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You may ask, where has this column been the past few weeks? How will I ever set my lineup without the fantasy gospel of Talented Mr. Robson?

Let’s just say I was on some neg lists and everything’s worked out in my favour #WriterEmpowerment.

That being said, I need a big second half after what’s been a TOUGH August for fantasy purposes. We’ve seen multiple quarterbacks go down, new running backs going off each week, and Reggie Begelton putting up 50 points the one damn week I don’t put him in my lineup. (No, I’m not salty at all!)

Here are my PLAYS and FADES:

Quarterback

PLAY – Vernon Adams Jr. ($9,545) vs. TOR

As the only healthy starting QB in the league outside Trevor Harris right now, the man we’ve all come to know as “VAJ” has to be in your starting lineup this week.

His price has gone up considerably as the season has progressed and for good reason. As you saw last week he basically single-handedly carried the Als to a crazy double OT win in Calgary in what we could look back on as the game of the year.

Against an Argos defence that is a near lock to give up at least 25 points before they start to make any plays, Adams Jr. should be in for another big outing in the Moncton game on Sunday afternoon.

FADE – Mike Reilly ($9,565) vs. HAM

You saw how Reilly looked in the last game against the Tiger-Cats, he could barely walk in the waning seconds. Simoni Lawrence and Hamilton’s defence were able to get consistent hits on him in the backfield – I don’t expect that to change in the return affair in Vancouver on Saturday.

RUNNING BACK

PLAY – Cameron Marshall ($5,505) @ B.C.

On the other side of the ball in that same game, I really like the chances Marshall busts out for Hamilton against a Lions defence that’s been in shambles for the majority of the year.

After a quiet debut, Marshall looked like his 2017 Roughrider-self against the Redblacks, totalling 92 yards on just 12 carries while hitting multiple defenders with the truckstick and racking up a ton of yards after contact.

With Dane Evans not exactly stretching the field from behind centre, I expect an even heavier workload for Marshall this week, as well as his first touchdown as a Ticat.

PLAY – Branden Burks ($3,683) vs. MTL

With the Stamps and their stable of reliable backs on bye, we’re going to take a long shot on the cheap play with Burks. James Wilder Jr.’s bizarre non-feud, feud continues to simmer between him and the front office and coaching staff. That leaves him as a¬†fade for me as it’s a complete mystery as to whether he’ll even get on the field with the offence.

Chris Rainey was also effective rushing the ball last week, but Burks was able to piece together 43 rushing yards on five carries and also found the end zone on a 27-yard reception.

With the Als most likely playing from behind, Burks’ pass catching ability out of the backfield should keep him on the field for most of the game and he has a chance to rack up some decent points.

Receivers 

PLAY – Ricky Collins ($7,426) & DaVaris Daniels ($7,244) vs. Blue Bombers

Risking it all here by going with two Esks and hoping this isn’t the week Greg Ellingson goes supernova (with the luck I’ve had this season, do anything you can to start Ellingson).

That being said, Collins has emerged as a budding star in the league this season as Trevor Harris’ new go-to guy and scoring threat. Confirmed by last week’s eight catch, 71-yard day that included a touchdown despite being surrounded by the full cast of Ellingson, DaVaris Daniels, Natey Adjei and Tevaun Smith.

With Daniels now back to full health as the big play guy as well, I’ll happily put my trust in both to go for at least 30 combined points as they should be on the field aplenty with the Blue Bombers having to rely on Chris Streveler to try and sustain drives in the wake of Matt Nichols injury.

FADE – Brandon Banks ($13,723) & Luke Tasker ($6,726) @ B.C.

With Dane Evans still not quite able to string together consistency through four quarters of games just yet, we’ve been staying away from the Ticats big guns for the past few weeks.

Although Tasker has awoken from his early season malaise and Banks is a threat to score every time the ball ends up in his hands, some of the ‘Cats secondary pieces have received an uptick in their looks with the Dane Train rolling. You’ll see that reflected with my flex pick below.

We are flexing Bralon Addison as he’s become the Ticats swiss army knife out of the backfield and lining up at receiver ever since the team lost Maleek Irons. While going for over 100 yards receiving and five carries out of the backfield last week, Addison should be in store for another heavy volume outing against a B.C. defence that struggled mightily to contain him in their last matchup.

As we’re left with just $41 bucks, no defence this week as we ride it out with the big guns…good luck!

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