Mike Reilly ($11,200): The Eskimos up-tempo offense and complete lack of accountability on defense has made Reilly almost foolproof this season for DFS purposes. While I don’t want to jinx myself, I see no reason to get off this train. The Esks are coming off a humiliating loss where they gave up a 25-point lead after halftime and will be facing their backup QB from last season this week (so motivation won’t be an issue, as if it ever is in pro sports). Both sides of the ball should be prepped for this game and it already has one of the highest O/U of the week. With all of the injuries to QB’s lately, Reilly is the only real “safe” play left and I’d try to make room for him if you can in at least some of your lineups. The Esks offense should continue to eat.
Matt Nichols ($7500): Riding right along with the theme of the Eskimos struggles on defense is my choice of Nichols here. Winnipeg benched the completely ineffective Drew Willy last week and while Nichols really isn’t that much better than Willy, targeting him for one week in DFS here makes a lot of sense. Nichols faces his old team this week who essentially gave up on him last season, so motivation should be high. Winnipeg’s offense has some high quality players and they started to come to life last week. Against a struggling Eskimos defense, I think Nichols and crew make for great targets and love the upside he presents and his price.
Derel Walker ($10,400): Walker is taking advantage of his role in the leagues most up-tempo and exiting offense. With Adarius Bowman taking main coverage every week, Walker is using his speed to get open against thinner coverage and he’s producing huge numbers as a result. He absolutely torched the Bombers a few weeks ago and I really don’t see teams being able to slow him down unless there’s an injury to Bowman or Reilly. Until that happens continue to target Walker as the big games should also continue for fantasy.
Duron Carter ($9300): Carter finally came through with a really big game for me last week. The talent is undeniable and while Kevin Glenn isn’t exactly Tom Brady, he at least knows that Carter is his best target and his best chance at keeping his starting job. I expect Carter/Glenn to build on that momentum this week against a weak Riders D who let the slow footed Brad Sinopoli run roughshod over them over them in their previous matchup. Carter could be in for an even bigger game here, and at $9300 the price is a nice discount off the top plays at WR.
Weston Dressler ($7700): I’ve really been waiting all season for Dressler to show up. The diminutive and sneaky WR has been a consistent producer for some time in the CFL but got off to a slow start this year. The Bombers moved him to more of a slot role with the injury to Ryan Smith and it paid off. Dressler showed good chemistry with Matt Nichols as well and I’d expect this duo to hook up a lot this week against Edmonton’s weak secondary. At $7700 he’s my favorite value at WR this week.
Andrew Harris ($7200): Harris has really not run the ball well this season at all, but I really don’t care because he’s been an integral part of the pass game. The fact that Harris is averaging over 14 fantasy points per game and still has yet to see the end-zone bodes well for his prospects in a game with a high over/under where Harris will again have a great shot at reaching paydirt. If he does we might finally see a big game from Harris who has been consistent, if not unspectacular, all year. This is a great week to target Bluebomber players and Harris is my top choice at RB as a result.
Brandon Whitaker ($6800): With a fairly serious injury to starting QB Ricky Ray on the horizon, expect the Argo’s to turn to their run game even more in the future and to keep things simple for their backup QB. That should mean Whitaker will continue his consistent pace at RB. Since Week 2 Whitaker has averaged over 14 fantasy points per game on DraftKings and caught at least 4 passes in each one of his starts since that time. At $6300 he’s looking like nice value and a good target at RB for your cash game lineups.
Chris Rainey ($5700): There aren’t many RBs out there who handle all of the return duties and see a consistent role on offense but Rainey is definitely a target who does. He’s averaged over 7.5 fantasy points in return yardage alone this year and with injuries at RB for the Lions I expect Rainey to get used a little more on offense in the near future. The Stamps defense may bottle up the power run game here and force the Lions to pass more which would also benefit Rainey as he’s likely the Lions best pass catcher out of the backfield.
RedBlacks ($4900): After suffering their first loss of the season, Ottawa now heads home to face an Argos squad who will be without their heart and soul at QB. The RedBlacks will undoubtedly be angry after suffering their first loss of the season and with their defense playing solidly as of late I expect they may take it out on the now undermanned Argos. At $4900 you get a nice discount on a solid team here who will be at home against a backup QB. You can’t ask for much more than that and so I’d target Ottawa on defense without hesitation this week.
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