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RotoWire AnalysisDespite being in his rookie season, Thomas has drawn the starting nod for the team's season opener Thursday, a sign of the coaching staff's trust in the recent UConn grad in the States. He'll look to exploit a Roughriders secondary that gave up 235 yards in their first game against Toronto.
RotoWire AnalysisThe inclusion of Madu on the list by Ottawa means the running back will be forced to miss Thursday's game against Saskatchewan and won't be eligible to play again until the following Thursday at Calgary. Ottawa has yet to open their season, but Madu took two carries for 13 yards in his only preseason game. Without their primary backup, expect starter William Powell to see a slight uptick in involvement.
RotoWire AnalysisHazelton is dealing with an undisclosed injury, and he'll be listed as doubtful for Friday's matchup against the Tiger-Cats. He got the start for Edmonton's season opener against the Blue Bombers on Thursday.
RotoWire AnalysisStanzi wasn't at practice Tuesday, and it was later revealed that he'd been cut from the team. Larry Brihm will take over as Calgary's third-string quarterback with Stanzi hitting the open market.
RotoWire AnalysisCarter has been solid at wideout over the past few seasons, as he's racked up over 900 receiving yards in each of his first four seasons, although he's making the switch to defense after Nick Marshall (finger) suffered an injury and will likely miss the next six weeks after undergoing surgery. It's unclear as to how long Carter will exclusively play defense, but he won't take the field on offense for at least Saskatchewan's next matchup.
RotoWire AnalysisHaidara appeared in all 16 games for the team last season, but was a depth receiver, finishing the campaign with just five catches for 28 yards. His release from the team likely won't have a significant impact.
RotoWire AnalysisAs expected after getting hurt as a holder on a field goal attempt, Ross has been dealt with a lengthy recovery timetable. This is the second Bombers quarterback to be hit with the injury bug after starter Matt Nichols was placed on the six-game injured list with a knee injury. Rookie Bryan Bennett will likely serve as the primary backup for as long as both Ross and Nichols are out.
RotoWire AnalysisThe veteran quarterback continues his tour of the CFL, signing with his sixth team in five seasons of professional football. Gale was released earlier this season by the BC Lions when they were making their roster cut. He will be placed on Winnipeg's practice roster but will have a chance to contribute considering both Matt Nichols (knee) and Alex Ross (undisclosed) are currently out with injury.
RotoWire AnalysisHe also recovered a Corey Watson fumble. Most of Burnham's work came close to the line of scrimmage, as he only managed two catches of longer than six yards, with a long of 12. Nevertheless, the 28-year-old is coming off of back-to-back 1,200-yard seasons and remains one of the Lions' primary weapons. The Tulsa product will have to wait for a bye before he attempts to prove it Week 3 at Edmonton.
RotoWire AnalysisWatson fumbled on the botched carry in the second quarter, but the Lions were able to recover it. The 34-year-old made up for it in a big way, however, as he sealed the game with his second catch of the day -- an 11-yard score to put the Lions by 12 with 6:33 left to play. Bryan Burnham and Emmanuel Arceneaux made half of BC's catches in the game, leaving Watson as one of five other receivers to make exactly two each. If this kind of split continues, it will be tough to count on Watson a big playmaker for the Lions this season.
RotoWire AnalysisJohnson's catches both came in the first quarter, and while he was not heard from afterward, he made his presence felt. The 25-yeard-old caught an 11-yard pass on the Lions' first play of the game, and later in the same quarter broke free for a wide-open 35-yard catch that he took to the house. His fantasy owners will have to wait till Week 3 at Edmonton to see if the big game gets him more targets.
RotoWire AnalysisWith only the diminutive return man Chris Rainey backing him up in Week 1, Johnson still did not lead the Lions in rushing yards. That honor instead belonged to his quarterback. Nevertheless, the Oregon product carried the ball effectively enough, averaging 5.2 YPC. It remains to be seen what will happen to his workload after the coming bye week once Travon Van (suspended - family matter) and Brandon Rutley (undisclosed injury) presumably return for Week 3 at Edmonton.
