October 16, 2019

Week 19 Fantasy Locks: Earning your stripes

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TORONTO — A trio of Hamilton Tiger-Cats make up this week’s Fantasy locks.

Quarterback Dane Evans, running back Tyrell Sutton and receiver Bralon Addison form a clean sweep of Ticats, as Pat Steinberg, Jeff Krever and Hannah Nordman submit their top picks for Week 19.

The Ticats have a Fantasy friendly matchup against the Ottawa REDBLACKS, who enter this week on an eight game losing streak while ranking second last in the CFL defensively.

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“I think there’s the potential of a big game from Dane Evans,” said Steinberg. “At under $8,500 he’s the cheapest, most reliable quarterback out there and I just love the matchup against a REDBLACKS team that can definitely be had.”

If you believe in Evans, it may be wise to invest in one of his top targets. Brandon Banks can be had for nearly $13,000, but Bralon Addison ($10,360) comes in a bit cheaper and still gets plenty of targets.

“I’m going to go with the very high priced Bralon Addison,” said Nordman. “Not usually locking in these guys at this price, especially this early in the week, but I’m all in on this Hamilton team and this matchup.”

Rounding out the week’s locks, Sutton will be a popular choice at running back at a position that’s become rather pricey.

“Starting a Ticats running back has not always gone well this year but with the bye week, Sutton continues to be integrated in the offence and is becoming a big part of what they’re doing,” said Krever. “The matchup with the REDBLACKS dictates that he is going to get the football a lot, in the red zone, on catches. He’s proving to be the No. 1 back in that offence.”

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With an enticing matchup on deck, is this the week to stockpile Ticats in TSN CFL Fantasy? Pat, Hannah and Jeff get you ready for Week 19.

Every week the podcast trio also submits money picks — $3,500 or less — to help you break the cap. This week’s top value choices are Marcus Thigpen, Hergy Mayala and Mario Alford.

Mayala, a first round pick in the 2019 CFL Draft, has taken on a much bigger role in the Stampeders’ offence recently.

“The price tag hasn’t caught up yet,” said Steinberg. “He’s been getting more targets, going over 100 yards and I just look at him as a player that Bo Levi Mitchell is trusting more and more. He’s coming off three solid weeks in a row, I really like him in Week 19.”

Some savings could be found at the running back position with Marcus Thigpen. The veteran has seen his role decline in 2019, but could see more opportunities against a BC team that is missing its starting quarterback.

“If that game ends up going the way some people would predict, without Mike Reilly in the lineup for the BC Lions, and the Riders win by a big margin, you have to think Marcus Thigpen gets a little more involved,” said Krever. “Thigpen is always one touch away from being in the end zone.”

Finally, in what’s been dubbed as the year of the return, a new name has emerged over the last two weeks. Mario Alford has found the end zone in back to back games and is a budget buy this week.

“He’s a returner so you never know what your’e going to get here, but Mario Alford has a punt return TD in two straight games,” said Nordman. “He’s playing with a lot of confidence right now so if you want to throw a returner in for $2,500, Alford is there and he’s on a hot streak.”

Projections below powered by DailyRoto.

CFL Fantasy Podcast Week 19 Locks

STEINBERG Dane Evans QB $8,448 23.7
KREVER Tyrell Sutton RB $6,226 14.5
NORDMAN Bralon Addison WR $10,360 21.7

CFL Fantasy Podcast Week 19 Money Picks

STEINBERG Hergy Mayala WR $3,315 9.1
KREVER Marcus Thigpen RB $3,346 6.2
NORDMAN Mario Alford WR $2,500 6.3