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 different 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 ($9,600) – Mitchell had a very solid week 2 against the Bluebombers (as we all thought he would), and I think staying on him for this week’s game against Ottawa makes sense too. The RedBlacks and Stampeders have the highest O/U of any game on the slate, and with Calgary being on the road and entering the game as underdogs, I expect they’ll be forced to air things out a little more this week. Ottawa has been solid to start the year, but they did allow some big plays in their secondary to both Duron Carter and Derel Walker in their first two starts. I think Mitchell might have a breakout game as the Stampeders try and take down one of the leagues best teams this week.
Darian Durant ($9,000) – Durant looked solid in his first official game back from a brutal achilles injury. He threw plenty against the Argonauts as the Roughriders got down early and needed to go pass heavy most of the game. After shaking off some rust, I expect Durant to improve a little here in his second game, and with Saskatchewan as big underdogs at the moment, I think we could once again see Durant throw for big yards. While Edmonton’s defensive line is solid, their secondary is slightly weaker and had trouble stopping the RedBlacks week 1. I’d target Durant and his cheap salary this week, EDM-SASK could be a shootout.
Andrew Harris ($7,900) – While there were some nice games by other top backs last week, we are beginning to see that Harris is going to be an unquestioned workhorse in all facets for the Blue Bombers this year. Harris was bottled up running last week by Calgary but caught 9 passes and already has 15 receptions on the year. Winnipeg is obviously going to find ways to get Harris the ball, and with the extra points you get for receptions, paying up for Harris makes perfect sense at a volatile and often hard to predict position for CFL.
John White ($7,000) – White played nearly the entire game for the Eskimos week 1, which was surprising since he was coming off a serious achilles injury. While White isn’t a huge talent, he looked motivated and is coming into this game off a week of extra rest. The Eskimos really worked their backs into the passing game in week 1, and that bodes well for White’s fantasy prospects going forward. With the Esks favored this week, expect to see a lot of White again. He looks like great value at only $7k.
Joe McKnight ($3,300) – McKnight is a former NFL’er who had stints with the Jets and Chiefs. He’s currently returning kicks for the Eskimos and also acting as sort of a relief back to James White. He had a fantastic preseason, and even though he didn’t factor into the offense week 1, I expect he will eventually. McKnight makes for a great GPP and stacking target in week 2 with the Eskimos defense who are heavily favored. If the Eskimos get up early, don’t be shocked if you see a lot more of him on offense.
Derel Walker ($9,900) –Walker was essentially the WR 2 for Edmonton all of last season, and while he was productive, I think he might actually end up as the Eskimos most productive receiver this year. The speedster looked great week 1 and benefitted from his QBs ability to move and allow time for big plays to develop. He should also benefit from the fact teams are blanketing last year’s league leader in receptions Adarius Bowman. Walker didn’t find paydirt week 1, but against a weaker Roughriders squad, and considering the spark he showed in his first game, I think that changes fast. He’s my favorite target if going with an Eskimos stack this week.
Naaman Roosevelt ($7,500) –Roosevelt could be in for a bit of a breakout year as he gets a full year with his starting quarterback in Darian Durant and could also see a ton of targets given the likelihood that the Roughriders will be down a lot this season. Edmonton’s defense is solid, but they allowed some of the Ottawa receivers to rack up big numbers week 1, and I think that might be a theme we see all year with the Eskimos. I am targeting Roosevelt this week, and I expect he’ll again see 10+ targets and end with some nice fantasy totals.
Brandon Banks ($6,300) – Banks broke out with a big game week 1 for the Tiger-Cats as he caught a TD and had some nice return totals. The Tiger-Cats have a lot of receivers and spread the ball fairly effectively, so Banks isn’t always going to end up with huge receiving numbers, but the man is great at returning kicks and will rack up some big games on that basis alone this year. He’s a GPP only target for me, but since we get points for return yards in CFL DFS, he’s one that could pay off big if he starts getting some play on offense again.
BC Lions ($5,000) – There are a couple of nice matchups defensively this week, but the team that sticks out as the best value and highest upside to me is the Lions (vs the Argonauts). The Lions have looked vastly improved under Wally Buono and have already beaten two very solid teams to start the year. Toronto beat a weaker Roughriders team in week 2, but their statuesque and aging quarterback Ricky Ray got hammered by the Tiger-Cats D-line in week 1. I think the BC Lions are in a great spot to have another huge game defensively against Toronto who lacks versatility on offense and is somewhat hampered by their QB’s skillset. Also, don’t be afraid to stack the Lions with return man Chris Rainey who had another big return game week 2.
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