Every CFL season features a ton of turnover. New guys come in from NCAA or NFL and look to live their dream of playing pro football. Some guys make an impact instantly, while others have to earn their stripes before their turn appears. It all comes down being at the right place at the right time, to get that chance to flourish. For CFL Fantasy Week 3, we’re looking at players who are in situations where they can have a monster year – especially in fantasy – just because of opportunities presented to them.
Kevin Glenn, Quarterback, Roughriders
After the first two weeks, the Roughriders are 0-2. That is no indictment of Glenn’s plays in those contests. In fact, he’s the reason why the team could’ve been undefeated instead of winless.
The 17-year veteran is off to the best start of his career, which not many predicted before the season. He ranks third among quarterbacks in passing yards (675), fourth in completion percentage (72%), and first in both touchdowns (5) and pass attempts (93). He’s had only had one season where he threw for more yards in the first two weeks. Every other stat is a new high at this point. The 38-year-old put up these impressive numbers against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and Montreal Alouettes, both of which have top-tier defences who like to play physically.
This week Saskatchewan hosts the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, who are coming off a bye week. In their week one game against the Argos, the Ticats secondary allowed Ricky Ray to throw for a career high 506 yards. The secondary also won’t have either defensive back Abdul Kanneh or Emanuel Davis. While Glenn does throw the occasional interception, Hamilton presents an opportunity for him to pad his stats even more.
Glenn has numerous weapons to work with in Duron Carter, Naaman Roosevelt, Bakari Grant, Caleb Holley, and Nic Demski to continue his impressive start. He’s also the cheapest pivot in fantasy this week.
Tyrell Sutton, Running Back, Alouettes
Top running backs are very expensive in fantasy and it’s quite difficult to grab two number one backs without spending majority of your money. Sutton is the perfect addition to a team considering his price.
In the first two games, he’s had at least 14 touches and produced decent fantasy numbers. Last week in Edmonton, he would’ve had far more than 10.6 points, if his 16-yard touchdown reception wasn’t brought back after a questionable flag. The 30-year-old is no question the main runner in Montreal, too. Backup Brandon Rutley has been inactive for the first two weeks, and only twice has a tailback not named Sutton received a handoff. He may not be the most productive back in the league, but he will get his fair share of opportunities.
DeVier Posey, Wide Receiver, Argonauts
S.J Green and Jeff Fuller were supposed to be the top receivers in Toronto, but so far it’s been Posey. The 27-year-old, who signed with the Argos in mid-September last year, has become Ray’s number one target after two weeks. He’s been targeted the most on team, and when the ball in his hands he things happen. Posey leads the league in plays over 30 yards and sits second in yards after catch trailing only the Redblacks’ Brad Sinopoli. This big play ability is why his 218 receiving yards lead the CFL heading into week 3. He’s reasonably priced for a guy that can take a 15-yard slant to the house.
Kevin Elliott, Wide Receiver, Tiger-Cats
Number one target Terrence Toliver was added to the 6-game injured list after suffering a knee injury in the season opener. Last year he caught 65 balls for 1036 yards and nine scores. This injury gives someone on the roster an opportunity to be a main weapon for quarterback Zach Collaros. Enter Kevin Elliott.
The big receiver has the tools to fill the void left by Toliver. In his rookie season two years ago in Toronto, the 6’3 receiver snagged 50 balls for 642 yards and eight touchdowns. Even last year, when the Ticats picked him up after his release from the Argos, he had instant chemistry with Collaros. In just three games, the 28-year-old had 220 yards and a touchdown on 15 receptions.
Thanks to the bye week, head coach Kent Austin had more time to make the proper adjustments to the offence that looked lacklustre in week one. Expect Elliott’s role to increase in coming games. If you need a receiver or flex that is cheap and has the possibility of having a great game, Elliott could be the answer.