Week 6 was a bit of a crapshoot. We had some things go right in a big way, but then we also had some things really blow up in our face. My highest finish in the $10 was 10th, so I will take that as a hard fought victory. Week 7 sets the stage with one mega-matchup and several situations that should be fantasy friendly.
The Calgary defense came through in a huge way last week, and may potentially have a better matchup this week against a hapless Jonathan Jennings led Ottawa team. They are the top defense on the slate despite their high price tag. Nick Arbuckle was awful for the most part last week. The price goes up a little, and the matchup stays roughly the same. I cannot advocate the full on fade, but I would hope this has bounce-back spot written all over it.
Ka’deem Carey will once again be a running back I target, despite the fact that the matchup is not terrific. Still, I think this is a game Calgary will dominate, and we have not seen that situation with him as the starting back. If that is the case, I would expect the biggest game from him yet this year. Calgary wide receivers broke hearts last week when Eric Rogers and Reggie Begelton did nothing. It was all Juwan Brescacin, and I do not believe it will continue to be that way. I think it will be another slam Calgary week in your lineups, but I am just not sure how viable that is going to be. Markeith Ambles was a write-off last week, but with his price dropping, I don’t hate the idea of using him sparingly. I am willing to go back to the well on Rogers and Bagelton as well.
I cannot buy into Ottawa’s defense this week. Toronto had some licks on Nick Arbuckle, but I do not think that is going to be par for the course. On the flip side of the ball, Jonathan Jennings looked off-sync with the entire team. I cannot advocate playing him, even at his price, against potentially the best defense in the league.
If Mossis Madu misses again this week, I do not mind using John Crockett at his price. If he seems a similar level of work, with the bonus potential of getting into the end zone, he will crush his price. Of course you cannot love the matchup, but I think it is worth considering in all formats. I would monitor the RJ Harris news moving closer to game time, but if he is in, I would consider him somewhat. If he misses, I would likely go back to Noel Thomas. Not a lot of love for this team.
Despite the fact that they turnover the ball like crazy and struggle scoring (a lot) of points, this Toronto team is not awful for fantasy purposes. I do not hate the Eskimos defense this week, but I think this team is going to find their stride soon, and I think it could be this week. With Calgary just $100 more, I think that is the route I will take. McLeod Bethel-Thompson is a tough read. I doubt he has super high upside unless he can manage 350 yards and 4 touchdowns, but I will take some shares just in case this is the week.
The work that James Wilder Jr. does in the passing game makes him viable each and every week. At just $7k, I feel like he is a great tournament option and someone I will be relying on heavily this week. Last week, we pegged the Armanti Edwards game, and while I do not hate him this week, I am going back to the well on Derel Walker. Though expensive, he has elite production upside and if this game stays close, it will likely be because of his involvement. SJ Green could find a breakout game at some point, but he is priced in a position where I am not very excited about his projection.
While Montreal was able to hold Edmonton down last week, I think this is a bounce back spot for them, so no Toronto defense for me. Trevor Harris had what will likely be his worst game of the year, and at his decreased price, I will be fully back on board this week.
Outside of the first week of the season, CJ Gable has been somewhat disappointing, but really, he was a touchdown away from being the top of top 2 fantasy play at the position this week. I bet they game plan to have him more heavily involved this week and will be someone I try to go overweight on. Greg Ellingson was majorly inefficient last week, and I would bet against that being the case two weeks in a row. Behind him, all of DaVaris Daniels, Ricky Collins Jr., and Kenny Stafford can have a blanket thrown over them as any of them can bust out and have a big game. I think I like Edmonton more than Calgary this week, as I expect this game to stay much closer. DEPTH CHART UPDATE: CJ Gable and DaVaris Daniels hit the IR. Gable’s backup, Shaq Cooper, as of now is not in the DK player pool. It is possible he gets added in like Ka’Deem Carey did a few weeks back and he is probably going to be the top RB play on the slate. Daniels hitting the IR means a lot for both Kenny Stafford and Tevaun Smith as the outside guys who could get the deep shots. It affects Ellingson and Collins as well, but I think it affects the other two more.
