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November 13, 2019

DailyRoto: Division Finals Fantasy Rankings

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Come Sunday evening, four will become two.

There’s still time for Fantasy users to change course in the postseason edition of TSN CFL Fantasy Football Presented by LeoVegas. With division champions Hamilton and Saskatchewan ready to spoil the underdog stories of Edmonton and Winnipeg, respectively, expect many Fantasy users to lean toward the favourites. Whether that turns out to be a wise move will be determined over a pair of icy fields.

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QUARTERBACKS

Matchup Rank (Position Rank) Player Value Opponent
1 (4) Dane Evans, HAM $9,172 EDM
2 (1) Cody Fajardo, SSK $10,691 WPG
3 (3) Trevor Harris, EDM $10,345 HAM
4 (8) Zach Collaros, WPG $5,553 SSK
5 (6) Chris Streveler, WPG $5,839 SSK
6 (T-9) David Watford, SSK $5,000 OTT

Dane Evans ($9,172) was the exception to the rule that pivots couldn’t consistently pass on the Eskimos, tossing for 613 yards with five touchdowns and one interception in two regular games against the league’s top-ranked pass defence. Unlike Bo Levi Mitchell last week, Cody Fajardo ($10,691) will put Winnipeg’s defence on its heels with his running ability. Keep in mind that Fajardo rushed for 10 of the Roughriders’ league-best 26 majors in the regular season.

Passing yards may not be an issue for Trevor Harris ($10,345). The same, however, cannot be said for touchdown passes, especially considering Harris hasn’t had a game of multiple majors since Week 10. Zach Collaros ($5,553) and Chris Streveler ($5,839) can’t be paired together; in a “choose one” scenario, Collaros and his passing skills may beat out Streveler’s ground and pound mindset.

RUNNING BACKS

Matchup Rank (Position Rank) Player Value Opponent
1 (1) Andrew Harris, WPG $8,651 SSK
2 (3) William Powell, SSK $7,069 WPG
3 (2) C.J. Gable, EDM $7,865 HAM
4 (4) Tyrell Sutton, HAM $5,821 EDM
5 (5) Shaq Cooper, EDM $5,811 HAM
6 (8) Marcus Thigpen, SSK $3,467 WPG
7 (6) Cameron Marshall, HAM $5,700 EDM
8 (9) Anthony Coombs, HAM $3,312 EDM
9 (T-10) Calvin McCarty, EDM $2,500 HAM
10 (T-10) Kienan LaFrance, SSK $2,597 WPG

Don’t be shocked to see Andrew Harris ($8,651) get between 22-25 touches from scrimmage. He has been very quiet in the passing game since putting up 31.6 Fantasy points in Weeks 15-16, and his involvement could make him a huge value. William Powell ($7,069) had just 105 yards on 23 carries against the Bombers’ top-ranked run defence in the regular season and — like Harris — will need to be a factor in the passing game.

C.J. Gable ($7,865) didn’t have much success against his old Tiger-Cats teammates in the regular season, producing just 92 yards on 22 carries in two games. Tyrell Sutton ($5,821) has just four games under his belt this season, making him the freshest — and perhaps most dangerous — of the four starting backs.

Of the non-starters, Marcus Thigpen ($3,467) presents the most potential.

RECEIVERS

Matchup Rank (Position Rank) Player Value Opponent
1 (1) Brandon Banks, HAM $14,000 EDM
2 (2) Bralon Addison, HAM $9,720 EDM
3 (5) Shaquelle Evans, SSK $6,809 WPG
4 (3) Greg Ellingson, EDM $7,960 HAM
5 (4) Kyran Moore, SSK $6,964 HAM
6 (7) Darvin Adams, WPG $6,469 SSK
7 (8) Ricky Collins, EDM $6,070 HAM
8 (10) DaVaris Daniels, EDM $5,225 HAM
9 (9) Naaman Roosevelt, SSK $5,625 WPG
10 (17) Jaleon Acklin, HAM $3,953 EDM
11 (11) Tevaun Smith, EDM $5,091 HAM
12 (13) Nic Demski, WPG $4,593 SSK
13 (12) Lucky Whitehead, WPG $4,749 SSK
14 (6) Luke Tasker, HAM $6,723 EDM
15 (14) Kenny Lawler, WPG $4,525 SSK
16 (20) Drew Wolitarsky, WPG $3,502 SSK
17 (T-26) Janarion Grant, WPG $2,500 SSK
18 (23) Natey Adjei, EDM $2,942 HAM
19 (18) Manny Arceneaux, SSK $3,951 WPG
20 (24) Jamill Smith, EDM $2,847 HAM

Brandon Banks ($14,000) and Bralon Addison ($9,720) both recorded touchdowns against the Eskimos in the regular season, so Fantasy users will have to choose whether to go all-in on the possible Most Outstanding Player or the second-year breakout East All-Star. The last time Shaquelle Evans ($6,809) faced Winnipeg, he torched them for seven receptions, 193 yards and a touchdown. Count on Greg Ellingson ($7,960) to be heavily targeted as he was last week, pulling in eight passes for 125 yards. He’ll need some help from Ricky Collins ($6,070) and the somewhat forgotten DaVaris Daniels ($5,225) in order to help Trevor Harris airlift the Eskimos to the Grey Cup.

Darvin Adams’ ($6,469) game-breaking major in the West Semi-Final was a reminder of how explosive he can be with a passer getting the ball in his hands. He has scored in both games that Zach Collaros has started for Winnipeg. Kyran Moore ($6,964) will add value with his return skills, while Naaman Roosevelt ($5625) comes into the West Final with at least four receptions in 11 of his past 12 games.

A now-healthy Luke Tasker ($6,723) could play the role of show-stealer for Fantasy users. Edmonton’s Tevaun Smith ($5,091), Saskatchewan’s Manny Arceneaux ($3,951) and Winnipeg return threat Janarion Grant ($2,500) also have the potential to be risky gambles that could pay off in the Flex spot.

DEFENCES

The Eskimos will have to solve a Roughriders defence ($4,970) that led the league in both fewest yards allowed per game and fewest offensive touchdowns allowed in the regular season. The Blue Bombers ($4,915) accounted for a combined 14 sacks of Roughriders pivots during the regular season and recorded two games of double-digit Fantasy production against Saskatchewan.

The Ticats ($4,668) come into the East Final with nine straight games of at least seven Fantasy points from their defence. Edmonton ($3,695) have a combined 58 sacks but will need more than that from their D to slow down Hamilton’s lethal passing attack.