QuarterBack

Mike Reilly ($11,000): Reilly really bounced back last week with a nice game against the Argos. The fact that we finally saw some production from Reilly on the ground was encouraging, as was the fact his coach left him in to play the whole game despite the Eskimos being up big in the 4th quarter. That’s important for this week as the Eskimo’s are now heavy favorites against the Roughriders, and Reilly again looks to be in a spot where he can run up the score and his fantasy total late. I’d look for another big game from him here regardless as Edmonton looks to cement their swagger and reassert their dominance over the league after a slow start.

Jonathan Jennings ($9,700): Jennings really let me/us down last week, putting up a huge stinker of a game against the Stamps. This week though I am calling for a little fantasy redemption. Jennings and the Lions are involved in the highest expected O/U game of the week versus the Redblacks, and before you say “I’ve heard this before,” at least consider that last week Ottawa gave up 38+ fantasy points to the anemic Kevin Glenn. Jennings and the Lions still have a great offense with a couple of great options at WR and should be in a good spot for a big game here against a poor Ottawa secondary.


Wide Receiver

Chris Williams ($10,600): After a few slow games, Williams has started to heat up again with Henry Burris at QB. He’s scored in consecutive games now and had his highest receiving total since week three in his last game. This week, Ottawa is involved in a possible shootout with the BC Lions who just recently gave up 10 receptions to Calgary’s top receiving target in their last game. Williams should be in a position to at least post another decent line and possibly even replicate some of that early season insaneness when we saw him post huge numbers in each of the first three weeks.

Derel Walker ($10,400): The Esks passing game had a woeful day last week, which was strange given that as a team they put up 40 points. Most of the TDs went via the ground last week for Edmonton, and while that scenario could play out again here, it’s still doubtful that both Edmonton receivers have slow games. Walker is now significantly less in price than his teammate Adarius Bowman and should be in a spot here for a big game against a weak Roughriders team.  Walker should be lower owned than usual coming off his dud and is a player I’d look to target in tournaments.

Marquay McDaniel ($8,800): McDaniel has finally established himself as a consistent fantasy option as he’s now caught 26 passes over the past three games. While McDaniel has definitely lost out on some fantasy points due to the run first mentality of Calgary near the goal line, that doesn’t mean he’ll be kept out of the endzone all season, and this week, in what should be a very even matchup against the TiCats, the Stampeders might need to rely on him more than usual in the red zone.

Bryan Burnham ($6,100): I really like the BC offense to rebound this week, and that should mean that some of their receiving targets pay off with big games too. Burnham hasn’t been as productive as the Lions other top receiving threat Emmanuel Arceneaux, but at just $6,100 he’s got a better chance to meet or exceed value this week with one big play. He’s a good way to get cheap exposure to a game which should provide lots of fantasy goodness.


Running Back

Andrew Harris ($7,400): Having scored less than 10 fantasy points just once all season, Harris has been one of the most consistent performers at any position this year. While the Bomber-Alouette game doesn’t scream “offense,” the point spread also dictates a tight game, and with Winnipeg being on the road I expect Harris to once again get a lot of work as the Bombers look to keep things close and work the clock. With Montreal unlikely to blow Winnipeg out or even get out to a big lead, expect upwards of 15 carries and a few passing targets to boot for Harris who looks affordable enough to roster in this spot.

Travon Van ($6,300): Van has been out since week 2 but is returning this week for the RedBlacks. While it may seem like a situation to wait a week on, the truth is Van is the team’s best back and it’s been explained that he won’t be “eased back.”  In other words, expect high usage this week. The fact that Van and the RedBlacks are involved in the game with the highest point total makes him exceedingly attractive after hearing that news, and at $6,300 he looks like the best value on the board at RB. I’d make him a target regardless of format.

Shakir Bell ($4,200):  Bell is someone I wanted to mention briefly as it’s possible he might be in line for a big role this week. John White is questionable for the Eskimos with a hand injury, and if he sits out then Bell would handle most of the running duties. Keep an eye on the injury news as Bell would be a must play if White sits out.


Defense

Blue Bombers ($4,900): This isn’t the safest choice on the board, as that honor likely rests in hands of the Eskimo defense who are 13 point favorites. I do like this spot for Winnipeg, especially since it looks like Montreal’s top receiving target, Duron Carter, may possibly miss this week’s game (suspension). Even with Carter in the lineup it’s hard not to like Winnipeg’s D as they’ve held their opposition to an average of well under 20 points a game in their last three outings. Winnipeg looks like a great GPP pick as they’ll be going up against a sometimes anemic offense who could possibly be without their best player. Consider them as a nice swerve off the most expensive and popular options.

 


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