Week 9: Starting Rosters

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, Boldewijn, Burnham
RB: J.Johnson

Calgary Stampeders:

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

Edmonton Eskimos:

QB: Reilly
WR: Walker, Coehoorn
SB: Bowman, Getzlaf, Watson
RB: White

Sask Roughriders:

QB: Durant
WR: Roosevelt, Demski
SB: Holley, Collins, Bagg
RB: Lawrence

Winnipeg BlueBombers:

QB: Nichols
WR: K.Adams, Kohlert
SB: Denmark, Davis, Mayo
RB: Harris

Hamilton Ti-Cats:

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

Toronto Argos:

QB: Kilgore
WR: Spencer, Hazelton
SB: Shaw, Coombs, Elliott
RB: Whitaker

Ottawa RedBlacks:

QB: Burris
WR: Williams, Paden
SB: Jackson, Sinopoli, Ellingson
RB: Lafrance-Gillanders (tandem)

Montreal Alouettes:

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

Week 9: Fantasy Preview

Double-Double Header Weekend for CFL Fans!

We’ll see two games back-to-back Friday, and again on Saturday. Let’s get started!

Friday’s first game will feature Montreal vs Ottawa.

Montreal‘s QB matchup is likely the worst of the week. Montreal scoring the 2nd worst amount of FPTS at the QB position while Ottawa surrenders the least. Stay away from Kevin Glenn this weekend, the numbers don’t look good. Montreal‘s backfield, however, may be worth a gamble. Rutley has the same average FPTS as John White over his last 5 games. Ottawa is in the bottom half of the league in giving up FPTS to Running Backs.

Ottawa has the highest scoring FPTS for the QB and WR positions. However, Montreal is surprisingly good on Defense, surrendering the least amount of FPTS to WRs and 2nd least to QBs. I’d say those matchups are a gamble.

Friday’s late game will be Calgary vs BC.

Calgary gives up a lot to QBs and WRs but are very stingy against the run. The MOST stingy against the run, in fact. If you are choosing Fantasy players this week from the Lions I absolutely recommend QB Jennings, but I can’t get behind RB J.Johnson this week.

BC‘s defense gives up the 2nd fewest FPTS to the RB position, but I’m still high on Calgary RB Messam. Especially if Calgary gets a lead in the game and needs to wind the clock.

Saturday’s activities will kick off in the afternoon, with Toronto hosting Edmonton.

As great as John White has been, surprisingly Edmonton‘s RB core is scoring the 3rd fewest FPTS in the league. However, the Argos give up a ton to RBs, so I would still start White with confidence. As well as Bowman and Walker, of course, despite going up against the 3rd best Defense against Receivers.

Toronto is miserable at scoring FPTS at pretty much all positions except RB. Good thing Edmonton has a terrible Defense, currently surrendering the MOST points to QBs and WRs.

And Saturday night will wrap up the week with the TiCats hosting the Roughriders.

Sask is the worst at Defending the run. Hamilton, however, doesn’t run the ball much, so that will be an interesting matchup for CJ Gable. On the other side of the ball, I can’t recommend Kendial Lawrence either, as Hamilton is 3rd best against the run. I’m going to wrap up here by simply saying, stay away from this game. Exception, perhaps QB Collaros. All other numbers just don’t look inviting.

Other notes for the week:

Toronto is getting a bunch of injured receivers back this week. SB Kevin Elliot and WR Hazelton should all be a go this week.
Montreal’s Duron Carter will have his hearing this Wednesday. If his suspension is upheld, it will likely be against Winnipeg next week rather than Ottawa this week.
Ottawa has released RB Nic Grigsby. I haven’t heard for sure but it looks like Trayvon Van may be back from injury. *edit* This week will be a Lafrance-Gillanders tandem. Next week Van should be ready to go.

Winnipeg is on the Bye.

Week 9: Running Back Rankings

This week, Harris maintains his lead on the league and we see J.Johnson climb one spot past Whitaker.

Harris 24.25
Messam 22.29
White 20.71
Johnson 19.50
Whitaker 18.86
Rutley 17.50
Grigsby 16.00
Gable 13.57
Lafrance 6.14
Harrison 6.00
Lawrence 5.60
Coombs 5.50
Rainey 4.50
Beaulieu 3.00
Logan 2.00
Louks 2.00
Mccarty 1.83
Lumbala 1.00

Notes:
Ottawa has released RB Nic Grigsby. I haven’t heard for sure but it looks like Trayvon Van may be back from injury.

Week 9: Wide Receiver Rankings

With two huge games under his belt, we see Clarence Denmark take the top spot this week. Roosevelt climbs past Carter.

