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RotoWire AnalysisLochard has been out for the last three games after suffering a lower-body injury during a game against British Colombia. There should be a more concrete update on his status Saturday, once the team releases the depth chart.
RotoWire AnalysisDemski practiced Wednesday for the first time since injuring his foot in Week 11, so his activation does not automatically put him in the lineup for this week's Eastern Final. However, he will at least have a chance to play this week, and in the Grey Cup should the Roughriders advance.
RotoWire AnalysisJones did not explicitly say who the Roughriders' primary running back in Sunday's game would be, but neither Cameron Marshall (knee) or Trent Richardson (lower body) will play this weekend and Thigpen is coming off a 169-yard Semi-Final effort, so it seems likely he will again handle the bulk of the backfield work while Kienan LaFrance plays a complimentary role.
RotoWire AnalysisThis will miss a third straight game due to his lower-body injury, which forces Kienan LaFrance and Marcus Thigpen into bigger roles for this weekend's contest. There still has been no word on a timeline for Richardson, so it's up in the air as to whether he'd be able to play next Sunday in the Grey Cup, were the Roughriders to defeat Toronto.
RotoWire AnalysisMarshall will miss a fourth straight game due to a lingering knee injury. Trent Richardson (lower body) will also be sidelined, which means Kienan LaFrance and Marcus Thigpen are in line for heavy loads this weekend.
RotoWire AnalysisThe first-year CFL player caught only one TD during seven regular-season games as he struggled to stay healthy and never topped 36 receiving yards, so Washington's playoff performance was an encouraging one for a team that now has plenty of time to think about its 2018 roster. The 28-year-old may find himself with a more prominent spot on the depth chart when next season rolls around.
RotoWire AnalysisThe fourth-year Canadian had the best game of his career Sunday, but it wasn't enough to push the Bombers through to the next round of the playoffs. Coates has just 16 catches for 233 receiving yards and one TD in 52 career regular-season games, so don't expect him to suddenly emerge as a star in 2018 despite this impressive showing.
RotoWire AnalysisThe veteran wideout struggled to stay healthy in 2017, but he put together one of his best performances of the year when it mattered most, with his nine catches topping anything he did during the regular season. Dressler's two seasons in Winnipeg have been something of a disappointment due to his injuries, but if he returns in 2018 he should again slot in at the top of the depth chart.
RotoWire AnalysisIt's the first time since Week 15 that Harris has topped 100 scrimmage yards, but his efforts weren't enough to advance the Bombers in the playoffs. The 30-year-old Winnipeg native recorded his third career 1000-yard rushing season in 2017 while setting a new career high with 857 receiving yards, and he figures to return as the team's lead back next year.
RotoWire AnalysisHe is very clearly the third option in the Edmonton passing attack behind Brandon Zylstra and Adarius Bowman, but quarterback Mike Reilly still finds a way to keep Walker involved in the offense. Edmonton will need all their receivers in top form next Sunday as they head to Calgary to face Bo Levi Mitchell and the Stampeders to the right to represent the West in the Grey Cup.
RotoWire AnalysisIt took a few games for Bowman and Brandon Zylstra to get used to working together, but two duo combined for over 220 receiving yards and three scores in Sunday's win, giving Mike Reilly two potent weapons on the outside heading into next week's clash in Calgary with Bo Levi Mitchell and the Stampeders for the right to represent the West in the Grey Cup.
RotoWire AnalysisThe second-year receiver had a couple of quiet performances at the end of the regular season once Adarius Bowman was 100 percent again, but the two both came up huge to begin the playoffs. Zylstra figures to see plenty of targets once again next Sunday in Calgary as Mike Reilly tries to out-duel Bo Levi Mitchell and advance Edmonton to the Grey Cup.
RotoWire AnalysisAfter giving the Edmonton backfield a shot in the arm to close out the regular season, the former Ti-Cat put together his best performance yet in green and gold in his first playoff game with his new team. Gable will need to keep producing if Edmonton is going to get past the Stampeders next Sunday and advance to the Grey Cup.
RotoWire AnalysisHe also added seven carries for 32 yards. Reilly was on fire to close out the regular season, completing 67.2 percent of his passes and posting a 13:4 TD:INT over his last eight games while averaging 333.1 passing yards per contest, and it doesn't look like he intends to slow down in the playoffs. He'll lead Edmonton into Calgary next Sunday for the Western Final, with a berth in the Grey Cup on the line.
