Week 1: Pre-Draft Rankings

By popular request, Pre Draft Rankings.

I did not spend as much time on this as I normally would. This one completely slipped my mind. So take it for what you will.

( Updated June 12 2018 )

QBs:

Team Name Pos Rank
EDM Reilly, Mike QB 1
OTT Harris, Trevor QB 2
CGY Mitchell, Bo Levi QB 3
TOR Ray, Ricky QB 4
SSK Collaros, Zach QB 5
BC Jennings, Jonathon QB 6
HAM Masoli, Jeremiah QB 7
MTL Willy, Drew QB 8
WPG Nichols, Matt QB 9
WPG Streveler, Chris QB 10
HAM Manziel, Johnny QB 11
BC Lulay, Travis QB 12
SSK Bridge, Brandon QB 13
TOR Franklin, James QB 14
EDM Glenn, Kevin QB 15
MTL Shiltz, Matthew QB 16

RBs:

Team Name Pos Rank
TOR Wilder Jr., James RB 1
EDM Gable, C.J. RB 2
BC Rainey, Chris RB 3
WPG Harris, Andrew RB 4
OTT Powell, William RB 5
CGY Williams, Terry RB 6
HAM Green, Alex RB 7
MTL Sutton, Tyrell RB 8
BC Johnson, Jeremiah RB 9
SSK Mason, Tre RB 10
TOR Jackson, Martese RB 11
MTL Logan, Stefan RB 12
WPG Flanders, Timothy RB 13
BC Rutley, Brandon RB 14
TOR Coombs, Anthony RB 15
EDM Cooper, Shaquille RB 16
SSK Messam, Jerome RB 17
SSK Thigpen, Marcus RB 18
WPG LaFrance, Kienan RB 19
OTT Madu Jr., Mossis RB 20

WRs:

Team Name Pos Rank
EDM Walker, Derel WR 1
OTT Ellingson, Greg WR 2
SSK Carter, Duron WR 3
TOR Green, S.J. WR 4
SSK Roosevelt, Naaman WR 5
OTT Sinopoli, Brad WR 6
HAM Banks, Brandon WR 7
CGY Daniels, DaVaris WR 8
BC Arceneaux, Emmanuel SB 9
OTT Spencer, Diontae WR 10
WPG Adams, Darvin WR 11
HAM Tasker, Luke WR 12
BC Burnham, Bryan WR 13
CGY Rogers, Eric SB 14
MTL Jackson, Ernest WR 15
EDM Hazelton, Vidal WR 16
WPG Dressler, Weston WR 17
EDM Williams, D’haquille SB 18
MTL Williams, Chris WR 19
WPG Bowman, Adarius SB 20
CGY Kamar, Jorden WR 21
TOR Edwards, Armanti WR 22
BC Collins Jr., Ricky WR 23
HAM Saunders, Jalen WR 24
SSK Jones, Christion WR 25

Week 1: Official Fantasy League Update

The Official CFL-Fantasy.ca Fantasy Football League held our draft Sunday night. Check out the results of the 6-team, 9 round, snake draft, and follow along all season!

Which team do you think is poised to win the season?

Standard scoring
1 QB
2 RB
3 WR
2 bench spots
3 Bye
1 IR

Week 1: Matchup Analysis

Edmonton Eskimos @ Winnipeg BlueBombers

We kick off the season on Thursday night with Edmonton vising Winnipeg.

At the QB position, the Fantasy gods are easing us into the season with an obvious decision. We have last year’s MOP, Mike Reilly, a must start. On the other side we are going to see Winnipeg’s depth at the QB position, as Matt Nichols sits for up to 6 weeks. Streveler or Ross may be a gamble play to save some salary, but do we even know who to go with? Stay clear. *Edit – It’s going to be Streveler.  I say again, Stay Clear. Let’s give him some time.

Edmonton’s backkfield will be led by CJ Gable, who fit in great when he joined the team mid-season last year. Start him. Though I wouldn’t be surpised to see Shaq Cooper steal some carries, he looked sharp in pre-season. *Edit – Cooper to the practice squad!

