FRI SEP 15 500PM MDT
Saskatchewan Roughriders at Hamilton Tabby Cats
Will Kevin Glenn play? That is the question. He seems to be day-to-day so far, with Brandon Bridge waiting for his first start of the season. If Glenn gets the start, there is no reason he shouldn’t be in your lineup against a pathetic Hamilton Defense. He may be the best option this week, for many reasons – Reilly’s price, Ray’s fragility, Jennings facing a Calgary Defense, Bo doesn’t get the ‘peripheral’ points, Harris is out and then there’s Durant, which we’ll get to in a bit.
Saskatchewan’s backfield is too tempting to pass up – Lafrance, at his introductory salary (only $3500 on TSN) is too much value to say no. 13 FPTS with a TD in his last game and a juicy matchup against the Tabbies. ‘Nuff said.
And I guess we don’t have to talk too much about how the best Fantasy WR core in the league is going up against a dreadful Hamilton secondary. You are starting Carter. You are starting Roosevelt. You should probably start B.Grant too.
Other side of the ball, we have Masoli at the pivot position. 16 FPTS scored in his last game, averaging 14.2 over this last two starts. Not terrible for the value but SSK is the fourth best in the league against opposing QBs.
Hamilton’s backfield looks to be getting into the swing of things under the new coaching staff. Gable scored 22 FPTS and two TDs in his last game against Ottawa, and scored almost 14 FPTS the week before. Could be a value play here if Hamilton can keep themselves in the game. Myself, I might not risk it just based on the matchup and predicted pace of gameplay.
Through the air, you might be thinking about Brandon Banks but I am going to advise some caution. Masoli really hones in on Banks, receiving more targets in his last two games, than in the rest of the season combined. However, in the last game Banks was not participating in Special Teams, with Demarr Aultman returning all the punts and kicks. So watch for that. Sask actually gives up the third most points to Wide Receivers.
SAT SEP 16 200PM MDT
Edmonton Eskimos at Toronto Argonauts
You know Mike Reilly is going to play out of his mind, trying to get the Eskimos back into the Win column. If you can afford his salary, do it. Toronto is currently best in the league against QBs, but do it anyways.
Edmonton’s backfield still doesn’t look appealing on paper but is more playable than the numbers suggest. Perkins is at a decent salary and should be started if you believe Edmonton gets ahead in this game.
Walker returns. Zylstra, Bowman, Duke, Bryant…. not an easy one to pick the winner but expect usage all around. At current salaries it’s hard to get Derel Walker in there but take a good long look at Zylstra, getting opportunities as DBs have to focus on Walker and Bowman. *Edit – DraftKings seems to be the opposite situation, with Derel costing a mere $4000. You can’t pass on that! Toronto is currently 3rd best against WRs, Edmonton scores the 2nd most FPTS at the position.
I’d love to play Ricky Ray this week, as I feel he’ll have to throw a lot in this matchup. But I worry about his longevity. For some reason I feel like Edmonton is going to be playing angry and kick the shit out of him. If he can stay in the game, he’s a start.
Ugh. I hate Toronto’s backfield. Said it once and I’ll say it again, irrelevant.
SJ Green. Devier Posey. Get these guys in your lineup. Toronto is 2nd worst at the position, and Edmonton is 2nd best, but these guys should get some work in this weekend.
SAT SEP 16 500PM MDT
BC Lions at Calgary Stampeders
Jennings gets the start with Lulay being out for the season. While Jennings did look better in his relief game, you’re not starting him against Calgary’s defense. Calgary’s D has really turned it up recently. Sit Jennings.
Normally I would also be advising to sit any RB going against Calgary’s defense as well. But c’mon. this is JJohnson we are talking about here. 21 FPTS in his last game. 19 FPTS the game before that. Averaging over 15FPTS on the season which includes only TWO games he did not score double-digit FPTS. Is he matchup proof? Let’s find out this weekend.
BC’s passing attack hasn’t seen what we hoped from Chris Williams, and Manny Arceneaux isn’t having the most dominant season either – although he has two decent performances in a row now, but that makes only 3 games he’s scored double digits. The safe play is Bryan Burnham. His last five games look like this: 10.1, 17.2, 19.1, 4.3, 14.9 Only one stinker in five? Start him and watch the garbage time points rack up.
Bo is an interesting Fantasy QB. He is one of the best QBs in the league, but that doesn’t always translate to Fantasy points. He lacks the peripheral points of rushing yards and rushing TDs. That being said, he might be worth a start this week as there aren’t many other options.
You are starting Jerome Messam this week. 12.35 FPTS average on the season. 13.7 the last time they faced BC. Averaging over 15 FPTS going back to Week 5. Calgary is scoring the 3rd most FPTS in the backfield, BC is giving up the 3rd fewest. Pace of gameplay says to expect plenty of usage.
Calgary’s receiving core is 3rd best in FPTS scoring this season. BC gives up the fourth most points to WRs. Watch Davaris Daniels’ status and start Marken Mitchel if Daniels is out. McDaniel is always a safe play based on targets, especially in the red zone.
SUN SEP 17 1100AM MDT
Ottawa RedBlacks at Montreal Allouttes
Harris is out for weeks. Drew Tate is in. Tate is an accomplished QB, maybe a bit fragile himself. At only $6000 TSN salary, will you take the gamble? I think I might in some leagues. Montreal has been hot garbage recently, and currently surrender the 3rd most FPTS to QBs.
Want a good backfield matchup? How about the 5th best in the league versus the absolute worst in the league? If you like how that sounds, you’re starting Madu or Powell, whoever gets the nod. I have them both projected with a point of each other.
You have to expect Ottawa’s receivers to slightly regress under a backup QB, but like I said before, Montreal is garbage lately. Start your RedBlacks with confidence – Ellington and Sinopoli leading the way in yards, targets and receptions. Spencer is scoring a great pace lately and is still the primary Special Teams return guy.
Okay, let’s talk Durant. He’s had some pretty disappointing games, he’s had some good games. His overall average under 15FPTS doesn’t look great but he scored 24 FPTS last week, and 22 in Week 10. This week he should be on the field a lot as Ottawa runs the backup QB. It’ an opportunity for sure, but also a bit of gamble. Montreal is scoring the 2nd fewest FPTS at the QB position, Ottawa gives up the 5th most.
Sutton hasn’t had a double-digit FPTS performance since Week 4. 2.5 FPTS in his last game, 1.90 FPTS before that. Can’t trust this start.
Through the air, the only real options here are Ernest Jackson and BJ Cunningham, with BJ ranked slightly higher, but Jackson with more major scores. It’s a gamble that I will probably avoid all together.
Good luck in Week 13, everyone!