Zach Collaros ($10,500): Collaros still isn’t 100 percent to start this week but he’s practiced two days in a row now and looks headed to being active. If he does play he’ll be in a great spot against a team who gives up plenty to opposing QBs. The Eskimos defense has given up some massive days to opposing QBs this season and last week allowed Jonathan Jennings to throw for two TDs while also scoring on the ground. The Hamilton-Edmonton game has the highest game total on the slate and with Hamilton having possibly the weakest running game in the league, we can expect a ton of passing from Collaros against a weak opponent.
Henry Burris ($10,100): Burris took hold of the starting job a few weeks ago and hasn’t looked back. He’s averaging right around 30 fantasy points over his last three starts and has more than 800 passing yards over the past two weeks. The RedBlacks take on the Bombers this week in a game that Ottawa really needs and also one that has the second largest projected game total of the week. With the way Burris is playing I think you can pencil him in for another big game here. I won’t be shocked if he leads all QBs in points again.
Ernest Jackson ($8,200): Jackson has impressively taken over the number one receiver spot for the RedBlacks after the season-ending injury to Chris Williams. Over his last two games Jackson has amassed 15 receptions, 206 yards and three TDs. The RedBlacks are 5-point underdogs this week but with Jackson’s QB Henry Burris playing so well, expect him to get a ton of targets and opportunities in this game. At $8,200 he’s a big discount off the top WRs and looks like a fantastic upside play for fantasy.
Andy Fantuz ($6,800): Fantuz has definitely stepped into the forefront lately for Hamilton after the injury to Luke Tasker. The veteran hasn’t scored since Week 9 but he does have an amazing 40 receptions over his last four games. This type of PPR production should only continue this week against an Edmonton team which has had trouble stopping just about anything this year. At $6,800 don’t be shocked if Fantuz has another big reception total and maybe even finds the end zone finally.
Ricky Collins ($4,500): Collins looks like the last man standing for Saskatchewan at WR. He came back a couple weeks ago off injury and has since led the Roughriders in receptions the past two weeks with 11 total. At only $4,500 he’s going to be QB Darian Durant’s main target in a game that Saskatchewan enters as slight underdogs. For the price, he’s worth the risk and proven he can post big games in this position already as he broke out for 27 fantasy points just a couple of weeks ago.
Andrew Harris ($8,000): Of the three big RBs in play this week I like the spot for Harris the most. The Bombers are currently 5-point favorites and will be at home this week against a pretty mediocre Ottawa defense. Harris is back to his every-down role after a short injury hiatus, which is great for fantasy, and his use in the pass game (eight receptions last week) makes him game-flow proof. Outside of the game in which he was injured, Harris has amassed more than 20 fantasy points on DraftKings in four of his last five starts and is in a great spot to build on that trend this week. He’d be my choice if you’re paying up at RB.
Mossis Madu Jr. ($5,500): Madu has essentially taken over the Ottawa starting running back position and only gave up four touches to now-backup Travon Van last week. Over the last three games in which he’s handled the starting job, Madu has averaged well over 5 YPC and has also been a consistent part of the pass game, catching 10 balls in that span as well. At $5,500 he looks like the best value for your roster this week and should be considered in all formats.
Lions ($5,300): While both Calgary and BC have great matchups this week, I am leaning the Lions as a better pick, mainly due to motivation. The Stamps have sewn up the West division in convincing fashion and don’t have much to play for at this point, while the Lions need a win to secure home-field advantage in the first round. BC’s defense has been hit or miss this season, but they are taking on a Saskatchewan team which is down pretty much all its top weapons from the start of the year (outside of its starting QB). BC hasn’t gotten much pressure on the QB of late but that could change this week against a weak Roughrider squad. A big game here is possible and a solid one is more than likely. I like the Lions this week at D/ST.
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