After weeks of speculation about Fantaseh.ca closing its doors, fans of the Canadian Football League were relieved to see that Fantaseh is, in fact, back.
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Now that we know that Fantaseh is back, it’s time to start doing your research so you can have the best draft possible this June. 2016 is a year of transition in the Canadian Football League so there is going to be a lot of new names for you to get used to. Here are five names that should provide some solid value this season:
• WR Naaman Roosevelt (Saskatchewan Roughriders): Roosevelt probably should have been starting for the Roughriders right out of training camp last year but you can put that on Corey Chamblin’s shoulders. The 28-year-old Buffalo product finally made it onto the roster in Week 10 and made the most of the opportunity including a 5-catch, 101-yard effort against the Eskimos in Week 18. And that was without franchise quarterback Darian Durant. There’s no reason Roosevelt can’t double his output from 2015 (25 receptions, 488 yards, 5 touchdowns).
• RB William Powell (Ottawa RedBlacks): Powell will need to secure the starting job in training camp by holding off young runners like Travon Van but his late season performance in 2015 says he has a good shot at being the guy in Ottawa. The former Kansas State Wildcat led all rushers in the East Final with 13 carries, 60 yards and a touchdown while leading all players in combined yards in the Grey Cup with another 66 yards on 10 carries. For the record, Hamilton and Edmonton were #1 and #3 respectively in rush yards allowed per game. Powell could be a great value if given the opportunity in the Nation’s Capital.
• WR Kenny Stafford (Montreal Alouettes): In his third CFL season, this 26 year-old receiver had a minor breakout with the defending Grey Cup Champions. Stafford was Edmonton’s deep threat last year and tied for second in the league with 9 receiving touchdowns. He should be able to improve on his 732 yards from a year ago with other veteran receivers like SJ Green, Duron Carter, and Nik Lewis in Montreal getting attention from CFL defenses. Stafford will have room to fly.
• WR Diontae Spencer (Toronto Argonauts): Spencer made it onto the Argo roster for 10 games in 2015 and the 24 year-old may just be ready to explode this year. Ricky Ray is healthy, throwing pain free for the first time in years and has tons of weapons at his disposal. Vidal Hazelton, Tori Gurley, and Kevin Elliott are considered “The Big Three” in Toronto but Spencer could be the new Chad Owens. His 36 receptions, 502 yards, and 3 touchdowns were highlighted by an 8 catch, 123 yard performance against Winnipeg in Week 20. Ricky Ray’s famous dump passes could be downright scary with Spencer on the receiving end.
• WR Lavelle Hawkins (BC Lions): While Manny Arceneaux and Nick Moore may get all the attention in Fantaseh drafts, Lavelle Hawkins could provide some incredible value this season. Hawkins’ Lions debut was delayed last season due to a broken arm on the very first day of training camp but his speed was on display in the 9 games he did play in 2015. His 39 receptions, 673 yards and 3 touchdowns were helpful to Fantaseh owners down the stretch and a full season with Jon Jennings at the helm only helps his case.
What value picks are you looking at in 2016 Fantaseh drafts? Tweet me @TravisLee87. Happy drafting!
– written by Travis Currah