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Capitol riot: Officers describe racial slurs at 6 January hearing

A police officer who defended the US Capitol during a riot by Donald Trump supporters on 6 January has said he feared he would be crushed by the mob.
“This is how I’m going to die,” a tearful Aquilino Gonell told a Congressional committee as an inquiry opened into the Washington DC attack.

Fant, N. – Den (TE)

2021 fantasy player outlook for Noah Fant, TE, Denver Broncos (6/23) Advice: Noah Fant is running out of time to be a major Fantasy asset. He scored 33 PPR points in his first two games of 2020, seemingly on his way to a breakout campaign, but then averaged 7.5 PPR points the rest of the way with only three outings north of 10 points. In non-PPR he had only three games with seven-plus points all season! So what gives? His 64.2% career catch rate isn’t too bad, and his target share blossomed to a not-bad-for-a-TE 6.2 per game in 2020. The man needs more touchdowns after scoring only three in each of his first two seasons. To get more scores he’ll need more targets near and in the end zone; he had just four in 2020 and six in 2019. That’s 6.3% of his career targets! Gross! A man Fant’s size should be more involved in the paint, but the Broncos have a bunch of different playmakers who will continue to keep Fant’s touchdown share small. A decent schedule helps, but he’s at best a pick around 100th overall as either a streaming tight end or as a breakout candidate who just might be in a make-or-break year. (
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Why Eagles WR Travis Fulgham will have a breakout season in 2021

Last season, Eagles wide receiver Travis Fulgham made the most of the first NFL action of his career.

The Eagles claimed Fulgham off waivers before signing him to the practice squad and when his number was called he instantly became a fan favorite.

Here are a few reasons why you should expect Fulgham to have a breakout season.

Gronkowski, R. – TB (TE)

2021 fantasy player outlook for Rob Gronkowski, TE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6/23) Advice: In his return to the NFL, Rob Gronkowski certainly wasn’t his old self, but he was also better than the version we last saw in New England. Ultimately, in Bruce Arians’ not-so-friendly TE offense, the ceiling is limited for Gronkowski. He is a better option in standard leagues, but most weeks he is a TD-or-bust play. Given the state of the TE position, he makes for fair value in the mid-to-late rounds if you choose to wait on the position. (

Trump’s Big Lie Litmus Test

Donald Trump had two goals when he went to Arizona for a “Protect Our Elections” rally on Saturday: Pushing the big election lie that led to the January 6 insurrection and using his bully pulpit to play kingmaker and enforcer in upcoming GOP primaries.

Ekeler, A. – LAC (RB)

2021 fantasy player outlook for Austin Ekeler, RB, Los Angeles Chargers (6/23) Advice: Austin Ekeler’s reception-heavy upside carries him as a first-round value in PPR formats, but not necessarily in non-PPR. He followed up his breakout 2019 season with a modest 2020 thanks in part to a hamstring injury that cost him six starts. Still, the Chargers rusher averaged 93.3 total yards per game, just 3.6 yards off his 2019 average. He also averaged 5.4 receptions per game, 0.4 grabs off what he did a year prior. Ekeler has comfortably moved into the lead role, but he still has work to do when it comes to getting carries near the goal line (one last year, six the year before) and heavy workloads (15-plus touches in just 17 of his past 40 games). Maybe that puts Ekeler toward the beginning of Round 2 in non- and half-PPR leagues, but the catches he’ll get from game to game keep him in play as a top-10 overall choice in full PPR. (
ADP: 1.01 — 2.06
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Born: May 17, 1995, Lincoln, NE

You’re Not Crazy: Pandemic Paranoia Is A Real Thing

According to the experts at CNN, it’s perfectly normal to be feeling a little paranoid after 11 months of pandemic lockdown. So to whomever at NASA decided to embed secret messages inside the Mars rover’s parachute, you’re not helping! We have enough conspiracy theories flying around here on Earth.

Shepard, S. – NYG (WR)

2021 fantasy player outlook for Sterling Shepard, WR, New York Giants (6/23) Advice: Sterling Shepard should be the slot receiver for the Giants and likely the No. 2 option in the passing game behind Kenny Golladay to open the season, but Shepard’s going to feel pressure from rookie Kadarius Toney. As a result of Toney joining the Giants, Shepard is only worth drafting with a late-round pick in all leagues, with his value higher in PPR. Shepard should be the lead slot receiver as long as he’s healthy, but the Giants will look to find ways to get Toney on the field. And with Golladay now on the Giants, Shepard could find it hard to produce on a consistent level. In 2020, Shepard appeared in 12 games and scored at least 13 PPR points in five of them. He also had just four games with fewer than 10 PPR points. He could surprise us this year and keep Toney on the bench, but you’re only going to draft Shepard with a late-round flier in the majority of leagues this year. (
ADP: 10.11 — 15.12
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Born: February 10, 1993, Oklahoma City, OK

Video: Voter Fraud Claims

Our fact-checking collaboration with CNN’s Jake Tapper resumes this week with a video looking at bogus claims about voter fraud made by President Donald Trump and White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer.

