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Drew Willy

Quarterback  Montreal Alouettes

Height:   6' 4''   Weight:   214

September 17, 2017    Drew Willy News

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RotoWire Fantasy Analysis

Willy took over for an ineffective Darian Durant in the second quarter and completed 12 of 17 passes for 83 yards in Sunday's 29-11 loss to the Redblacks. He also totaled 13 yards and a rushing touchdown on three carries.

Willy was certainly more effective than Durant, although given that the latter failed to complete a pass, it wasn't exactly a high bar to cross. Sunday marked the second time in the last three contests that Willy was called upon to fill in for his teammate, and it remains to be seen if his efforts against the Redblacks will lead to a starting assignment versus the Argonauts in Week 14.

Drew Willy: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

August 31, 2017

RotoWire Fantasy Analysis

Willy entered Thursday's 32-4 loss to the Redblacks in the third quarter in relief of an ineffective Darian Durant and completed eight of 11 passes for 98 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions while also rushing twice for 14 yards.

The veteran had logged just one pass attempt on the season coming into Thursday, but put up a solid effort under adverse circumstances. Willy has played sparingly since generating 3,769 yards and a 14:16 TD:INT ratio over 17 games for the Bombers back in 2014, seeing action in only 16 games over the three subsequent campaigns. It remains to be seen if head coach Jacques Chapdelaine will give Willy a chance to start in Week 12 versus the Lions.

August 31, 2017

RotoWire Fantasy Analysis

Willy took over at quarterback for Darian Durant during Thursday's game against the Redblacks, Devin Heroux of CBC News reports.

Durant will leave the game completing 12 of his 21 passes for 140 yards and one interception. Willy jumping into the game is somewhat of a surprise considering he's spent most of the season on the injured list or as the team's fourth-string quarterback, though he certainly rose several spots on the depth chart after the team dealt Vernon Adams.

August 18, 2017

RotoWire Fantasy Analysis

Willy is listed as the Alouettes' backup quarterback for this week's matchup with the Argonauts.

Willy has spent much of this season either on the injured list or as the Alouettes' fourth-string quarterback, but he will jump up a couple spots on the depth chart following Montreal's trade of fellow quarterback Vernon Adams, and take over as the No. 2 behind Darian Durant.

August 11, 2017

RotoWire Fantasy Analysis

Willy (undisclosed) will be the third-string quarterback in Friday's game against the Argonauts.

Willy has been a regular on the injured list since signing with the Alouettes in late June, but it appears he will suit up for Montreal's Week 8 contest. As the third-string quarterback, however, it's unlikely he will get a chance to play against the Toronto team he finished the 2016 campaign with.

July 27, 2017

RotoWire Fantasy Analysis

Willy (undisclosed) was placed on the one-game injured list prior to Thursday's game against the Blue Bombers.

This will be the fourth consecutive game Willy has spent on the injured list. It remains to be seen when he will be activated, and even when he is, he will almost certainly slot in as a reserve.

July 18, 2017

RotoWire Fantasy Analysis

Willy (undisclosed) was placed on the one-game injured list for Week 5.

Willy will spend a third consecutive week on the Alouettes' injured list. His next chance to rejoin the roster will come in Week 6 against his former team, the Blue Bombers.

July 14, 2017

RotoWire Fantasy Analysis

Willy (undisclosed) remains on the injured list for Week 4.

Willy was first placed on the injured list in Week 3. It remains to be seen if, or when, he will play for the Alouettes, but he will spend at least one more game on the sideline.

July 6, 2017

RotoWire Fantasy Analysis

Willy was placed on the one-game injured list in advance of Thursday's matchup with the Lions.

Willy is one of three Montreal quarterbacks on the injured list this week, and he remains far away from seeing the field, as three other healthy signal-callers will be on the Alouettes' roster for Week 3.

June 26, 2017

RotoWire Fantasy Analysis

Willy signed a one-year deal Monday with the Alouettes.

Willy brings in plenty of CFL experience with 37 starts and 76 total games played. He's thrown for 8,539 yards and 39 touchdowns over the course of his CFL career, but he will likely serve as a death option for Montreal this season.

June 18, 2017

RotoWire Fantasy Analysis

Willy was released by the Argonauts on Saturday, according to the CFL's official website.

The Argonauts traded a first-round pick -- which eventually became No. 1 overall -- for Willy last season, but he appeared in just four games with modest results, and he did not make enough of an impression during training camp to even hold onto a roster spot. He figures to get a look elsewhere but will likely be looking at a reserve role where he lands.

January 1, 2017

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Willy signed a new contract with the Argonauts this offseason, Kirk Penton of the Winnipeg Sun reports.

