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RotoWire AnalysisEvans will return to the field after suffering an injury against the Tiger-Cats in Week 4. The wide receiver will start opposite Joshua Stanford during Thursday's contest.
RotoWire AnalysisHamilton's rushing attack has been inconsistent to this point in the season, so the Tiger-Cats will now turn their faith over to a guy who joined the roster a little over a month ago and played in his first game in their last game, an 18-13 loss to Saskatchewan in Week 4. In that game, White took two carries for nine yards, which doesn't bode well for his ceiling Thursday.
RotoWire AnalysisWilly missed Week 4's loss to the Redblacks with a neck injury. The injury was apparently not a serious one, as he's set to miss just one game.
RotoWire AnalysisMathews filled in capably for starting QB Drew Willy (neck) in Montreal's Week 4 loss to Ottawa but will now be out for over a month. He was unlikely to start Saturday against Calgary regardless of the injury, as Willy is expected to return.
RotoWire AnalysisJohnson rushed three times for 26 yards in the first quarter of Saturday's win over the Blue Bombers before he was forced out of the game. With Johnson now likely out for Week 6, Chris Rainey is expected to take over as the No. 1 option in the Lions' backfield.
RotoWire AnalysisMcCluster's addition to the running back corps will add speed and versatility to a group that is currently second to last in rushing yards per game with an average of 81.3 yards per game and last in punt return with an average of 6.9 yards per attempt. The former Pro Bowler in the NFL most recently played with the San Diego Chargers in six games during the 2016 season. His most prolific stretch of his career came in his first four seasons in the NFL with the Kansas City Chiefs from 2010-2013 when he amassed 662 rushing yards, 1,500 receiving yards, 959 punt-return yards and 1,087 kick-return yards and nine total touchdowns.
RotoWire AnalysisArceneaux was targeted 12 times by new starter Travis Lulay, certainly a good sign for the 30-year-old's fantasy value going forward especially if Lulay can hang onto the quarterback job. After totaling 1,000 receiving yards in each of the last three seasons, the Alcorn State product will need to pick up the pace to reach that mark again. He'll try to do that as well as find his first touchdown of the year on the road Week 6 at Ottawa.
RotoWire AnalysisBurnham had just one catch entering the fourth quarter, but his 29-yarder with just under three minutes left set up the tying touchdown moments later. However, the Tulsa product's biggest play of the game was a 38-yard catch with just 1:07 left that set up the game-winning field goal. After a slow start to the season, the 28-year-old has 129 receiving yards over his last two games. He will look to find the end zone for the first time this year Week 6 at Ottawa.
RotoWire AnalysisRainey stepped in late in the first quarter for Jeremiah Johnson, who departed due to an undisclosed injury, and had his first 100-yard game of the season. The 30-year-old was all over the comeback win in both the return game and on offense, most notably with his 33-yard catch that set up the Lions' first score of the day. Should Johnson need to miss time, Rainey would be a dual-threat fantasy option, starting Week 6 at Ottawa.
RotoWire AnalysisJohnson left the first quarter due to an undisclosed injury and did not return to the contest. He was having a productive game prior to exiting, totaling 39 yards on five total touches. Given the unknown severity or even type of injury suffered, Johnson's status for Week 6 at Ottawa is very much up in the air. Chris Rainey would continue to serve as the 31-year-old's replacement if needed.
RotoWire AnalysisPlaying his first game since suffering a torn ACL last season, Lulay got the start over Jonathon Jennings, who had been ineffective to start the season. The 34-year-old moved the ball on the first drive but threw an interception and from there struggled to move the offense until late in the third quarter. He suddenly found a rhythm and totaled 80 yards while completing all five of his passing attempts to set up Cody Fajardo's 1-yard QB sneak for the Lions' first score of the day. The Montana State alum could not be stopped after that, leading three more scoring drives in the fourth quarter to complete the comeback. The dramatic victory, in addition to BC's first 300-yard passing game of the season and first TD pass since Week 1, should be enough to keep a grip on the starter's job heading into Week 6 at Ottawa.
RotoWire AnalysisCertainly disappointing from a fantasy perspective, both numbers marked season lows for Dressler, edging out his two-catch, 24-yard performance in Week 2. The good news is that the North Dakota product was targeted five times and remains one of Winnipeg's main targets in the passing game. He'll try to get back on track Week 6 at Toronto.
RotoWire AnalysisAdams' six targets on the day came in the first three quarters. Since Matt Nichols returned, the 28-year-old has set season highs in receiving yards in back-to-back weeks. Nevertheless, he remains well off his 1,100-yard pace from last year and will look to get back on track Week 6 at Toronto.
RotoWire AnalysisBoth yardage totals represent season highs for Demski as do his ten touches, and his six catches on the day led the team. Entering Saturday, the 25-year-old had seen between four and six touches in each of the season's first four weeks, so the spike he got in this one could mean good things to come for him. However, given his place on the Bombers' depth chart, the Winnipeg native will need to keep producing in order to become a factor in fantasy. He'll get his next chance Week 6 at Toronto.
