September 4, 2019

DailyRoto: Week 13 fantasy rankings

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For a 1-9-0 team on its way to another November at home, the Argonauts do a Grey Cup-level job of fantasy production.

Pivot McLeod Bethel-Thompson is the ringleader behind the surge of fantasy brilliance, as he’s put together a four-game stretch that places him atop the quarterback mountain for Week 13 of the TSN CFL Fantasy Football Presented by Leo Vegas.

At an affordable $9,334, Bethel-Thompson has earned his way up the rankings by throwing for 1,344 yards and nine majors in his last four games. More impressive is that he’s thrown 164 times without an interception in the same span.

The rise of Bethel-Thompson is just one of the few surprises in this week’s rankings. Not to worry about receiver, though: it’s Reggie Begelton’s ($9,896) world with opposing defences forced to pay rent.

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QUARTERBACKS

Matchup Rank (Position Rank) Player Value Opponent
1 (4) McLeod Bethel-Thompson, TOR $9,334 OTT
2 (1) Vernon Adams Jr., MTL $10,066 BC
3 (1) Trevor Harris, EDM $9,545 CGY
4 (3) Bo Levi Mitchell, CGY $9,533 EDM
5 (5) Mike Reilly, BC $9,193 MTL
6 (6) Cody Fajardo, SSK $8,080 WPG
7 (8) Chris Streveler, WPG $7,463 SSK
8 (13) Jonathon Jennings, OTT $5,230 TOR
9 (11) Dominique Davis, OTT $5,887 TOR
10 (9) Nick Arbuckle, CGY $6,987 EDM

Vernon Adams, Jr. ($10,066) guides an Alouettes offence that is one of only two teams — the other being the Blue Bombers — to record at least 10 big plays both on the ground and in the air. He’s accounted for 10 touchdowns — five passing, five rushing — over the past three games. Trevor Harris ($9,545) can’t be as bad as he was against the Stamps on Labour Day, which gave the impression his 23 fantasy points against Calgary in Week 8 was a fluke. The bet here is that Harris finds middle ground on Saturday.

Bo Levi Mitchell ($9,533) was efficient in his return to the lineup, but his fantasy production could be curtailed by Ka’Deem Carey ($5,385) after the latter carved up Edmonton’s ground game on Monday. Montreal has allowed 15 passes of better than 30 yards, but how long can Mike Reilly ($9,193) stay upright to get Bryan Burnham ($8,797) and Lemar Durant ($4,611) involved?

Cody Fajardo ($8,080) has just three touchdown passes in his last five games. It’s too much of a risk to play him on the road in the Banjo Bowl. Chris Streveler ($7,463) has a combined 10 fantasy points from his passing in his first two starts. Like Fajardo, he’s facing an elite defence that picked him off twice in Week 12. His running isn’t enough to merit consideration.

Regardless of who starts in Ottawa — Jonathon Jennings ($5,230) or Dominique Davis ($5,887) — it’s best to stay away, even against a Toronto defence that has allowed 32.4 offensive points and 439.8 yards per game.

RUNNING BACKS

Matchup Rank (Position Rank) Player Value Opponent
1 (2) William Powell, SSK $9,571 WPG
2 (11) Ka’Deem Carey, CGY $5,385 EDM
3 (4) William Stanback, MTL $8,279 BC
4 (14) Johnny Augustine, WPG $4,500 SSK
5 (5) C.J. Gable, EDM $8,103 CGY
6 (3) James Wilder Jr., TOR $8,941 OTT
7 (7) Mossis Madu, OTT $6,339 TOR
8 (T-23) Wayne Moore, BC $2,500 MTL
9 (10) Chris Rainey, TOR $5,584 OTT
10 (9) Jeremiah Johnson, MTL $6,013 BC
11 (12) Terry Williams, CGY $5,240 EDM
12 (19) Christion Jones, EDM $3,007 CGY
13 (17) Marcus Thigpen, SSK $3,815 WPG
14 (21) Stefan Logan, OTT $2,943 TOR
15 (T-23) Ryder Stone, MTL $2,500 BC
16 (T-23) Jean-Christophe Beaulieu, OTT $2,500 TOR

William Powell ($9,571) has had games of 7.6 and 8.1 fantasy points via receiving in two of his last three games, displaying why he can be a valuable asset when he’s bottled up on the ground. Carey is legit, and with the Stampeders getting healthier by the week, he’s a weapon that defences cannot commit to. He’s produced at least 63 rushing yards in four of his five appearances and is an injury away from bidding for a third straight 100-yard game on Saturday.

