July 18, 2019

Fantasy Status Report: Harris, Posey a no-go for Week 6?

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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.

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Toronto at Calgary
Thursday | 9:00 p.m. ET

Llevi Noel, WR, TOR

National receiver Llevi Noel ($5,538) will be a backup on Thursday night vs. Calgary, as he takes a back seat to international receiver Rodney Smith ($2,500). Noel has had a productive season so far but did commit a costly drop in Week 5.

Brandon Burks, RB, TOR

Second-string running back Brandon Burks ($3,411) made his season debut last weekend, rushing for 36 yards on five carries. The 25-year-old could continue to cut into James Wilder’s workload and has a career 7.2-yard rushing average — though his current role makes him a risk in Fantasy.

Rodney Smith, WR, TOR

With Matthew Boateng making his first career start at corner, the Argos have the luxury of starting an extra American at receiver. Rodney Smith ($2,500) will see his first action of 2019 as he gets the nod over Llevi Noel ($5,538). Smith is an intriguing sleeper in a game that could see the Argos throw the ball often.

Ka’Deem Carey, RB, CGY

The Stamps list Ka’Deem Carey ($4,500) as their starting running back for Thursday’s game vs. the Argos. Carey and running back/returner Terry Williams ($5,009) split just eight carries last week, but both should see more opportunities against a Toronto team struggling to stop the run.

Juwan Brescacin, WR, CGY

After missing the last two games, Juwan Brescacin ($3,127) is back in the lineup for the Stamps Thursday vs. Toronto. Brescacin has big-play ability and should have the chance to strike against an Argos defence that has allowed a league-high 11 completions of 30-plus yards this season.

Richard Sindani, WR, CGY

While rookie Hergy Mayala ($2,500) has been activated, Richard Sindani ($2,500) gets the start for the Stampeders at field wideout vs. Toronto. Sindani is coming off a four-catch effort in a loss to the Ticats.

Ottawa at Winnipeg
Friday | 8:30 p.m. ET

Jonathon Jennings, QB, OTT

Rick Campbell has announced that Jonathon Jennings ($6,993) will make his first start as an Ottawa REDBLACK on Friday vs. Winnipeg. It’s an opportunity for Jennings, who hopes to re-discover his game after once being billed as one of the league’s top up-and-coming stars.

Dominique Davis, QB, OTT

Former Bombers pivot Dominique Davis ($6,272) will not play against his former team due to injury. Davis has been inconsistent so far this season, throwing three touchdowns and seven interceptions.

RJ Harris, WR, OTT

REDBLACKS receiver RJ Harris ($6,469) will not play in Friday’s visit to Winnipeg. Harris has been one of Ottawa’s top receivers this season, but Jennings will have to look elsewhere in his first start of the season.

Mossis Madu, RB, OTT

It appears Mossis Madu ($5,995) could continue to see his role decline, as the REDBLACKS look to get rookie John Crockett ($3,500) more involved. Either way it’s a tough matchup for Ottawa on the ground against a stout Winnipeg defence.

Dominique Rhymes, WR, OTT

No word yet on the status of Dominique Rhymes ($4,716) after the receiver left his Week 5 contest vs. Montreal. It’s been an inconsistent season for Rhymes so far but the upside is there if he plays.

John Crockett, RB, OTT

According to reports, John Crockett ($3,500) has handled first-team reps for the REDBLACKS this week in practice. Crockett could still share carries with Mossis Madu ($5,995) but things are trending in Crockett’s direction in the Ottawa backfield.

Lucky Whitehead, WR, WPG

The Bombers list Lucky Whitehead ($4,357) as a starter for Friday’s game vs. Ottawa. He’s on the depth chart, which is something, but there’s still no guarantee he plays as Winnipeg will scratch one player before the game.

Chris Matthews, WR, WPG

Despite returning to practice this week, Chris Matthews ($3,609) will not suit up for the Bombers in Week 6. Matthews, who signed a three-year contract before the season, has been held to just two contests in 2019.

Charles Nelson, WR, WPG

Returner and receiver Charles Nelson ($2,500) will be sidelined for Friday’s game vs. Ottawa. Lucky Whitehead ($4,357) could take on more return duties vs. the REDBLACKS, though Kenneth Walker ($2,500) is listed as the team’s primary return man.

Kenny Lawler, WR, WPG

With Chris Matthews sidelined, Kenny Lawler ($2,500) will get another start for the Bombers when they take on the REDBLACKS this weekend. Against an injured Ottawa secondary, Lawler presents some possible value.

Edmonton at Montreal
Saturday | 4:00 p.m. ET

DeVier Posey, WR, MTL

Khari Jones says DeVier Posey ($5,973) is unlikely to play in Week 6 after missing practice on Tuesday. It’s been a tough start to the season for the Alouettes’ free agent addition.

Stefan Logan, RB, MTL

The Alouettes have released running back and returner Stef Logan ($2,623). Logan wasn’t being used on offence anyway and had little Fantasy value as a returner only.

Trevor Harris, QB, EDM

Trevor Harris ($11,761) has had two full practice days and is expected to start vs. Montreal this weekend. Harris suffered an apparent knee injury in the first half vs. BC in Week 5, but returned for the second half and finished the game.

Tevaun Smith, WR, EDM

A crowded Esks receiving corps could make it difficult for Tevaun Smith ($2,500) to see the field consistently. Smith was listed as the starter last week but was outperformed by Natey Adjei in a potential time share at the position.

BC at Saskatchewan
Saturday | 7:00 p.m. ET

Emmanuel Arceneaux, WR, SSK

There’s a chance Emmanuel Arceneaux ($6,009) will make his Riders debut this week against his former team. Arceneaux has been practising with the first team offence at wide receiver this week.

Justin McInnis, WR, SSK

After catching five passes on nine targets in his CFL debut, it’ll be interesting to see where Justin McInnis ($2,500) fits in for Week 6. The first round draft pick could see his playing time decline if Emmanuel Arceneaux ($6,009) makes his Riders debut.

Ryan Lankford, WR, BC

The BC Lions have signed international receiver Ryan Lankford ($4,500). The speedy receiver/returner was cut by the REDBLACKS last week, but could get in the lineup quickly with a struggling BC offence.