RotoExperts: Division Final Fantasy Rankings

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Sure, the question remains about whether Mike Reilly is worth $14,000 (yes), yet the biggest question entering Division Finals weekend is whether Marcus Thigpen is worthy of a roster spot. Thigpen rushed for 169 yards and a touchdown in Saskatchewan’s win over Ottawa last weekend, earning 24.4 Fantasy points. However, the question lingering over the Roughriders’ running back will be if either Cameron Marshall ($5,394) and/or Trent Richardson ($4,000) will return to the roster for Sunday’s matchup against the Argonauts.

For now, we suggest keeping Thigpen in play as he does have the hot hand in the Saskatchewan backfield, yet Edmonton’s C.J. Gable ($8,367) and Toronto’s James Wilder ($7,935) are the backs of choice this weekend. Gable ran for 106 yards and pair of scores in Sunday’s West Semi-Final win over Winnipeg, while Wilder, a Rookie of the Year finalist, finished fifth in the league in rushing despite the fact he didn’t gain the starting job for good until Week 13.

Calgary’s Jerome Messam ($4,275) could be a bargain if the Stampeders make him the focal point of the offence, while teammate Roy Finch ($4,477) has the potential to deliver Fantasy points at a high volume without even touching the ball from scrimmage.

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Ray and the Argos will be well rested to take on the Riders after a bye to the Eastern Finals (Johany Jutras/Argos)

The majority of Fantasy owners will go toward Reilly or Toronto’s Ricky Ray ($10,158) at pivot, as both have the ability and the receiving corps to exceed 20 Fantasy points. Saskatchewan’s Kevin Glenn ($6,579) looked sharp in the East Semi-Final win over Ottawa, but will have to keep his momentum going forward against Toronto. Calgary’s Bo Levi Mitchell ($7,912) wasn’t the high-scoring quarterback he was during last season’s Most Outstanding Player campaign, yet he’s capable of rewarding Fantasy owners with a vintage effort, one he might need if the Eskimos’ run defence steps up to slow down Messam.

Receiver is deep with talent, headlined by Eskimos wideout Brandon Zylstra ($7,944) and Argos playmaker S.J. Green ($6,151). All four teams playing this weekend sport top-flight receiving corps, making the depth at the position stronger than it was last weekend. With Rookie of the Year candidate Marken Michel ($4,112) returning from injury and Marquay McDaniel ($4,003) also set to return, the Stamps’ receiving unit makes Mitchell a potential sleeper. Toronto’s Armanti Edwards ($3,994) and Anthony Coombs ($2,721) are each flying under the radar.

On the defensive side of things, Calgary’s unit carries the top salary at $5,605, while Saskatchewan ($5,156) is second. Going all-in on either Reilly or Ray would most likely mean Fantasy owners who did so would be looking at higher-risk defences in Toronto ($3,788) or Edmonton ($3,711).

QUARTERBACKS

Matchup Rank (Position Rank) Player   Value Opponent 
1 (1) Mike Reilly, EDM $14,000 CGY
2 (2) Ricky Ray, TOR $10,158 SSK
3 (4) Kevin Glenn, SSK $6,579 TOR
4 (3) Bo Levi Mitchell, CGY $7,912 EDM
5 (7) Brandon Bridge, SSK $4,236 TOR
6 (8) James Franklin, EDM $3,551 CGY
7 (5) Cody Fajardo, TOR $5,000 SSK
8 (13) Andrew Buckley,CGY $2,500 EDM
9 (15) Vernon Adams, Jr., SSK $2,500 TOR
10 (6) Jeff Mathews, TOR $4,863 SSK

RUNNING BACKS

Matchup Rank (Position Rank) Player Value Opponent
1 (1) C.J. Gable, EDM $8,367 CGY
2 (2) James Wilder, TOR $7,961 SSK
3 (10) Jerome Messam, CGY $4,275 EDM
4 (9) Roy Finch, CGY $4,477 EDM
5 (11) Marcus Thigpen, SSK $4,000 TOR
6 (14) Kienan LaFrance, SSK $3,676 TOR
7 (13) Martese Jackson, TOR $3,819 SSK
8 (18) Christion Jones, SSK $2,500 OTT
9 (19) Declan Cross, TOR $2,500 SSK
10 (24) Calvin McCarty, EDM $2,500 CGY
11 (28) Rob Cote, CGY $2,500 EDM
12 (17) Greg Morris, SSK $2,500 SSK

RECEIVERS

Matchup Rank (Position Rank)

Player Value Opponent
1 (1) Brandon Zylstra, EDM $7,944 CGY
2 (2) S.J. Green, TOR $6,151 SSK
3 (4) Naaman Roosevelt, SSK $5,375 TOR
4 (3) Adarius Bowman, EDM $5,543 CGY
5 (7) DaVaris Daniels, CGY $4,788 EDM
6 (9) Duron Carter, SSK $4,321 TOR
7 (6) Derel Walker, EDM $5,343 CGY
8 (10) Marken Michel, CGY $4,112 EDM
9 (14) Bakari Grant, SSK $3,904 TOR
10 (7) Kamar Jorden, CGY $4,775 EDM
11 (11) DeVier Posey, TOR $4,020 SSK
12 (12) Marquay McDaniel, CGY $4,003 EDM
13 (13) Armanti Edwards, TOR $3,994 SSK
14 (17) Vidal Hazelton, EDM $3,386 CGY
15 (19) Anthony Coombs, TOR $2,721 SSK
16 (8) Chad Owens, SSK $4,737 TOR
17 (18) D’hquille Williams, EDM $2,795 CGY
18 (34) Anthony Parker, CGY $2,500 EDM
19 (32) Jamill Smith, EDM $2,500 CGY
20 (23) Joshua Stanford, SSK $2,500 TOR

DEFENCE

Matchup Rank (Position Rank) Team Value Opponent
1 (1) Calgary $5,605 EDM
2 (2) Saskatchewan $5,156 TOR
3 (3) Toronto $3,788 SSK
4 (4) Edmonton $3,711 CGY

 

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