Each week, we'll take a look at some top performers from the CFL, with an eye to looking ahead to some matchups that could be favourable for TSN Fantasy Football, CFL Edition, presented by Joseph Abboud.
Here are some of the best from Week One and some to watch in Week Two:
Anthony Allen, RB, Saskatchewan (176 YDS, 2 TD, 30 touches vs. Hamilton) - Powerfully-built back burst onto the scene in his CFL debut, after a couple of years in the NFL, playing 21 games with the Baltimore Ravens. Not likely to duplicate those numbers week after week, but expectations will be significantly higher after that start.
Drew Willy, QB, Winnipeg (19-for-27, 308 YDS, 4 TD, 1 INT vs. Toronto) - The 28-year-old quarterback had shown promise in limited action over the past two seasons, completing 68.7% of his passes for 1182 yards, nine touchdowns and five interceptions in 147 pass attempts, but Willy controlled the season-opener against Toronto and, since this is a quarterback's league, Willy's play gives the Blue Bombers reason for optimism, which isn't the easiest thing coming off a 3-15 season.
Adarius Bowman, WR, Edmonton (9 REC, 105 YDS, 1 TD) - A big target who is a couple of years removed from his only 1,000-yard season, Bowman had a big game against B.C., and his fourth-quarter touchdown proved to be the difference in the game. With Fred Stamps kept under wraps, the Eskimos needed Bowman to step up, and he did.
PLAYERS TO WATCH IN WEEK TWO
Henry Burris, QB, Ottawa - He's older and starting for an expansion team, but Smiling Hank also led the CFL in passing yards last season, by a pretty sizeable margin. The Redblacks are just getting started and there will likely be some tough stretches along the way, but it's entirely conceivable that Burris could have a big day throwing the ball against the Blue Bombers in Week Two.
Nic Grigsby, RB, Winnipeg - As much as the Redblacks are something of an unknown quantity as an expansion team, it's probably worth taking a look at players going up against them, and the Blue Bombers' running back had a terrific start to the season, gaining 139 yards from scrimmage on 23 touches against Toronto. Can he do it again?
Chris Getzlaf, SB, Saskatchewan - While the Roughriders didn't have to open up the passing game too much in Week One, and Getzlaf had a modest two catches for 42 yards against Hamilton, they go up against an Argonauts defence that was shredded by Willy in Week One. Getzlaf, who was bothered with a quad injury in camp, ranked fifth in the league with 1,045 receiving yards last season and could be the prime target if Riders QB Darian Durant has to air it out a little more.
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