QuarterBack

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Bo Levi Mitchell ($10,600): There’s really not much to report here on Mitchell, so I’ll be brief. He’s taking on the same lame-duck Saskatchewan team whom he and the Stamps faced last week and easily disposed of. Mitchell didn’t score a ton last week (he didn’t have to), but now that he and the Stamps are on the road I expect the Roughriders defense to force Calgary into a few more passing situations. Either way, as part of a team who is a large favorite, and in a projected high scoring game, Mitchell again looks like the safest option at QB, and he’s again my top choice for CFL DFS at this position.

Jonathon Jennings ($9,200): It’s hard to ignore Jennings anymore. The second year QB of the Lions is playing incredibly solid football at the moment, and it has led to over 97 fantasy points scored over his last three games. Jennings has always looked like a great athlete, but lately he’s looked like a great QB as well, and that’s made him hard to stop. The Lions take on Hamilton this week who appeared to be a bad matchup for QB’s two weeks ago, but after getting rocked by Edmonton and Winnipeg, this matchup with the weakened Hamilton D now looks like a great spot for Jennings. The Lions offense has really started to come on of late with the rise of both Jennings and his receiver Bryan Burnham. Expect those two to keep producing here and make Jennings a target this week at QB.


Wide Receiver

Duron Carter ($9,400): Carter is unquestionably the top target for Montreal and the most talented player they have. While the Esks tightened up their defense a bit last week, they’re still one of the worst secondaries in the league, and will likely struggle to contain Carter for 60 minutes, especially since Kevin Glenn has been smart about getting him as many targets as possible every week. With Montreal as underdogs entering this game, expect Duron, son of Chris, to end this game with a lot of targets and push for 10 catches. I like his chances at being one of the top two receivers for fantasy CFL this week.

Naaman Roosevelt ($8,600): I was really surprised at how little Saskatchewan used or even targeted Roosevelt last week, especially considering how well he’d played to start the year. Saskatchewan again projects as large underdogs, so I’m hoping a lot more targets will come his way this time around. Either way, Roosevelt should be low owned on DraftKings and makes for an interesting GPP play as he might be the Roughriders only path to getting a big play on offense against a formidable defense.

Kenny Shaw ($6,300): I really thought Kenny Shaw would struggle without Ricky Ray in at QB in his last start, but he did just the opposite. Shaw was able to get big separation numerous times, and new QB Logan Kilgore showed at least enough instinct and talent to get him the ball in some favorable spots. Winnipeg has played great of late, but they’re still one of the weaker teams in the league, and I think Shaw can keep up his run in this matchup. He’s looked explosive of late and comes at a nice discount off the top receivers. Take advantage for at least one more week if you can.

Thomas Mayo ($5,000): This play is really simple. Everyone, and I mean everyone in Winnipeg’s receiving core is hurt. Mayo is basically the Blue Bombers top option at WR right now and performed well last week in that role. At $5k in salary, I don’t expect him to necessarily score this week, but he should see upwards of 7-8 targets at minimum, and that alone makes him a fine play. Take advantage of the injuries and value Mayo represents.


Running Back

Brandon Whitaker ($6,700): Whitaker has looked fine all year as Toronto’s main back, and while he doesn’t offer huge breakout speed, having caught at least 4 passes in each of his last five starts, he doesn’t have to. Whitaker is useful for fantasy simply through his high usage alone, and with Ricky Ray still out, I expect he’ll continue to be used a lot, especially in a game where Toronto is favored and at home. He’s scored double digit fantasy points every week except the first, and at $6,700 is much more affordable than the top three or four backs. He’s a great cash game play at RB.

Brandon Rutley ($6,400): Many of the things I said above about Whitaker I believe also apply to Rutley. While Rutley was expected to share the load this year with Tyrell Sutton, Sutton’s injury has forced Rutley into a much bigger workload of late, and, like Whitaker, that makes him an affordable and very safe play at RB. While Rutley is coming off a slow game, the Al’s are on the road this week and large underdogs which means I expect more PPR points and passing targets in this matchup for Rutley, especially given the up-tempo pace this game should be played at. Rutley may not be flashy, but he makes for another solid and affordable option at RB.


Defense

Toronto Argonauts ($5,000): The Argo’s get the Blue Bombers this week which might not seem like a great matchup right off the bat, especially considering Winnipeg is on a two game win streak and hammered Hamilton last week. That last game was in Winnipeg, however, and this week Toronto gets the Blue Bombers at home. The Argo’s have been sneaky good of late themselves, and did well to limit Ottawa’s great offense in their last game while securing an upset win. They are also coming into this game off a bye and will be well rested. While Matt Nichols has looked good for Winnipeg of late, regression is coming, and against Toronto, on the road, I think this is a spot where we might see him start to struggle (especially considering all of Winnipeg’s best receivers are hurt!). Toronto looks like a reliable choice here and my top pick at D this week.

 


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