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TSN CFL Fantasy presented by LeoVegas is easy for any fan to play, with just seven roster spots and a $40,000 salary cap.
However, success does require a healthy team, with all seven players in active CFL lineups. With such small rosters, a wasted position can be a devastating blow to your week’s score.
In addition, 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.
DaVaris Daniels, WR, EDM
The Esks welcome DaVaris Daniels ($7,811) for his debut this week after he missed the team’s first three games of the season with a lingering injury. Daniels moves into the spot previously occupied by Kenny Stafford and should be a big part of the team’s game plan Thursday night vs. BC.
Martese Jackson, RB, EDM
The release of Jordan Robinson ($2,500) means Martese Jackson ($3,600) is firmly entrenched as the Eskimos’ primary return man. Jackson does little to nothing on offence, but his return ability makes him a cheap ‘punt’ option in Fantasy at an otherwise expensive position.
Natey Adjei, WR, EDM
Daniels’ return means Natey Adjei ($2,500) is out of the Eskimos’ starting lineup this week. The Esks had to shake up their ratio this week, giving Jacob Ruby the start at guard and starting just one Canadian. Tevaun Smith ($2,500) appears to have locked down a starting role for the time being.
Shaq Cooper, RB, EDM
After being activated from the 1-game IL, Shaq Cooper ($2,500) has been placed on the Eskimos’ practice roster. Running back Jordan Robinson ($2,500) has been released.
Bryan Burnham, WR, BC
BC will be glad to have top target Bryan Burnham ($7,768) back after he missed the team’s Week 4 trip to Toronto with a lower-body injury; Burnham had 10 catches for 94 yards in his last outing against Calgary in Week 3.
Rashaun Simonise, WR, BC
With Burnham back in the lineup, Rashaun Simonise ($2,500) draws out for the BC Lions. The young Canadian struggled to hang on to the ball in the rain vs. Toronto but remains a promising prospect for the Leos
Matt Nichols, QB, WPG
It was announced Thursday that QB Matt Nichols ($8,831) will start for the Bombers after practicing all week — this following his exit from last week’s game in Ottawa with an injury that brought backup Chris Streveler ($6,722) into play.
Chris Matthews, WR, WPG
Key Winnipeg off-season signing Chris Matthews ($3,745) will miss out on Friday’s game against the Argos due to a reported finger injury; Matthews did not participate at practice during the week, and will be replaced by Kenny Lawler ($2,500) on the depth chart at slot.
Kenny Lawler, WR, WPG
Bombers receiver Kenny Lawler ($2,500) returned to practice this week and will start in place of injured pass-catcher Chris Matthews ($3,745).
Vernon Adams Jr., QB, MTL
Despite the return of Antonio Pipkin ($6,734) to practice this week, Vernon Adams Jr. continued to handle first-team reps and should get the start when the Alouettes take the field on Saturday. Approach with caution, as Adams could be on a short leash if he struggles.
Antonio Pipkin, QB, MTL
RDS’ Didier Ormejuste reported that Pipkin ($6,734) returned to practice with the Alouettes this week, but Vernon Adams Jr. ($7,000) took the majority of first-team reps and is expected to start against Ottawa.
DeVier Posey, WR, MTL
After missing last week’s contest with a lower-body injury, Posey ($6,365) returned to practice as per Ormejuste. The 2017 Grey Cup MVP has caught five passes for 69 yards and a touchdown in two appearances thus far in 2019.
Mossis Madu, RB, OTT
REDBLACKS running back Mossis Madu ($6,370) could lose some of his touches this week, after rookie running back John Crockett ($2,500) was heavily involved during practice. Volume was already an issue for Madu in Week 4, presenting a risky option for Fantasy players.
John Crockett, RB, OTT
A former Green Bay Packer, Crockett ($2,500) could see touches this week after splitting first-team reps at practice with starter Mossis Madu ($6,370) according to TSN 1200’s Stephen Bunda.
Bo Levi Mitchell, QB, CGY
Star QB Bo Levi Mitchell ($9,311) remains on Calgary’s 6-game injured list at this point in time, with Nick Arbuckle ($5,729) slated to start for the Stamps under centre this week.
Juwan Brescacin, WR, CGY
It remains to be seen whether receiver Juwan Brescacin ($3,236) will dress this week in Hamilton; the 25-year-old Canadian was injured early in Calgary’s Week-3 contest against BC, and missed the Stamps’ win in Regina last week.
Bralon Addison, WR, HAM
The status of Ticats receiver Bralon Addison ($5,295) remains in question, though the Oregon product did practice during the week as per Louis Butko. Addison broke the 100-yard receiving mark in his last two outings prior to missing out on Week 4’s visit to Montreal.
Sean Thomas Erlington, RB, HAM
TSN’s Farhan Lalji reported that Sean Thomas Erlington ($6,738) underwent surgery on his knee and has been placed on the 6-game injured list by the Ticats, after suffering a lower-body injury last week in Montreal.
Anthony Coombs, WR, HAM
While Maleek Irons ($3,000) is also in the mix, Anthony Coombs ($3,890) should see plenty of touches after the injury to Sean Thomas Erlington. Coombs is a receiver/running back hybrid and had six carries in a loss to the Alouettes in Week 4.
Maleek Irons, RB, HAM
2019 3rd-round pick Maleek Irons ($3,000) will likely be listed as Hamilton’s starting running back in place of Erlington. The Ohio product has tallied 50 rush yards on 12 carries with a single touchdown thus far in limited action thus far in his rookie season.