Edmonton Eskimos @ Montreal Alouettes
I don’t think there’s much needed to be said about the Number One QB in the league going up against the absolute worst Defense in the league. In salary leagues, Mike Reilly is tough to afford. But he is a must start.
It is projected that CJ Gable will play this week, having last week as a Bye giving him time to recover from a helmet-to-helmet shot. Surprisingly, Montreal is currently 3rd best against backfields. Looking deeper at the numbers though, I recommend this start. Indeed Montreal only gave up 10 to Sask and 14 to Calgary, but also gave 36 to Winnipeg and 26 to Ottawa. Gable will get it done as Edmonton tries to control the game in the 2nd half.
Derel Walker has fallen slightly off pace with team mate Duke Williams, however both can be considered great starts. Try to get at least one of these guys in your lineup, against the worst Defense to receivers.
At the Montreal pivot position, we have some big news to talk about. Johnny Manziel has been traded to Montreal. Will he start Week 7? No, he’s only had a couple days practice. He may play a handful of snaps however, likely on what limited playbook he’s been able to learn. Regardless, you’re not starting anyone here, not yet, anyways.
Sutton has really been the only dependable Fantasy player for the Alouettes. Even against a stout Calgary Defense, he still surprised with 15 FPTS. Edmonton happens to be right shat against backfields. Worst in the league, actually. Sutton might be a sneaky value play this week.
BJ Cunningham has double-digit FPTS in his last four games. But barely. We’re talking 11’s here. Not enough in PPR. No one else worth mentioning for Montreal receivers with the departure of Chris Williams, involved in the Manziel trade. No recommended starts against the Edmonton secondary giving up the 3rd fewest FPTS in the league.
Toronto Argos @ Winnipeg BlueBombers
Matt Nichols rankings don’t look great on paper, as he has only played 3 games so far, and two of them were fantasy stinkers. But I think he’s your QB lock this week at his low salary. In the first game against TO he gave us 24 FPTS. Toronto gives up the 2nd most to QBs.
Andrew Harris. His salary is huge but you have to get him in there. Far and away the number one RB, especially in PPR formats. Commissioners who drafted him in season-long leagues are laughing their way into the playoffs.
Nichols to Darvin Adams is pretty much playing out the same way it did last year. Adams is still affordable in salary leagues, for now. Take advantage. Dressler is more inconsistent than I’m comfortable with. Demski could be a good value play. You need a Bomber receiver on your team this week, against a TO defense giving up the 2nd most to the position.
By now I was hoping to be able to start recommending a James Franklin start. But I can’t. He’s just not getting it done. There’s issues with this team, not all QB related.
In what kind of world does James Wilder Jr get held to negative yards? 42 yards receiving on 6 catches salvaged a real stinker last week. Previous to that were two 20+ FPTS performances. Winnipeg is middle-of-the-road against backfields. *Update, JWJ lower body injury in practice. But will start. Buyer beware!
And I have no recommendations for WR starts from Toronto. SJ Green has only gotten it done once this year. Everyone else, every week puts up single digits. Not the way to make it into Fantasy lineups.
Ottawa RedBlacks @ Hamilton Ti-Cats
Trevor Harris has been quite up-and-down so far this season but I think he finds his groove and gets it going more consistently. When he’s on his game, he’s giving owners 20+ FPTS. Ti-Cats look to be good against QBs this year, but two of those games were against the Roughriders who haven’t been able to score QB FPTS this season.
William Powell is looking to be a versatile RB. He looked a lot like Andrew Harris last week, getting involved in the passing game racking up valuable PPR points. This week he’ll face the Ti-Cats front line, 4th best in the league against backs. I actually think there are better matchups to be found this week.
For RedBlack receivers, Ellingson looks to have regressed a bit from last year but as Harris warms up, Ellingson will find his. Sinopoli has made headlines with two monster games ( to go along with three mediocre ones ). And Spencer has not found what he had last year. In what could be a barn-burner, you’ll want one of these guys in your lineup. Hamilton, however, is currently 2nd best in the league against WRs.
With Johnny Manziel shipped out of town, Masoli is the clear number one for the Tabbys. A stinker last week as he was trying to break a CFL passing record shouldn’t discourage. Masoli should be back to form against the RedBlacks defense currently 4th best against QBs.
Now. Hamilton’s RB situation. John White took the reigns last week and gave us a mediocre performance on a value salary. Should he be the starter again this week you have a great value play on your hands. There’s upside, with some risk as Hamilton has used a handful of RBs and it’s not always clear who is getting the bulk of the carries.
Saunders. Banks. Tasker. Toliver. All these guys are getting opportunity. Banks then Saunders lead in targets and targets are opportunity and opportunity leads to FPTS. I especially like the Saunders start at his TSN salary. He’ll face an Ottawa defense not very good against Wide Outs, giving up the 3rd most to WRs. *UPDATE both Tasker and Toliver are doubtful to start. Rashad Lawrence saw 8 targets in Tasker’s absence last week and Chris Williams looks to start in place of Toliver.
Calgary Stampeders @ Sask Roughriders
Bo Levi came off a knee injury to handle Montreal in standard Bo fashion, delivering exactly the average FPTS he’s been doing so far this year. If that knee is still hampering him a bit, I can see a regression against a Sask defense that should be able to get more pressure on him. Sask is 2nd best in the league against opposing QBs.
Last week wasn’t a good week for any Calgary RB. Don Jackson broke a string of 14 FPTS performances with a bit of a stinker. I’m looking elsewhere this week against a Roughriders defense giving up the 2nd fewest FPTS to backfields.
Eric Rogers is gold. Start him. Kamar Jorden too. Everyone else is a little too inconsistent to be called a lock, but opportunity exists. Rogers is averaging one TD per game, 19 FPTS per. Jordan is getting 8 targets per game, turning that into 16 FPTS every week.
Ah, the Chris Jones offense. No way in hell you can start a Sask QB against any team, let alone this scary Calgary Defense, best in the league.
And the only backfield more of a mess than Hamilton is here in Regina. Tre Mason. Jerome Messam. Marcus Thigpen. They are all getting use. But who can predict when? Messam started the season strong, barely used weeks 3-5, then 15 carries week 6. Mason has usage every week, but not enough to be fantasy relevant. Thigpen has two decent games this season, but has a ceiling of only 5 carries per game. Avoid.
And I’m pretty much avoiding all Sask receivers as well, until one of two things happens – they figure out their QB shit, or Duron Carter returns. This week they face that Calgary Defense best in the league so I’m avoiding no matter what – Duron Carter was practicing with the offense this week!