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Week 5 Edmonton Remains on top
Week 5 of the CFL was spread over 5 days with Ottawa playing twice. It’s the result of the CFL only have 9 teams. The week kicked off on Wednesday with Ottawa facing Montreal. The Redblacks entered the game with a 0-3-1 record. They were finally able to notch their first victory of the season with a 24-19 home victory. Ottawa receivers continued their outstanding play, Greg Ellingson collected 6 receptions for 149 yards and a score. Brad Sinopoli also contributed heavily with a stat line of 9-96-1. The offense has not been the problem for the Redblacks this season. It has been the awful defense that somehow managed to hold on this week.
On the Montreal side of the ball, QB Darian Durant completed 77.8% of his passes for 452 yards and 2 touchdowns. It was his two interceptions that prevented the Alouettes from possibly scoring more points. Durant did a good job with getting everyone involved. Four Alouettes’ receivers had 5 or more receptions and at least 60 yards receiving. Montreal falls to 2-3 on the season.
*Fantasy focus- You should be targeting the Redblacks’ Defense until further notice!
Edmonton Remains undefeated.
Edmonton (4-0) came back to beat the Tiger-Cats 31-28. Despite being down most of the game, Edmonton was able to secure the win with an 18-point fourth quarter. Mike Reilly threw 3 touchdowns for 350 yards. The Tiger-Cat defense should be another target if you are playing DFS on Draftkings. Reilly was able to complete 73% of his passes and tossed touchdowns to three different receivers stuffing the stat sheet with fantasy goodness.
The Tiger-Cats… where to begin. Zach Collaros has struggled all season to move this anemic offense. Collaros threw for just 249 yards with 2 interceptions. His lone touchdown pass going to Luke Tasker. It’s a guessing game every week identifying anyone on the Tiger-Cats offense worth rostering on your DFS team. Ross Scheuerman is a quiet value at RB averaging 13 points over the last two weeks. The question is when the 0-4 Tiger-Cats get their first win?
Lulay continues Stellar Play for the BC Lions
Jennings who? There should be no turning back as Lulay proved that his prior week performance was no fluke. Winnipeg and BC combined for an offensive explosion. BC needed a 15-point fourth quarter to come back and narrowly edged the Bombers. Lulay, the BC pivot threw for 404 yards completing 65% of his passes for 2 touchdown passes. Both TD tosses went to Emmanuel Arceneaux, who is starting to play better after the slow start to the season. Lions’ running backs Jeremiah Johnson and Chris Rainey both played well and each scored a rushing touchdown.
Winnipeg let this one slip away. After scoring 21 third quarter points, they entered the fourth quarter leading 42-27. Matt Nichols completed nearly 80% of his passing. Tossing 3 touchdowns for 254 yards. He also had 21 yards rushing and a rushing touchdown. I was on him in DFS. At just 4.7% ownership, Nichols scored 29.26 Draftkings’ points. Unfortunately, I didn’t put a good team around him. The Bombers have been up and down all season. At 2-2, the Bombers have the talent to make a claim on the Grey Cup.
Roughriders Roughed Up on Road
Calgary roughed up Saskatchewan 27-10 improving their record to 3-1-1. Running back Jerome Messam was the star of the game. 28 rushing attempts, let me repeat, 28 rushing attempts for 135 yards and a touchdown. That kind of workload and production in the CLF is a rarity. Kamar Jorden and Marquay McDaniel each had 88 yards for the Stampeders. Mcdaniel also had a TD reception.
Saskatchewan now 1-3 on the season, simply did not show up. The offensive output was awful beginning with the passing where pivot Kevin Glenn barely passed for 200 yards. Their running game was even worse if possible with just 38 rushing yards on 10 attempts. Naaman Roosevelt was held to 6 receptions for 57 yards.
More of the same from Ottawa
Week 5 concluded on Monday, July 24th with Ottawa (1-4) playing their second game in six days. Ottawa traveled to Toronto and battled to the end, eventually losing 27-24. As has been a theme in this column the Redblacks offense is not the issue. Ottawa lost on a last second field goal. Ottawa relied heavily on their run game as they had 20 attempts. It made sense with the quick turnaround to slow the game down and protect the defense by playing ball control. Running back William Powell led the way with 13 carries for 69 yards. Redblacks’ QB Trevor Harris completed just 16 passes for 184 yards and two touchdowns. Star receivers Ellingson and Sinopoli each snagged a TD.
Rick Ray, on the other hand, completed 40 passes for 367 yards and two touchdowns for the Argonauts. He picked apart the Redblacks’ defense completing passes to 9 different receivers. Five receivers had at least 5 receptions. Anthony Coombs led the way with a stat line of 8-73-1. Toronto is leading the East Division standing with a 3-2 record.
Repeat…*Fantasy focus- You should be targeting the Redblacks’ Defense until further notice!
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