Denmark 41.00
Bowman 33.14
Walker 32.00
Williams 31.29
Roosevelt 25.00
Carter 23.86
Wylie 23.50
Shaw 23.33
Mcdaniel 23.14
Ellingson 22.86
Arceneaux 22.71
Sinopoli 21.86
Tasker 21.29
Fantuz 20.29
Burnham 20.00
Owens 19.29
Gore 19.14
Lewis 17.00
Toliver 16.75
Chambers 16.33
Jackson 16.29
Grant 15.60
Bagg 14.86
Mayo 14.75
Cunningham 14.50
Collins 14.43
Wilson 13.50
Lankford 13.00
Parker 12.14
Watson 11.14

Week 8: Fantasy Round-Up

Week 8 kicked off with the Edmonton Eskimos hosting the Montreal Alouettes on Thursday Night Football.

On the surface it looked like a defense battle that nobody predicted, especially from Edmonton. However, I, myself saw more floundering Offenses that stellar Defenses. Kevin Glenn never got things rolling, finishing with a poor 56 percent passing, 271 yards and two late interceptions. No TDs. And Mike Reilly, threw for 300 yards but also, no TDs.

Walker and Bowman, of course, would lead the way through the air for the Esks. 132 and 107 yards respectively. John White would carry 13 times for 66 yards on the ground, and 17 more yards through the air. Montreal‘s backfield was led by Rutley, 12 carries for 43 yards and 55 receiving yards. Carter was targeted 10 times but would only haul in 3 receptions. BJ Cunningham would lead the air attack, with 98 yards.

Friday Night we watched the Winnipeg Defense come up huge with 5 interception on the Toronto Argo’s, who played both Backup QB’s Kilgore and Fajardo. Combined the two would throw for 358 yards, two TD’s and the FIVE picks. Diontae Spencer, out of nowhere, would the favorite target hauling in 11 receptions for 146 yards and a TD.

But the night would belong to Clarence Denmark. Did I not tell you to keep your eyes on this guy? I hope you picked him up out of Free Agency. I did and he saved my weekend! 10 targets, 7 receptions, 195 yards and two TDs! Harris would also have a great night in the backfield, 123 yards and a Major score on 19 carries.

Saturday Night Football started with a low scoring affair between Calgary and Saskatchewan.

Durant looked decent, throwing for 267 yards and adding 74 yards of his own on the ground. Roosevelt would again lead the way through the air for the Roughriders, 8 receptions for 79 yards. Mitchel Gale would have the lone TD on the ground for the ‘Riders.

Not a rich Fantasy night for Bo Levi Mitchell, 298 yards and an interception with no TDs. McDaniel would haul in 8 passes for 110 yards. Messam with a decent 113 all purpose yards and Calgary’s only TD of the game.

And finally we saw the return of Zach Collaros, as the TiCats took on the Lions.

It was a rough start for Collaros, but he would eventually find his rhythm in the second half. He would finish with 331 yards, two scores and a single pick in the losing effort. Owens would rack up 95 yards, and Tasker would add 86 with a TD.

For BC, Jennings continued his winning ways, 306 yards and three TDs. Arceneaux would be found for two of those scores and 105 yards. J.Johnson would rush for 62 yards and two TDs.

Week 8: Running Back Projections

Experimental Projections! I am still tweaking and tuning the math and logic to come up with these numbers. Based on average performance-to-date versus strength/weakness of matchup.

White 24.30
Messam 22.10
Harris 22.00
Whitaker 19.20
Rutley 12.50
Johnson 11.80
Gable 10.87
Harrison 8.32
Coombs 7.68
Lawrence 7.47
Beaulieu 3.38
Rainey 3.12
Mccarty 2.57
Louks 2.10
Logan 1.80
Lumbala 0.60

 

Week 8: Depth Charts / Starting Rosters

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, Boldewijn, Burnham
RB: J.Johnson

Calgary Stampeders:

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

Edmonton Eskimos:

QB: Reilly
WR: Walker, Coehoorn
SB: Bowman, Getzlaf, Watson
RB: White

Sask Roughriders:

QB: Durant
WR: Roosevelt, Demski
SB: Lankford, Collins, Bagg
RB: Lawrence

Winnipeg BlueBombers:

QB: Nichols
WR: K.Adams, Kohlert
SB: Denmark, Davis, Mayo
RB: Harris

Hamilton Ti-Cats:

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

Toronto Argos:

QB: Kilgore
WR: Spencer, Wylie
SB: Shaw, Coombs, Miles
RB: Whitaker

Ottawa RedBlacks:

QB: Burris
WR: Williams, Paden
SB: Jackson, Sinopoli, Ellingson
RB: Grigsby

Montreal Alouettes:

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

Week 8: Running Back Rankings

This week we see Harris remain on top. Messam jumps up three positions. J.Johnson, back from Injury replaces Allen on the charts. Lawrence remains the only Sask Backfielder currently ranked.

Harris 23.29
Messam 21.67
White 21.67
Whitaker 20.17
Johnson 18.00
Rutley 16.20
Grigsby 16.00
Gable 12.67
Lawrence 7.00
Harrison 6.40
Coombs 6.40
Lafrance 6.14
Rainey 5.20
Beaulieu 3.75
Mccarty 1.83
Lumbala 1.00