Mike Reilly ($11,600): Reilly is second in the league in passing yards, and this week he will be trying to lead his team to a home game for the first week of the CFL playoffs with a win versus BC. The Lions-Eskimo game has the highest projected game total on the slate by far at over 57 points and is also predicted to be close as the spread is a paltry two points. Reilly had a solid game against BC the last time they played, and I think given what is potentially on the line here, and the solid play recently of Edmonton’s offense in general, we could see a massive game.
Jonathan Jennings ($9,400): Jennings will of course be on the flip side of the Lions-Eskimo game and at $9,400 looks like an intriguing play for fantasy purposes. The Lions QB has posted 20 or more DraftKings points in three of his last five starts and projects nicely in a game where BC has an implied team total of just under 30 points. While BC does feature a strong run game, I expect Jennings to get in on the act at least a little, and possibly a lot against a shaky Eskimo D. Jennings has posted 35 or more points twice already this season in a single week and the upside is there for a similar performance this weekend.
Derel Walker ($10,000): As I always do, I’m happy to take the discount on the cheaper Edmonton receiver if there’s a big enough gap in price. Walker is $1k cheaper this week than his teammate Adarius Bowman, and while Bowman has been more consistent lately Walker has still put up at least 80 yards in his last three games. These two players are the feature of Edmonton’s passing attack, and in a game versus the Lions for home field advantage in the playoffs, I expect both will get their chances. While Bowman might be the more consistent player, I’ll take the discount on Walker in tournaments here.
Bryan Burnham ($5,800): Burnham has had a bit of a breakout year in 2016, although the road has not always been smooth for fantasy players as he’s typically either posted massive games or been in the single digits with his DraftKings total. This week though, he takes on an Edmonton offense who is completely beatable through the air and gave up 164 yards to his receiving partner the last time these teams played. Assuming Edmonton shifts their coverage a bit to slow down Ernst Aceneaux, this should leave Burnham more open to roam. At $5,800, he’s in a good spot this week to possibly explode again for owners.
Nik Lewis ($5,300): The Aloettes followed the Argos playbook this week and outright released two of their best WRs in Duron Carter and Kenny Stafford, leaving them extremely short at the position. While the move was more about money than anything, the talent gap this move left means that veteran Nik Lewis should be in line for a hefty number of targets. Even before the release, Lewis was averaging five catches per game over his last six starts and should see at minimum a couple extra targets this week. I think he’s nice value at under $5,500.
Joe McKnight ($5,100): McKnight was a player I recommended at the start of the year when he was playing for the Edmonton Eskimos, the team who foolishly gave up on him after a couple fumbles. A decent return man and runner, with NFL experience, McKnight has gotten a chance to prove himself for another team now and passed his first test with flying colors last week when he rushed for over 150 yards. The Roughriders aren’t great, but they also have no other offensive weapons outside of Darian Durant and McKnight, so I’m expecting a big workload this week for McKnight against an equally bad Alouettes squad. There’s some great value at RB this week and McKnight looks to be at the top of that list.
Mossis Madu Jr. ($5,100): Madu Jr. has taken over the starting RB spot for Ottawa and dominated the touches last week with 14 carries and 5 receptions. While he’s not the safest option given that Ottawa may end up shifting a few more carries this week to Travon Van, at only $5,000 Madu is extremely cheap and will let you stack some of those big named WRs this week if you use him. Ottawa again takes on Hamilton this week and the two teams combined for 59 points in their last meeting. It’s likely Madu will pay off just from volume again.
Stampeders ($5,500): The Argonauts have been really bad the last month or so. After losing their starting QB, they’ve had some ridiculously bad starts from their backups, cut three of their best receivers and gave no real reason as to why (likely money), and now have lost eight of their last nine games, all while failing to score more than 20 points in their last four starts. The Stamps are the best team in the league, so this one should be over by halftime. Don’t be shocked if the Stamps D comes close to pitching a shutout and notches a huge fantasy day in the process.
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