CFL DFS Picks for DraftKings – 2017 Week 1

Welcome to another edition of ResearchFantasy’s CFL Breakdown. These picks are what I consider to be the best play of the day, relative to their price. One of the most important things we must consider in daily fantasy is how many points a player gets per dollar. It helps us identify value plays to pair with studs that we know will produce in order to maximize our potential points in lineups. I also try to identify plays that can be used in either cash games or tournaments. Typically, when I build my cash games, I am looking for players that have the best floor combined with good upside. If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, please let us know!


Bo Levi Mitchell (10000) – It’s actually a very tough choice at the top when discuss quarterbacks over $10k. I am not really sold too much on Trevor Harris, at least this week, but Mike Reilly has that rushing touchdown upside that could be beneficial on a slate like this. Nonetheless, I am expecting this to be a record breaking season for Bo Levi Mitchell, as he tries to build off his awesome 2016 campaign. He looks to have the best weapons in the league, and I think he’s a good bet for 25-30 fantasy points this week.

Jonathon Jennings (9600) – I gave long thought to putting Jennings in my cash game lineups this week, but I just couldn’t end up doing it. The difference in price between he and Mitchell is just too close for me to want to drop down. It could still happen though, depending on what happens when depth charts are released. Edmonton isn’t a defense that I am too concerned about, and I think he has a ton of upside in this game. What could cause me to come off of Mitchell and on to Jennings is just the fact that he is more likely to do work with his legs, which gives him a higher ceiling.


John White (7700) – As I mentioned yesterday in our article, How to Play CFL DFS on DraftKings, spending up on running back tends to be a solid strategy, especially in your cash game lineups. You need to have one running back, so it’s important that you get it right. White looks to have the most solidified role, and has a good ability to get involved in the passing game, which always carries upside with it. This Edmonton team has the highest total on the slate, so it makes sense to get some exposure to them. White makes a great option.

William Powell (5000) – Just yesterday, and today as well on the YouTube video, I talked up Moisses Madu Jr. Turns out, they like Powell better, so he’ll be getting the start. This is good news for fantasy owners, as now a chief value play gets even cheaper! We’ll be saving $800 on Powell from Madu, and the reports are that he is just the all around better back. I’ll be using him a lot in my cash games and tournaments this week.


Emmanuel Arceneaux (9600) – It’s going to be tough to pass on an Adarius Bowman without Derel Walker, especially when he is just $400 more on DraftKings. Arceneaux had a great year last year, and had to of the biggest games for a receiver last year. Both of them came against Edmonton. Clearly, there is something he does that they cannot stop, and the promise of another almost 40 point fantasy outing is too good to pass up. Even if he doesn’t get to that total, I expect him to come close to 100 yards and score a touchdown, so his total should still be one of the highest at the position.

DaVaris Daniels (8300) – Huge things were expected out of Daniels after he posted a huge sophomore season at Notre Dame in 2014. Unfortunately, a suspension in 2015 derailed everything he was trying to do, and he ultimately ended up landing at the doorstep of the CFL. In his rookie season, he was nothing short of amazing. He clearly has a great rapport with Bo Levi Mitchell, and as a result, could take a big step ahead this year. His upside is honestly through the roof, and I would expect his price to reach Bowman levels by week 5. He makes a great play in either format.

Brandon Zylstra (4400) – There is little doubt in my mind that Zylstra will be the highest owned player this week. How can you not want him on your squads? He’s been nothing but solid when given the opportunity, and with Derel Walker now giving it a go in the NFL, someone has to pick up the slack. They have some quality options, but Zylstra offers the best combo of speed and strength. My biggest concern here could in fact he Duke Williams, the former Auburn star who had some issues that caused him to leave the NFL this year. I think that might take awhile to come to pass, so until then Zylstra is my favore point per dollar option.


Montreal Alouettes (4900) – When looking through each team’s composition, it appears that Saskatchewan once again looks like a weak offense. As a result, I think we can afford to drop the Alouettes in our lineups this week. Defense is definitely a difficult decision most weeks in the CFL, especially in the first week when there is so much unknown. With that said, I like the upside of the Alouettes this week.

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