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.

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