2017 CFL Fantasy All-Stars – Defense

Is there any article during the course of a football season that is met with more skepticism or scrutiny than the “All-Star selections?” Aside from, of course, the heavily anticipated top 50 players which always draws a myriad of attention for a number of reasons to be named at a later date.

If you’re new to CFL Fantasy you have probably been looking under the desk, the couch cushion and scratching your head over why the league left out the massive opportunity to showcase a season long game. With that, allows you the ability to select and keep individual players for the course of an entire season. The “office pool,” if you may. Along with that, comes the ability to select IDP or Individual Defensive Players like the NFL does. Once the Fantaseh product tapped out prior to the 2017 season, football fans were left without an alternative.

This however, is old news by now.

So unless you were one of the die hard’s, you hung on to old faithful via the spreadsheets. But for the rest of the common folk, you may not have paid attention to some of the defensive studs and their impact on CFL Fantasy points. Mainly because, you were not given an option in a fantasy game to do so.

In efforts to bring you the most accurate analysis possible, Dan the Stats Guy tracked every play from every game throughout all 20 weeks of the 2017 football season. Which, allows us to construct an accurate CFL Fantasy All-Star roster on Defense (we’d hope!)

On a depth chart for instance, you may see Tommie Campbell listed as a Boundary Cornerback and in a matchup-type situation he would line up opposite a Boundary Wide Receiver. But, obviously each player won’t line up in their same position on the field on every play of every game, nor will they face the same receiver.

With that being said, here are our 2017 CFL Fantasy All-Stars on Defense, based on their impact in point production (season long) and coverage (how they impact aka destroy a receiver’s DFS points).

Point Breakdown (via DraftKings scoring):

Tackles: 1 point
Fumble recovery: 2 points
Sacks: 4 points
Forced fumbles: 4 points
Interceptions: 6 points
Defensive TD’s: 6 points

DEFENSIVE SECONDARY:

(DB’s Completion rate and yards per game allowed were calculated via tracking game by game, play by play)

BOUNDARY CORNERBACK:

    WINNER (POINTS):

Chris Randle, Winnipeg Blue Bombers (108 points)
Runner up: Ronnie Yell, BC Lions (84 points)

    WINNER (COVERAGE):

Tommie Campbell, Calgary Stampeders (54.9 % completion rate, 31.4 yards per game)
Runner up: Chris Randle, Winnipeg Blue Bombers (66.1 % completion rate, 43.4 yards per game)

BOUNDARY HALFBACK:

    WINNER (POINTS):

Ed Gainey, Saskatchewan Roughriders (118 points)
Runner up: TJ Heath, Winnipeg Blue Bombers (104 points)

    WINNER (COVERAGE):

TJ Heath, Winnipeg Blue Bombers (65.3 % completion rate, 56.2 yards per game)
Runner up: TJ Lee, BC Lions (63.2 % completion rate, 62.3 yards per game)

FIELD HALFBACK:

    WINNER (POINTS):

Jamar Wall, Calgary Stampeders (73 points)
Runner up: Louchei Purifoy, BC Lions (69 points)

    WINNER (COVERAGE):

Loucheiz Purifoy, BC Lions (65.3 % completion rate, 32.3 yards per game)
Runner up: Jamar Wall, Calgary Stampeders (57.9 % completion rate, 45.5 yards per game)

FIELD CORNERBACK:

    WINNER (POINTS):

Richard Leonard, Hamilton Tiger-Cats (129 points)
Runner up: Ciante Evans, Calgary Stampeders (87 points)

    WINNER (COVERAGE):

Jovon Johnson, Saskatchewan Roughriders (54.1 % completion rate, 28.9 yards per game)
Runner up: Ciante Evans, Calgary Stampeders (55.8 % completion rate, 40.2 yards per game)

SAFETY:

    WINNER:

Antoine Pruneau, Ottawa REDBLACKS (99 points)
Runner up: Taylor Loffler, Winnipeg Blue Bombers (95 points)

FRONT SEVEN – MIDDLE LINEBACKER

    WINNER:

Solomon Elimimian, BC Lions (153 points)
Runner up: Alex Singleton, Calgary Stampeders (149 points)

WILL LINEBACKER:

    WINNER:

Kyries Hebert, Montreal Alouettes (133 points)
Runner up: Simoni Lawrence, Hamilton Tiger-Cats (102 points)

SAM LINEBACKER:

    WINNER (POINTS):

Kenny Ladler, Edmonton Eskimos (114 points)
Runner up: Shaq Richardson, Calgary Stampeders (89 points)

    WINNER (COVERAGE):

Kenny Ladler, Edmonton Eskimos (73.3 % completion rate, 31.7 yards per game)
Runner up: Shaq Richardson, Calgary Stampeders (68.5 % completion rate, 40.4 yards per game)

DEFENSIVE ENDS:

    WINNER:

Charleston Hughes, Calgary Stampeders (90 points)

    WINNER:

Victor Butler, Toronto Argonauts (87 points)
Runner up: Willie Jefferson, Saskatchewan Roughriders (85 points)
Runner up: John Bowman, Montreal Alouettes (81 points)

DEFENSIVE TACKLES:

    WINNER:

Micah Johnson, Calgary Stampeders (70 points)

    WINNER:

Almondo Sewell, Edmonton Eskimos (68 points)
Runner up: Euclid Cummings, Edmonton Eskimos (65 points)
Runner up: Davon Coleman, Hamilton Tiger-Cats (65 points)

Congratulations to all of our winners on behalf of our staff at Onside CFL Fantasy (Dave Dawson, Dan “the Stats Guy” Ukrainetz and Adrian Decorby). Stay tuned for our next installment, the 2017 Fantasy All-Stars on Offense.

Also, don’t miss episode 77 of our weekly Fantasy show for a preview of the East and West Division Semi Finals, as well as a break down of our 2017 Fantasy All Stars.

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Onside CFL Fantasy

Dave Dawson and Dan "the Stats Guy" Ukrainetz offer position breakdowns, insight and projections on all types of CFL fantasy football. Their Onside CFL Fantasy Podcast is the leader in CFL fantasy coverage.
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Dave Dawson and Dan "the Stats Guy" Ukrainetz offer position breakdowns, insight and projections on all types of CFL fantasy football. Their Onside CFL Fantasy Podcast is the leader in CFL fantasy coverage.
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