Winnipeg’s situation behind the QB gets interesting. Andrew Harris is a typical must-start, but I’d like to see how the Bombers also utilize Tim Flanders and Kienan Lafrance this year. I can see many TDs vultured. *Edit – Flanders goes to the 6 game IR, eligable to return after 4 games. I think this increases Andrew Harris’ value.

Edmonton is loaded to the gills when it comes to the Wide Receiver position. Obvious starts include guys like Derel Walker and Vidal Hazelton. Will we see the emergence of Duke Williams in the slot with Adarius Bowman having moved on? *Edit Hazelton goes out to the WR position, Williams gets the Slot. Go with Williams!

Speaking of Adarius – now a BlueBomber; anyone out there believe in Revenge Games? No really though with Winnipeg’s strength at QB under question I would avoid this core all together for now. Darvin Adams and Weston Dressler’s value really takes a hit.

Toronto Argos @ Sask Roughriders

Ricky Ray is back for another season under centre for the Argo’s. He’s going to go up against what is expected to be a very tough defense in Regina. I would temper expecations with Ricky in the opener.

Is anyone else excited to see how Collaros will perform under a new offense? Ugly departure from Hamilton, I’m just not sure what to exepct going into this season.

Toronto has some depth in their backfield. James Wilder Jr emerged as a must-start-every-week last season. We saw flashes of brilliance from Martese Jackson, and even the FB position had a couple impactful performances. I’m going to call Jimmy Ralph the sleeper here, as he will be starting in the RB/SB role that Anthony Coombs saw decent usage last year.

An all-new and very crowded backfield is what we are dealing with in Saskatchewan. Messam would normally be a must start but we have to see how the Riders end up using guys like Tre Mason and Marcus Thigpen, former NFLers.  *Edit  It’s looking like Tre Mason is getting the start – if you’re playing daily fantasy, get him in your lineup. TSN has him at only $2500.  DK at $5400. *Update – Depth chart shows Messam getting the start with Mason as #2. I’m not convinced Messam is going to be a bellcow though. I’d avoid this backfield all together until some clarity is shown.

Hamilton Ti-Cats @ Calgary Stampeders

Masoli is expected to get the start for the Tiger Cats. How long until we see Manziel take over? If ever? His pre-season looked decent. Not amazing but not terrible at all. I think it’s all on how Masoli performs. I can see Manziel getting some short yardage and QB option plays to change things up.

Bo Levi Mitchel had, what I would call, an underwhelming Fantasy performance last season. I think a healthy Bo picks it back up this season. I’d start him for this game, going up against a defense that has not, historically, been good against Calgary. For this week in particular you are going to get great $ value out of him on daily fantasy.

Alex Green looks to hold the reigns for the Tiger Cats backfield. He seems like a solid start most weeks. Temper expecations week 1 against this Calgary Defense. *Update – Alex Green will miss at least 2 games due to a hand injury. James White gets the start. I would avoid. * Update 2 – Just released depth chart show Whitlock getting the start in the backfield for the TiCats.

Terry Williams has a chance to prove himself out of the Shadow of the departed Jerome Messam. Remember, Bo doesn’t run the ball, like, ever, so whoever is carrying it in Calgary should see decent success. *Update – Don Jackson appears as the #1 RB on the depth chart.

Hamilton has a ton of WR’s on the roster. Manziel likes to look for Damarr Aultmann. Look for Luke Tasker to continue his play. Brandon Banks is a more viable fantasy option when playing WR as well as Special Teams returner. Jalen Saunders had some breakout games last season and watch for Torrence Toliver to regain his effectiveness.

Montreal Alouettes @ BC Lions

Drew Willy has the chance to fully solidify himself as a starter in the CFL. Though his pre-season did not give me much confidence that Montreal is turning the corner. Avoid for now.

The situation isn’t much different in BC. Jonathan Jennings has a chance to regain his former stature in BC. I’ll be keeping a close eye, as Lulay lurks in the shadows.

Sutton will, once again lead the backfield for Montreal. For lack of better options, I actually like this play in Week 1.

BC’s backfield situation will be interesting. Last year we saw an every-other-game split between Jeremiah Johnson and Anthony Allen. This year will it be the same situation with JJ and newcomer Brandon Rutley? Until we know for sure I’m avoiding and going with Chris Rainey, special teams super hero!

