Week 6: Running Back Rankings

Week 6 sees Whitaker climbs one spot over Grigsby. Messam up one and Rutley up two pushing Steele down three spots.

NAME This Week Last Week
Harris 23.40 26.25
White 23.25 24.33
Whitaker 19.80 21.00
Grigsby 19.67 21.50
Allen 19.50 19.50
Messam 17.75 16.33
Rutley 15.00 11.50
Steele 13.43 18.00
Gable 12.40 13.75
Harrison 6.00 6.33
Rainey 5.33 5.33
Coombs 5.20 3.25
Beaulieu 1.67 1.67
Lumbala 1.00 1.00
Louks 1.00 N/A
Mccarty 0.25 0.33

Week 6: Wide Receiver Rankings

Williams surrenders the top spot to Bowman. Roosevelt climbs one spot. Fantuz and Tasker both move up the chart.

NAME This Week Last Week
Bowman 41.00 42.33
Williams 35.60 43.75
Walker 34.75 31.00
Roosevelt 32.50 26.67
Sinopoli 25.20 19.75
Ellingson 24.80 28.75
Mcdaniel 24.00 22.33
Carter 23.75 20.67
Fantuz 23.00 20.25
Gore 21.75 21.75
Adams 21.60 20.25
Tasker 21.60 17.25
Wylie 21.00 N/A
Lewis 20.50 19.33
Owens 20.20 21.50
Collins 19.25 20.33
Shaw 18.40 15.25
Hazelton 18.00 20.75
Grant 17.50 N/A
Gurley 17.00 17.00
Arceneaux 16.25 16.25
Watson 16.25 16.33
Davis 16.00 17.75
Chiles 15.33 15.33
Dressler 15.00 9.50
Jackson 14.80 15.25
Parker 14.25 9.33
Burnham 14.00 14.00
Underwood 14.00 14.00
Bagg 13.25 15.33
Smith 13.25 13.25

Week 5: Fantasy Round-Up

Week 5 got us started with the Winnipeg BlueBombers hosting the Calgary Stampeders.

Winnipeg was clearly out-matched by Bo Levi and the Stampeders high-flying offense. Calgary, and in particular McDaniel, had a huge first half, then slowed the pace in the second making room for Messam to accumulate touches and Fantasy Points. McDaniel would finish with 29 FPTS and Messam with 22.

The Bluebombers trailed all game long which really took Andrew Harris out of the game. He would finish the evening well below his league average, with a mere 12 FPTS – 6 targets, 4 receptions for 27 yards in the air, 10 carries for 28 yards on the ground. Matt Nichols entered the game in relief of Drew Willy, hoping for a change of pace. Both QB’s combined for 24 FPTS, compared to Bo Levi‘s 36. Weston Dressler was the lone stand-out performance for the Bombers, targeted 15 times for 12 receptions, 118 yards, a touchdown and one fumble lost. Finishing with 37 FPTS.

The Week continued with Ottawa versus Sask on Friday Night Football.

It ended up being The Battle Of The Backups. Mitchel Gale started for the Roughriders over the injured Durant. And on Ottawa’s first possession, Trevor Harris was taken down awkwardly, opening the door for Brock Jensen. Gale would go 21/36, 354 yards and a touchdown for 25 FPTS. Jensen showed promise, throwing at 69 percent and 2 touchdowns, 32 FPTS. His favorite target would be Brad Sinopoli, 156 yards and both touchdowns. Naaman Roosevelt would lead the way for the Roughriders in their upset victory, 10 targets, 8 receptions, 182 yards and a TD – 50 FPTS!

Any other Fantasy owners of Chris Williams getting worried? 52 FPPG average over this first three games. In his last two games? 10.5 FPPG. Trade him? Ride it out? What do you think?

Saturday night gave us a thrilling come-from-behind victory from the Hamilton TigerCats over the Edmonton Eskimos.

It looked like Reilly and Bowman were going to be the only show in town, but really fizzled out in the second half. Reilly went 32/42, 354 yards and 3 touchdowns. Finishing 42 FPTS. Walker and Bowman combining for a monsterous 83 FPTS had Esks owners quite impressed.

Masoli and the ‘Cats found traction in the latter half of the game, scoring 31 unanswered points for the win. Masoli would go 31/38 including 23 in a row, a CFL record. 391 yards and 3 TDs for 46 FPTS. He spread the ball around but Luke Tasker was targeted most, 11 times for 11 receptions, 146 yards, good enough for 39 FPTS.

It was a slow start for offenses on Monday evening when the Argos hosted the Alouettes.

But eventually they both found some rhythm, and it ended up being an entertaining game. Montreal never trailed by too much, always kept in the game with Kevin Glenn back at the helm. He would finish with 26 FPTS on 285 yards and a single touchdown. That touchdown, to Montreal leading receiver, Duron Carter, who would add 124 yards on 8 targets and 6 receptions.

Ricky Ray would score a season high 41 FPTS, throwing at 85 percent for 235 yards and 3 major scores. Whitaker would take most the backfield touches but Coombs would steal the Fantasy Points providing a touchdown for the Argos. 15 and 13 FPTS respectively. Kenny Shaw would be the Receiver stand-out, going 9 for 9 for 86 yards and a touchdown, 31 FPTS.

