TSN CFL Fantasy presented by LeoVegas is easy 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, CFL.ca breaks down some of the critical roster notes for each game.
Luke Tasker, WR, HAM
There’s no word yet on when Ticats receiver Luke Tasker ($6,399) might return to the lineup. Tasker practised a couple of weeks ago but hasn’t played in a game since Aug. 17. Marcus Tucker ($3,382) has stepped up in Tasker’s absence.
Tyrell Sutton, RB, HAM
It appears the Ticats are leaning on Tyrell Sutton ($5,627) as their No. 1 running back. Sutton was listed behind Maleek Irons ($4,500) on the depth chart last week, but out-touched him 11-2 and also scored a touchdown. Then again, the Ticats’ backfield has been unpredictable at best.
Trevor Harris, QB, EDM
Don’t expect Trevor Harris ($10,556) back in the lineup any time soon after being placed on the six-game injured list last week. The Eskimos’ quarterback sustained an upper body injury on Sept. 7 vs. Calgary and hasn’t played since.
Logan Kilgore, QB, EDM
Backup quarterback Logan Kilgore ($5,874) will make his third straight start in relief of Trevor Harris ($10,556). Kilgore showed progress vs. Ottawa, including a late game-winning drive ending in a touchdown pass to Tevaun Smith ($3,622). Even against Hamilton he offers some bargain buy appeal.
Tevaun Smith, WR, EDM
Tevaun Smith ($3,622) will start for the Eskimos on Friday night. There was some doubt after he missed practice on Tuesday, but all systems are go as he gets the nod at field wideout.
Vernon Adams Jr., QB, MTL
The Alouettes will have Vernon Adams Jr. ($11,199) back behind centre this weekend, as the quarterback returns from a one game suspension. Adams has enjoyed a breakout season with Montreal, but faces a difficult matchup against the Stamps.
Reggie Begelton, WR, CGY
Stamps leading receiver Reggie Begelton ($10,654) will return to the lineup this week vs. Montreal. Begelton missed one game due to injury before the bye week. He torched the Alouettes’ defence for four touchdowns earlier this season.
Don Jackson, RB, CGY
The Stamps will go back to Don Jackson ($6,029) at running back this week. With Ka’Deem Carey done for the season, Jackson gets the call as the lead back and will have plenty of motivation heading into a matchup with Montreal.
Markeith Ambles, WR, CGY
Receiver Markeith Ambles ($4,281) will miss the rest of the season, Dave Dickenson announced this week. Ambles has been sidelined since Sept. 2 and will likely continue to be replaced by Josh Huff ($2,500).
Richard Sindani, WR, CGY
The Stamps will have Richard Sindani ($2,500) back in the lineup this week. Sindani gets the start at slotback, ahead of Colton Hunchak on the depth chart.
Winnipeg at Saskatchewan
Chris Streveler, QB, WPG
Bombers quarterback Chris Streveler ($8,718) received a vote of confidence from Mike O’Shea this week, who said he’s comfortable with his quarterback situation in the absence of Matt Nichols ($7,699). From a Fantasy standpoint there’s no debate, Streveler has been great.
Darvin Adams, WR, WPG
After missing practice on Tuesday, Darvin Adams ($6,138) is in the Bombers’ lineup and will start at boundary wideout. He faces a tough challenge against a red-hot Riders defence.
Drew Wolitarsky, WR, WPG
Drew Wolitarsky ($2,992) will not play for the Bombers in Week 17. The Canadian pass-catcher did return to practice midweek, but it seems he isn’t ready to return to game action.
Daniel Petermann, WR, WPG
Sophomore receiver Daniel Petermann ($2,500) will start in place of the injured Drew Wolitarsky ($2,992) this week for the Bombers. Petermann has shown intriguing potential in the past, but the Bombers’ passing game, particularly the lack of volume, presents some element of risk.
Jordan Williams-Lambert, WR, SSK
Back from the NFL, Jordan Williams-Lambert ($4,644) will make his first start of 2019 on Saturday. He’ll lineup at field wideout, with Emmanuel Arceneaux ($4,211) backing him up.
Emmanuel Arceneaux, WR, SSK
Emmanuel Arceneaux ($4,211) is the odd man out in the Riders’ receiving core this weekend. He still made the roster, but is listed as the backup to Jordan Williams-Lambert ($4,644) at field wide receiver.
McLeod Bethel-Thompson, QB, TOR
McLeod Bethel-Thompson ($9,220) remains in a backup role for the Argos at quarterback. Head Coach Corey Chamblin wouldn’t commit to a starter throughout the week, but James Franklin ($5,194) is listed as the No. 1 going into Saturday’s game in BC.
Zach Collaros, QB, TOR
Argos quarterback Zach Collaros has returned to practice, according to the Toronto Sun‘s Frank Zicarelli. It’s unclear whether he’ll play again in 2019, but this is a step in the right direction.
James Franklin, QB, TOR
Perhaps the Argos considered a quarterback change, but James Franklin ($5,194) remains in starting role heading into Saturday’s clash with the Lions. Franklin struggled vs. the Riders in his first start since Week 3.
Jevon Cottoy, WR, BC
Lions receiver Jevon Cottoy ($2,585) is out of the lineup this week. He’ll be replaced by sophomore Rashaun Simonise ($2,500) at boundary wideout vs. the Argos.