This Week in the CFL - Aug 29th

B.C. @ Toronto

Now that he has been banished as the teams official holder maybe Copeland can go back to doing what he has done so well throughout his career, catching the freakin ball! Jermaine has stated its time for the offence to start going through him more. Let's see if this former all-pro can back up his words on Thursday night.

Arland Bruce III: Revenge is a dish best served in the end zone, I forget exactly what the line was about from Star Trek but I'm fairly certain they talking about this enigmatic wide-out. After putting up a mere 104 yards in four games for Hamilton Bruce was shipped off to the Lions. Not sure if it was the wake up call that he needed but in his last game Arland did scotch the Eskimos for 129 yards and two scores. Now Bruce gets to take on his "other" former team. I'm betting he'll be motivated to show all of Ontario he never should have been let go.

Winnipeg @ Saskatchewan

Greg Carr: Fantasy owners of Buck Pierce and Carr have been waiting for him to emerge. If you remember in his first game as a Bomber Carr went off for 185 yards and two scores and followed that up with a four game stretch of 22-457-3TD. Carr started the season injured and ineffective but last week we finally saw signs of life with 87 yards receiving against Hamilton. This week he takes on an even weaker secondary in Saskatchewan.
Darian Durant: This is the most important regular season game for Durant. The firing of Greg Marshall and Doug Berry had a lot to do with Durant's unhappiness with the offence and the coaching staff. Well Darian you got your old coach back, now show the world that you really are an elite quarterback.

Montreal @ Hamilton

Jamel Richardson: If you use basic fantasy scoring and apply it to the wide receivers you will find there is just a massive gap between the #1 and the #2 wideout in the CFL with Jamel being the undisputed king. Richardson has put up 160.3 points while the next highest has 124.9. Of course that player is Fred Stamps who has been out for a couple of weeks but if you take him out of the equation the production of Richardson compared to the rest of the elite wide outs is not even close. Richardson is putting up ridiculous numbers and he needs to be Captained every week.
Avon Cobounre: Really? You expected me to list any player other than Cobounre. I'm sure his trash talking will be far more tempered as opposed to the last time these teams met, but for him, this is a blood feud. Cobounre taking on Montreal has the feel of a bad movie trailer: Alouettes vs. Tiger-Cats: Part II ... This time it's Personal!"

Edmonton @ Calgary

Rod Williams: Leads the team with four interceptions and had his highest tackle total of 2011 the last time these teams met back in Week Four. You remember, back when Edmonton was good.

Henry Burris: Look up in the sky, it's a bird, it's a plane, it's Captain Obvious! This is less of a pick and more of a public service announcement that Burris is the highest scorer in fantasy right now with 175.08 points. After a slow start no player is racking in the points quite like Burris. 

Good luck Edmonton.

This Week in the CFL - Aug 22nd

Hamilton @ Winnipeg

Simple rule for picking players that are about to face the Blue Bombers, do not Captain any skill positions. Now this is not to say that guys like Terrence Edwards or Fred Reid won't have a good day, they certainly could, but I recommend to play it safe and go with someone from the other side of the ball.
So with that in mind Captain Jamall Johnson and not just because he is the team's leading tackler. Consider just how stubborn the Winnipeg's coaching staff is. In the CFL it is rare for a running back to get 20 carries. The best in the league average 13-16 a game. Well in the team's 30-17 Week 7 win over B.C. Fred Reid ran the ball 20 times for just 26 yards. Clearly the running game wasn't working but that didn't deter Paul LaPolice or Jamie Barresi from continuing to give Reid the rock. If this is a close game look for Johnson to hit double digit tackles.
The other guy I really have enjoyed watching is defensive end Justin Hickman. A solid edge rusher taking on a quarterback that enjoys holding on to the ball. Feels win/win to me.
One of this weeks Terrence Edwards is going to have a statically break out game. I remember watching Edwards burn Hamilton to the tune of 5-191-2 last season against the Tiger-Cats secondary. Maybe this is the week.
Did you know that as I wrote this sentence Odell Willis just collected another sack on Kevin Glenn?

Montreal @ Calgary

Joffery Reynolds is one guy you automatically identify with when you think about Calgary. However no team has done a better job defending the run this year than Montreal. Your best bet is Henry Burris who has been trending up the last several games and torched the Alouettes for over 400 yards and four touchdowns in a game last season.
Romby Bryant and Nik Lewis get most of the attention in Calgary but don't sleep on Johnny Forzani who has had at least 55 yards in three of the team's last four games.
So who beyond Brandon Whitaker (CFL leader in Fantasy Points) should be looked at for this game? Well I'm glad you asked!
How about Chip Cox? No guy makes more plays, no guy seems to always be around the ball quite like Cox. He destroyed Saskatchewan two weeks ago registering two forced fumbles, two sacks and four tackles.
The other defender to select is Mark Estelle, the team's leading tackler and best cover man. This game should be a shoot-out so Estelle will be involved.

This Week in the CFL - Aug 15th

Saskatchewan @ Toronto

Weston Dressler:

Don't buy too much into all the yards Saskatchewan piled up last week against Calgary. The Stampeders were in control throughout this game and their was a ton of garbage yards all over the field for the Roughriders. But what you should buy into is the fact that no team is giving up more yards than Toronto. I know Ephrem Hill is the sexy pick after his 177 yard day last week, I'll go with the proven vet.

