Bo Levi Mitchell ($10,300): There are two games with really high point totals this week, the Edmonton-Ottawa game and the Calgary-Saskatchewan game. Neither Edmonton or Ottawa looked good last week, and right now I feel more comfortable going with Mitchell at QB at a lower price, at least in cash games over anyone else. Saskatchewan has been bad on defense all season, and with their starting QB out they enter this game as heavy underdogs. It’s possible the Stamps get up big and dial it back a bit late, but it’s also possible Mitchell has a huge game in his pocket by half time. I’ll go with the latter here and say Mitchell is the top choice at QB this week.
Henry Burris ($10,000): Burris didn’t look good last week after his return from injury. That is concerning, but not concerning enough for me to fade him at a lower price. The Redblacks and Eskimos played a high scoring game Week 1, and given the poor defense each team displayed last week, I’d say another offensive shootout is on tap here. Burris is a veteran who knows his team needs a win, and I fully expect a bounce back of sorts here. At $1,300 less than Mike Reilly in price, I like Burris as my GPP pick at QB for this week and think a return to prominence is possible.
Jerome Messam ($7,000): Following the theme of Calgary players at every position this week is Jerome Messam. Messam has run well all season, and while he’s not found the end zone in the last three games, he does have 14 catches over that span. With Calgary such huge favorites, Messam should get a few more carries than usual here and possibly even a red zone look or two near the goal line. I’d target the heavy workload of Messam and the Stamps players in general as a beat down of Saskatchewan seems likely.
Brandon Rutley ($6,700): Rutley’s been a consistent force for the Alouettes all season, and with Kevin Glenn being a tad less mobile than he used to be, he’s been used quite a bit as a receiver this season too. I expect this trend to continue, and in a game that’s predicted to be close, Rutley should see a ton of work this week once again. While he’s not an explosive player, Rutley is consistent. So he makes for a good cash game target.
Stefan Logan ($4,200): Logan is the return man for Montreal, and lately he’s not only been eating up return yards consistently but also been getting a few reps on offense as well. Logan’s a former Detroit Lion who had a couple decent years in the NFL before getting released. He has nice receiving skills to go with his great return game. At only $4,200 you’re guaranteed some points off his return game and possibly more if he breaks one for a TD. I love the value and upside for GPPs as he’s one of the few return men who could see their role on offense increase this week.
Chris Williams ($10,300): Lets make something clear off the start, the Eskimos may be the defending champs, but their defense cannot stop other team’s top receivers right now. Last week they got smoked by both Weston Dressler (before he got injured) and Darvin Adams. While Williams has really slowed down since his three-week explosion he showed signs of life last week and also got involved more on returns due to injuries. With Ottawa facing an extended losing streak, I expect them to pull out all the stops and get Williams the ball early and often. At $10,300 he’s the third most expensive receiver on DraftKings and looks destined for a big fantasy game this week.
Bakari Grant ($5,900): Grant has started to come on lately, and with a few injuries plaguing the Stamps receiving core, I think you can expect Grant’s production surge to continue here. While Marquay McDaniel has been the Stamps leading receiver this year, Grant has actually out-produced all Calgary pass catchers over the past two weeks. Going up against the Roughriders and a flimsy secondary presents a nice opportunity for Grant and his first real breakout game of the year. The price is nice, and the fact the Stamps have the highest team total of the week doesn’t hurt either.
Bryan Burnham ($5,700): Burnham has really been coming on the past couple of weeks. The speedy slot receiver seems to finally be adjusting to life in the CFL, and coaches have been raving about his speed in practices of late. This is good news for DFS as Burnham does have the pedigree to be an impactful player in this league. With BC playing on the road, and BC quarterback Jonathan Jennings really coming on of late, Burnham looks again to be great value, and I won’t be shocked if he leads the Lions in receiving again.
Stampeders ($5,200): Given the state of the Roughriders team right now and the fact that Calgary are heavy favorites, targeting Calgary on D makes a ton of sense this week. Saskatchewan will be on the road here and playing a Calgary team who is at home and coming off a big win. There’s a few lower scoring games you could also target for defense this week, but with Calgary being a 12-point favorite, the potential for the biggest fantasy game seems to lie this week with Calgary. Paying up isn’t always fun, but sometimes it is necessary. For defense this week, Calgary makes the most sense; a double digit score is well within reach for them in this matchup.
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