RotoWire AnalysisHarris burst through the hole and scampered 37-yards to open scoring on the day and then added a four-yarder up the middle for his second touchdown in the second quarter. The 31-year-old now has five touchdowns in five games this season and is leading the league with 449 rushing yards. He'll look to build on that lead at Toronto in Week 6.
RotoWire AnalysisHis first pick ended a 55-yard drive early in the second quarter, but other than that the Blue Bombers had little trouble moving the ball downfield en route to a 17-0 halftime lead. The offense completely stalled in the second half, however, starting with Nichols' second interception of the evening. The Lions would convert it into a field goal, cutting their deficit to 17-10. The Eastern Washington product's third and final turnover of the game set up the game-winning field goal. The seventh-year vet has yet to look like himself since returning last week from a knee injury. He has thrown for just 376 yards and a touchdown in his two games this season. He'll get a chance to break the slump Week 6 at Toronto.
RotoWire AnalysisAfter a stellar Week 1 effort when he posted eight catches for 176 yards and a touchdown, it's essentially been downhill for Walker. He does have three touchdowns overall in his first five games, but he hasn't topped 67 receiving yards since the opener. In the interim, D'haquille Williams continues to see an overwhelming amount of targets from Mike Reilly, and Walker hasn't been able to make many of his trademark plays downfield to make up for his drop in volume. However, the former Texas A & M Aggie seemingly has too much speed and rapport with Reilly to continue underwhelming for much longer, and perhaps the Week 6 bye will allow him to reincorporate into the offense.
RotoWire AnalysisStafford was hot early before getting shut out in the second half, but he still put together a decent night overall. The 28-year-old has now exceeded last season's reception total of 20, and his 22 catches qualify as the second-highest total of his career. While D'haquille Williams is clearly Mike Reilly's top target at present, Stafford seems to have positioned himself just behind Derel Walker in the passing game hierarchy for the moment. He'll look to continue his solid season against the Alouettes in Week 7 following a Week 6 bye.
RotoWire AnalysisWilliams has seemingly supplanted Derel Walker as Mike Reilly's favorite target, at least for the time being. The 25-year-old is already just 15 receptions shy of the 46 he posted in eight additional games during his rookie 2017 campaign, and he's eclipsed the century mark in receiving yardage for four straight games. Williams has also upped his reception totals over those of the prior week in three consecutive contests, and factoring in Friday's production, he's now tallied three touchdowns and 19.1 yards per catch. The Auburn product will hope the Week 6 bye doesn't cool him off and will look to pick up where he left off in Week 7 against the beatable Alouettes defense.
RotoWire AnalysisThe veteran back put together a much better performance than in the Week 4 upset loss to the Argonauts, when he'd held to a season-low 2.8 yards per rush. Gable was able to rebound with his second-highest YPC of the young season (5.1), and any extended absence on his part would undoubtedly hurt the Eskimos offense. The bye week likely couldn't come at a better time for Gable, who'll have an extra week to try and get ready for a Week 7 matchup versus the Alouettes.
No players are returning today.
|Brandon Rutley||BC||July 2018|
|Travon Van||BC||July 2018|
|Mossis Madu||Ottawa||July 2018|
|Anthony Gosselin||Ottawa||July 2018|
|Dominique Rhymes||Ottawa||July 2018|
|Ricky Lloyd||BC||July 2018|
|Dominique Reed||Winnipeg||July 2018|
|Brian Jones||Toronto||July 2018|
|Eric Rogers||Calgary||July 2018|
|Marken Michel||Calgary||July 2018|
|Chris Givens||Winnipeg||July 2018|
|Terry Williams||Calgary||July 2018|
|Kienan LaFrance||Winnipeg||July 2018|
|Korliss Marshall||Edmonton||July 2018|
|Peter Berryman||Edmonton||July 2018|
|Harry McMaster||Edmonton||July 2018|
|Alex Taylor||Edmonton||July 2018|
|Alex Ross||Winnipeg||July 2018|
|Timothy Flanders||Winnipeg||July 2018|
|Trent Richardson||Saskatchewan||July 2018|
|Giovanni Aprile||Edmonton||August 2018|
|Juron Criner||Edmonton||August 2018|
|Anthony Coombs||Toronto||August 2018|
|Jeff Mathews||Montreal||August 2018|
|T.J. Graham||Montreal||August 2018|
|Alex Green||Hamilton||August 2018|
|Jamill Smith||Edmonton||August 2018|
|Vidal Hazelton||Edmonton||August 2018|
|Zach Collaros||Saskatchewan||August 2018|
|Christophe Normand||Edmonton||August 2018|
|Ricky Ray||Toronto||September 2018|
|James Tuck||Edmonton||May 2019|
|Jake Harty||Saskatchewan||May 2019|
|Shamawd Chambers||Hamilton||June 2019|