TORONTO — The TSN CFL Fantasy game is easy for any fan to play, with just seven roster spots and a $40,000 salary cap.
However, success requires, at a bare minimum, knowledge of which star players are sitting due to injury. With such small rosters, a wasted spot on a player who isn’t in the lineup can be a devastating blow to your week’s score.
Meanwhile, the more dedicated Fantasy player will want to keep close tabs on who’s practising with the first-team offence. Practice reports can be the source of hidden gems that produce big numbers despite low ownership percentage, providing an edge over the rest of the field.
With that, CFL.ca breaks down some of the critical roster notes for each game.
Travis Lulay, QB, BC
The Lions have listed Travis Lulay ($6,646) as their starting quarterback for Friday night’s game in Montreal. Lulay went through concussion protocol after leaving last week’s win over Ottawa, but was back taking first-team reps at practice. He’s a solid Fantasy play vs. the Montreal Alouettes.
Chris Rainey, RB, BC
One week after his benching, Chris Rainey ($6,419) is back in the lineup for the Lions. The dynamic speedster will be a change-of-pace back and a returner against the Als, and should have plenty of motivation in his return to the field.
Travon Van, RB, BC
With Rainey back in the lineup, Travon Van ($4,781) won’t play against the Alouettes Friday night. Though he’s flashed potential in the past, Van barely touched the ball in last week’s win over the REDBLACKS.
DeVier Posey, WR, BC
DeVier Posey ($3,835) will get the start in his first game as a BC Lion Friday night. The 105th Grey Cup MVP signed this week after missing the cut in the NFL, and should add a new dimension to the Lions’ offence with his game-breaking speed. If he plays most snaps, he should see volume vs. Montreal.
Antonio Pipkin, QB, MTL
Antonio Pipkin ($6,721) will make his fourth straight start for the Montreal Alouettes. The Als are happy to go with the hot hand, even with Johnny Manziel ($6,000) looking on. Pipkin is far from a proven commodity, but he’s a low-risk Fantasy venture because of his running ability.
Tyrell Sutton, RB, MTL
The Alouettes remain without running back Tyrell Sutton ($5,992), who wasn’t at practice this week. William Stanback ($4,000) is an affordable option as Sutton’s replacement for Fantasy players looking at Alouettes running backs.
William Stanback, RB, MTL
With Sutton still sidelined, William Stanback appears to be the running back to own in the Alouettes’ backfield. Stanback missed a game before the bye week due to injury, but has shown high upside in his limited playing time in the three-down game. There’s bit potential and minimal risk for Fantasy players here.
Brandon Banks, WR, HAM
Despite exiting Week 13 with an apparent groin injury, Brandon Banks ($10,516) is expected to play Saturday vs. Calgary. Banks has four touchdowns over the last two games and has become the most expensive receiver in Fantasy.
Eric Rogers, WR, CGY
Eric Rogers ($7,719) is back at practice for Stampeders, according to Danny Austin. Rogers is eligible to practice this week but isn’t likely to be pulled from the six-game early. With Calgary on the bye next week, Week 16 sounds like a reasonable return target.
Don Jackson, RB, CGY
Despite practising earlier in the week, Don Jackson ($6,517) was absent from Thursday’s session as Calgary’s Week 14 matchup approaches. Fantasy users may have to monitor the situation right up until game time, as Romar Morris ($4,615) is standing by if Jackson can’t go. The Stamps could elect to keep Jackson off the field with the bye week approaching.
Romar Morris, RB, CGY
Coming off a breakout performance and the second-most Fantasy points for a player this season, Romar Morris ($4,615) could get another start at running back for the Stamps this weekend. Regular starter Don Jackson ($6,517) was absent from Thursday’s practice. Morris is one of the fastest running backs in the CFL and comes at an affordable price if he’s starting.
Zach Collaros, QB, SSK
After leaving last week’s contest early, Zach Collaros ($5,097) is expected to play this week after passing concussion protocol according to 3 Down Nation’s Justin Dunk. Despite being a low-cost option, Collaros hasn’t put up the production to warrant anything more than a shot in the dark in Fantasy, failing to throw multiple touchdowns in a game or cross the 300-yard plateau.