CFL Fantasy Starts for Week 8

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REGINA, SK - JULY 05: Marcus Thigpen #8 of the Saskatchewan Roughriders high steps after scoring a touchdown in the game between the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and Saskatchewan Roughriders at Mosaic Stadium on July 5, 2018 in Regina, Canada. (Photo by Brent Just/Getty Images)

Week 8 of the CFL Fantasy season is upon us. Take a look at these picks for TSN CFL Fantasy lineups!

Bo Levi Mitchell, Calgary – $8171

Bo Levi Mitchell is tied with Mike Reilly for the lead in passing efficiency in the CFL and has been the model of consistency. Averaging 253 yards and two touchdowns per game, Mitchell has the safest floor of any fantasy quarterback. The Stampeders are so good that he doesn’t have to be a gunslinger to win games, so his upside is somewhat capped. Against the B.C. Lions this week, Bo Levi Mitchell is a lock to return value on his salary.

Marcus Thigpen, Saskatchewan – $5045

Thanks to Jerome Messam’s legal situation, the Roughriders backfield is a little less crowded. Messam’s departure means one or both of the remaining Saskatchewan backs will see an increased workload, and Marcus Thigpen is the safer gamble. First, Thigpen has been listed as the starter on all team depth charts since returning from suspension. Second, while Thigpen and Tre Mason have both averaged five carries a game, the former is significantly more involved in the passing game. In only four games, Thigpen has more targets and receptions than Mason and Messam combined. Combine that with the fact that the Eskimos have allowed a startable fantasy running back every week this season, Marcus Thigpen is an affordable fantasy play with the potential for big upside.

Romar Morris, Calgary – $2500

Stampeders reporter Danny Austin wrote on Tuesday that both Don Jackson and Terry Williams are battling injuries and missed practice time. If one or both are absent, Romar Morris will be an incredible value. Morris has already been involved in the last two weeks, both carrying the ball and in the return game. While his production has not been prolific, Morris is in line to have a significant workload in what should be a positive game script. At only $2500, Morris is a low-risk, high-reward gamble.

Derel Walker, Edmonton – $7357

Walker has been somewhat overshadowed by D’haquille Williams’ CFL Fantasy dominance, but don’t forget about him this week. According to slotbacklabs.com, Saskatchewan has the 7th worst defence versus the wide receiver position. In addition, Walker will be matching up against Nick Marshall, who returns to the lineup for the first time since Week 1 against Toronto. Look for Walker to have a big game at home against the Roughriders.

Jalen Saunders, Hamilton – $6591

Jalen Saunders is becoming one of the best receivers in the CFL, and he faces the league’s worst defence this week. Montreal ranks last in receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns, and the addition of T.J. Heath isn’t going to solve those struggles overnight. Couple that with the fact that Jeremiah Masoli has the most pass attempts in the CFL, and Saunders projects to be a fantastic PPR play. 

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