July 31, 2019

Week 8 Fantasy Locks: All’s right for the Als

The Canadian Press

TORONTO — The Montreal Alouettes are garnering plenty of interest in TSN CFL Fantasy presented by LeoVegas this week.

Currently on a three-game winning streak, the Als have one of the CFL’s hottest offences, from quarterback Vernon Adams Jr. to running back William Stanback.

Coming off the bye week, can the Als continue their momentum in a matchup with the REDBLACKS? Pat Steinberg, Jeff Krever and Hannah Nordman submit their locks for Week 8.

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“This week my lock is William Stanback, who I’m a firm believer is the best running back in the CFL right now,” said Krever. “William Stanback is going to carry the Montreal Alouettes to an East Division title this year. That is my early prediction.

“That is me getting way too excited about the Alouettes,” he added. “But hey, I haven’t seen a running back do what William Stanback can do in a while in this league. He is the total package. Feed that man the football. He is my lock of the week.”

Nordman is also counting on success in Montreal, picking Vernon Adams Jr. as her lock. The Alouettes’ quarterback is the second-most chosen quarterback by Fantasy players this week.

“This one could come back to haunt me because I’ve got a whole lot of Alouettes in my lineup, but they’re coming off a bye, they’ve got three straight wins against good teams, and he previously put up 36 points against the REDBLACKS,” said Nordman. “I see another big game coming, I see another high-scoring game coming, so big play VA, I’m locking him in.”

The most-chosen player in Fantasy this week, so far, is Bombers pivot Matt Nichols, going into an enticing matchup with the Argos. Steinberg is looking in that direction for his lock, but he likes running back Andrew Harris, despite carrying a price tag of $11,070.

“I think that matchup is too good for Winnipeg against Toronto, especially the way Toronto has been torched on the ground,” said Steinberg. “I know it’s $11,000, I know it’s expensive and I don’t usually put players that expensive in my lineup. This week, I have to.”

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Every week Steinberg, Krever and Nordman also provide their value picks. To qualify, a player must have a salary of under $3,500, providing salary cap flexibility. Cory Watson, Brandon Burks and Jake Wieneke are this week’s bargain buys.

Cory Watson touched the ball a lot in that game last week,” said Steinberg. “I don’t think we’re ever talking about him having massive red zone totals or anything like that, but if you can get five catches from him in the 45, 50 yard range, you’re probably alright with him under $3,500.”

In Toronto, Burks is expected to carry the rock for the second straight week as James Wilder Jr. remains sidelined. Week 7 was a tough one for Burks as the Argos were shut out, but a bounce back could be in order.

“The kid’s just too talented not to take at $2,600,” said Krever. “I have to think Jacques Chapdelaine and the Argos are going to find more ways to get him the football and at that salary, if you’re talking 2-3 catches, 40 or 50 rushing yards, you can live with that. It still helps your bottom line, gives you some cap flexibility.”

Closing out this week’s money picks, Nordman is going back to the Montreal Alouettes.

“The spreadsheet is pointing straight to Jake Wieneke,” said Nordman. “He is very quietly putting up points in Montreal, he’s got touchdowns in three of his last four games. He seems to be Vernon Adams’ favourite red zone target and he’s only $2,500. He only needs one or two catches to get you to double digits, because one of them, more likely than not, is going into the end zone.”

A summary of this week’s locks and money picks is provided below.

Projections below powered by DailyRoto.

CFL Fantasy Podcast Week 8 Locks

STEINBERG Andrew Harris RB $11,070 22.1
KREVER William Stanback RB $8,879 16.2
NORDMAN Vernon Adams Jr. QB $7,359 21.5

CFL Fantasy Podcast Week 8 Money Picks

STEINBERG Cory Watson WR $3,414 6.3
KREVER Branden Burks RB $2,640 9.5
NORDMAN Jake Wieneke WR $2,500 3.6