Quarterback

CFL: Canadian Football League Grey Cup

Mike Reilly ($11,100): It’s a tough call at the top this week as both Trevor Harris and Mike Reilly have good matchups and are involved in games with O/U totals of 55. There’s no question that Reilly has the tougher matchup against the TiCats defense but the Esk’s offense has been pretty unstoppable against all opponents so far this year. With Hamilton possibly getting their starting QB back this week I think this game has a much better chance of exceeding the point total and being a shoot-out style of game that will result in a lot of points for the QBs. I’ll take Reilly over Harris this week as my top target and be happy with the price break I am getting.

Mitchell Gale ($7,400): The Roughriders lost their starter Darian Durant (again) to injury last week and Mitchell Gale took over and performed fairly well in the loss. The Riders are one of the weaker teams and are nearly a full TD underdog this week at home. That line may not bode well for the Riders season outlook but with Saskatchewan likely to be throwing a ton in the end of this game I like Gale to rack up some big passing totals this week. At $7400 a 300-yard game and a TD or two is within reach and would be huge at his reduced price.

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Zach Collaros ($9,900): Collaros might be returning this week. Watch the injury news because if he does start he would be in a good spot against a leaky Eskimo secondary in a game with a high point total. Collaros would be semi-risky due to the fact he’s coming off injury but he’s talented enough to post a big fantasy total in his first game back.


Wide Receiver

Chris Williams ($11,200): With Edmonton’s dynamic duo at WR getting a little tougher matchup this week I think bypassing them and paying up for Chris Williams in a better matchup is a decent idea. Last week we finally saw a team sell out completely to stop Williams, who “only” caught 6 balls for just over 60 yards. This however let Ottawa’s other WR Greg Ellingson (who I wrote up here) go nuts. I think Williams returns to the end zone this week against a Sask secondary who had trouble stopping the less explosive Lions offense their last time out.

Duron Carter ($9,000): Ok let’s try this again, the last time I recommended Carter he was on his way to a huge game and then promptly got himself thrown out of the game for bumping into a head coach (on the opposing team). Carter is talented and should have his starting QB Kevin Glenn back for this game. With some injuries plaguing the Alouettes, I expect Carter to receive all the touches and targets he can handle this week. I like the price and think he has enormous upside given the injury situation with Montreal’s offense.

Naaman Roosevelt ($7,900): Roosevelt broke out with a nice game last week as the Roughriders got behind late and ended up passing a lot at the end of the game, allowing Roosevelt to tack on some nice yardage. We could see a similar situation this week and I like the connection that Roosevelt showed with his new QB Mitchell Gale. If the Riders get behind again I could see Roosevelt racking up a ton of catches, and at his price he’s looking like a steal for fantasy this week

Cory Watson ($4,600): Watson is the third wheel in Edmonton’s offense right now, which isn’t a bad thing considering how explosive the Eskimos can be. While I don’t expect a huge game here, I won’t be shocked if Watson busts out his biggest game of the year against a TiCat squad who may make it hard for Mike Reilly to use his top two options. I like Watson as a source of value on DraftKings this week.


Running Back

CFL: 2015 Portraits-Saskatchewan Roughriders

Jerome Messam ($7,300): I think using Messam makes a lot of sense this week. The Stampeders are on the road and might be in line for a more conservative game plan, even as favorites. Add to that the fact that Messam ran for well over 100 yards in these team’s week 2 meeting and I think you have a shot at seeing Messam post a big game here. The big back got involved in the passing game last week as well and if he starts adding more PPR points every week big games will soon follow.

Nic Grigsby ($5,900): Grigsby is filling in as a starter for Ottawa with an injury to Travon Van. While he’s not what I’d call an explosive talent, he is getting a lot of touches and playing time which is great for fantasy purposes. The RedBlacks are on the road against the weaker Roughriders and nearly a full TD favorite. We could see a lot of Grigsby in this game and at his reduced salary of under 6k he wouldn’t need a ton of points to pay off. Ottawa likes to get their RB’s involved in the pass game and with the matchup I think Grigsby is undoubtedly the best value of the week at RB. Use him if you need salary relief this week.


Defense

Eskimos ($4,800): The Esks are always a bit of a risky play on defense as they have a propensity for getting involved in a lot of 35-30 type of games. This week though they will be at home and played solidly against the Bluebombers on the road in their last game. The TiCats are a solid team but their QB situation is a tad murky. Jeremiah Masoli has not played well of late and even if Zach Collaros returns it will be his first game in over a year after a massive injury. I like the Esks at home this week and think they might be in store for a defensive TD here. Collaros could surprise if he plays, but if Masoli starts the Esks are definitely looking like a great pick.


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