Jerrell Freeman:

Last year's breakout star in the playoffs had seven tackles against Calgary and is facing a team that should feature Cory Boyd early and often.

Cleo Lemon:

This may be the only time you will see this name in this column but Lemon put up 368 yards and three scores on the Tiger-Cats and over his last two games has thrown for 682 yards, five touchdowns against just one interception. No team has given up more points or total touchdowns than Saskatchewan and their secondary is allowing quarterbacks to complete 65.5% of their passes for an average of 8.2 yards per pass.

Willie Pile:

This is my hunch pick. Pile is second on the team in tackles and is due for an interception. I'd say his chances of getting his first pick are fairly good facing a quarterback, Darian Duran,t who leads the league in interceptions.

B.C. @ Edmonton

Solomon Elimimian:

I hate to repeat myself but with the way the Lions are playing it's hard for me not to select Solomon. To be honest it's hard to find any players on B.C. you can trust right now. Their second half against Winnipeg was just a mistake filled mess.

Geroy Simon:

I know, I get it, these picks for the Lions are not that smart or creative. Well neither is their coaching staff so let's just call it even.

Marcus Howard:

Okay this is my "hero" pick for the week. In case you don't know who he is and I don't blame you if you don't Howard signed on with the Eskimos on August 1st. He has played two games on the defensive line and managed to force one fumble and sack Anthony Calvillo twice last week.

Ricky Ray:

Time for a bounce back game for a quarterback facing a secondary that has given up a league high 293 yards a game.

This Week in the CFL - Aug 8th

Edmonton vs. Montreal
Jason Barnes: Barnes has two one-hundred yard games already on the season and with Fred Stamps out of the lineup, look for Ricky Ray to target Barnes early and often.

Brandon Whitaker: Safest Captain pick for the week. Whitaker is first in the league in yards from scrimmage and Edmonton is giving up a gaudy 6 yards per carry.

Calgary vs. Saskatchewan
Nic Lewis: Romby Bryant has more upside but Lewis is the heart and soul of Calgary's passing attack. Lewis finds a way to be involved in just about every touchdown drive this season. What makes this is a favourable match-up is that Lewis will be facing a Roughriders defence that is dead last in touchdowns allowed at 19.

Barrin Simpson: Call this my hunch pick. Henry Burris has been sacked more times than any other quarterback and I could see the Roughriders getting desperate and sending multiple blitzes at Burris all game long.

Toronto vs. Hamilton
Ejiro Kuale: Toronto is losing linebackers all over the field which will mean a boost in the tackling numbers for Kuale. I see Hamilton moving the ball for long extended drives; look for Kuale to be a busy man and will finish the game with double digit tackles.

Jamall Johnson: Look for at least 6-8 tackles and a couple of sacks as Johnson should be able to do what he pleases against Toronto's struggling offence.

Winnipeg vs. B.C.
Terrence Edwards: With Fred Stamps down I've got Edwards as the most dangerous wide out in the game. Even better he will be taking on a secondary that has surrendered the most passing touchdowns at 14.

Solomon Elimimian: Avoid most skill position players when facing Winnipeg. I say don't be a hero and pick an Arland Bruce. Go safe; go with Elimimian who is leading the league in tackles (43)

This Week in the CFL - Aug 1st

Montreal @ Toronto
Brandon Whitaker RB
214 yards and a touchdown, that was Whitaker’s numbers the last time these teams met. Against the Argonauts defence Montreal has no problems dinking and dunking against that secondary so expect at least five receptions for Whitaker. For as good as the Argonauts defence has been remember they are 2nd last in yards given up rushing.

Anthony Cannon LB
Keep an eye on the injury report! If Cannon is playing he is a good safe Captain bet. Cannon and Whitaker will again be good friends, remember back in Week Three cannon finished with 11 tackles.

Edmonton @ Winnipeg
Jonathan Hefney DB
I’m staying away from Edmonton’s skill positions against Winnipeg’s stingy defence. The easy case would be to pick pass rushing demon Odell Willis but I’m going with one of the league’s leading tackler instead.

Fred Reid RB
Chad Kackert ripped up Edmonton’s D for well over 100 yards last week against this D. You know they’ll feature Reed in attempt to keep Buck Pierce healthy and keep Fred Stamps off the field.

Saskatchewan @ B.C.
Darian Durant QB
The much embattled quarterback is taking a great deal of heat for his lackluster play but this is one of the few weeks to look at him as a serious start candidate. He looked fantastic against the Alouettes and the Lions have given up the most total yards and rushing yards so far this season. Now if someone on the Roughriders could call for more running plays for Durant ….

Travis Lulay QB
I’m calling for a shootout in this game. Guess who gives up the second the most yards through the air? Oh yeah it’s Saskatchewan who are still looking for someone to rush the passer. Yes the Lions are a dreadful 0-5 but the Lions are 3rd in yards passing.

Hamilton @ Calgary
Chris Williams WR
No more Arland Bruce, that says the team has a ton of faith in Williams to continue what we saw him do against the Lions.

Geoff Tisdale DB
The former Ti-Cat defensive back has two interceptions so far on the season and should be looking for pay back against his former team. Expect an inspired performance.
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