CFL DFS Week 3 Recap

CFL Week 3 Rewind

I feel it is very important to review your lineups to see what worked, what didn’t work and figure out why. This past 4 game slate told us a lot so I think there is a lot of information that we can gather from this as we head into the 4th week of the season. Below is a picture of the optimal lineup based on score for week #3.

Here is the link to my Week 3 article:


My Week 2 Player Pool with DK Final Points

QB- Masoli (41.38), Harris (18.3), Mitchell (21.08), Fajardo (35.1)

RB- Powell (15.2), STE (30.9), Jackson (10.2), Stanback (16.5)

WR1(8k+)- Banks (34.2), Ellingson (14.3)

WR2(6k to 7.9k)- Addison(25.1), Rogers (44), Carter (11.4), Begelton (9), Brescacin (0), Evans (19.2)

WR3 (Sub 6k)- Tucker (3.6), Posey (5.2), Collins Jr. (21.7), Durant (19.3), Wolitarsky (0), Smith (2.4), Adjei (5.9), Lawler (DNP)

D/ST- Hamilton (12), SSK (12), CGY (5)


Overall Review of the Week 2 Slate:

This week was filled with fantastic matchups with even better finishes. Edmonton and Winnipeg ended up being the defensive battle that I envisioned as it hit the under on the Vegas total. Edmonton struggled to get the ball into the endzone which is what scared me in using Harris on a good chunk of lines. RCJ, Ellingson, and Stafford all played vital roles on the offensive end so it will be tough to predict who will have the big performance from the Eskimos on a week to week basis. Lucky Whitehead broke out big time with a 2 TD performance so he will be one to look at every single week from Winnipeg. His speed is tough to match and on a bigger field, he is even more dangerous. Fading Andrew Harris was the move and if anything, got bailed out by a receiving TD that was set up by a pass interference call. Other than that, he was non existent and the Edmonton D is not one to attack when looking at opposing running backs unless you are needing some value.

Hamilton went off against a vulnerable Alouettes defence and if you haven’t learned yet, you can never get enough Ti-Cats into your lineups. Masoli had a big game going for 40+ fantasy points and lucky for us, we get the same matchup next week. It will be pretty easy to figure out what team stack will be chalky and for a very good reason. Banks, STE and Addison all played large roles for Hamilton while William Stanback served as a good cheap value back yet again. He saw 13 carries but also saw 6 targets as well so he will continue to be a good cheaper back in this league.

The Stamps/Lions game was an exciting game and if you missed it, you should definitely go back and watch it on ESPN+! The Stamps got off to a slow start while Mike Reilly got into a groove early on in the game. Reilly went for 354 and 2 passing TDs while also rushing for 21 yards and getting 1 rushing TD. John White saw 14 carries while also recording 9 catches so he will be one to look at for GPPs moving forward. Lemar Durant caught another TD and he is a red zone target that Reilly is leaning on. Burnham had a solid game but could not find the end zone. On the other side, Bo Levi Mitchell was looking to Markeith Ambles and Eric Rogers all game long. They both went for 100+ receiving yards but Rogers was the red zone go to target. He found paydirt 3 times and caught the game winning TD from Nick Arbuckle. Arbuckle replaced BLM late in the game due to a shoulder injury so this is something that we will have to monitor moving forward for this upcoming week.

Saskatchewan came out swinging and they looked very good on all sides of the ball. Their defence recorded 4 sacks and 2 picks while only allowing Toronto to score 7 points. On the offensive side of the ball, Cody Fajardo had himself a game, throwing for 430 yards and 2 passing TDs while also running for 1 TD. William Powell got off to a slow start, partly due to the fact that the Roughriders came out throwing the football all over the field but was able to get to 15 DK points. Shaq Evans and Kyran Moore were the main receiving targets for the Roughriders and will be the guys we look to pair with Fajardo moving forward (Both of them went for 100+ receiving yards). Toronto once again struggled to find any continuity on offence and their defence was not able to contain the Roughrider offence


Review of my Main Plays/ Player Pool for Week 2:

QB: Jeremiah Masoli was my favorite QB yet again and he did not disappoint. Masoli has looked very confident in this offense and has some of the best weapons in the league surrounding him. The only time I would consider fading him is in a matchup against Saskatchewan. Trevor Harris racked up the yardage just like I anticipated but he struggled to convert any of these long drives into TDs. BLM had a solid game and could have racked up more points had he not gotten injured late in the game. Cody Fajardo proved he belongs as a starting QB in the league and is certainly fantasy viable moving forward. He is showing his ability to stretch the field with his arm while also showing his ability to run when needed.

RB: William Powell was a little bit of a disappointment and I think we are starting to see that the SSK offence is moving away from being run dominant and allowing the passing game to really take over. It kills Powell’s upside but it makes their offence more viable as the season goes on. Sean Thomas-Erlington had another stellar performance, going for 100+ yards on the ground while also getting 100+ receiving yards. He is a complete back and should not be overlooked! Don Jackson was a bit of a disappointment and it seems like they are wanting to throw it more early on in the season. I still think Jackson will break out here soon, just maybe not next week. Stanback was the perfect value option and I think he will be viable again next week. He is seeing opportunities on both the ground and the air so do not overthink the play!

WR: Brandon Banks is the most electrifying player in the CFL and it is hard to fade him on any given slate. He went for another 100+ receiving performance while also adding in a rushing TD. Ellingson had a solid game but does not have quite the ceiling that Banks has to offer every single week. Plus the matchup was a little tougher for him as well.

The mid tier options was where the real money was made. Eric Rogers had himself a game and he has established himself as the red zone target in this Stamps offence. Bralon Addison continues to be the perfect receiving compliment to Banks as he had 8 catches for 121 receiving yards. Other WRs that did well were Lemar Durant (19.3), Ricky Collins Jr. (21.7) and Shaq Evans (19.2). Some of my dud receiver plays were Brescacin (0), Wolitarsky (0) and Tucker (3.6).

A few receivers that I did not include but deserve shoutouts are Lucky Whitehead, Kyran Moore and Kenny Stafford. They all had monster games going for 20+ DK points and should be on everyone’s radar moving forward!

Defence: Hamilton is by far the best defence out there from a fantasy perspective and get the same matchup the following week. Montreal is really struggling with the lack of consistent QB play so Hamilton should be a lock next week. SSK finally stepped up and showed why they are one of the stingiest defences in the league. It also helps that Toronto does not look good on the offensive side of the ball and they cannot find the answer to their poor QB problems. Calgary has definitely taken a step back this year and I think they are a defence that we might be able to attack moving forward.


What we learned from Week 2:

  • Lucky Whitehead is a special weapon so use him
  • Fade Hamilton at your own risk
  • Winnipeg passing D is stingy!
  • Hamilton has a top D/ST in the entire league
  • Eric Rogers is the go to guy in Calgary
  • Stanback is a great RB on a bad team
  • Stamps D is not what they were last season…..they can be attacked
  • John White is a good candidate for dump off targets
  • SSK is good with Fajardo under center!


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