As we were waiting patiently for Week 13 to get underway, the CFL landscape was dramatically altered on Sunday night.
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If you told me in June that Rakeem Cato, Dan LeFevour and Matt Nichols would be starting quarterbacks in September, I would have called you a liar. Cato was on the brink of being cut by the Alouettes, LeFevour was a free agent, and Drew Willy had a grasp on the job in Winnipeg. Welcome to the CFL.
Here’s who I’m rolling with in DraftKings CFL daily fantasy football this week:
Bo Levi Mitchell (Calgary Stampeders QB $10,600) – It’s safe to say that everyone thought Calgary would be a good team heading into 2016. I’m not sure anyone saw them being *this* good. They’re sitting comfortably atop the CFL standings with a record of 9-1-1 including a perfect record at home. The Stamps are third in the CFL in offensive yards per game and Bo Levi Mitchell has seven multi-touchdown games this season. I’m taking Bo Levi for a dominating home performance against an Ottawa team that has been inconsistent as of late.
If you’re looking to save money at quarterback, I like taking a chance on Dan LeFevour (Toronto Argonauts QB this Sunday against Winnipeg. The Bombers are giving up the most yards through the air this year but have the ability to force a lot of turnovers. Linebackers Khalil Bass and Ian Wild are questionable heading into this weekend so this might be an opportunity for the Argos to gain some ground in the East.
Shakir Bell (Edmonton Eskimos RB $6,000) – John White left Saturday’s game against Calgary with a shoulder injury and hasn’t practiced all week. Keep an eye on the situation but we could be seeing Shakir Bell on the roster against Saskatchewan and he’s a must-start for your fantasy team. Bell’s one and only start this season came against the Riders in Week 10 and he exploded for 138 yards on the ground and another 32 through the air to go along with a receiving touchdown. Saskatchewan’s run defense shouldn’t exactly scare you either. If the Eskimos start Bell, you should too.
DaVaris Daniels (Calgary Stampeders WR $5,600) – I don’t know where Calgary continues to find these amazing players, but it seems like Daniels is becoming Bo Levi’s go-to receiver. If you didn’t know his name before last week, you should now. He racked up 113 yards as well as two touchdowns in Calgary’s comeback victory over the Eskimos. He only has four career games but he has 19 catches on 25 targets for 344 yards and three touchdowns. Start him while he’s cheap.
And my Hail Mary: Gerrard Sheppard (Winnipeg Blue Bombers WR $3,000) – He’s about as cheap as you can get but he continues to contribute every week in Winnipeg’s offense. If you’re looking to absolutely stack your team with superstars and fill it out with cheap options that have shot at blowing up, Sheppard can help you out. He’s got 12 catches on 14 targets in his past three games and Matt Nichols likes to use him for short passes. If Toronto’s defense plays like they did against Hamilton, Nichols will need Sheppard.
Roy Finch (Calgary Stampeders FLEX $3,500) – Man, it’s easy to pick Stampeders. Finch had his first CFL touchdown against Edmonton on Labour Day and came up with a huge conversion on 2nd and 20 for the Stamps in the rematch. He’s slowly getting eased into the offense and is gaining 17.8 yards per touch. He should cost more than he does but I’m not complaining.
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