Andrew Harris (DK: $9,200): Our first Must-Have for Week 5 in the CFL is the Winnipeg Blue Bombers’ star running back, Andrew Harris. Harris is one of the few true work-horse running backs in the league and he draws a delicious matchup against the Toronto Argos defense this weekend. The Argos have allowed 141 rushing yards per game to opposing backs, the second-worst mark in the league, and have allowed a league-worst 26 rush attempts per game so far this season as they have played from far behind in all three contests. Harris has not had a dynamic start to his 2019 season, but has quietly racked up the 4th-most rushing yards in the league with 262 at a stellar 6.0 YPC rate. In this matchup, we expect the Bombers to have their way with the reeling Argos and play from ahead for much of the contest. In doing so, Harris should have plenty of opportunities to carry the rock and take advantage of this soft front for Toronto. Though the price is steep for Harris, there is plenty of strong value this week to fit him in comfortably. We believe Andrew Harris is the top play of the slate and should be the first player locked into your lineups this weekend.
R.J. Harris (DK: $6,700): Our second CFL Must-Have this week is the Ottawa Redblacks wideout R.J. Harris. Harris has seemingly taken the reigns from Brad Sinopoli as the Redblacks top option in the passing game, which is not echoed in their pricing. While Sinopoli is the established star, he has had a rough start to the season catching just 13 passes (on 19 targets) for 127 yards through three games. Harris, however, has hauled in 17 (of 26) passes for 220 yards and a score. Fellow breakout wideout Dominique Rhymes paces the team in all three categories (18 receptions, 27 targets, 234 yards) but produced over half of each in one game this season while underperforming in the other two. Harris has been the solo consistent piece of the Redblacks offense, hauling in five passes and 50+ yards in all three contests, topping 14.7 FP in all three, against three of the best pass defenses in the league (Calgary, Saskatchewan, Winnipeg). This week, he gets his turn against the league’s worst– the Montreal Alouettes. Giving up a whopping 421 passing yards per game, the Als have continued their defensive struggles they finished last season with. In addition to Harris’ stellar floor, we believe Harris may actually be in line for a breakout performance. Via CFL.ca, Harris ranks 12th in the league in receiving yards this year, but actually ranks 3rd in air yards per game (basically receiving yards without yards after catch included) meaning he is getting the looks down the field, he has just yet to break one loose. Against an Als team that gives up the big play like it’s their job (allowing 10.8 yards per catch), this could be the week Harris finally hauls in a big one. Be sure to have R.J. Harris in your lineups!
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