RotoWire AnalysisEllingson played a distinct second fiddle to Juron Criner and Diontae Spencer on the afternoon, with his reception total checking in a distant third behind that duo. While the 28-year-old's season didn't exactly end on a spectacular note, he will head into the offseason having posted career bests in receptions (96), receiving yards (1,459) and touchdowns (12) in 2017. On the heels of three straight 1,000-yard campaigns, Ellingson figures to once again play a prominent role in the Redblacks' offense in 2018.
RotoWire AnalysisOn an afternoon when quarterback Trevor Harris threw for 457 yards, Criner played a significant role in the passing game, as he posted career-best reception and receiving yardage totals. The 27-year-old has flashed plenty of big-play potential throughout his two-year career, but he's been limited to just 12 games over that span. Looking ahead to 2018, the Redblacks are likely to attempt to incorporate Criner and his talents into the offense in a more significant manner than ever. Factoring in Sunday's production, Criner totaled 17 catches for 192 yards and three scores over his final pair of contests.
RotoWire AnalysisDespite the disappointing conclusion to the season for the Redblacks, they have to be thrilled with Spencer's prospects. The 25-year-old demonstrated his worth as both a receiver and returner on multiple occasions, eclipsing the century mark in receiving yardage in three of the last four games while also averaging an impressive 13.3 yards per punt return and 24.3 yards per kickoff runback on the season. Spencer's career-best campaign puts him squarely in Ottawa's 2018 plans to garner another Grey Cup, and he presently profiles as the team's most complete offensive threat.
RotoWire AnalysisPowell saw a more limited role than usual due to the sizable second-half deficit the Redblacks faced, but he still managed to make the most of his opportunities. The veteran running back was a revelation for Ottawa this season, posting a career-best 1,026 yards and five rushing touchdowns. Powell certainly showed enough to be factored in as a major component of the team's plans for next season, with his rushing and receiving skills giving him considerable value heading into 2018.
RotoWire AnalysisHarris was forced to put up a season-high amount of pass attempts with the Redblacks trailing by a sizable margin for extended stretches. The 31-year-old displayed the most synergy with Diontae Spencer and Juron Criner, with whom he connected on 20 occasions for 259 yards and two touchdowns. Harris' interceptions did undercut Ottawa's efforts, however, and put a disappointing cap on an otherwise productive season. Harris threw for a career-high 4,679 yards in 2017, while also reaching the 30-touchdown mark for the second time in his career. The prolific signal caller will look to help the Redblacks avenge their early postseason exit in 2018, with the likes of Spencer and Criner projected to serve as key weapons.
RotoWire AnalysisCarter made a successful return to the offensive side of the ball after playing cornerback at the tail end of the regular season, leading the team in receptions on the afternoon in the process. The 26-year-old brings an abundance of receiving upside, having logged the second 1,000-yard effort of his career in 2017 while also posting a personal-best eight touchdowns. Therefore, he's likely to once again be deployed as a wideout for a potential shootout in next Sunday's Eastern Final against the Argonauts.
No players are returning today.
|Pascal Lochard||Lower Body||11/19/2017|
|Anthony Woodson||Calgary||November 2017|
|Travon Van||Edmonton||November 2017|
|Lemar Durant||Calgary||November 2017|
|Marquise Williams||Saskatchewan||November 2017|
|Cameron Marshall||Saskatchewan||November 2017|
|Antwane Grant||Saskatchewan||November 2017|
|Trent Richardson||Saskatchewan||November 2017|
|John Delahunt||Edmonton||November 2017|
|Dontre Wilson||BC||November 2017|
|Mercer Timmis||Hamilton||November 2017|
|Willie Quinn||Hamilton||November 2017|
|Danny Collins||Ottawa||November 2017|
|Giovanni Aprile||Hamilton||November 2017|
|Andy Fantuz||Hamilton||November 2017|
|Terrence Toliver||Hamilton||November 2017|
|Greg Ellingson||Ottawa||November 2017|
|Alex Pierzchalski||Montreal||November 2017|
|Brad Sinopoli||Ottawa||November 2017|
|Damarr Aultman||Hamilton||November 2017|
|Kendial Lawrence||Edmonton||November 2017|
|Kenny Shaw||Ottawa||November 2017|
|Darvin Adams||Winnipeg||November 2017|
|Quincy McDuffie||Ottawa||November 2017|
|Alex Carroll||Montreal||November 2017|
|Nik Lewis||Montreal||November 2017|
|Shaquille Murray-Lawrence||BC||November 2017|
|Jean-Christophe Beaulieu||Montreal||November 2017|
|Darian Durant||Montreal||November 2017|
|Matt Nichols||Winnipeg||June 2018|
|Travis Lulay||BC||June 2018|
|John White||Edmonton||June 2018|