Darvin Adams (DK: $7,600): Our first Must-Have for Week 8 in the CFL is the Winnipeg Blue Bombers wideout Darvin Adams. Adams has had a slow start to his 2017 campaign, but has shown flashes of his greatness that we believe will be on full display this weekend against the Hamilton Tiger Cats. If you’ve been sticking around with us this season, you probably have picked up on the fact that targeting QBs and WRs against Hamilton is a go-to strategy of ours and this week is no different. Though banged up, the Winnipeg offense still has plenty of options to attack this Hamilton defense with, and Darvin should be the go to guy again this weekend. Having caught five or more passes in five of six games this year, even in difficult matchups, Adams has carved out his role in an offense that has clicked on all cylinders so far this season. Though Adams hasn’t eclipsed the 100 yard mark yet this year, he has hauled in 3 TDs and will be looking to add to both tallies this weekend. Adding to Adams’ appeal is the continued absence of fellow WR Weston Dressler. Dressler is the second-most targeted option in Winnipeg (behind RB Andrew Harris) and his absence opens up a large number of targets that need to be filled by his fellow WRs. Though Clarence Denmark, Ryan Lankford and TJ Thorpe will all do their parts to chip in, Darvin Adams is the receiver that has the most to gain from Dressler’s absence. Hamilton is dead last in all major defensive categories, leading us to believe this Winnipeg offense will continue to roll in Week 8. Be sure to get Darvin Adams into your lineups this weekend for his breakout game.
Vidal Hazelton (DK: $7,700): Our second Must-Have this week is another newly-promoted leading wideout for his team, the Edmonton Eskimos’ Vidal Hazelton. Hazelton has been terrifyingly consistent in his time with the Eskimos this season, hauling in a TD pass in four of their six games (including one in each of the last three games), catching 7+ passes three times, and posting double-digit fantasy scores in all six games. Earlier in the season when Adarius Bowman and Brandon Zylstra were both healthy, Hazelton was the WR3 at best and was still posting productive games. Now that Bowman and Zylstra are both out injured, Vidal is the unquestioned lead WR in Mike Reilly’s potent offense. The Eskimos will face off against the Ottawa Redblacks this week, a matchup that we have picked on before with Boundary WRs. Though the Redblacks secondary isn’t a bad one, they lack a true shutdown corner out wide, and against an Edmonton offense that has been unstoppable the last three weeks, we want to ensure we have a large part of the passing attack. Hazelton has caught 15 passes for 227 yards and 2 TDs in his last two games (both without Bowman and last game without Zylstra in the second half), but has yet to play a game as the true lead option. He has acted as the WR1, fantasy wise, since Bowman went down. But now without Zylstra as well, we expect Hazelton to explode. He flashed his big-play ability in Week 6 against the BC Lions when he hauled in a 108 yard TD, but also his sure-handedness, bringing down tough 2nd down conversions time and time again. We believe Hazelton is a top option this weekend and is underpriced for his level of productivity. Be sure to get him into your lineups.