CFL Fantasy Starters for Week 20

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OTTAWA, ON - OCTOBER 19: Ottawa Redblacks quarterback Trevor Harris (7) looks to make a pass during Canadian Football League action between the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and Ottawa Redblacks on October 19, 2018, at TD Place Stadium in Ottawa, ON, Canada. (Photo by Richard A. Whittaker/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Trevor Harris, Ottawa – $8835

It’s a strange week for quarterbacks. None of the matches stand out as extremely juicy, and the lower priced quarterbacks don’t look like wise gambles this week. With an acceptable salary and high upside, Trevor Harris is the best bet at quarterback for CFL Fantasy. Hamilton’s defence has been middle-of-the-road recently against quarterbacks, and Harris was productive against them last week. In addition, with R.J. Harris breaking out last week, Harris has a glut of receiving talent available to him. As long as Dominique Davis doesn’t vulture three goal-line touchdowns, Harris should be very productive. Look for over 300 passing yards and two or more touchdowns.

Brandon Burks, Toronto – $4496

For the third week in a row, Brandon Burks looks like a prudent CFL Fantasy start. Burks remains the starting running back for the Argos, having staved off Dexter McCluster for now. If James Wilder Jr. isn’t fully fit, it’s unlikely they would rush him back for the final games of a lost season. Burks’ 10.8 points last week represents his baseline, which is buoyed by receiving volume. It is unlikely James Franklin will again rush for two touchdowns this week, and Burks should benefit from a few more red zone carries and scoring opportunities.

Andrew Harris, Winnipeg – $7786

It’s been a few weeks since Andrew Harris last produced a top-tier fantasy week. He will have every opportunity to do so in Week 20 against a depleted Calgary defence. First, Matt Nichols and the Blue Bombers offence should have an easier time extending drives against softer opposition. This will in turn increase opportunity for touches to Andrew Harris. In addition, the absences in Calgary’s front seven will allow Harris to convert those touches into CFL Fantasy value. Lastly, in Week 11 against Calgary, Harris supplemented his rushing numbers with six receptions for 51 yards, and could produce similar totals. Fifteen total touches for 90 yards is a very possible outcome this week for Andrew Harris.

Luke Tasker, Hamilton – $9179

With Brandon Banks’ season over due to injury, the focus of Hamilton’s passing offence must shift to their second elite receiver, Luke Tasker. Over their last three games, Tasker averaged six targets a game for 59 receiving yards, while scoring six touchdowns in that period. However, Banks’ nine targets per game will need to be redistributed and Tasker will surely benefit. In addition, Ottawa has been the league-worst defence against receivers in their previous three games. Tasker is a lock to see at least 10 targets and will convert those into fantasy value.

Markeith Ambles, Calgary – $2585

Apparently Chris Matthews was the wrong receiver to target last week. Over the last three games, Markeith Ambles is the fifth most targeted player in the CFL with 24. Slotbacklabs.com has him rated as ninth in the league in air yards per game as well in that time. In addition, his receptions per game have been trending positively. Markeith Ambles looks to be an important piece in the Stampeders depleted receiving corps. With a bargain salary, Ambles should have plenty of opportunities to produce this week and provide an excellent return on a low-risk investment.

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