August 30, 2019

Fantasy Status Report: Adams to return; Tasker up in the air

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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, an empty slot 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, breaks down some of the critical roster notes for each game.

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Winnipeg at Saskatchewan
Sunday | 3:00 p.m. ET

Andrew Harris, RB, WPG

Bombers star running back Andrew Harris ($10,740) has been suspended two games for violating the league’s drug policy. It’s a tough blow for a Winnipeg offence already missing starting quarterback Matt Nichols.

Darvin Adams, WR, WPG

Receiver Darvin Adams ($7,122) is expected to be back in the Bombers’ lineup this week after being sidelined since Week 7. Adams’ return likely had something to do with the sudden release of Chris Matthews.

Nic Demski, WR, WPG

It appears that Nic Demski ($4,588) will see an expanded role in the Bombers’ offence with the absence of Andrew Harris. While Demski could see extra work as a running back, it’s hard to trust the Bomber offence after completing just seven passes in a win last week.

Johnny Augustine, RB, WPG

Though Johnny Augustine ($4,500) is viewed as the ‘next man up’ in the Bombers’ backfield, the team could take a running back by committee approach with Andrew Harris sidelined. A time share would be hard to trust in Week 12.

John Santiago, RB, WPG

The Bombers are expected to activate John Santiago ($3,500), who could be part of the team’s running back committee this week. Fantasy players interested in selecting Santiago may have to wait until Saturday for him to be activated on the roster.

Shaquelle Evans, WR, SSK

Riders receiver Shaq Evans ($6,339) has apparently practised at full speed this week. Evans has dealt with an ankle injury this month, but shouldn’t have any concerns going into Sunday’s meeting with Winnipeg.

Toronto at Hamilton
Monday | 1:00 p.m. ET

Luke Tasker, WR, HAM

Ticats receiver Luke Tasker ($6,721) didn’t practise on Thursday, according to TSN’s Kyle Melo. Tasker sat out Week 11 and appears to be questionable for Monday’s Labour Day clash with the Argos, though there’s still plenty of time.

Edmonton at Calgary
Monday | 4:30 p.m. ET

Bo Levi Mitchell, QB, CGY

The Stamps have activated Bo Levi Mitchell ($9,619) from the six-game injured list, but are unsure whether he’ll play in Monday’s Labour Day Classic. Mitchell has been sidelined since injuring his pectoral back in Week 3.

Nick Arbuckle, QB, CGY

With Mitchell nearing a return, Nick Arbuckle ($7,244) is on the fence for Monday’s game vs. Edmonton. Arbuckle has been fantastic in relief for the Stamps, but he’ll take a back seat to the reigning Most Outstanding Player when he’s ready.

Markeith Ambles, WR, CGY

According to Danny Austin, receiver Markeith Ambles ($4,619) has been a partial participant in practice this week. If he can’t suit up on Monday, there’s a good chance Josh Huff ($2,500) will draw another start in his place.

Ka’Deem Carey, RB, CGY

Backup running back Ka’Deem Carey ($2,614) has been a full go at practice this week, according to Danny Austin. Though Carey showed promise in a brief stint as a starter this season, Don Jackson ($6,303) is firmly entrenched as the lead back in Calgary.

Josh Huff, WR, CGY

If Markeith Ambles can’t return, it’s anticipated that Josh Huff ($2,500) will make a second straight start for the Stamps. Huff caught five passes for 35 yards vs. Montreal and has appeal as a low-cost value pick.