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CFL players to watch include Mallett, Denmark, Taylor

Scott Cullen
8/6/2014 11:28:53 AM
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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 Six and players to watch for Week Seven:

TOP PERFORMERS

Nic Grigsby, RB, Winnipeg (119 YDS, 2 TD, 16 touches at Hamilton) - Grigsby is taking advantage of his first regular role in the CFL and went for at least 100 yards from scrimmage for the fourth time in six games this season. His speed is making a difference for a Blue Bombers attack that is having its most success through the air, but Grigsby is versatile enough to contribute both as a runner and receiver.

Andrew Harris, RB, B.C. (143 YDS, 1 TD, 20 touches vs. Calgary) - Just a little more of the same-old, same-old for the league's leading rusher who has 381 rushing yards and 722 yards from scrimmage in six games. An average game, this season, is a little over 120 yards for Harris, who had 1830 yards from scrimmage (101.7 per game) in his career-best 2012 season.

Steve Slaton, RB, Toronto (100 YDS, 2 TD, 18 touches vs. Montreal) - The former NFLer, who had 1659 yards from scrimmage for the Houston Texans in 2008 but hasn't played since 2011, Slaton saw his second game action of the season for the Double Blue and caught a couple of scoring passes from Ricky Ray in the Argos' romp over the Alouettes.

PLAYERS TO WATCH IN WEEK SEVEN

Martel Mallett, RB, Calgary - One week after looking to Jock Sanders as a beneficiary with Jon Cornish out of the lineup, the Stamps had to look to Mallett more once Sanders took a hard hit against the Lions. Mallett gained 175 yards on 20 touches against B.C., his first CFL action since 2009, when he gained 1,582 yards from scrimmage along with eight touchdowns when he played for British Columbia. With that kind of performance, might as well look to Mallett at home against the expansion Redblacks this week.

Clarence Denmark, SB, Winnipeg - As the Bombers, with the league's second-best passing attack (280.2 yards per game), take on the Riders, who have the league's second-worst pass defence (267.6 yards allowed per game), it makes sense to check out their receiving corps. With top target Nick Moore out of the lineup, why not check in on Denmark, who ranks second on the Bombers (and fifth in the league) with 308 receiving yards?

Courtney Taylor, SB, British Columbia - Third-year CFLer who played a little with the Seattle Seahawks in 2007 and 2008, Taylor is a big target who hasn't had a monster game yet this season, but does ranks sixth in the league with 305 receiving yards after going over 60 yards in three straight games. A home date against a Hamilton defence that surrendered 361 passing yards to Winnipeg last week seems like a decent matchup for Taylor.

Scott Cullen can be reached at Scott.Cullen@bellmedia.ca and followed on Twitter at http://twitter.com/tsnscottcullen. For more, check out TSN Fantasy on Facebook.




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