Mike Reilly ($10,800) – We have an interesting slate of games this week as two have point totals well over 50, while the others are significantly lower. Reilly and the Esks are four-and-a-half-point favorites over the Redblacks at home this week (as of writing) and will be without the services of their best RB in Jon White. The Edmonton QB threw 36 times last week, and with White out again here, I expect him to possibly exceed that total against Ottawa, in what is essentially being projected as a shootout. Given Reilly’s running ability, I feel fine paying up for him over other potential QBs this week despite the high price tag.
Ricky Ray ($9,800) – I guess Ray is close to gaining a permanent spot on my list, but there is good reason to keep rostering the 37-year-old. Ray is averaging over 42 attempts per game so far this season and has been good at not turning the ball over, with four TDs against just one INT. While his salary has gone up, the Bombers have not been good against the pass in their two starts, allowing both Calgary and a weak Roughrider team to post big passing days against them. As only the fifth most expensive QB, in what appears to possibly be his best matchup yet, Ray is again a fine choice for a lower priced option at his position.
Notes – Given the projected game totals here, the other QB I would heavily consider is Trevor Harris ($10,100). Harris is averaging over 40 pass attempts per game and has played well to start the year. Edmonton is a much improved pass defense but volume alone might push him to a big day.
Brandon Zylstra ($6,700) – Pairing Mike Reilly with his top target in Adarius Bowman makes sense this week, but it’s an expensive stack, and if forced to choose, I much prefer saving the cash with Brandon Zylstra. It’s early, but so far Zyslatra has shown he‘s a capable replacement for Derel Walker. On 11 receptions, he’s averaged over 17 yards per catch flashing some of the same big play potential we saw last year from Walker. With no TDs yet, his price is still cheap and taking advantage here makes a ton of sense.
Diontae Spencer ($6,900) – Greg Ellingson was the target last week for me on Ottawa, but with the Redblacks taking on a much improved Eskimo pass defense going with the cheaper Spencer, who also gets us guaranteed return yards, makes sense. With Kenny Shaw on IR, Spencer has become an integral part of the pass game and will likely see significant targets in a game where his QB may throw close to 50 times.
Armanti Edwards ($5,900) – The Argos are going into this game without DeVier Posey and possibly without Jeff Fuller too. That means both SJ Green and Edwards should see the bulk of the targets in an offense that has thrown the ball no fewer than 41 times in three games this year. Edwards already had one huge game when he was featured and is $1,300 cheaper than Green this week, making him my favorite target in this game, and potentially the entire week.
Notes – The Tiger-cats offense has started slow, and it’s really hurt the output of Luke Tasker ($5,600), who went catch-less in his last outing. Even against a good Lions pass defense, it’s hard to see that trend continuing and, given his reduction in price, this is likely a good time to get on him. He’s sure to get some extra attention/targets this week and will be playing at home in what is already a big game for Hamilton.
Andrew Harris ($7,500) – Harris has started off right where he left last season with two nice games. He already has 14 receptions, but has yet to find the end zone, which means we haven’t really seen his full fantasy upside yet. With Winnipeg at home and more than three-point favorites, Harris should be in a great spot here to find paydirt and possibly put up a monster game. On a week where there’s not a whole lot to choose from at RB, Harris is the guy I’d be fine spending up on, and would be looking to save money elsewhere.
Travon Van ($6,800) – With Jon White out, targeting the next man up in Edmonton makes sense. While Van’s price isn’t quite as cheap as I’d hoped, the fact he was pretty much given full-time duties after White went down is a huge positive. While not as explosive as White, Van is a more-than-capable receiver who caught four passes last week. He should see double-digit carries given Edmonton’s status at four-and-half-point favorites and makes for a nice target in a very thin week for RBs.
Notes – There’s almost no cheap RBs worth targeting this week, but Calvin McCarty ($2,900) did see some work last week for Edmonton in the pass game. At such a cheap price, he’s worth considering in tournaments but will likely see a small workload and is a very boom-or-bust play.
BC Lions ($5,200) – This is a tough week for defenses, as we have most of the better teams heading on the road. Still, I can’t overlook the matchup for the Lions, who are taking on a struggling Hamilton Tiger-cat offense. Hamilton has barely put up 400 yards passing in two games and has only thrown for one passing TD on the season as well. Meanwhile, the Lions have held their last two opponents to just 15 and 16 points, respectively, and come into this game on a roll as a defensive unit after their Week 1 loss to Edmonton. The Lions also have a one of the best special teams players in Chris Rainey, giving them a good shot at a DST TD. Even though they’re on the road, I’d still not be afraid of paying up for them here given their recent momentum and the offensive struggles of Hamilton.
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