Week 3 CFL Fantasy Picks: Draftkings and TSN

Week 3 CFL
OTTAWA, ON - OCTOBER 19: Hamilton Tiger-Cats running back Sean Thomas-Erlington (31) participates in warm-up before Canadian Football League action between the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and Ottawa Redblacks on October 19, 2018, at TD Place Stadium in Ottawa, ON, Canada. (Photo by Richard A. Whittaker/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

We are back for the Week 3 CFL positional breakdown! Week 2 was interesting, to say the least. More misses than hits with the article, but I will try to right the ship this week with a full slate on our hands. Let’s get into it. 

Quarterback

Bo Levi Mitchell

Draftkings = $9.800/$50,000

TSN = $8,918/$40,000

As it stands now, three out of the four games on this slate have double-digit spreads. This always causes a little concern with the potential for blowouts and starters resting, but as I have mentioned before, if it gets to that point for any team, the starters have most likely done their job, making for a good fantasy day. 

To me, Trevor Harris and Mike Reilly will always be the two best plays at quarterback on any slate. They offer the best floor and upside in my eyes. However, this week looks like it could be a smart idea to save a little money at quarterback.

I feel comfortable rolling out Bo Levi Mitchell as my quarterback. The Lions defence has been getting beat to a pulp. As a team, they have allowed 36 points per game through the first two weeks of the season. Mitchell is perfectly capable of a big day, and I think week three could be his first one of the season.

My only question with Mitchell right now is whether or not I will decide to stack one of his receivers with him. It could also be an interesting strategy to pair him with Don Jackson in hopes of getting a piece of all the ways the Stampeders might score, instead of trying to pick one of his receivers. 

Running Back

Sean Thomas-Erlington

Draftkings = $7,100/$50,000

TSN = $5,102/$40,000 

Another week, another write up for Sean Thomas-Erlington. Wash, rinse, repeat. Through two weeks he has been the clear cut workhorse back in Hamilton. Ideally, you would like his carries to spike just a little bit more, but what he hasn’t done there, he has made up for with his receptions.

Hamilton comes into this game as a whopping 14-point favourite over the Montreal Alouettes. Right now I like the pairing of Thomas-Erlington with the Hamilton defence. He is still way too cheap on both sites for a player that has been getting his volume.

I am not sure if something went wrong with TSN’s pricing algorithm this week, but Thomas-Erlington is priced well below guys like Marcus Thigpen and Jeremiah Johnson. Figure that one out. Thomas-Erlington has also yet to find the endzone. Maybe he makes his way in there this week for an absolute smash of a fantasy score. 

Don Jackson

Draftkings = $6,600/$50,000

TSN = $7.872/$40,000 

Don Jackson is another guy I have my eye on this week. It is really important to identify these running backs who are mispriced for the volume they receive. With Romar Morris still on the shelf, it should be another heavy dose of Don Jackson for the Stampeders.

In Week 1, Jackson rushed nine times for 22 yards and a touchdown. Not good, but saved by the score. To my total surprise, Jackson did most of his damage in the passing game as he converted eight targets into five catches for 43 yards. If Jackson sees a similar role this week, I am very comfortable with his price tag on both sites. 

Wide Receiver

Duron Carter

Draftkings = $7,300/$50,000

TSN = $3,519/$40,000

Duron Carter could be on the verge of a breakout in the near future. Through two weeks he has been targeted a total of 20 times by Mike Reilly and has turned that into a couple of decent fantasy scores.  In Week 3 of the CFL season, I am hoping the big day looms.

I am thinking that I will be Stampeders’ heavy this week and whenever you do that, it is usually a smart idea to bring it back with someone on the opposing team. Right now it looks like the Lions’ will find themselves behind in this game, which should lead to a lot of passing volume for Mike Reilly and in turn a lot of targets for Carter. 

Keep in Mind… 

Ricky Collins Jr. and Kenny Stafford chalk week was a colossal fail in Week 2. Instead of Collins Jr. and Stafford doing the damage, Trevor Harris rediscovered his connection with teammate Greg Ellingson.

I would guess Collins Jr. and Stafford will be total afterthoughts in Week 3 which could be a nice opportunity to go back to the well if you are more of a CFL tournament player. They have shown you already that they are capable of huge weeks, and right now they are attached to Trevor Harris who is setting the world on fire.

Why can’t one of them do it again? I think it’s a wise move to sprinkle in some Collins Jr. and Stafford shares if you are making multiple lineups. 

Defence

Hamilton Tiger-Cats

Draftkings = $5,100/$50,000

TSN = $4,402/$40,000

Not much to say here. The Tiger-Cats have benefited from a soft start to their schedule and will try to continue to do so in week three at home against Montreal. Montreal is starting Vernon Adams Jr. as Antonio Pipkin is down with an injury. They are a little pricey on DK, but right in the sweet spot on TSN. 

That’s going to do it for the Week 3 positional breakdown! Here’s to hoping this week is better than the last. Good luck out there.

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