News: 2 days agoCousins (undisclosed) is unavailable while going through the COVID-19 protocols, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Spin: Kellen Mond tested positive for the virus, so it appears Cousins is sidelined as a close contact until he clears the protocols. Nate Stanley (undisclosed) is also caught up in the protocols, leaving Jake Browning to take all the reps at quarterback for the immediate future.
ESPN Fantasy Projection: Cousins is back as Minnesota's starter after what was arguably his best NFL season. Cousins finished top-10 in completion percentage for the sixth consecutive season, ranked third in the NFL in YPA (8.3) and tossed a career-high 35 TDs. Believe it or not, the Vikings' offense tied for fifth in the NFL with 55 TDs in 2020. That included at least three scores in 13 of 16 games. Cousins adds the bare minimum with his legs and hasn't posted a top-10 fantasy campaign since 2017, so even with Justin Jefferson, Adam Thielen and Dalvin Cook at his disposal, the 33-year-old is best viewed as a mid-range QB2 with limited upside in Minnesota's run-heavy scheme.