Fantasy Status Report: Another start for Mossis Madu?
TSN CFL Fantasy presented by LeoVegas is easy to play with just seven roster spots and a $40,000 salary cap.
However, success does require a healthy team, with all seven players in active CFL lineups. With such small rosters, an empty slot can be a devastating blow to your week’s score.
In addition, practice reports can be the source of hidden gems that produce big numbers despite low ownership percentage, providing an edge over the rest of the field.
With that, CFL.ca breaks down some of the critical roster notes for each game.
Ottawa at BC
Friday | 10:00 p.m. ET
Mossis Madu, RB, OTT
The Ottawa Sun‘s Tim Baines reports that Mossis Madu ($6,816) will make a second consecutive start for the REDBLACKS. Madu had just 21 rushing yards vs. the Argos, but produced a career game through the air with 12 catches on 14 targets.
Jonathon Jennings, QB, OTT
After being replaced by Will Arndt ($5,000) late in a loss to Toronto, it appears Jonathon Jennings ($5,581) will remain the REDBLACKS’ starting quarterback. That should be the arrangement the rest of the season barring unforeseen circumstances.
John Crockett, RB, OTT
First-year running back John Crockett ($4,984) is not expected to return this week, according to Tim Baines. Crockett is undoubtedly Ottawa’s featured back when healthy, but for now Mossis Madu ($6,816) will handle backfield duties for the REDBLACKS.
Jerminic Smith, WR, OTT
It appears Jerminic Smith ($2,500) will get another start for the REDBLACKS this week. The rookie caught four passes and also rushed once for 11 yards in his debut, and is a buy-low candidate against the struggling Lions.
John White, RB, BC
No word yet on whether Lions running back John White ($6,547) will be activated for Friday night’s game vs. Ottawa. White was on the one-game injured list vs. Montreal and was replaced by Brandon Rutley ($4,749).
Brandon Rutley, RB, BC
The status of John White ($6,547) will directly impact Brandon Rutley’s ($4,749) Fantasy value this week. Rutley showed promise vs. Montreal in White’s absence and could be a strong value play at the position vs. Ottawa.
Hamilton at Calgary
Saturday | 4:00 p.m. ET
Luke Tasker, WR, HAM
According to TSN’s Kyle Melo, receiver Luke Tasker ($6,612) has remained sidelined at Ticats practice so far this week. Tasker hasn’t played since Week 10 but is eligible to suit up this week if he’s ready.
Tyrell Sutton, RB, HAM
The Ticats have signed veteran running back Tyrell Sutton ($6,541). Sutton has already practised with the team and could suit up this week, though he won’t be available in Fantasy until he’s added to the active roster, which would likely happen on Friday.
Cameron Marshall, RB, HAM
American running back Cameron Marshall ($5,311) has yet to return to practice for the Ticats. Marshall was placed on the six-game injured list before Labour Day and will miss at least the next few weeks.
Anthony Coombs, RB, HAM
Despite being listed as the starter on Labour Day, Anthony Coombs ($3,658) had just two touches for the Ticats. The former third overall pick is talented as a pass-catcher, but is a risky Fantasy play, especially if Tyrell Sutton ($6,541) makes his debut.
Jackson Bennett, RB, HAM
A year after being drafted as a defensive back, Jackson Bennett ($3,500) has emerged as a legitimate weapon for the Ticats at running back. He had 12 carries for 77 yards and a touchdown while adding three receptions vs. the Argos on Labour Day.
Don Jackson, RB, CGY
Stamps running back Don Jackson ($6,183) was activated from the injured list but did not play vs. the Eskimos in Week 13. Jackson will have to wrestle the starting job from Ka’Deem Carey ($5,163) before becoming an impactful Fantasy player again — though that could happen as early as this week.
Ka’Deem Carey, RB, CGY
Fantasy users may want to check the depth chart before starting Ka’Deem Carey ($5,163) this week. He’s shown plenty of upside this season, but his job as the No. 1 running back is tenuous at best with Don Jackson ($6,183) looming close behind.
Markeith Ambles, WR, CGY
No word yet on the status of injured receiver Markeith Ambles ($4,408), who was on the one-game injured list during last week’s win over Edmonton. If he can’t go, Josh Huff ($2,500) would continue to play in his place.
Josh Huff, WR, CGY
Former Oregon receiver Josh Huff ($2,500) has made eight catches over his last two starts in place of Markeith Ambles ($4,408), but could be back on the bench this week should Ambles return.
Montreal at Saskatchewan
Saturday | 7:00 p.m. ET
William Stanback, RB, MTL
With Jeremiah Johnson ($5,890) expected to miss Saturday’s game, William Stanback ($8,346) could see a heavy workload vs. the Riders. Stanback was eased back from his injury for Touchdown Atlantic a couple of weeks ago before touching the ball 17 times in a win over BC.
Jeremiah Johnson, RB, MTL
According to Didier Ormejuste of RDS, Jeremiah Johnson ($5,890) won’t suit up to face the Riders on Saturday. Johnson left last week’s win over BC and was reportedly placed in concussion protocol according to TSN’s John Lu.
Jordan Williams-Lambert, WR, SSK
After being cut by the NFL’s Chicago Bears, Jordan Williams-Lambert ($4,772) has signed with Saskatchewan through 2020. Williams-Lambert made quite an impact in 2018, his rookie season, and could return to a starting role as early as this week.
Kenny Stafford, WR, SSK
Recently-added receiver Kenny Stafford ($4,733) is likely to remain in a backup role for the Riders. The addition of Williams-Lambert further complicates things in the team’s receiving corps, and Head Coach Craig Dickenson says he isn’t looking at changing the ratio at the moment.
Emmanuel Arceneaux, WR, SSK
With Jordan Williams-Lambert ($4,772) eyeing a starting role, Emmanuel Arceneaux ($3,643) is in jeopardy of losing playing time. The 31-year-old is a respected leader for the Riders, but has produced just 16 catches for 142 yards in seven games coming off a season-ending injury last year.