Week 7: Fantasy Preview

Here’s what I’m paying attention to for Week 7:

League stand-out rusher Andrew Harris will try to build on a huge performance last week. Kicking off the early week on Wednesday he’ll have his hands full against a Hamilton Defense currently giving up the fewest FPTS to the backfield.

Thursday night we’ll see Montreal try to keep their recent success going. Currently the highest FPTS scoring backfield, they’ll go up against a strong BC Defense, giving up the 2nd fewest FPTS to rushers.

Thursday’s double-header continues with the Stampeders versus the Roughriders. The ‘Riders are really struggling this year. Watch for the Stamps to get out to an early lead, and the duo of Messam and Harrison rack up the FPTS in the second half.

And finally the week will wrap up with two of the best offenses in the league going head-to-head. Ottawa currently scores the most FPTS at the QB position, 2nd most at WR and 3rd most at RB. If Burris can bounce back from a poor Week 6 performance, look for Ottawa to take advantage of a Edmonton D which currently surrenders the most FPTS to QB’s and WR’s. However, watch for Edmonton‘s offense to fire back, scoring the most FPTS at the WR position and 2nd most amoungst QB’s.

The Toronto Argonauts will be on the Bye.

Week 6: Fantasy Round-Up

Week 6 was kicked off on Thursday night when the Eskimos hosted the Bluebombers.

I don’t think anyone thought for a second that the ‘Bombers would stay in this game, let alone have a chance to steal a win. But they did just that, in convincing style. Harris was back to his true form, racking up 127 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries. Adams would lead the way for receivers – 12 targets, 10 receptions for 121 yards and a major score. Dressler started off the game with 111 yards on 6 receptions, but would not return in the second half due to injury. Something we’ll be keeping an eye on!

The Eskimos offense would find some life in the second half, but it was not enough. Full Back Calvin McCarty would rush one time, but that one time would steal a touchdown from Fantasy favorite, John White. White would still finish with over 80 all purpose yards on the night, including 8 receptions. Sophomore receiver Derel Walker would have a big night in the losing effort, 15 targets, 11 receptions for 148 yards and a score.

Friday Night Football got us started with the Montreal Alouettes hosting the Sask Roughriders.

This game would also surprise fans, turning out to be a completely one-sided affair. Montreal‘s Defense would really stick it to the struggling ‘Riders who would only manage a field goal all night. Roosevelt and Chambers would combine for less than 140 yards in the air. Steele was a no-show, instead the backfield was manned by a DyerWalter tandem. Both putting up Fantasy irrelevant points.

Montreal, however would have their most productive game of the season. Glenn would throw at 70 percent with two touchdowns. Rutley would go over 100 all purpose yards, and Duron Carter would lead the way for Receivers with 8 receptions on 10 targets, 115 yards and a score.

The Friday Night Double-Header would continue with a thrilling come-from-behind win by the Stamps over the Lions.

Mitchell, throwing for the Stamps would rack up 364 yard and three Touchdowns, to Jennnings equally impressive 374 yards and three scores. Messam would run up 90 yards of offense, yet surrenders the major score to fellow backfielder, Harrison.

Arceneaux and Burnham would lead the way through the air for the Lions, with 128 and 139 yards respectively.

And we finished up the week with another surprising game when the league-best RedBlacks fell to the Toronto Argos.

Burris‘ first game back since Week 1 would be a tough one for him, he definitely showed some signs of rust, throwing at only 58 percent, 218 yards, a single Touchdown and two Picks. Chris Williams would be targeted most but only put up 55 yards to Sinopoli‘s 69.

Kilgore got his first start for the injured Ricky Ray, and would put up 322 yards, one Touchdown and two Picks. Whitaker would add over a hundred yards on the ground and through the air. Kenny Shaw continued to impress, going 11 for 6 for 107 and a major score.

Week 7 will kick off early, Wednesday night with Hamilton vs Winnipeg. Thanks for joining me for Week 6!

Week 6: Daily Fantasy Advice

Let’s jump right into this thing and take a look at where we can find value in Daily Fantasy.

Obviously everyone wants to have Mike Reilly and Adarius Bowman in your lineup. But at their current values, it would be difficult filling out the rest of your lineup while staying in budget.