Consider the Touchdown Atlantic game as shaking off the rust for William Stanback ($8,279), whose presence will make the Alouettes — second overall in rushing — more lethal. Johnny Augustine ($4,500) isn’t Andrew Harris, but he did average 7.6 yards per touch in his first start. C.J. Gable ($8,103) has just one game of more than 10 fantasy points via rushing since Week 2. The two majors he scored in the Week 9 win over the REDBLACKS remain his only rushing scores this season.

Who could have envisioned James Wilder Jr. ($8,941) would be the most disappointing of the Argos offence? He’s due for a breakout, a phrase that’s been repeated here often this season. The backfields of both BC and Ottawa could change due to injuries; right now, it looks like Wayne Moore ($2,500) and Mossis Madu ($6,339), respectively.

RECEIVERS

Matchup Rank (Position Rank) Player Value Opponent
1 (2) Reggie Begelton, CGY $9,886 EDM
2 (3) Derel Walker, TOR $9,029 OTT
3 (4) Bryan Burnham, BC $8,797 MTL
4 (7) Ricky Collins, EDM $7,355 CGY
5 (9) Eugene Lewis, MTL $7,065 BC
6 (23) Lemar Durant, BC $4,611 MTL
7 (5) DaVaris Daniels, EDM $8,430 CGY
8 (11) Eric Rogers, CGY $6,795 EDM
9 (8) Shaquelle Evans, SSK $7,168 WPG
10 (6) Greg Ellingson, EDM $8,289 CGY
11 (10) S.J. Green, TOR $7,023 OTT
12 (13) Kyran Moore, SSK $6,513 WPG
13 (17) Darvin Adams, WPG $6,245 SSK
14 (15) DeVier Posey, MTL $6,338 BC
15 (12) Armanti Edwards, TOR $6,700 OTT
16 (16) Brad Sinopoli, OTT $6,273 TOR
17 (19) Dominique Rhymes, OTT $5,869 TOR
18 (20) Naaman Roosevelt, SSK $5,409 WPG
19 (27) Rodney Smith, TOR $4,254 OTT
20 (25) Markeith Ambles, CGY $4,453 EDM
21 (31) Lucky Whitehead, WPG $3,743 SSK
22 (28) Quan Bray, MTL $4,162 BC
23 (26) Nic Demski, WPG $4,333 SSK
24 (33) Natey Adjei, EDM $3,677 CGY
25 (29) Ryan Lankford, BC $4,001 MTL
26 (35) Duron Carter, BC $3,486 MTL
27 (36) Tevaun Smith, EDM $3,374 CGY
28 (T-42) Kenny Lawler, WPG $2,500 SSK
29 (39) Jake Wieneke, MTL $2,885 BC
30 (38) Shaquille Johnson, BC $2,918 MTL

After a slow start, Begelton has scored double-digit fantasy points in seven of his last eight games. In his last two games against the Eskimos, Begelton has 17 catches for 291 yards and a major. Derel Walker ($9,029) has three scores in his last two games and has recorded at least one catch for 28-plus yards in six games this season.

Ricky Collins ($7,355) looks to be the most consistent of the Eskimos receivers heading into the rematch against the Stampeders. Note the drop in rankings for both DaVaris Daniels ($8,430) and Greg Ellingson ($8,289). After a slow start, Eugene Lewis ($7,065) has 13 catches for 200 yards and two scores in his two games. He gets the slight edge over DeVier Posey ($6,338) as the go-to among Alouettes receivers.

Shaquelle Evans ($7,168) and Kyran Moore ($6,513) may not be able to hold off Naaman Roosevelt ($5,409), who finally scored his first major of the season in Week 12. After catching just one pass last week, look for Armanti Edwards ($6,700) to rebound. S.J. Green ($7,023) remains a solid play, but expectations have to be tempered for Rodney Smith ($4,254), who had just two catches last week after pulling in 20 in his previous three games.

Brad Sinopoli ($6,273) could see his numbers improve if Jonathon Jennings gets the start at pivot for the REDBLACKS. Ottawa’s passing game is so erratic that Dominique Rhymes ($5,869) is the only other REDBLACKS receiver in this week’s rankings. Outside of Darvin Adams ($6,245), Blue Bombers receivers have to be downgraded due to the struggles of Chris Streveler to generate a consistent passing game. It wouldn’t be surprising if Janarion Grant ($2,500) is the top fantasy producer among the Winnipeg receivers despite not touching the ball from scrimmage.

DEFENCES

Saskatchewan ($6,100) has delivered three straight games of double-digit production. They’ll add multiple sacks and it’s not a reach to suggest the Roughriders can score a defensive major. The same can be said for Winnipeg ($6,219) when it comes to scoring touchdowns. They may need to in order to supplement an offence that has struggled to score the last two weeks. The Stamps ($5,312) have upside against the Eskimos offence although Trevor Harris is hard to intercept even when he can’t get the Edmonton offence into the end zone.