The exact length of the deal is still unclear, but it's at least two years long since he'll make $300,000 as a starter in 2017 with the possibility of making more than $400,000 in 2018.

October 17, 2016

RotoWire Fantasy Analysis

Willy is dealing with a shoulder injury and will not play Friday against the Stampeders, CFL.ca reports.

Willy attempted to play through the injury in last week's loss to the Roughriders, but he tweaked his shoulder during the contest, and will not even get a chance to take the field this week. He has not been ruled out for the season, but with the Argonauts off in Week 19, he will have just one more chance to take the field before the regular season comes to a close. Ricky Ray (chest) is the favorite to replace Willy under center Friday.

October 16, 2016

RotoWire Fantasy Analysis

Willy completed 11 of 23 passes for 87 yards before being replaced by Dan LeFevour in the second half of Saturday's loss to the Roughriders.

The Argos' QB situation, and the team as a whole, is a mess right now. Willy was declared the starter for the remainder of the season by head coach Scott Milanovich at the beginning of the month, but lasted less than seven quarters with the job before giving way to LeFevour as Toronto lost for the ninth time in its last 10 games. There's been no indication yet who will be under center Friday in Calgary, but whoever it is will be a very low-ceiling fantasy option.

October 11, 2016

RotoWire Fantasy Analysis

Willy completed 26 of 31 passes for 215 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions and added 19 yards on three rushes in Monday's 48-20 loss to the Stamps.

The veteran signal-caller was efficient albeit unspectacular in the loss, completing passes to nine different receivers and firing multiple touchdowns for only the second time all season. Willy is officially the Argos' starter for the remainder of the season, and although he's not prone to provide as much fantasy production as many of the other quarterbacks around the league, he does offer a solid measure of consistency, having thrown for at least 200 yards in all but one of his eight games this season and completing an outstanding 72.2 percent of his passes. He'll look to improve his numbers when he takes on the Roughriders in Week 17.

October 3, 2016

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Willy will remain the Argos' starting quarterback for the remainder of the regular season and the playoffs, should the team make the postseason, Matthew Scianitti of TSN reports.

He wasn't terribly productive in Sunday's loss to the Alouettes, completing 24 of 35 passes for 226 yards and an interception without throwing a touchdown. Ricky Ray is now apparently healthy enough to play, but will back up Willy instead of regaining the starting job. With the team also having released four wide receivers Monday, the effectiveness of the Toronto passing game will be a major concern heading into next Monday's home game against the Stampeders.

October 1, 2016

RotoWire Fantasy Analysis

Willy (hand) is listed as the starting quarterback on the depth chart for Sunday's matchup with the Alouettes.

Willy suffered a minor hand injury at practice this week, but the setback will not prevent him from taking the field in Week 15, barring a late scratch. Willy made his Argonauts debut in relief last week, but Sunday's contest will be the first he has started since being acquired by Toronto in mid-September.

September 30, 2016

RotoWire Fantasy Analysis

Willy (undisclosed) is expected to start Sunday against the Alouettes, TSN's Gary Lawless reports.

Willy left Thursday's practice with an undisclosed injury, but he apparently was not limited at all at Friday's session, which leaves him on track to make his first start for the Argonauts this weekend.

September 29, 2016

RotoWire Fantasy Analysis

Willy left Thursday's practice with an undisclosed injury and did not return, Chris O'Leary of the Toronto Star reports.

Willy's injury is apparently minor, head coach Scott Milanovich claims, but he also noted that Willy would not be able to start Thursday night if the Argonauts played them, so there is at least some concern about his status moving forward. Willy is on track to make his first start for the Argonauts this week, but if his injury prevents him from playing in the team's next game Sunday, Dan LeFevour would get the start in his place.

September 28, 2016

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Willy will start at quarterback on Saturday against the Alouettes, Chris O'Leary of the Toronto Star reports.

Willy performed well last Friday against the Redblacks when he replaced then-starting quarterback Dan LeFevour in the second half. As expected, Willy will now start, and will likely start the rest of the season for the Argonauts.

September 24, 2016

RotoWire Fantasy Analysis

Willy replaced starting quarterback Dan LeFevour early in the second half of Friday's loss to the Redblacks, completing 16 of 24 passes for 153 yards and a touchdown.

It was a solid Argos debut for Willy, who should take the reins in Toronto for the rest of the season. His first start could be a tough one though as the team heads to Montreal on Oct. 2.

September 21, 2016

RotoWire Fantasy Analysis

Willy will remain in a reserve role for at least another week on the heels of head coach Scott Milanovich announcing Tuesday that fellow quarterback Dan LeFevour will start in Week 14.

