CFL DFS Picks – 2016 Week 20
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.
Jonathan Jennings ($9,700) – BC Lions vs. Saskatchewan RoughRiders
Jennings is in a good position this week, in a rematch against a pretty poor defensive RoughRiders team. He’s priced fairly, and he is playing for a home playoff spot, so you’d like to think that he would be giving it a little bit extra this week to try to get his team in. I think he should be able to put up an outing of around 30 points, which is why I will be slotting him in as my top quarterback play on the week.
Brock Jensen ($6,300) – Ottawa RedBlacks vs. Winnipeg Blue Bombers
Due to the RedBlacks already cashing in on a first round bye, the team is choosing to sit Henry Burris and Trevor Harris in favor of Brock Jensen. This is a reasonably good matchup for him, despite the fact that Winnipeg has notched 29 interceptions on the year. Still, they are giving up a ton of yardage, and Jensen is likely going to be trying to impress in his start so that he could potentially find a starting position in the league in 2017.
Jeremiah Johnson ($7,100) – BC Lions vs. Saskatchewan RoughRiders
Johnson has topped 100 rushing yards in consecutive weeks, and with a 3 point bonus available for cracking the century mark, he is someone you want to heavily consider as not many are going to be able to get to that number. He is clearly going to cost you, but it is also clear that he should be able to amass a pretty big game, and should help you get to the top.
Chris Rainey ($5,700) – BC Lions @ Saskatchewan RoughRiders
It will definitely be a little contrarian to use two running backs from the same team, but perhaps it is even more contrarian to do it when you don’t have to. Rainey is always a threat in the return game, but he is a gadget play that can yield additional points, and if he gets into the endzone, you are looking at a huge return on your investment. I will do this in a few of my tournament lineups this week.
Darvin Adams ($6,800) – Winnipeg Blue Bombers @ Ottawa RedBlacks
After missing much of the season, Darvin Adams came back with a vengeance last week, putting up a 20+ point game, catching nine passes for 87 yards and a touchdown. He is likely to duplicate this effort this week, and his price is just way, way too low, due to being on the sideline for so long.
Diontae Spencer ($7,900) – Toronto Argonauts @ Edmonton Eskimos
Spencer has a pretty good floor in this matchup, as I think he is very likely to break the 10 point mark. He probably doesn’t have the upside of a lot of the other players this week, but I think he should be able to pay off his salary, and if he manages to get into the endzone, he’ll make you some money this week.
Brandon Zylstra ($4,300) – Edmonton Eskimos vs. Toronto Argonauts
If you need a play that is cheap to help you really load up your lineup, Zylstra could be that guy. He is a player trending upward with targets, and always has the upside for breaking a long one for a touchdown. There aren’t many players in this range that has 20 point upside, but even as the third target in this offense, Zylstra does possess that upside.
Hamilton Tiger-Cats ($5,200) – Hamilton Tiger-Cats vs. Montreal Alouettes
I think there are a few routes you can go on defense, and one of my favorites is with the Tiger-Cats, who I have used all year long. The Alouettes are back to Rakeem Cato, and while he might be my favorite college player of all time, he hasn’t exactly translated to success in the CFL. I think they should be able to get to him a lot, and he will likely give this defense a big score.