Let’s get into the targets for CFL Week 5. Find players to target at each position to help you draft your DraftKings team.
Mike Reilly ($11,000) – Reilly and the Esks have been a ball control offense the first few weeks, relying more on a dominant defense than the high-powered passing offense we saw last season. That being said, the matchup this week is too good to ignore, and Reilly should really breakout here. Hamilton has now allowed 427 passing yards per game thus far in 2017, and I expect Edmonton to take advantage. Even with the third smallest game total at 53 points, Edmonton is still forecasted to score at least 28 points in this game, which gives Reilly nice upside and makes him a logical target again in Week 5.
Travis Lulay ($9,300) – Jonathan Jennings looks almost certain to miss at least one week, which will give Lulay a chance to build on his awesome Week 4 performance. Last week, the former starter came off the bench and dismantled the pitiful Hamilton secondary for 436 yards and three TDs, and he’ll get another easy matchup this week too, as Winnipeg is currently allowing 337 passing yards per game, second worst in the league behind Hamilton. BC has an implied team total of over 30 as of writing, so there’s plenty of upside for Lulay here too, at a very affordable price.
Notes – Your cheap tournament target this week could be Zach Collaros ($8,800). He finally broke out with a decent game last week (in a losing effort), putting up over 24 DK points and 361 yards passing. He has a tough matchup this week that could depress ownership, but he will be at home and is coming off a confidence building performance.
S.J. Green ($8,700) – Green was close to putting up a monster game last week but dropped a few crucial passes that would have sent his price skyrocketing into the $9K region this week. Ottawa has allowed the third most passing yards on the season, and with Green now clearly the focal point of this passing offense, this is a clear blow-up spot for the talented wide-out. If he gets the targets he did last week, his point total could double here in a home game against a weaker secondary.
Vidal Hazelton ($5,900) – Edmonton suffered some injuries last week, with the biggest coming to their stud WR Adarius Bowman who will miss Week 5. Brandon Zylstra picked up most of the slack last week, but I expect that workload to get balanced out at least a little here with Hazelton being the biggest beneficiary. Hazelton has caught 11 passes over his last two games (with Bowman around) and should see an expanded role against the league’s worst pass defense. He’s a great value target in a game where more than one of Edmonton’s wide receivers could go off.
Notes – With Ernest Arceneaux again likely taking top coverage, both Nick Moore ($6,400) and Bryan Burnham ($7,100) should be free to roam for BC against a weaker Bombers secondary. Moore exploded last week and could keep that going as he showed great rapport with Travis Lulay. Burnham will likely be lower owned in tournaments, however, and actually leads the team in targets.
Jerome Messam ($7,200) – Messam was tossed early in the Stamps week four defeat to Montreal but should be ready for a big bounce back game here. Calgary is a massive favorite over Saskatchewan with an implied team total of 34 points as of writing, and big home favorites are great spots for lead RBs, even in the CFL. Expect the veteran to get a lot of carries after what was essentially a week off, and with such a huge total, Messam is not only in a good spot for a big workload but also has a fantastic shot of seeing the end zone at least once. Paying up here makes a ton of sense.
Ross Scheuerman ($5,800) – Scheuerman all but took over the lead RB spot for Hamilton last week, racking up a TD and 58 yards on eight carries. The matchup doesn’t look great, but Edmonton’s rush defense has actually been quite poor, as they’ve allowed the most yards per game (98.33) in the league through three games. Edmonton is also dealing with some injuries at LB this week, making them an even better target than usual. Scheuerman should continue to see work in the passing game and might see upwards of 15 carries against a weak rush defense, he’s great value at a tough position.
Notes – Toronto carries two interesting cheap targets at RB. Anthony Coombs ($4,900) racked up eight catches last week lining up as a receiver, while Martese Jackson ($3,000) torched Winnipeg for over 300 return yards and a TD (but saw no work on offense). Coombs likely has a better floor with his PPR upside but at $3K, the explosive Jackson is a good min-price play for tournaments given his dominance in the return game.
Argonauts ($4,700) – You can pay up for one of the favorites this week, as both BC and Calgary are in decent spots, but Toronto has plenty of upside and is probably the best value when the price is considered. The Argos have a great pass rush, anchored by dominant rookie Victor Butler, who has seven sacks already this season. While they didn’t get to Matt Nichols last week, I expect that to change here as Toronto will be at home against the Redblacks, who are coming in on very short rest and have a fairly immobile QB in Trevor Harris. Adding to the upside here is the emergence of Martese Jackson on returns who looked near unstoppable last week and could easily add in a DST-TD this week. As small home favorites, with plenty of ways to score, the Argos make for a great target given their sub-$5K price.
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