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Reilly, Whitaker, Johnson players to watch in CFL Week Four

Scott Cullen
7/15/2014 9:39:55 PM
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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 Three and players to watch for Week Four:

TOP PERFORMERS

Andrew Harris, RB, British Columbia (203 YDS, 1 TD, 23 touches at Saskatchewan) - 27-year-old Canadian runner had compiled 3341 yards and 22 touchdowns from scrimmage over the previous two seasons and he burst through with a monster game against the Roughriders last week. He currently ranks fourth in the league in rushing yards (201) and sixth in receiving yards (167).

Adarius Bowman, WR, Edmonton (9 REC, 140 YDS, 3 TD vs. Ottawa) - For the second time in three weeks, Bowman has been the star receiver and he's second in the league in receiving yards, with 284, through three games. He had 697 receiving yards in nine games last season, so he's really just picking up where he left off.

Troy Smith, QB, Montreal (18-for-32, 309 YDS, 3 TD, 1 INT vs. Winnipeg) - Following two shaky weeks, during which he passed for a total of 341 yards, Smith delivered a strong game in a one-point loss to the Blue Bombers. It was the second 300-yard passing game of Smith's career and the first in which he also threw for three touchdowns.

PLAYERS TO WATCH IN WEEK FOUR

Mike Reilly, QB, Edmonton - Reilly is off to a very efficient start; not throwing for huge yardage, but someone has to get the ball to Bowman and even though last week's 256 yards represented a season-high, he is now ranked third in the league with 738 passing yards and has thrown a league-leading seven touchdown passes. Oh, he also gets a matchup against Winnipeg, which has allowed an average of 277.7 yards per game through the air.

Brandon Whitaker, RB, Montreal - B.C. is allowing a league-high 131.7 rushing yards per game and Whitaker has rolled up 207 yards from scrimmage on 34 touches over the past two weeks. He's the reliable option in the Montreal attack, so he'll be important for their chances to earn a road win.

Kierrie Johnson, WR, Ottawa - A fourth-year CFLer who played in Saskatchewan (for one game) and B.C. previously, Johnson is the Redblacks' leading receiver to this point, with 104 yards in two games. This requires a bit of projection, given Ottawa's meagre passing attack, but they do go up against Toronto's league-worst pass defence and it's a little more fun to pick Johnson as a player to watch as opposed to an Argos receiver going up against Ottawa's second-worst pass defence.

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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