Goedert, D. – Phi (TE)

2021 fantasy player outlook for Dallas Goedert, TE, Philadelphia Eagles (6/23) Advice: Dallas Goedert is expected to be the No. 1 tight end for the Eagles this season, and he has the chance to be a top-five Fantasy tight end in that role. Philadelphia doesn’t have the most dynamic receiving corps, and Goedert could easily lead the team in targets. Zach Ertz is expected to be off the roster, and Goedert should be the focal point of the passing game for quarterback Jalen Hurts. Goedert was a top-10 PPR tight end in 2019 when Ertz was on the roster, and we saw Goedert have some big games in 2020 when he was healthy, scoring at least 11 PPR points in three of his final six games. Goedert is worth drafting with a mid-round pick in all leagues. (
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Officers’ accounts put Trump’s praise for rioters in new context

One officer described how rioters attempted to gouge out his eye and called him a traitor as they sought to invade the Capitol. Another told of being smashed in a doorway and nearly crushed amid a “medieval” battle with a pro-Trump mob as he heard guttural screams of pain from fellow officers. A third said he was beaten unconscious and stunned repeatedly with a Taser as he pleaded with his assailants, “I have kids.” A fourth relayed how he was called a racist slur over and over again by intruders wearing “Make America Great Again” garb.

What did Jim Jordan know about the insurrection and when did he know it?

That fucking guy Jim Jordan. That son of a bitch,” Liz Cheney, a Republican congresswoman from Wyoming, told the chairman of the joint chiefs, Gen Mark Milley, about the Republican congressman from Ohio, according to I Alone Can Fix It, by Washington Post reporters Carol Leonnig and Philip Rucker.

Projecting Every AFC East Starter

With the 2021 NFL Draft and most of free agency in the rearview, Gregg Rosenthal will project starting lineups for all 32 teams because that’s his idea of fun. Check out the AFC East breakdowns below.

B/R: Gabriel Davis is Bills’ ‘biggest sleeper’ for 2021

Even Bleacher Report admits he’s not fully a sleeper type of player… but the outlet still goes with Gabriel Davis.

B/R pegged one player that’s going to be just that, a sleeper, for each NFL team in 2021. Here’s why B/R says Davis is just that for the Buffalo Bills in 2021:

Moore, D.J. – Car (WR)

D.J. Moore Fantasy Football Outlook (2021) (7/9) Advice: There were just three receivers who finished with 93-plus yards in eight separate games last year. Calvin Ridley, Stefon Diggs, and… Moore. While the touchdowns were certainly lacking, there’s something to be said about this stat and how undervalued Moore may be due to the lack of touchdowns. It was his first year in the offense, while Robby Anderson was brought in because he knew the offense. With Curtis Samuel out of town, we might see Moore in the slot far more often, which wouldn’t be a bad thing. He’s now finished with 1,175-plus yards in back-to-back seasons. It’s only a matter of time before the touchdowns catch up. He’s a solid WR2 to roster, who just might have top-12 upside if the touchdowns start to show up. (
ADP: 3.01 — 7.07
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Born: April 14, 1997, Philadelphia, PA

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False Headline Revives Voter Fraud Claim

Q: Did Fox News reveal that President Obama rigged the 2016 election with “4 million illegal votes”?

A: No. That falsehood is based on a pre-election interview with an election lawyer who discussed the possibility of votes being cast on behalf of dead people.

Cramer’s lightning round: I like Plug Power

3D Systems: ”I think you can own that, but it ain’t going to make more than a dollar or two, so you be the judge.”

Cracker Barrel: “I’m not that interested in it.”

Zebra Technologies: “This Zebra, which is now one of those companies that people are selling in order to buy new IPOs, is a great company and I think as it comes down you can accumulate it, but at the same time since you got a $50 [cost] basis you should take some of your money out and just let the house money run.”

Plug Power: “I like Plug. … I would not have liked it if it weren’t for the acquisitions. They made it exciting for me.”

Nokia: “We’re not buyers in Nokia because they have a product that’s expensive and not as good as some others.”

Beckham Jr., O. – Cle (WR)

2021 fantasy player outlook for Odell Beckham, WR, Cleveland Browns (6/23) Advice: Once a megastar, Odell Beckham is now no more than a No. 3 Fantasy receiver who shouldn’t be drafted before Round 7. Beckham is working his way back from yet another major injury and simply hasn’t been the same player in Cleveland. Beckham has reach 100 yards just twice in 23 games with the Browns as his catch rate has fallen 10% since his days as a Giant and his targets per game have fallen more than 25%. Even if Beckham were to regain every ounce of athleticism he once had, Kevin Stefanski’s system and the Browns’ crowded group of pass catchers would still limit the receiver’s upside. At 29 years old, he could still have a few good years left, but you should look to trade him in Dynasty if he gets off to a fast start in 2021. (
ADP: 3.01 — 7.06
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Born: November 5, 1992, Baton Rouge, LA

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