Canadian Football League DFS is here. If you’ve never watched or heard of the CFL I will have you covered with some of the top fantasy targets every week in this column, but also remember that there are some funky rules too. We only play three downs in Canada and you can get single points by kicking it through the other team’s end zone (or getting them to kneel in their own end zone) and the field sizes are, well, extra large!
Bo Levi Mitchell ($9,500): Bo Levi had a nice week 1, even if it was in a losing effort. Week 2, though, the Stamps and Mitchell should be in for a bit of revenge after losing their grip on last weeks game late. If journeyman Kevin Glenn can turn in a big game against Winnipeg than I expect Mitchell can replicate or better that feat in his team’s home opener against them this week. Look for Mitchell to improve here in a softer matchup against one of the leagues weakest teams. He should have a safe floor for DFS purposes and looks like a solid way to start your cash game lineups.
Trevor Harris ($9,800): Harris came on in relief of Henry Burris last week and was absolutely spectacular, going 17-19 for 3 TDs in less than a half of play. The Redblacks will face another decent team in Montreal in Week 2, but their passing offense is going to be tough for almost any team to stop this year. Expect Harris to pick up where he left off and make good use of his many weapons. While Bo Levi may be the safer play, I think Harris is clearly the number one play for Week 2 and has the most upside for GPPs of any QB this week. He looked that good against the Esks.
Tyrell Sutton ($7,500): I prefer Sutton slightly this week over the Blue Bombers Andrew Harris for the simple fact that Sutton’s offense just looked far more in sync Week 1. While both men were used almost exclusively by their teams on offense (both running and passing), Sutton comes at a softer price and plays with an offense who moved the ball consistently for the most part Week 1. While running back in the CFL can often be a tricky and sometimes unproductive position for fantasy, Sutton is a back who will likely provide decent and consistent production this year. I like him to produce another solid game in what should be a back and forth matchup with the Redblacks this week.
Chris Rainey ($5,900): Rainey is the former Pittsburgh Steeler who truly has all the talent in the world but blew his opportunity in the big show. In the CFL though Rainey works perfectly as a return man and fill-in running back. Week 1 he scored twice (on offense and special teams) and piled up big return yardage. I expect he’ll continue to be involved in the offense in some capacity, and with the production you get from the return yards he’ll make for a nice value play at RB and a great tournament target this week. Make sure you research who returns kicks in the CFL, the extra production for DFS can mean a lot.
Kendial Lawrence ($5,900): In case you didn’t know, DraftKings does award points for return yards in the CFL, so return men carry a little more weight for DFS. Kendial Lawrence is the Roughriders gadget player, and he’ll be used to return kicks, take handoffs and shorter screens (and maybe more). This is a special player who should see the field a ton. I love targeting him in the Roughriders home opener, and he makes for nice stack play too if you fancy the Roughriders defense this week (not a bad play either).
Duron Carter ($8,500): Carter returned to the CFL this year after a year off (i.e. failed attempt at the NFL). Carter is the son of former NFL’er Chris Carter, and even though he showed flashes when with the Indianapolis Colts last season, he never caught on permanently. In Week 1, the Alouettes used him in a variety of different ways including on end arounds. Right now he is focal point of a pretty decent offense; one of a handful of elite wide receivers in the league. The game total between Hamilton and Montreal is the highest of the week, and I expect Montreal to be passing a ton to stay in this one. Target Carter in what should be a high scoring game and expect to reap some nice fantasy benefits.
Tori Gurley ($7,500): Gurley took a backseat to some of his teammates Week 1, but don’t let the low fantasy total fool you, he is clearly the biggest and most talented WR on Toronto and just missed landing a long TD Week 1. Toronto’s passing game sputtered a bit against a solid Hamilton D, but they have a better matchup Week 2, and Ricky Ray should be under less pressure. Expect a bigger game from Gurley here and from the Toronto offense in general.
Brad Sinopoli ($6,700): Sinopoli was all over the field last week as he took advantage of the holes over the middle Ottawa’s speedy outside receivers opened up for him. He’s not going to break off any huge plays but he’s a vital part of the Ottawa passing game as we saw Week 1. Expect Ottawa to continue to exploit teams using Sinopoli as their opponents pay extra attention to speedster Chris Williams on the outside.
Stampeders ($5,000): This one is fairly straight forward. The Stamps are a solid team coming off a loss and will be playing in their home opener this week. The Blue Bombers had a rough Week 1 and look like one of the weakest teams in the league. I think Winnipeg’s offensive struggles will continue here, and I don’t expect Calgary to cede many points. Whether the Stamps can get a special teams score is another story, but they definitely have a safe floor and look like a great target for cash games. If they do get that big play than you could be looking at a huge score for fantasy. Either way, the Stamps D looks primed for a nice week.