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CFL DFS Week 17: Checking Under the Matt for Nichols
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This week I worked extensively with Ben Kramer, the famous DailyRoto CFL writer, to put together the best list of players to use in CFL DFS Week 17. Instead of using the previous format of the top 4-5 plays at each position, we have now turned to a listing of cash game options, tournament options or options in both. Allow me to use what Ben said in last week’s article to explain how I approached this week’s picks..

“As I’ve continued to work out how to best provide information for CFL games on DraftKings, I’ve struggled to figure out how best to portray it. Rankings are usually something you see in seasonal formats, not DFS content. Just because someone may have more expected points in a week, doesn’t make them a better play, or certainly a better value. So I’m changing things up a bit this week. In each section you’ll see a list of cash game plays – some of which may be denoted as GPP eligible as well – and GPP only plays. In general, cash game plays will be more likely to produce 2-3x value with less volatility, whereas the GPP plays should be capable of higher total scores, but with more volatility and risk involved. Players in bold are my preferred plays. Hopefully this helps you narrow down your player pool as you create lineups.”

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Vegas Totals
Calgary – 33.5
BC – 30
Hamilton – 27.5
Saskatchewan – 25.5
Toronto – 25.5
Ottawa – 25
Winnipeg – 24.5
Montreal – 18.5

Quarterback

Bo Levi Mitchell $11300 ($)
Darian Durant $8600 ($ or GPP)
Matt Nichols $7600 ($ or GPP)

Jonathon Jennings $9200 (GPP)

Bo Levi Mitchell is the same kind of option every single week, so there’s no need to beat a dead horse here. He comes into the weekend with a high price tag, but is the most sure thing for mid-20s Fantasy points. The matchup against Montreal isn’t the best, but he’s generated 24+ Fantasy points in five of his last six games. With Calgary owning an implied team total of 33.5, it’s hard not to like Mitchell.

Darian Durant will be down multiple receivers, but the matchup and his recent play is too tough to pass up at $8600. He has added value on the ground recently with all five of his rushing touchdowns coming in his past six games. The Argos’ defense has really struggled in recent weeks, giving up 40.3 points per game in their past four contests. Durant completed nearly 65% of passes and threw for 310 yards the one time these two faced off (week two).

Don’t look now, but Matt Nichols has generated 20+ Fantasy points in six straight starts, an unbelievable feat for someone who DraftKings refuses to price over $8,000. He’s doing it all, scoring on the ground (five touchdowns), through the air (14 TDs) and doing it efficiently (just three interceptions on 68.7% passing). Nichols and this Blue Bombers offense just beat up BC’s defense for 37 points last week, so why not roll Nichols in any and all formats?

Jonathon Jennings is the quarterback for a high scoring offense, so of course he’s an option this week. I’m looking at him for tournament entries due to his price tag being significantly higher than Nichols and his sporadic Fantasy point totals. The fact remains though that he is third in the CFL in passing yards (4,078), routinely hitting the 300+ passing yards bonus. With that in the bag the majority of the time (seven of his last 11 games he has hit the bonus), all it takes is a three-touchdown game to blow value out of the water.

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