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Photo Scott Grant / CFLPhotoArchive.com

Hello my fantasy followers: last week was solid, if not spectacular for your guru here, but as the calendar flips to August I got a good feeling we’re all getting rich on this holiday weekend.

Here are my PLAYS and FADES:

Quarterback

PLAY –  Vernon Adams Jr. ($7,359) vs. OTT

As starting quarterbacks around the league have seemingly dropped like flies this year, Adams Jr. has Wally Pipkin’d his way past Antonio into the Alouettes starting QB job and has arguably locked himself into top three status in the league as it stands right now.

His best game as a professional came against these same Redblacks in Week 5 as he threw for 327 yards and two touchdowns while adding another two on the ground. I’m expecting similar success for the man Milt Stegall loves to call VAJ (tisk, tisk) who will be fresh off the idle week.

Also consider Matt Nichols ($9,135) if you’re boring and into “elite game management” and a solid floor of what should be 12-15 points against the Argos defence.

FADE – Cody Fajardo ($7,699) vs. HAM

Fajardo is officially THE man in Riderville after Zach Collaros was dealt to Toronto on Wednesday. But his first game as the undisputed QB1 could be a relatively quiet one against a Tiger-Cat defence that limits explosive plays (which the Riders offence has been quite reliant on) and will be playing with an extra chip on their shoulders knowing they need to pick up the offence with Jeremiah Masoli now out for the season.

RUNNING BACK

PLAY – Maleek Irons ($4,500) @ SSK

Entrenched as the lead back in that aforementioned Cats attack, this is strictly a volume play as he had 65 all-purpose yards on 14 touches last week but should see an uptick with Dane Evans now behind centre.

If you think this seems like a bit too much of a projection, check the play-by-play tracker from last week’s game – 13 of his 14 touches came after Masoli went down with the ACL injury. Lock him in for an RB1 level of work. Irons sharpens Irons.

PLAY – John Crockett ($4,500) @ MTL

The man who went viral for throwing up on field against Winnipeg seems to be getting better each time he plays for the Redblacks and has now cemented himself as the RB1 ahead of Moses Madu.

In an offence that has been vertically challenged while Jon Jennings filled in for an injured Dominique Davis, Crockett was still able to stay efficient averaging over five yards a carry in his two starts, while topping 80 total yards on the ground in each outing. With Davis expected back in the saddle, it should divert some of the Als defensive attention to the passing game and allow Crockett some more room to work with instead of facing seven and eight man stacked boxes.

FADE –  CJ Gable ($9,153) @ CGY, Romar Morris ($4,870) vs. EDM

Both lead backs in the first instalment of the Battle of Alberta are off-limits for me this week, as both are coming off injuries and facing ferocious defensive fronts. I’m a little surprised the Stamps are trotting Morris out as he’s just seven months removed from an achilles injury in this one, but the subsequent injury to Ka’Deem Carey may be forcing their hand more than they’re letting on.

Wide Receivers 

PLAY – Reggie Begelton ($7,426) vs. EDM

Our guy let us down when we went all in on him during my first week as the guru here at 3Down, but we’re doubling down on Begs to secure the bag for the Stamps this week.

With Juwan Brescacin headed to the IL after undergoing surgery on Thursday, more targets should open up for Begelton to build on his seven catch, 78-yard outing last week. I expect the elusive touchdown that’s deserted him since a Week 5 carry to finally come despite facing a top ranked Eskimos pass defence.

PLAY – Chris Matthews ($3,806) @ TOR

Matthews is finally back on the field after fighting through injuries and his scary experience at a Winnipeg lounge. He is an absolute steal for sub-$4000 as he’s listed in a starting wideout spot for the Blue Bombers this week following Darvin Adams’ move to the six-game injured list.

Matthews has been quoted each day as saying he’s itching to get back out and contribute to catch up to the stats his teammates have accrued in his absence – what better time and place to start the climb in a game that could get out of hand in a hurry.

FADE – Kyran Moore ($7,003) vs. HAM

While Moore has been on a streak of big outings due to his contributions in the passing and return game, he’s been too big play dependant to trust against the Hamilton defence which limits the big gainers.

He’s also steadily risen in price each week and is nearing the point where he’s over valued as the WR1 in the Riders offence despite a target share that’s much closer to a flex level player in profile.

Flex play this week brings me once again to Eskimo receiver roulette, as we’re rolling with Ricky Collins ($6,441). He led the team in receiving last week and with DaVaris Daniels out of the picture should be on to another productive outing against the Stamps as each of his games over 100 yards this year have come when Daniels was not in the lineup. *eyes emoji*

The Blue Bomber Defence ($5,368) is also an auto-start against a mistake and turnover-prone Argonaut offence that could once again be cycling through QB options.

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Mitch Robson
Mitch Robson is a freelance sports writer living in Toronto. He lives for weekends in the fall.