Darian Durant ($8,600): The veteran QB has now scored 24 or more DK points in four of his last six games and been one of the more consistent plays at his position lately. The matchup this week is also one that actually favors Saskatchewan as well. The Argos have given up 29 points or more to the opposition in each of their past four games and are absolutely imploding at the moment. Saskatchewan has some late season momentum meanwhile after upsetting two potential payoff teams in their last three games. I love the cheap price on Durant this weekend.
Jeremiah Masoli ($7,400): Masoli will start at QB this week for the injured Zach Collaros. In the first five weeks of the season, Masoli put up three games of 21 or more DraftKings points (including a 32-point effort against Edmonton). The athletic QB even played a bit of running back this season when he was the backup, so the potential for a big game through the air and ground is definitely there. The Hamilton-Ottawa game is being predicted as a close (within three points) contest with a projected game total of over 52 points and looks like a ripe spot for Masoli to put up some decent fantasy numbers.
Emmanuel Arceneaux ($9,300): Arceneaux has really taken on the role of number 1 WR lately for the Lions with two games of 150 yards or more receiving in his last three starts. Overall, he also has posted at least 16 DK points in five of his last six starts. While it might feel a bit like chasing points here after his monster day against the Blue Bombers, Arceneaux takes on Winnipeg again this week and has proven to have a very reliable floor over the last half of the season. With lots of value in other places, I don’t have an issue with paying up for the Lions receiver this week.
Greg Ellingson ($6,500): Ellingson is another player who is coming off a big week but who again makes a ton of sense to me as a play in week 17. With Chris Williams going on IR, Ellingson stepped up and delivered 97 yards and two TDs in a losing effort against Saskatchewan. While the RedBlacks QB situation is looking like a revolving door right now, Ellingson is going to get attention from whoever is throwing the passes this week. At only $6,500 he also looks like great value and could push for 10+ targets, making him a one of my favorite plays given the injury issues in Ottawa’s receiving core.
Rob Bagg ($4,300): Bagg is quite simply one of the only heathy wide receivers the Roughriders have left. While Caleb Holley is $2,400 more expensive, Bagg actually has more catches than Holley over their last two starts. While I expect both of these players to get targeted heavily based out of necessity, Bagg is much more enticing due to price and the fact he’s been a part of this offense for most of the year. I’m looking for his role to expand this week and for him to pile up at least 7-8 targets.
Andrew Harris ($7,700): Harris returned last week and put up another very solid fantasy performance. While he may lose a few touches to Tim Flanders from here on out, the fact Flanders only carried the ball four times last week is encouraging and a sign that the Bombers still consider Harris their workhorse. Outside of the game where he was injured halfway through, Harris has only failed to put up 16 or more DK points three times this season giving him an excellent floor. With decent value showing up at other positions this week, I think paying up for Harris makes sense at RB.
Chris Rainey ($5,400): Rainey was one of my better picks from last week as the Lions return-gadget player went off for 24 fantasy points, his best fantasy game of the year. Rainey didn’t score on special teams, but it should be worth noting that in a shootout he did have his biggest return game of the year piling up 238 return yards. With BC-Winnipeg pegged as the highest scoring game for this week, Rainey should be in a good spot again to pile up those cheap return points and possibly get in for a return TD. His price is still extremely affordable, and I think he makes for a great pairing with one of the other big backs this week once again.
Stampeders ($5,000): In my opinion, the Stampeders are the best DST value on the board this week. On top of taking on a Montreal team who has only scored more than 20 points in a game once in their last five starts, Calgary will also be at home here which generally gives a slight boost to DST units for fantasy. The Stamps are the best team in the league, and for fantasy purposes have scored 13 or more points three times in their last six games. At only $5k, they are the third most expensive option this week and going against an offense that had trouble scoring last week against the much more giving Eskimo defense. I think he Calgary D is in a great spot here for a productive fantasy day.
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