CFL Week 3 has arrived. Here are some of my favorite players to target on DraftKings at every position.
Trevor Harris ($10,400) – Harris has started the season much like he did last year, with two huge games. In Week 3 he gets the Toronto Argonauts who are improved but still gave up a big game passing to the Lions at home in Week 2. The Argos-RedBlack game has the second highest over-under on the slate this week and Ottawa has one of the highest implied team totals as well at 30.5. Harris is in a great position for a big game and as only the third most expensive QB, he’s decent value as well.
Ricky Ray ($8,500) – Ray didn’t exactly light the world on fire like I thought he would in Week 2, but he still threw the ball 45 times and put up a 300-yard game, despite a slightly poor overall effort. While I’m not overly thrilled about targeting a 37-year-old each week, I still think Ray represents great value in a game that has a high projected point total. With Toronto set as five-pont underdogs, a pass heavy game is likely again and Ottawa’s defense is less talented in the secondary than BC’s overall.
Notes – Calgary and Winnipeg is the other game with a projected team total of 56 on the slate. Matt Nichols ($8,600) put up over 32 points in his first start but only saw a $900 price increase. He’s going up against a better defense in Calgary here but is an extremely cost-effective play once again and could easily end up as one of the top two scorers.
Luke Tasker ($8,700) – Tasker and Hamilton didn’t get off to a great start Week 1, but things could flip quickly here for them in Week 3. Last week Saskatchewan allowed a massive passing game to Matt Nichols and his top receiver in Weston Dressler, and Tasker is a very similar type of shifty-weapon for Hamilton. I’d look for Tasker to find a bit more room in this game than he did in his first outing against Toronto, and I’d make him one of my top targets at WR.
Greg Ellingson ($6,700) – Ellingson has started the season well, but the fact he’s yet to find the end zone has held his price down. Ellingson already has 15 receptions on the year and also had an 80-yard TD called back in last week’s game which would have likely seen him with a much more expensive salary this week. I mentioned the great spot for the Ottawa pass game above in Trevor Harris’ write-up, and he makes for a great stacking target this week with his QB over the less athletic Brad Sinopoli.
DeVier Posey ($6,100) – As evidenced by the first two weeks, figuring out who gets the big game out of Toronto is going to be tough this year. Still, I’m going to recommend Posey again this week as the target out of Toronto. He gets an upgrade in a matchup against Ottawa who allowed big passing games two weeks in a row to Calgary and is in a spot where his quarterback should drop back to pass in excess of 40 times again. There’s also the talent factor as Posey has size and sub 4.5-40m speed, he’s got big game potential for Toronto again here.
Notes – As I mentioned last week in my notes, Diontae Spencer ($6,900) is returning kicks for Ottawa and is explosive. Even at his increased price, he makes for a decent target this week as Kenny Shaw is questionable and Spencer will likely see more pass targets again as a result.Jeff Fuller of the Argos is quietly catching some passes (seven on the year) and is only $4,200 in a game where the Argos should throw 40+ times.
Jerome Messam ($7,100) – Messam started the season with a couple of decent games against Ottawa and is in a nice spot in Week 3. Calgary are road favorites in a game with a now 59-point total, meaning he should be in a great spot to find the end zone. With a lack of reliable options at this position, targeting Messam where Calgary is projected for nearly five TDs is not a bad idea. Take advantage of a slightly depressed price before his price jumps into the high $7K range.
Mossis Madu Jr. ($5,400) – Madu played the majority of the snaps for Ottawa in Week 2 and put up a respectable 74 yards on 13 carries with a TD. Even if William Powell plays this week (he’s questionable), there’s no guarantee he starts. I’d be much bigger on Madu if Powell sits again, but he could be in play even if he’s sharing work given the spot. Ottawa has one of the biggest implied team totals on the board this week and Toronto’s defense gave up two TDs to RBs last week too, making this a prime spot for Madu if he gets the majority of carries again. Keep an eye on the active list for the Ottawa game and make sure to get Madu into lineups if Powell sits or is assigned the backup role.
Notes – The Argos Brandon Whitaker sat out last week’s game and that allowed James Wilder Jr. ($3,200) to take most of the carries. Wilder didn’t do a lot with his chance, but he should get the start again if Whitaker sits and gets a slight upgrade in a matchup against Ottawa. He’ll be a prime, near-the-minimum target if he starts again.
Hamilton Tiger-Cats ($4,900) – Hamilton didn’t start the year as planned, allowing over 500 yards passing to Ricky Ray, but the Ticats are still a quality defense and should be in a good spot to rebound here in their second start. Once again, I’m targeting Kevin Glenn here, and after recording three sacks on the immobile Ray Week 1, a similar or better output should be expected here against another aging QB. Hamilton also has the benefit of having one of the best special teams players in the game in Brandon Banks who can break for a return TD at pretty much anytime. Overall, Hamilton is a better than average DST play who is in a decent bounce back spot against one of the weakest teams in the league.
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