LeFevour has strung together back-to-back quality performances, so Milanovich will stick with the hot hand and leave Willy on the bench for the time being. Willy was listed as the Argonauts' third-string quarterback in Week 13, but with another week of practice under his belt, he should have a chance to move up the depth chart this week.

September 12, 2016

RotoWire Fantasy Analysis

Willy will not immediately take over as the Argonauts' starting quarterback, according to TSN.

The Argonauts will stick with Dan LeFevour as the starter after he led the team to a victory in Week 12. However, Willy could still suit up this week, and Toronto may want to get a look at their new quarterback right away. The Argonauts did trade a first-round pick for him, after all, so even if he does not play in Saturday's game against the Blue Bombers, he figures to challenge for the starting spot the following week and beyond.

September 11, 2016

RotoWire Fantasy Analysis

Willy was traded to the Argonauts on Sunday as part of a three-team trade.

Willy was demoted to backup in favor of Matt Nichols at the end of July after starting five games and completing 137-of-191 pass attempts for 1,473 yards, five touchdowns, and four interceptions. He figures to challenge for the Argonauts' starting job moving forward.

July 24, 2016

RotoWire Fantasy Analysis

Head coach Mike O'Shea said Sunday that Willy will not start this week's game against the Eskimos. Matt Nichols will get the start under center instead.

Nichols replaced Willy in Thursday's loss to the Stampeders, and that move will carry over to Week 6 with O'Shea looking to turn things around following a 1-4 start to the season. The Blue Bombers could conceivably turn back to Willy -- who will almost certainly sit fourth in the league in passing yards when Week 5 concludes -- later this summer, but for now Nichols will get a chance to show what he can do.

July 21, 2016

RotoWire Fantasy Analysis

Head coach Mike O'Shea would not commit to Willy as the starter for next week's game against Edmonton, Kirk Penton of the Winnipeg Sun reports.

Willy completed 23 of his 33 passes for 234 yards Thursday, but he made the killer mistake by throwing a pick six in the fourth quarter that dug a 16-point hole for the Blue Bombers. Matt Nichols came on to replace him and orchestrated a touchdown drive, which led O'Shea to leave him in the rest of the game. With WInnipeg out to a 1-4 start, the Blue Bombers could be looking at a new starting quarterback next week in an effort to save the season.

July 15, 2016

RotoWire Fantasy Analysis

Willy completed 25 of 38 passes for 299 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions in Thursday's 20-16 loss to the Eskimos. He also gained 15 yards on three carries.

The 29-year-old was productive once again, but couldn't rally the Blue Bombers in a last-gasp drive. Willy's two interceptions both came at crucial moments, effectively dooming Winnipeg's chances. The first came on the Eskimos' 11-yard line, ending a drive that had started at the Edmonton 30 after a John White fumble. The second came on the last play of the game, as Willy attempted to hit Darvin Adams near the goal line on a long pass to give the Blue Bombers a come-from-behind victory. Despite the setback, Willy has spearheaded a strong aerial attack over the first four weeks, falling just one yard short of totaling three 300-yards games over that span. He'll look to rebound against the Stampeders in Week 5.

July 8, 2016

RotoWire Fantasy Analysis

Willy completed 32 of 42 passes for 279 yards and a touchdown in Thursday's 28-24 victory over the Tiger-Cats. He also gained two yards on two rushes.

The 29-year-old led the Blue Bombers to a rare first-half offensive windfall, as they managed 22 points after scoring only a combined 15 in the first halves of their first two contests. Willy averaged a modest 8.7 yards per completion, but effectively spread the ball around to seven different receivers, including the returning Weston Dressler. As efficient as he was Thursday, Willy may need to kick things up a notch when Winnipeg faces off with the explosive Edmonton Eskimos in Week 4.

July 2, 2016

RotoWire Fantasy Analysis

Willy completed 32 of 44 passes for 358 yards and two touchdowns while also running the ball four times for a team-high 39 yards in Friday's loss to the Stampeders.

His overall production looks good, but the Bombers were down 36-7 heading into the fourth quarter before Willy threw both his TDs to make the final score, along with his own numbers, look respectable. Winnipeg figures to be playing from behind a lot this season, so Willy should continue supplying some impressive fantasy lines even if they don't translate into wins.

June 25, 2016

RotoWire Fantasy Analysis

Willy completed 25 of 34 passes for 303 yards and a touchdown while being intercepted once in Friday's 22-14 loss to the Alouettes.

His box score line doesn't look too bad, but take away his 63-yard TD bomb to Darvin Adams late in the fourth quarter and Willy's struggles become more apparent. Big things were expected from Winnipeg's offense this season, but if Willy fails to come up big the team might have to consider making a change under center.