Cody Fajardo earns CFL Top Performer nod for late-game heroics in Riders win at BC Place

Cody Fajardo, Shaquille Richardson and William Stanback were named the CFL Top Performers of Week 8.

The three players were chosen by a panel of judges made up of former players Matt Dunigan and Duane Forde of TSN, as well as Pierre Vercheval of RDS, who independently send their selections to the head office.


Fajardo’s late-game heroics led Saskatchewan to a 31-24 victory at BC Place.

With 1:42 remaining in the contest and the Riders down six points, Fajardo orchestrated a six-play, 56-yard drive, going 4-for-4 passing for 54 yards, before capping it off with a one-yard touchdown plunge to tie the game. The ensuing Brett Lauther convert gave Saskatchewan a one-point advantage with two seconds to play.

Fajardo finished the game completing 77 percent of his passes (24-of-31) for 279 yards, while adding 32 rushing yards. In addition to his rushing touchdown, Fajardo connected with Ricardo Louis on a post route for his first career CFL touchdown late in the third quarter.

This season, the University of Nevada product has passed for 1,644 yards and thrown seven touchdowns, while completing 72 percent of his passes. On the ground, he has added 287 rushing yards and four touchdowns.

Fajardo has been named a top performer in Weeks 2, 3, 8 and for the entire month of August.


Richardson filled the stat sheet on Friday night, tallying four tackles, a special teams tackle, a forced fumble and an interception in the Argonauts’ thrilling 30-27 victory over Montreal.

Richardson chased down receiver B.J. Cunningham and popped the football out before Crezdon Butler recovered for Toronto.

With just under four minutes left in the game and the Argonauts up seven points, Richardson recorded his seventh career CFL interception, which led to the winning field goal.

The University of Arizona alum has 18 tackles this season, two forced fumbles, two interceptions and a pair of knockdowns.


Stanback had his best game of the season with 154 all-purpose yards and a touchdown in the Alouettes’ loss to the Argonauts at BMO Field.

On the ground, Stanback had 19 carries for 133 yards (7.0 yards per carry). Early in the third quarter, his touchdown from three yards out cut the deficit to five points at 21-16. The performance marked Stanback’s third straight game with 100-plus rushing yards and his fourth of the season. The Hempstead, N.Y., native added four receptions for 21 yards in the game.

Stanback leads the league in rushing with 618 yards, while averaging 6.4 yards per carry, and has two touchdowns this season.

Fans’ Choice of the Week!

DeAundre Alford won Week 7 of Fans’ Choice of the Week and collected 10 bonus points.

Rank Player 2021 Point Total 1st place points 2nd place points 3rd place points Fan Choice Points Monthly Points
1 Cody Fajardo 385 100 50 25 10 200
2 Michael Reilly 200 100 50 50
3 Jonathan Woodard 150 50 100
T4 DeAundre Alford 110 100 10
T4 Nick Arbuckle 110 100 10
T4 Stefen Banks 110 100 10
T7 Abdul Kanneh 100 100
T7 Frankie Williams 100 100
T7 Trevor Harris 100 100
T10 Vernon Adams Jr. 50 50
T10 Kamar Jorden 50 50
T10 Simoni Lawrence 50 50
T10 Shaquille Richardson 50 50
T10 Avery Williams 50 50
T10 Jordan Williams 50 50
T16 Brady Oliveira 35 25 10
T16 Marc Liegghio 35 25 10
T16 Brandon Alexander 35 25 10
T19 Greg Ellingson 25 25
T19 William Stanback 25 25


2021 CFL Top Performers of the Week

1 Abdul Kanneh (OTT) Avery Williams (OTT) Brady Oliveira (WPG)*
2 Michael Reilly (BC) Jonathan Woodard (SSK) Cody Fajardo (SSK)*
3 Nick Arbuckle (TOR)* Cody Fajardo (SSK) Greg Ellingson (EDM)
4 Frankie Williams (HAM) Jordan Williams (BC) Marc Liegghio (WPG)*
5 Trevor Harris (EDM) Vernon Adams Jr. (MTL) Brandon Alexander (WPG)*
6 Stefen Banks (CGY)* Kamar Jorden (CGY) Michael Reilly (BC)
7 DeAundre Alford (WPG)* Simoni Lawrence (HAM) Michael Reilly (BC)
8 Cody Fajardo (SSK) Shaquille Richardson (TOR) William Stanback (MTL)


2021 CFL Top Performers of the Month

August  Cody Fajardo (SSK)  Jonathan Woodard (SSK) Michael Reilly (BC)

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