Winnipeg Blue Bombers
This matchup against Hamilton could be somewhat defensive, but for the most part, I am siding with Hamilton here, so no Winnipeg defense this week. Matt Nichols is a game manager, but this is a week where he could be utilized, as I believe they will have to throw the ball a lot. He should be very under-owned and is someone I will take some shots on.
Andrew Harris STILL has not had the blow-up game and I am unsure about how I feel about him this week. The upside is clearly there, as he can amass a ton of dump off passes if they are behind. That price, though. I will definitely take some shots. Their receiving unit is interesting. Chris Matthews was stabbed (yes you read that right) last weekend, and Nic Demski has not practiced after leaving the game on Friday. This leaves us with Darvin Adams, Lucky Whitehead, Drew Wolitarski and Kenny Lawler, who was one of our big wins last week. I would probably be lowest on Wolitarski but recognize anything can happen here. I could see Adams get a ton of work, Whitehead get some deep shots or Lawler get fed while the defense focuses on everyone else. For that reason, I am basically looking at all of these guys as GPP options only.
Hamilton gets their toughest test to date with a Winnipeg offense that can be best described as efficient. I think this will likely be a different story than their game with Calgary, so I expect the Hamilton defense to struggle a bit. On the flip side, this is a very tough matchup for Jeremiah Masoli. The good news for him is that he has his full cast of characters, outside of Sean Thomas-Erlington. With his price as high as it is, I do think we could see lower ownership than normal, making this an excellent spot for tournaments.
Maleek Irons is dirt cheap on DK and I feel like he is an automatic in the player pool this week. His ceiling is probably around 10 with an upside of around 20 if he scores. With the need for value each and every week, this is not a situation to ignore. Anthony Coombs was invisible prior to their bye week and provides a truly confusing situation to try to solve. I will play little to none unless I hear reports to the contrary. Brandon Banks is awesome and will get chances to win you a tournament this week and is someone I am willing to buy into this week. Bralon Addison appears to be the #2, but is going to be heavily touchdown dependent at that price. Luke Tasker is not in the same role yet as we have seen in times past, so I feel like it is a smart move to just pass on him here.
The Lions are not a good defensive team unless they get a cupcake matchup, so this is a time I will not use them. I can see this being a situation where Fajardo does better this week than last, so at his price, I am totally fine taking some shots on him.
It definitely appears as if there is no real interest in involving William Powell right now, so unless they drop his price to like $6.5k, I cannot see buying too heavily in. I’ll take a few shots but he will be my lowest owned RB if I even end up playing him. The passing game appears to revolve around Shaq Evans and Kyrian Moore so those should be your main focus on the RoughRiders. I could see taking some shots on Naaman Roosevelt or Manny Arceneaux, but for the most part, these guys are very low on my list of interest this week.
I think that the RoughRiders defense has another high upside week against an offensive line that cannot stop anyone. It is cheap again and will likely be one of the two defense I am going to play. Mike Reilly showed life last week, and a trip home could help, but this team is now on their 7th straight week while I believe everyone else has taken a bye week. Will that impact them? Time will tell. I think there is some upside there, but it is tough to want to go here with Trevor Harris a bit cheaper in a better matchup.
After the game started last week, the BC Lions decided they would let us know that it would be Brandon Rutley over John White, but it didn’t matter as they both sucked. If we get word on who is starting I do have some interest, though. Bryan Burnham came close to the game I am waiting for him to have and I am going back to the well this week. Lemar Durant appears to be dead now, but Duron Carter is coming back to life. He has sky high talent so I will remain with some interest. Shaq Johnson at $4.8k has some appeal as well, but he will likely need to score to really make a huge impact this week.