CFL DFS Picks – Week 17

Welcome to this edition of the CFL Daily Fantasy Breakdown!

This article will largely be based off the projections available on this site. It is important to note that it will take these projections a few weeks to smooth out. I will go through each position in this article and highlight a few plays I like, and then some others I would stay away from, despite what the projections say. The CFL is a bit of an anomaly at this point, and I don’t think it is fair to use last year’s statistics as a basis for this year. With that said, if you like what you see let us know on Twitter @researchandwin or on Facebook at Research Fantasy. Also, check out our CFL Research Portal. It is very useful in making fantasy decisions.

QUARTERBACK 

Bo Levi Mitchell ($11,300) – Calgary Stampeders vs. Montreal Alouettes

Vegas sees this game as being an absolute blowout, and I think that is a very good possibility. If that outcomes does in fact occur, it will likely be because of the efforts of Mitchell. He has been one of the league’s best quarterbacks this year, and this matchup is about as good as it gets, outside of getting them on his home turf. He is the guy I am targeting in most of my lineups.

Darian Durant ($8,600) – Saskatchewan RoughRiders @ Toronto Argonauts

If you want to save a considerably amount of cap space, and sacrifice the likely upside of Mitchell, Durant makes a good play. I am expecting an outing around the mid 20’s, but that would be fine given the price. I’m not sure that this is a week we have to save so much in our cap, as injuries are taking a toll on teams, but if you think Mitchell might stumble and want to get an advantage on the rest of the players, Durant would be a good route to go.

RUNNING BACK

Chris Rainey ($5,400) – BC Lions vs. Winnipeg BlueBombers

Chris Rainey is a must play in your lineup. I know, I get it. Seeing things like that doesn’t always evoke the most confidence in a DFS player, as it is as close to a must fail situation as possible. Rainey has been very consistent and does not need to be involved in the offense to rack up points because of what he does in the return game. Use the price to your benefit and lock him into your lineups.

Brandon Whitaker ($6,900) – Toronto Argonauts vs. Saskatchewan RoughRiders

If you are insistent on spending a little more at the position, then Whitaker should be the guy for you. He is coming off a very poor week, but this RoughRiders defense is not very good, and he should see ample opportunity to have his way with it. I love the upside, but must be honest that I just see Rainey as being a much more stable option.

WIDE RECEIVER

Emmanuel Arceneaux ($9,300) – BC Lions vs. Winnipeg BlueBombers

This is the first week in a long while that we do not have the big options, as the Eskimos are off the board and Chris Williams is done for the year with an ACL injury. After a slow start to the year, Arceneaux has turned things up, and should be on your list of targets against a softer BlueBombers defense. There is very little doubt in my mind that he should be able to put together a nice game here.

DaVaris Daniels ($8,100) – Calgary Stampeders vs. Montreal Alouettes

Daniels’ price is still far too cheap for what he brings to the table. As I said in Mitchell’s write-up, the Stampeders will likely put up a ton of points in this matchup, and Daniels appears to be the top option for Mitchell. There is no reason to look elsewhere, and I think we will see a big game out of him again this weekend.

Kamar Jorden ($6,800) – Calgary Stampeders vs. Montreal Alouettes

I know it seems strange to have two receivers from the same team in a write-up, but it speaks to what I think this Stampeders offense is likely to do this weekend. If they do what I think they will, then Jorden will come in at extreme value, and could very well aid you in your quest to take down a tournament. He’s worth every penny this weekend.

DEFENSE

Calgary Stampeders ($5,000) – Calgary Stampeders vs. Montreal Alouettes

It’s true that this breakdown is full of Stampeders. The reality is that with the Alouettes expected to struggle this mightily, it only seems right to use as many of them as we possibly can. We’ve seen this Calgary defense rack up points at times this year, and I could certainly see it being the case again this weekend.