts to sow doubt about the 2020 election. While Lindell will fail to get Donald Trump reinstated, ‘what he will help to do is loosen further American’s sense that their democracy works, that their voter system is secure, that the people who observe and monitor their elections are honest,” she says.

Donald Trump won’t let his election fight go. Democrats shouldn’t let him

Over the weekend, Donald Trump held a huge indoor rally in Arizona, called “Rally to Protect Our Elections,” which in all likelihood will end up being a super-spreader event since so many of his followers are anti-vaccine and anti-mask. They showed up in great numbers, dressed in their flamboyant MAGA gear, excited and thrilled to be in the presence of their leader.

Meyers, J. – NE (WR)

NBC Sports Boston’s Tom Curran would “put (his) cash” on Jakobi Meyers being “the most reliable and productive Patriots wideout in 2021.” (7/9)
Advice: A longtime, keen observer of the Pats, Curran joins with the Boston Herald’s Andrew Callahan in predicting Meyers might not fall off as much as people think following the Pats’ offseason spending spree at receiver and tight end. Essentially the only game in town for the Pats’ disastrously-undermanned 2020 receiver corps, Meyers caught 59 balls for 729 yards. Amazingly, he is still looking for his first career score through 85 catches, but the end zone was not a common occurrence for last year’s Cam Newton-led attack. Meyers has more or less been ADP-less so far this spring/summer, typically checking in around the WR80-90 range. He’s a zero-risk flier and a must-add in all formats.
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Rondale Moore Draft Scout

2020 ALL-BIG TEN FOOTBALL HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): Rondale Moore,…Gus Hartwig, Grant Hermanns, Spencer Holstege, Greg Long and Moore were named honorable mention All-Big Ten by the coaches, while Payne Durham, Hartwig, Hermanns, Holstege and Moore were similarly feted by the media members. – Purdue Football

Russian Intelligence Cultivated Donald Trump For Decades, Says Former KGB Agent

The KGB Soviet spy agency and later Russian intelligence cultivated Donald Trump as an “asset” for 40 years, a former spy told The Guardian in a bombshell interview. And the Kremlin was delighted with the results, said former KGB major Yuri Shvets.

The strategy was typical: Focus on reasonably good prospects and hope one of the wooed Americans rises to a position of power or access that can be beneficial, said Shvets, who now lives in Virginia.

“People were recruited when they were just students and then they rose to important positions; something like that was happening with Trump,” explained Shvets, who worked as a KGB major in the 1980s in the U.S. with a cover job as a Washington correspondent for the Russian news agency Tass.

Jarwin, B. – Dal (TE)

2021 fantasy player outlook for Blake Jarwin, TE, Dallas Cowboys (6/23) Advice: Blake Jarwin was a popular sleeper in 2020, but he suffered a torn ACL in Week 1 and was lost for the year. He’s expected to be fine for the start of training camp, and Jarwin should be considered a sleeper once again. He might have to compete with Dalton Schultz for the starting job in Dallas, but we expect Jarwin to win that battle and be a key weapon for Dak Prescott. You don’t have to draft Jarwin in most Fantasy leagues, but he should emerge as a key waiver-wire addition if things go right. And it won’t be a surprise if Jarwin becomes a weekly starting option in all leagues. (CBSSports.com)

https://www.cnn.com/2021/05/19/politics/trump-post-presidency-allowance/index.html

Trump spends post-presidency allowance on high priced aides as he builds out political machine

Former President Donald Trump has spent his first five months away from Washington surrounded by a generously paid group of staffers, at least one of whom received a $32,000 raise over their White House salary, according to Freedom of Information Act records obtained by CNN.

As of May 12, the compensation for aides kept on by Trump and former Vice President Mike Pence, who received about 20% of the $2.6 million sum available to both men in accordance with the Presidential Transaction Act, totaled $1.26 million. The lump sum for transition activities, which is managed by the General Services Administration during a former president’s first six months out of office, is typically applied toward rent for a suitable office space, staff salaries and benefits, and printing and postage expenses.

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Jones II, R. – TB (RB)

2021 fantasy player outlook for Ronald Jones, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6/23) Advice: Ronald Jones was an industry favorite of those drafters employing a zero-RB strategy in 2020, but the hype was deflated after the Jags surprisingly cut Leonard Fournette and the Bucs signed him. Although Jones flashed breakaway ability and more often than not looked like the most effective RB on the roster during the regular season, mental errors in the form of fumbles and dropped passes continued to plague him. At one point it looked like he was finally taking on the role Fournette ultimately earned in the playoffs, but then Jones got injured. Jones makes for a risky flier due to his unlikely role in the passing game and his uncertain role in red zone. (CBSSports.com)
ADP: 3.01 — 6.12
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Born: August 3, 1997, Fort Stewart, GA

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Krugman: You can’t have a discussion with GOP if everything is ‘socialism’ | The Mehdi Hasan Show

Economist and NYT Columnist Paul Krugman joins Mehdi Hasan to discuss what the Biden administration will be walking into on day one.

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