Some say the CFL season doesn’t truly start until Labour Day Weekend rolls around, so I can’t begin to tell you how excited I am for the holiday to finally get here.
Last year, I put 1,927 kilometers (1,197 miles) on my truck while attending the Labour Day games in Regina and Calgary but someone’s sister (mine) decided to get married this year. What was she thinking?
Wedding ceremonies or not, we’re officially on the road to the Grey Cup and Draft Kings is running some cool contests for the weekend. Wednesday’s Argos and Lions game will not count toward these contests, but Draft Kings is running a free contest with $5,000 in prizes up for grabs as well as a $20,000 contest with a $4 entry.
Here are some players I like in CFL daily fantasy for Labour Day:
Hamilton Tiger-Cats (Various Positions – Various Costs) – I get that the Tabbies have lost two of three since Zach Collaros’ return, but it’s not like Calgary is an “easy” assignment and his 2016 debut in BC Place wasn’t exactly a simple task, either. Collaros has already thrown for over 1,100 yards and 10 touchdowns, so he commands a Draft Kings value of $11,000 and deservedly so.
Terrence Toliver seems to be the receiver benefiting most from the return of Zach Collaros. In the three games since his return, Toliver has 17 catches (23 targets), 38 yards, and 4 touchdowns. I’m finding the $7,600 to fit him in my lineup.
The only Tiger-Cat I can’t make a case for right now is CJ Gable. Gable carried the ball *four* times while Collaros had 53 pass attempts. Let’s put this in perspective: Andrew Harris had 16 carries last week while Gable has 18 *since Collaros’ return.* Avoid.
Travon Van (OTT RB $6,800) – Van returned to the line-up last week and picked up right where he left off with 12 carries for 52 yards and a touchdown to go along with 6 catches for 28 yards. Montreal is allowing over 93 rushing yards per game and just might end up down early in this game. If Ottawa gets a lead, I see no reason why Van won’t get another 18 touches.
BJ Cunningham (MTL WR $5,700) – Say what you want about Montreal, but Duron Carter will be missing Thursday’s game against Ottawa because his suspension was finally upheld. The ball has to get thrown to *someone*, right? Cunningham hasn’t had less than 55 receiving yards since Week 6 and has averaged 7 targets per game over his past three. Carter’s suspension means there will be a lot more targets to go around on Thursday.
DaVaris Daniels (CGY WR $3,800) – How does Calgary continue to find quality players to step up without Eric Rogers, Jeff Fuller, Joe West, and Greg Wilson? No problem. Daniels has 9 catches, 174 yards and a touchdown in his first two career starts and if he draws another start against Edmonton, he could be an unlikely Labour Day hero for the Stampeders.
Caleb Holley (SSK WR $3,700) – The Saskatchewan Roughriders have won 11 Labour Day Classics in row and as they currently sit at 1-8, I’d say they’re due for another win. No matter how bad the Roughriders are or how good the Blue Bombers are, Saskatchewan seems to step up on the first Sunday in September and as the final “Classic” at Mosaic Stadium, motivation should be at an all-time high. Holley only has two career games under his belt but he’s got 12 catches (18 targets) and 145 yards already. Naaman Roosevelt may be the “sexy” pick, but Holley could be another unlikely hero this weekend.
It’s also that time of year when NFL cuts start to make their way back North of the border. Right now, it looks like most of the cuts are on the defensive side of the ball so we’ll be good as far as DFS goes, but a guy like Aaron Grymes, for example, could vastly improve a secondary if he leaves the Philadelphia Eagles…