The value of receivers in Montreal is really going to come down to how effective Drew Willy is. We have stars like BJ Cunningham, Ernest Jackson and speedster Chris Williams all looking to capitalize on available targets with the retirement of Nik Lewis.

In BC, we have the likes of Bryan Burnham and Manny Arceneaux. Start them.

Week 1: Start/Sit HeatMap

Start/Sit Heatmap is based on average performance at that position, versus strength/weakness of the current week’s matchup.
Green means start with confidence, Red means beware!

And since this is Week 1, this is mostly based on last year, with some manual adjustments, so keep that in mind!

Week 1: Starting Rosters

Note: All rosters are confirmed official one day before gameday, and will be updated as teams release their depth charts.

BC Lions ( confirmed ):
QB: Jonathon Jennings
RB: Jeremiah Johnson
FB: Lumbala
SB: Emmanuel Arceneaux, Bryan Burnham, Cory Watson
WR: Shaq Johnson, Ricky Collins Jr
PR, KR: Rainey, Johnson

Edmonton Eskimos ( confirmed ):
QB: Mike Reilly
RB: CJ Gable
FB: Calvin McCarty
SB: Duke Williams, Kenny Stafford
WR: Derel Walker, Vidal Hazelton
PR, KR: J. Smith

Calgary Stampeders ( confirmed ):
QB: Bo Levi Mitchell
RB: Jackson
FB: William Langlais
SB: Begelton, Kamar Jorden, Brescacin
WR: DaVaris Daniels, Marken Mitchel

Sask Roughriders ( confirmed ):
QB: Zach Collaros
RB: Jerome Messam
FB: Spencer Moore
SB: Naaman Roosevelt, Caleb Holley, Williams-Lambert
WR: Duron Carter, Stanford
PR, KR:

Winnipeg BlueBombers ( confirmed ):
QB: Chris Streveler
RB: Andrew Harris
FB: Miller
SB: Weston Dressler, Nic Demski, Adarius Bowman
WR: Darvin Adams, Wolitarsky
KR, PR: Kevi Fogg

Hamilton Ti-Cats ( confirmed ):
QB: Jeremiah Masoli
RB: Whitlock
FB:
SB: Felix Faubert-Lussier, Luke Tasker, Jalen Saunders
WR: Brandon Banks, Jones
PR, KR: Williams

Toronto Argos ( confirmed ):
QB: Ricky Ray
RB: James Wilder Jr
FB: Declan Cross
SB: SJ Green, Armanti Edwards, Jimmy Ralph
WR: Brian Tyms, Malcolm Williams
PR, KR: Martese Jackson

Ottawa RedBlacks ( projected ):
QB: Trevor Harris
RB: William Powell
FB: Brendan Gillanders
SB: Brad Sinopoli, Greg Ellingson
WR: Diontae Spencer, Julian Feoli-Gudino
PR, KR: Diontae Spencer

Montreal Alouettes ( confirmed ):
QB: Drew Willy
RB: Tyrell Sutton
FB: Lavoie
SB: BJ Cunningham, Ernest Jackson,
WR: Chris Williams, Eugene Lewis, Adekolu
KR,PR: Stefan Logan

2018 Week 1

It’s opening week!

We are kicking off the season Thursday night with the Edmonton Eskimos visiting the Winnipeg Bluebombers!

The week continues Friday night with the Argo’s in Regina to take on the Roughriders.

And then we’ll be treated to a Saturday night double-header with the Stampeders hosting the TigerCats, followed by the Lions hosting the Alouettes.

Since it’s week 1, it’s hard to put together Fantasy stats and projections with no data to work with.  With So many impactful changes in the off-season I don’t want to put up numbers based on last year. But we’ll still have GameTime Starting Rosters – as usual, teams post their Depth Charts 24 hours before game start time. And I’ll put up a less-than-ideal Start/Sit HeatMap just for fun.

Stay tuned in the coming weeks for Stats, Fantasy Points and Projections!

Good Luck, everyone!

Fantasy Relevant 46-man Rosters ( updated June 10 2018 ):

BC Lions
Edmonton Eskimos
Calgary Stampeders
Saskatchewan Roughriders
Winnipeg Bluebombers
Hamilton Tiger Cats
Toronto Argonauts
Ottawa RedBlacks
Montreal Alouettes