RotoWire AnalysisJennings was unstoppable in this one, as he not only was highly accurate through the air, he also led the team in rushing. The 25-year-old came out of the gate hot, as he hit a wide-open Shaq Johnson for a 35-yard touchdown on the Lions' second drive of the game. He certainly looked every bit like the version of himself from 2016, when he exceeded 5,000 yards passing while adding 363 on the ground. The Saginaw State product will get a bye week to rest his legs before traveling to Edmonton for a Week 3 showdown with the Eskimos.
RotoWire AnalysisIt's not exactly sustainable production, but at least it's something. Lewis was trailing Chris Williams as the latter neared the end zone after a 56-yard catch, but a BC defensive back stripped the ball. It bounced over the goal line and Lewis pounced on it for the score. While the second-year player wasn't a major part of Montreal's game plan, he did make one catch in each of the final three quarters, with a long of 14 yards. As one of seven Alouette receivers with a reception in the contest, the Oklahoma product will have to do more than fall on loose balls to gain traction in this offense.
RotoWire AnalysisJackson's 54-yard catch and run on the Alouettes' second drive of the game set up their second and final score of the day, a field goal towards the end of the first quarter. The Buffalo product wouldn't be heard from again until he caught passes on consecutive plays with under a minute remaining in the game --when it was already out of reach. Coming off of a down 2017, Jackson will have to do more to stand out in a crowded Montreal receiving corps heading into a Week 2 matchup at home against Winnipeg.
RotoWire AnalysisWilliams would have added an extra yard and scored against his former team had he not fumbled the ball into the end zone on the Als' opening drive of the game. Fortunately for him, teammate Eugene Lewis was in the area and fell on the ball for the touchdown. The New Mexico State product will have to wait for that elusive first score as an Alouette till Week 2 at home against Winnipeg.
RotoWire AnalysisSutton racked up 29 of those yards on the ground with rush attempts on five of Montreal's first seven plays, en route to the only Alouette touchdown drive of the day. The Northwestern product saw all but one of his team's carries, and while he only averaged 4.3 YPC in Week 1, he has never averaged fewer than 5.2 YPC over any of his five seasons in the league. Thus, the 31-year-old will be a good bet for continued production Week 2 at home against the Blue Bombers.
RotoWire AnalysisWilly started out hot, leading a 16-play, 92-yard scoring drive on the Alouettes' first possession of the game. On the next one, they managed a field goal, but the Lions defense held tight after that and shut out Willy et al for the final three quarters. On the bright side, he connected on three plays of at least 50 yards in the contest, although one was called back due to a penalty. The 31-year-old will try to achieve more extended success Week 2 at home against Winnipeg.
RotoWire AnalysisWinnipeg is already thin at quarterback with Matt Nichols (knee) on the six-game injured list, so the loss of Ross makes an already depleted position even worse. The quarterback was hurt when he was the holder on a field goal attempt that went awry, leaving rookie Bryan Bennett as the only insurance behind current starter Chris Streveler. The team's next game comes Friday against Montreal and the Bombers will probably be in the market for another signal caller in the meantime.
No players are returning today.
|Trent Richardson||Saskatchewan||June 2018|
|Korliss Marshall||Edmonton||June 2018|
|Peter Berryman||Edmonton||June 2018|
|Harry McMaster||Edmonton||June 2018|
|Alex Taylor||Edmonton||June 2018|
|Dominique Reed||Winnipeg||June 2018|
|Chris Givens||Winnipeg||June 2018|
|Mossis Madu||Ottawa||June 2018|
|Travon Van||BC||June 2018|
|Marcus Thigpen||Saskatchewan||June 2018|
|Alex Ross||Winnipeg||July 2018|
|Matt Nichols||Winnipeg||July 2018|
|Timothy Flanders||Winnipeg||July 2018|
|Giovanni Aprile||Edmonton||August 2018|
|Juron Criner||Edmonton||August 2018|
|Anthony Coombs||Toronto||August 2018|
|Alex Green||Hamilton||August 2018|
|James Tuck||Edmonton||May 2019|
|Jake Harty||Saskatchewan||May 2019|
|Shamawd Chambers||Hamilton||June 2019|