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RotoWire AnalysisPer CFL rules, Jones will now be subject to mandatory testing. This season, he's collected 267 yards on 25 receptions. Shamawd Chambers should see additional targets as a result of Jones' suspension.
RotoWire AnalysisJohnson spent the early portion of this season with the Redblacks, largely being limited to special team duties as a returner. While he was released in early August, Johnson will now latch on with the Roughriders to provide depth on the outside. He'll likely be buried a bit on the depth chart, which should limit his fantasy impact, but it could be worth it to monitor his role over the next few weeks.
RotoWire AnalysisAfter being pulled from Sunday's loss to the Alouettes because of a both a shoulder and rib injury, Tate underwent additional tests following the game. While the tests didn't show anything overly serious, Tate will still likely miss Friday's contest and is considered week-to-week moving forward. If Tate is ultimately held out as expected, the Redblacks are slated to start Ryan Lindley in his place, as usual starter Trevor Harris (shoulder) is also likely to sit out with an injury of his own.
RotoWire AnalysisFantuz has been serving as the Tiger-Cats' coordinator of player development while recuperating from a torn ACL, which he suffered last October. Now nearly a full year removed from the injury, it appears Fantuz is back to full strength and ready to rejoin the Hamilton receiving ranks. The Canadian wideout registered 101 catches for 1,059 yards in 2016, so he could carve out a major role right away for Hamilton if he doesn't experience too many limitations in his return from the injury.
RotoWire AnalysisWilly was certainly more effective than Durant, although given that the latter failed to complete a pass, it wasn't exactly a high bar to cross. Sunday marked the second time in the last three contests that Willy was called upon to fill in for his teammate, and it remains to be seen if his efforts against the Redblacks will lead to a starting assignment versus the Argonauts in Week 14.
RotoWire AnalysisThe veteran wideout's production was undeniably sapped by the struggles of Darian Durant and the conservative play of replacement Drew Willy. Jackson has a pair of identical two-reception, 19-yard tallies in the last three weeks, with both having come against the Redblacks. He's managed just seven catches in the last trio of contests overall, leading to a modest 43 receptions over his first 12 games in an Als uniform. He'll look to bounce back in conjunction with whoever is behind center in Week 14 against the Argonauts.
RotoWire AnalysisLewis continues to find ways to contribute regardless of the instability behind center. The veteran has at least four grabs in five consecutive games, despite posting single-digit YPC figures in each of those contests. He'll look to continue producing against the Argonauts in Week 14.
RotoWire AnalysisAfter two lackluster games where he'd totaled a combined 27 yards on the ground, Sutton bounced back with his best rushing total since Week 4. The 10.0 yards per tote was Sutton's highest total of the season, while his four receptions also equaled a personal best in 2017. Sutton will look to replicate the effort when the Alouettes face off with the Argonauts in Week 14.
RotoWire AnalysisThe veteran signal caller couldn't get anything going for the first quarter and a half, leading to his ouster in favor of fellow vet Drew Willy. Durant had also struggled against the same Redblacks defense in Week 11 and had gotten the hook in favor of Willy in that contest as well. It remains to be seen if he'll be able to retake the reins of the offense in Week 14 against the Argonauts, given that general manager Kavis Reed is now also serving as the interim head coach for the balance of the season.
RotoWire AnalysisEllingson saw William Powell take on the majority of the heavy lifting Sunday and totaled under 50 yards receiving for the third time in the last four contests. The 29-year-old carries plenty of upside -- as evidenced his four 100-yard receiving efforts this season -- but he also sees occasional downturns in production. His upside may be capped once again in Week 14 against the Bombers if the Redblacks find themselves down to Ryan Lindley at quarterback.
RotoWire AnalysisThe 29-year-old fullback was a surprise asset on the pass-catching front, posting a season high in receptions and yards. Lavoie also notched his first touchdown since the 2015 season, bringing in a 16-yard scoring throw from Drew Tate (arm) in the first quarter. Lavoie's offensive involvement typically is limited to the passing game. Therefore, he remains a highly risky fantasy option despite Sunday's success.
RotoWire AnalysisSpencer has been turning in performances the likes of Sunday's for multiple weeks now, and he's essentially become the Redblacks' best all-around player. The 25-year-old wideout logged at least six catches for the fourth time in the last five weeks and has now notched a pair of return touchdowns this season as well. He'll look to continue producing irrespective of who's behind center when Ottawa takes on the Bombers in Week 14.
