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DraftKings CFL: Week 3 Value Plays

Juan Carlos Blanco

Winner of the FSWA 2016 Newcomer of the Year Award, Juan Carlos Blanco has been playing fantasy sports for close to 20 years and covers NBA, MLB, and the NFL for, including serving as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' beat writer. He has previously written for and remains an avid season-long and daily fantasy player in multiple sports.


Bo Levi Mitchell, CGY at WPG ($10,800): Mitchell has racked up 671 yards and is tied with Ottawa's Trevor Harris and Saskatchewan's Kevin Glenn with five passing touchdowns after the first two weeks. The Stamps' offense is heavily predicated on Mitchell's prolific arm, and in what looks like a potential shootout against a Blue Bombers secondary that allowed 362 yards passing to Kevin Glenn in Week 2, he makes for the top-end choice at quarterback. There's also the matter of Mitchell's success against Winnipeg last season, which included a trio of 300-yard passing efforts along with seven touchdowns and only one interception. With an impressive array of pass catchers that includes CFL receiving touchdown leader Kamar Jorden, Lemar Durant, trusted veteran Marquay McDaniel, and the returning DaVaris Daniels, Mitchell has plenty of firepower with which to produce another explosive effort.

Matt Nichols, WPG vs. CGY ($8,600): If Mitchell is projected for a big performance in Week 3, it's likely that the quarterback on the other side of the field will also be putting the ball in the air plenty in an effort to keep pace. Nichols delivered in Week 2 at a relative bargain price of $7,700, and despite the increase after a 331-yard, four-touchdown night, he's worth the investment if you need to go with a mid-priced signal caller. Nichols showed excellent rapport with trusted veteran Weston Dressler in the Week 2 overtime victory, but he also has a solid complementary cast at his disposal that includes Darvin Adams, veteran Clarence Denmark, promising rookie L'Damian Washington and the ever-versatile Andrew Harris. Additionally, it's worth noting the Calgary secondary proved vulnerable over the first two weeks in a pair of showdowns versus the Redblacks, giving up an average of 348.5 yards through the air.

Kevin Glenn, SSK vs. HAM ($8,300): The wily veteran has been outstanding in his new Roughriders digs over the first two weeks, checking in third in the CFL with 675 yards and tying for the league lead in touchdown passes. He now draws a matchup against a Tiger-Cats secondary that was eviscerated by Toronto's Ricky Ray for 506 yards passing in Week 1. While Hamilton has had two weeks to recover from that disaster, they're facing one of the hottest arms in the league in Glenn. Furthermore, even with Caleb Holley (shoulder) out of action, Glenn will still have a deep corps of talented wideouts that includes Naaman Roosevelt, Duron Carter, and Nic Demski.

Running Back

Andrew Harris, WPG vs. CGY ($7,400): Harris gets the call again this week as a top-tier running back option, as his heavy involvement in the passing game essentially guarantees him opportunity for all four quarters. The veteran running back saw 19 touches in the Week 2 shootout against the Roughriders, and he's likely in for another heavy workload versus a Stampeders defense that's given up the second-most rushing yards (98.5) per game through the first two weeks. Harris logged 13 catches over two games against Calgary last season, so he could be an especially strong contributor in the passing game in what should be a high-scoring tilt.

Tyrell Sutton, MTL vs. BC ($6,200): Mossis Madu, Jr., ($5,400) and William Powell, ($4,600) have a potential timeshare situation going on in Ottawa, making it difficult to peg either as a clear-cut choice despite their very appealing price tags. However, there's no ambiguity regarding Sutton, who has logged 25 rushing attempts over the first two games while also tallying four receptions. The Alouettes rank second in the CFL through the first two weeks in rushing yards (102.5) and appear committed to a balanced attack in order to help keep pressure off veteran signal-caller Darian Durant. While there are cheaper options, Sutton seems to have the safest floor of running backs in his general price range.

Wide Receiver/Slotback

Weston Dressler, WPG vs. CGY ($8,300): As alluded to earlier, Dressler was a top target of Matt Nichols in Week 2, leading the way with 124 receiving yards and two touchdowns in the overtime victory. Nothing should change in a potential Week 3 shootout, making Dressler the potential best fantasy-point-per-dollar value near the top tier at receiver. It's worth noting that Dressler also dominated the Calgary secondary for 12 receptions for 118 yards and a score in Winnipeg's first meeting against the Stampeders last season, and they were very generous to the Redblacks through the air over the first two games of the season, giving up 725 passing yards passing.

Duron Carter, SSK vs. HAM ($7,300): As mentioned earlier, Caleb Holley (shoulder) has hit the injured list, bumping all Riders receivers up a notch. While Naaman Roosevelt ($8,200) makes for a good pivot off Dressler if you are spending up, Carter makes for an intriguing tournament play at $900 cheaper. There's no shortage of talent with Carter, with only his antics seemingly holding him back from true stardom. However, he will be in prime position to turn in his first explosive outing of 2017 against Hamilton, whose porous secondary was referenced earlier. Carter was much better in Week 2 (five receptions, 69 yards) after a lackluster opener, and he has the benefit of catching passes from one of the league's hottest quarterbacks over the first two weeks in Kevin Glenn.

Armanti Edwards, TOR at OTT ($5,700): Edwards was one of our calls at the affordable tier in Week 2, and his breakout effort only resulted in a slight $300 bump in price. The 29-year-old wideout exploded for 10 receptions, 131 yards and a touchdown against the Lions and now draws a matchup versus a Redblacks secondary that yielded 329 yards per game over the first two weeks to the Stampeders. The Argos have been humming on offense under new head coach and CFL legend Marc Trestman while leading the league with 393.5 passing yards per game over the first two weeks, making Edwards a highly appealing Week 3 value option.

Nic Demski, SSK vs. HAM (4,300): Demski's price has remained stagnant despite his productive Week 2 effort (seven receptions for 87 yards, nine punt returns for 82 yards), rendering him an excellent value play once again. His dual role makes him particularly appealing (and safe) from a fantasy perspective, and Caleb Holley's aforementioned absence also eliminates a major competitor for targets.

Team Defense

Montreal Alouettes vs. BC Lions ($4,600): The Alouettes have been the stingiest defense in the CFL through the first two weeks in terms of points, allowing only 19.5 per game to the Roughriders and Eskimos. The Lions bounced back on offense against the Argos in Week 2, but also showed they could be stymied by an aggressive defense in Week 1 against the Eskimos. Montreal looked particularly effective at home in Week 1, and is teed up for another strong outing in Week 3. Furthermore, the value of veteran special teams ace Stefan Logan can't be discounted as a possible source of fantasy points for the Montreal D, considering he has already racked up 230 return yards over the first two weeks and is always a threat for a return score.

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