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CFL Fantasy Football and DraftKings Week 3 Picks

Week two of the CFL offered new names a chance to rise to fantasy fame. The Argonauts turned John White IV loose and he did not disappoint. Winnipeg leaned on the talents of Nic Demski heavier with their star receiver still out of action. Hopefully you were able to participate in a fantasy football contest or two to add to the fun. If you didn’t, the good news is you get another shot this week as the week three slates are live. Eight teams will suit up again this week with one team out of the mix. The Hamilton Tiger-Cats will sit this week out on a bye.

The following players are suggestions for each position (except defense), for the second week of play. Feel free to mix and match to find a final roster that is best for you. Also this week, many of the players that work on the CFL’s official fantasy game also work for your DraftKings lineups. So because of that, player prices will be listed by their CFL value first, and their DK price next. Many of the fade options this week also serve as great flex options, so you can feel comfortable loading them in those spots as well. Hopefully, you have fun this season watching the CFL and of course, playing fantasy football along with it.

Quarterback

Pay Up For: Cody Fajardo – Saskatchewan Roughriders (CFL: $11,917; DK: $11,200)

Two games into this shortened schedule, Cody Fajardo has the Roughriders looking like the class of the West division. He sits atop the leaderboard tied with former Saskatchewan pivot Zach Collaros with four touchdowns passes. While he’s only ranked fifth on the list in passing yards, he makes up the difference with his legs. He proved that last week by racking up 66 yards on seven carries. That total included a 14-yard scamper for a major early in the second quarter. He’s also stayed consistent by throwing two touchdown passes in each of his first two games.

This week, Fajardo will face a rested Ottawa Redblacks defence coming off their bye week. He may be tested this week by a squad that picked off Trevor Harris three times in their last game. That said, the Roughriders’ signal caller should still be up to the task. He faced a solid Ticats defence last week and came out no worse for the wear. He’s the most expensive quarterback on the slate, but he’s proven so far that he’s worth every penny. That should not change this week.

Cheaper Considerations Include: Michael Reilly (CFL: $9,622; DK: $10,000), Nick Arbuckle (CFL: $8,168; DK: $7,300)       

Running Back

Pay Up For: William Powell – Saskatchewan Roughriders (CFL: $8,475; DK: $8,700)

It seems that a new running back has grabbed the headlines in each of the first two weeks of the season. Brady Oliveira burst out of the gates in week one for a big day. Last week, John White IV rebounded from a poor week 1 showing to dominate. It’s hard to say who will be the next splash player this week. That said, it’s not hard to identify a consistent back who is a lock for double digit fantasy points every week. That guy is William Powell. He hasn’t posted the highest fantasy point total in either week so far, but he lays down a solid floor. In both games this season, he’s accrued at least 12 fantasy points. Powell is an anchor on his team and is one of the few active backs who has guaranteed volume.

This week, he’ll suit up against his old team in Ottawa. Since joining the Riders in 2019, Powell has played the Redblack twice. In those meetings, he rushed for 115 yards and three touchdowns. He also added five receptions for another 27 yards on top of that. In their last outing, the Ottawa defence allowed James Wilder Jr. to blast his way to a 25 point fantasy day. While they may have had the Elks quarterback number, they allowed their running back to roam free. Wilder caught nine passes that day for 72 yards while gaining 89 yards on the ground. Powell is more than capable of doing the same this week once again tossing daggers into the hearts of his former fans. 

Cheaper Considerations Include: Shaq Cooper (CFL: $5,498; DK: $7,700), Ka’Deem Carey (CFL: $5,741; DK: $7,500), Tim Flanders (CFL: $4,233; DK: $4,700) 

Wide Receiver

Pay Up For: Kenny Lawler Jr. – Winnipeg Blue Bombers (CFL: $6,228; DK: $8,300)

Last season, Kenny Lawler Jr. was a fun value play to toss out each week for fantasy purposes. He missed more than he hit that year, but he was fun to watch either way. His biggest outing though, was a week winner for those who rostered him. He caught all ten of his targets for 144 yards against Hamilton in week 16. This season is a different story.

Through two games, Lawler looks like he’s making a claim to be considered among the best wideouts on the team. His 14 receptions leads the league. He’s fourth in the total yardage standings and his two touchdowns are tied for first place. With Darvin Adams out of the lineup, Lawler has stepped up quite nicely for the Bombers. Last week against the Argos, he was one yard shy of hitting a 100-yard bonus which would have made his day much better for DraftKings purposes.

Keep an eye out on the injury reports though. Darvin Adams, who has missed the first two weeks with his injury, has returned to practice and was a full participant. Adams will certainly funnel some looks from Lawler. That said, the sophomore sensation could very well be at the head of a full on breakout season. This will be the week to solidify his place on this team and assert his claim as the true number two receiver on the squad. His rematch against the same Toronto team he torched last week will be a golden opportunity to do just that. 

Cheaper Considerations Include: Darvin Adams (CFL:$6,722; DK: $6,700), Mike Jones (CFL: $3,460; DK: $6,400), Greg Ellingson (CFL: $7,217; DK: $5,400)

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