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November 20, 2019

DailyRoto: Grey Cup Fantasy Rankings

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Two teams. One Grey Cup. It’s as simple as that.

Sunday’s 107th Grey Cup presented by Shaw brings a matchup between Hamilton and Winnipeg that some predicted back in the warmth of June, albeit with Jeremiah Masoli and Matt Nichols, respectively, manning the pivot.

Obviously, the story did not have Masoli and Nichols as part of the final chapter, but the finale of the TSN CFL Fantasy presented by Leo Vegas will not disappoint, especially when it comes to figuring out which East Division All-Star receiver is best served taking more than a third of the $30,000 salary cap.

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QUARTERBACKS

Matchup Rank (Position Rank) Player Value Opponent
1 (2) Dane Evans, HAM $9,753 WPG
2 (4) Zach Collaros, WPG $6,361 HAM
3 (5) Chris Streveler, WPG $5,685 HAM
4 (T-6) David Watford, HAM $5,000 WPG

Dane Evans ($9,753) lit the Bombers for 359 yards and three majors in Week 16, proving he was a long way from the pivot who managed just 94 yards and an interception the first time he saw the Winnipeg defence in Week 7. He comes into Sunday having thrown for at least 300 yards in eight of his last 10 starts along with averaging at least 10 yards per completion six of his last eight.

Zach Collaros ($6,361) is unlikely to light it up like Evans, but the former Ticat has a 4:1 TD:INT margin in his three starts with the Blue Bombers. How much time he yields to Chris Streveler ($5,685) remains a question, but Fantasy users willing to gamble on the former starter will obviously bank on Streveler’s running ability (12 rushing touchdowns this season) paying off. David Watford ($5,000) has scored rushing majors in four of his last five, accounting for five of his eight combined scores this season.

RUNNING BACKS

Matchup Rank (Position Rank) Player Value Opponent
1 (1) Andrew Harris, WPG $8,503 HAM
2 (3) Cameron Marshall, HAM $5,632 WPG
3 (2) Tyrell Sutton, HAM $5,990 WPG
4 (5) Anthony Coombs, HAM $3,450 WPG
5 (7) Johnny Augustine, WPG $2,617 HAM
6 (6) Jackson Bennett, HAM $3,000 WPG
7 (T-8) Michael Miller, WPG $2,500 HAM
8 (T-8) Maleek Irons, HAM $2,500 WPG

Winnipeg will not be shy with the usage rate of Andrew Harris ($8,503). Don’t be surprised if he ends up with at least 25 touches from scrimmage, but his touchdown frequency has to be a concern. Harris has just one rushing score since Week 11 and has exceeded 76 yards just once in the same span. Still, Harris’ potential as a receiver could balance things, if not outright becoming a game-alterer.

For now, it’s Cameron Marshall ($5,632) for the Tiger-Cats, but if Tyrell Sutton ($5990) is activated, non-Harris users could go in his direction should his name top the depth chart on Saturday. Anthony Coombs ($3,450) does have two touchdown catches this season and his versatility makes him intriguing.

WIDE RECEIVERS

Matchup Rank (Position Rank) Player Value Opponent
1 (1) Brandon Banks, HAM $14,000 WPG
2 (2) Bralon Addison, HAM $10,175 WPG
3 (3) Darvin Adams, WPG $6,641 HAM
4 (9) Jaelon Acklin, HAM $4,093 WPG
5 (4) Luke Tasker, HAM $6,569 WPG
6 (7) Kenny Lawler, WPG $4,451 HAM
7 (5) Nic Demski, WPG $5,061 HAM
8 (10) Drew Wolitarsky, WPG $3,583 HAM
9 (13) Janarion Grant, WPG $2,500 HAM
10 (8) Marcus Tucker, HAM $4,209 WPG
11 (11) Mike Jones, HAM $2,693 WPG
12 (T-12) Rasheed Bailey, WPG $2,500 HAM
13 (T-12) Nikola Kalinic, HAM $2,500 WPG
14 (T-12) David Ungerer, HAM $2,500 WPG
15 (T-12) Daniel Petermann, WPG $2,500 HAM

To the shock of no one, Brandon Banks ($14,000) and Bralon Addison ($10,175) top the rankings. Banks’ scoring catch in the Eastern Final marked the seventh straight game that he has reached the end zone during a stretch that has seen him record at least 100 yards in six of his last eight games (he had games of 81 and 72 in the other two). Included in that run was an eight-catch, 113-yard, one-TD effort against Winnipeg in Week 16.

Addison had four catches for 90 yards and a major against the Bombers in the same Week 16 contest and has four 100-yard outings in his last eight games. Tiger-Cats rookie Jaelon Acklin ($4093) has slowed down of late, but would be the Hamilton receiver most likely to steal the show if the Bombers can contain Banks and Addison. Luke Tasker ($6,959) is healthy and could remind Fantasy users of how productive he was for much of the 2018 season.

The addition of Zach Collaros has brought new life to Darvin Adams ($6,641), who has 10 catches for 218 yards and two touchdowns in the three games that Collaros has started for Winnipeg. Kenny Lawler ($4451) has touchdowns in three of his last four games while also recording at least one reception of better than 20 yards in the same span. Winnipeg teammate Nic Demski ($5,061) can be the second rushing option, having scored running majors in two of his past three. Bombers return specialist Janarion Grant ($2,500) has three punt returns for touchdowns this season while also averaging 24 yards on kickoff returns.

DEFENCES

Matchup Rank (Position Rank) Team Value Opponent
1 (1) Winnipeg $4,439 HAM
2 (2) Hamilton $4,439 WPG

In their two playoff wins, Winnipeg ($4,439) has forced five turnovers and a safety while containing Calgary’s Bo Levi Mitchell and Saskatchewan’s Cody Fajardo. The Blue Bombers have forced 10 turnovers in their last five. It could be open season on Winnipeg’s pivots; the Tiger-Cats have a combined 57 sacks and will dial up the heat against Winnipeg’s quarterbacks. For a team that has just two defensive touchdowns this season, Hamilton’s unit has become stronger as the season carried on the ultimate game.