For this exercise, let’s pretend Reilly and Bowman don’t exist. We can find some great value further down the list.

At the QB position this week, I’m going with Mitchell Gale. In relief of Darian Durant, he has put up some solid numbers and is currently great value, 9th most valuable QB on Draft Kings.

For my RB I was deciding between Anthony Allen, or John White. I’m going with White as he has the better matchup facing Winnipeg who surrenders a lot of FPTS to the RB position.

At the Receiver position I found two guys currently riding a hot streak, and have decent matchups too. McDaniel has been the undisputed WR1 for the Stamps and Weston Dressler is just coming off his best game of the season, getting better and better as the season goes on.

At this point I like to go ahead and grab my Defense. The weakest of the positions, I like to get this one out of the way so I can really focus on the Flex spots. BC is currently putting up the most Defensive FPTS, but I wouldn’t expect that to continue this week against Calgary. I’m going with the Roughriders, against a struggling Montreal offense. Another safe bet would be any Defense starting against a backup QB this week.

Now, we’ve made some pretty good selections here and have a decent budget to finish up with our two Flex spots. Finding value as we have above, we can now afford to grab Brandon Whitaker AND Nic Grigsby for those Flex spots. Whitaker has the 2nd best RB matchup in the league this week, and Ottawa has the best.

I think this is a pretty solid lineup. What do you think? Share your comments or your Daily Fantasy Lineup in the comments below!

Week 6: Fantasy Preview

We are going to get Week 6 started on Thursday night with the Eskimos versus the Bluebombers.

If the Esks can figure out how to play a full four quarters, watch out. Their offense is extremely powerful. Look for Bowman and Walker to have a field day against a Winnipeg Defense that gives up the 2nd most FPTS to the Wide Receiver position. If Edmonton builds up a big lead, which is expected, watch for John White to accumulate backfield touches, against the Winnipeg D who surrenders the 3rd most FPTS in the league to Backs.

Edmonton‘s Defense, however, is not any better. They currently give up the league’s most FPTS to Quarterbacks AND Wide Receivers. Can backup Matt Nichols take advantage? Let’s also keep an eye on last year’s leading Rusher, Andrew Harris. He had a below average performance in Week 5, and will look to bounce back. Not the greatest matchup for him, but I still have him Projected at 16 FPTS for the week.

Saskatchewan and Montreal, both holding records of 1 and 3 on the season, will meet up on Friday Night.

Curtis Steele has had two bad weeks in a row. Let’s look for him to turn it around against a Montreal Defense that gives up the league’s most FPTS to Running Backs. This is the most favourable matchup of the week for Running Backs. On paper, anyways.

What can be said about Montreal? Not much. Leagues worst Fantasy performing Quarterbacks, second worst Receivers and fourth worst Running Backs. Rutley, however, seems to look better and better as the season goes on. I have him projected this week to make 15 FPTS.

Second part of the Friday Night Double-Header features BC Lions versus Calgary Stampeders.

Somehow, BC currently holds the best defensive Fantasy Points Against across all three positions – QB, RB and WR. However, they’re in for a touch match against a Stamps offense that has recently found their groove.

Calgary gives up a lot of FPTS to both Quarterbacks and Receivers. We’ll watch for Jennings and Arceneaux to take advantage, well rested coming off their Bye week.

And we’ll finish up Week 6 with Toronto versus Ottawa.

What would normally be a one-sided affair, may be unpredictable with the status of both Quarterbacks up in the air. Toronto is currently next to last in Quarterback FPTS scored, and dead last in WR FPTS scored. Their Backfield, however, has been the lone standout. Watch for Whitaker to continue his recent success.

Ottawa‘s offense is currently best in the league. With a possible change at QB, we’ll see if they can continue to lead the way. My eyes will be on Chris Williams, who has only been able to score single-digit FPTS for two weeks in a row now.

The Hamilton TigerCats are on the Bye.

Week 6: 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, Watson
RB: White

Sask Roughriders:

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

Winnipeg BlueBombers:

QB: Nichols
WR: Adams, Kohlert
SB: Davis, Dressler, Sheppard
RB: Harris

Hamilton Ti-Cats:

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

Toronto Argos:

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

Ottawa RedBlacks:

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

Montreal Alouettes:

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

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