Thanks for joining me for Week 5!

Week 5: Receiver Stats

Target Leaders:

ARCENEAUX 40
OWENS 37
WILLIAMS 36
BOWMAN 36
ELLINGSON 33
ROOSEVELT 32
ADAMS 31
HARRIS 30
TASKER 28
DAVIS 28

Reception Leaders:

WILLIAMS 31
HARRIS 26
BOWMAN 25
ELLINGSON 25
TASKER 24
SINOPOLI 23
FANTUZ 23
OWENS 22
ROOSEVELT 22
GORE 22

Yards Leaders:

WILLIAMS 556
ELLINGSON 439
BOWMAN 432
WALKER 354
GORE 341
ROOSEVELT 295
OWENS 280
ADAMS 273
SINOPOLI 266
FANTUZ 263

Touchdown Leaders:

WILLIAMS 6
BOWMAN 3
HAZELTON 3
OWENS 2
ADAMS 2
FANTUZ 2
MCDANIEL 2
CHILES 2
BAGG 2

Week 5: Fantasy Preview

Welcome to Week 5, I hope you’re as excited as I am!

Week 5 will kick off on Thursday Night with the Stampeders taking on the Bluebombers.

Winnipeg currently gives up the third most points to Quarterbacks, and the second most points to Receivers. They are however, better at stopping the run, giving up the 3rd fewest points to the backfield.

Calgary’s defense has not yet found it’s rhythm, sitting in the bottom three FPA in all categories. But look for their offense to run up the score against a mediocre Winnipeg D. Also keep an eye League-leading rusher, Andrew Harris, averaging over 26 FPPG.

The weekend continues Friday night when the Roughriders take on the RedBlacks.

Ottawa currently sits atop the average FPPG in all categories. The Roughriders shake the Magic 8 Ball – Outlook Not Good. We’ll have to wait and see the status Durant and Chambers.

Saturday night will see the Eskimos battle the TigerCats.

Edmonton’s defense showed some signs of life but according to the numbers, they currently give up the league’s most points to Quarterbacks and Receivers. The Eskimos offense looks dangerous, however Hamilton currently has the best record in the league against QB and RB, and second best against WR positions.

Finally we wait for Monday night to close the week with Montreal versus Toronto.

Duron Carter, controversial wide-out for the Alouettes, will be on the field as his 1-game suspension appeal won’t be until mid-August. Look for Toronto’s backfield to continue it’s recent success against a Montreal D that has allowed the most fantasy points to Running Backs.

The BC Lions will be on the bye.

FPPG – Fantasy Points Per Game
FPA – Fantasy Points Against

Week 5: Fantasy Must Starts

Must Start: Start Of The Week:

First Place:
Brandon Whitaker, Toronto Argonauts, Running Back
No really, follow along with me here.
Despite a slow Week 1, Whitaker has averaged over 25 FPPG over his last three contests. I have him ranked 3rd overall for Week 5 at the position. He’ll go up against a Montreal Defense that currently gives up the most FPPG to Running Backs.

Runner Up:
Andrew Harris, Winnipeg Bluebombers Running Back
Okay, maybe this one is obvious.
But the numbers support the start. Winnipeg currently scores the 2nd most Fantasy Points at the Running Back position, with Andrew Harris being the Fantasy leader in the backfield over second place John White. Harris goes up against a Calgary Defense that needs some work, currently surrendering the second most points to Running Backs.

Podium Finish:
Chris Williams, Receiver, Ottawa RedBlacks
Despite his last week’s lower than expected performance, look for Chris Williams to bounce back in a huge way. He currently leads the league in Fantasy Points by receivers, and goes up against a Saskatchewan Defense that has given up the 3rd most points to the position.

Special Consideration:
Adarius Bowman, Receiver, Edmonton Eskimos
Duh.

Week 5: Depth Chart

Official team starting rosters are released 24 hours prior to gametime. I’ll update this as rosters are released. Otherwise this is the most recent information from previous games.

BC Lions:

QB: Jennings
WR: Gore, Iannuzzi
SB: Arceneaux, Moore(Out), Burnham
RB: Allen

Calgary Stampeders:

QB: Mitchell
WR: Wilson, Parker
SB: Grant, McDaniel
RB: Messam

Edmonton Eskimos:

QB: Reilly
WR: Walker Adjei
SB: Bowman, Getzlaf
RB: White

Sask Roughriders:

QB: Gale
WR: Roosevelt, Demski
RB: Chiles, Bagg, Collins
RB: Steele

Winnipeg BlueBombers:

QB: Willy
WR: Adams, Kohlert
SB: Mayo, Davis, Dressler
RB: Harris

Hamilton Ti-Cats:

QB: Masoli
WR: Toliver, Watt
SB: Tasker, Fantuz, Owens
RB: Gable

Toronto Argos:

QB: Ray
WR: Hazelton, Wylie
SB: Shaw, Coombs, Bates
RB: Whitaker

Ottawa RedBlacks:

QB: Harris
WR: Williams, Harty
SB: Jackson, Sinopoli, Ellingson
RB: Grigsby

Montreal Alouettes:

QB: Glenn
WR: Carter, Giguere
SB: Cunningham, Lewis
RB: Rutley