RotoWire AnalysisWith the Redblacks down two quarterbacks, the onus was on Powell to carry the offense, and he came through in spectacular fashion. The 29-year-old logged career highs in carries and rushing yards, following what had been a three-game absence with an undisclosed injury. Powell has logged double-digit carries in five of the last six games he's played in, making him an especially appealing play in Week 14 against the vulnerable Bombers defense if Ottawa finds itself down to Ryan Lindley at quarterback.
RotoWire AnalysisThe 28-year-old saw his first CFL action in place of Drew Tate (arm), who in turn was filling in for starter Trevor Harris (shoulder). Lindley actually logged more rushes than completed passes and wasn't really tested, considering the Redblacks enjoyed a comfortable second-half lead thanks in large part to the impressive efforts of tailback William Powell. Ottawa faces a short week, with their Week 14 matchup against the Bombers fast approaching next Friday. Therefore, Lindley may be in line for his first CFL start if neither Tate nor Harris are able to suit up.
RotoWire AnalysisChambers has played in just six of 12 games so far this season, pulling in four receptions for 40 yards. With the Tiger-Cats having serious depth issues at the wide receiver position, Chambers fills an immediate need and should see a spike in his playing time moving forward with his new organization.
RotoWire AnalysisThe exact severity of the injury remains unclear at this point in time, but an update should come after he's reevaluated following the game. With a matchup against the Blue Bombers on Friday, Tate will have a short week to make a full recovery if he wants to avoid missing time.
RotoWire AnalysisThe 24-year-old Northern Illinois product served as an effective complement on the night to Marken Michel and Reginald Begelton. Brescacin has had a solid role in the passing game the last two weeks, as he posted a career-best five receptions against the Eskimos in Week 12. While he's likely still earning the trust of quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell, he brings some play-making ability to the table after averaging 14.8 yards per reception and scoring 13 touchdowns on 99 catches over four college seasons. Brescacin will look to continue climbing the ladder against the Roughriders in Week 14.
RotoWire AnalysisThe 24-year-old recorded his first career catch back in Week 9, but he'd been inactive since. Begelton thus posted career bests in receptions and receiving yardage Saturday, scoring the clinching touchdown on a 20-yard catch-and-run in the fourth quarter in the process. Naturally, it's difficult to project what his week-to-week role might be moving forward, but he certainly bears monitoring as a potential low-cost DFS option.
RotoWire AnalysisThe speedster now has 167 receiving yards over his last two games and paced the Stamps' wideouts in both receptions and yardage Saturday. His 31-yard touchdown reception, which opened the scoring on the night for either club, was his first since back in Week 6 and only his second of the season. However, he appears to be increasingly earning the trust of quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell, who's now connected with him on 11 occasions over the last three games. Michel will look to continue using his game-breaking speed to his advantage against the Roughriders in Week 14.
RotoWire AnalysisThe 25-year-old running back ripped off a 66-yard punt return and also added a 47-yarder, posting his season-high yardage total in that category in the process. Finch has only carried the ball 20 times this season, but he could be in for an expanded role as a tailback in Week 14 versus the Roughriders if Jerome Messam (head) is unable to suit up. If he does indeed project for extra opportunity next week, he'd make for a highly appealing and modestly-priced DFS play, given his already significant involvement on special teams.
No players are returning today.
|Wayne Moore||Ottawa||September 2017|
|Alex Carroll||Montreal||September 2017|
|McLeod Bethel-Thompson||Toronto||September 2017|
|Antonio Pipkin||Montreal||September 2017|
|Jean-Christophe Beaulieu||Montreal||September 2017|
|Lemar Durant||Calgary||September 2017|
|Juron Criner||Ottawa||September 2017|
|Alex Pierzchalski||Montreal||September 2017|
|Vince Young||October 2017|
|Mike Jones||Hamilton||October 2017|
|Terrence Toliver||Hamilton||October 2017|
|Anthony Coombs||Toronto||October 2017|
|Chad Owens||Saskatchewan||October 2017|
|Christion Jones||Saskatchewan||October 2017|
|Nic Demski||Saskatchewan||October 2017|
|Cameron Marshall||Saskatchewan||October 2017|
|Vidal Hazelton||Edmonton||October 2017|
|Mercer Timmis||Hamilton||October 2017|
|Giovanni Aprile||Hamilton||October 2017|
|Kenny Shaw||Ottawa||October 2017|
|Kendial Lawrence||Edmonton||October 2017|
|Travis Lulay||BC||June 2018|
|John White||Edmonton||June 2018|