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Alex Ross    Winnipeg Blue Bombers    Out    Undisclosed
Ross will miss 4-to-6 weeks with a lower-body injury, Darrin Bauming of TSN Radio 1290 reports.

RotoWire Analysis

As 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.
Mitchell Gale    Winnipeg Blue Bombers
Gale was signed Monday to a contract with Winnipeg.

RotoWire Analysis

The 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.
Bryan Burnham    BC Lions
Burnham caught six passes for 38 yards in Saturday's 22-10 win over Montreal.

RotoWire Analysis

He 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.
Cory Watson    BC Lions
Watson caught two passes for 18 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 22-10 win over the Alouettes. He also lost eight yards on his lone rushing attempt.

RotoWire Analysis

Watson 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.
Shaq Johnson    BC Lions
Johnson caught two passes for 46 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 22-10 win over the Alouettes.

RotoWire Analysis

Johnson'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.
Jeremiah Johnson    BC Lions
Johnson rushed 10 times for 52 yards in Saturday's 22-10 defeat of Montreal. He also added two receptions for four yards.

RotoWire Analysis

With 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.
Jonathon Jennings    BC Lions
Jennings completed 20 of 24 passes for 183 yards and two touchdowns to go with 57 yards on nine rushing attempts in Saturday's 22-10 win over Montreal.

RotoWire Analysis

Jennings 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.
Eugene Lewis    Montreal Alouettes
Lewis reeled in two passes for 23 yards and added three more yards on one carry in Saturday's 22-10 loss to the Lions. He also recovered a fumble in the end zone for a touchdown.

RotoWire Analysis

It'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.
Ernest Jackson    Montreal Alouettes
Jackson caught three passes for 73 yards in Saturday's 22-10 loss to the Lions.

RotoWire Analysis

Jackson'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.
Chris Williams    Montreal Alouettes
Williams caught six passes for 98 yards in Saturday's 22-10 loss to the Lions.

RotoWire Analysis

Williams 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.
Tyrell Sutton    Montreal Alouettes
Sutton rushed 15 times for 65 yards and added five receptions for 31 yards in Saturday's 22-10 loss to the Lions.

RotoWire Analysis

Sutton 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.
Drew Willy    Montreal Alouettes
Willy completed 25 of 35 pass attempts for 281 yards, a touchdown, and an interception in Saturday's 22-10 loss to the Lions. He also added three rushing attempts for 10 yards.

RotoWire Analysis

Willy 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.
Alex Ross    Winnipeg Blue Bombers    Out    Undisclosed
Ross (undisclosed) was injured in Thursday's loss to Edmonton and could be out for a while, Paul Friesen of the Winnipeg Sun reports.

RotoWire Analysis

Winnipeg 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.
DaVaris Daniels    Calgary Stampeders
Daniels posted two receptions for 20 yards in the Stampeders' 28-14 win over the Tiger-Cats on Saturday.

RotoWire Analysis

Daniels is expected to take on one of the lead receiving roles in 2018 after a second consecutive strong season to open his CFL career last year. The Notre Dame product managed a solid 47 receptions for 743 yards (15.8 YPC) and four touchdowns in 2017, and his ability to make plays downfield could pay dividends in a Calgary offense that may lean more on the passing game this season. Daniels couldn't get much going in the opener, but he'll look to make a bigger impact against the Argonauts in Week 2.
Marken Michel    Calgary Stampeders
Michel notched five receptions for 67 yards in the Stampeders' 28-14 win over the Tiger-Cats on Saturday.

RotoWire Analysis

Michel is expected to once again bring an important speed element to the Stampeders' passing game in 2018, following a rookie season in which he averaged 19.0 yards per reception on his 41 grabs. The 24-year-old will have fellow speedster Davaris Daniels to compete with in terms of downfield targets, but there should be plenty to go around for both players on a Calgary offense that could see an increase in pass attempts this season as a result of running back Jerome Messam's offseason departure. Michel will look to make an impact in a Week 2 Grey Cup rematch against the Argonauts.
Kamar Jorden    Calgary Stampeders
Jorden notched four receptions for 77 yards and a touchdown in the Stampeders' 28-14 win over the Tiger-Cats on Saturday.

RotoWire Analysis

Jorden's reception and receiving yardage totals were both tops on the Stamps for the night, a fitting start to a season in which the fifth-year receiver is expected to make another leap forward. The Bowling Green product set new career bests in catches (52), receiving yardage (717) and touchdowns (six) for the second consecutive season in 2017, and he'll look to take on an even larger role this season. Jorden will undoubtedly play a pivotal part of the offense once again in a Week 2 Grey Cup rematch against the Argonauts.
Don Jackson    Calgary Stampeders
Jackson rushed 12 times for 87 yards and a touchdown and added a two-point conversion rush in the Stampeders' 28-14 win over the Tiger-Cats on Saturday.

RotoWire Analysis

Jackson delivered the final blow to the Tiger-Cats' hopes with a nifty 44-yard touchdown run with 1:08 remaining. The score came on the heels of a Bryant Smith interception of Jeremiah Masoli and gave Calgary a 26-14 lead that Jackson himself tacked another two points onto on the very next play with a three-yard conversion rush. Both Jackson and Terry Williams split time in the Stampeders backfield Saturday, but Jackson came off looking like the clear-cut lead back for the moment. He'll strive to replicate his successful debut when the Stamps do battle with the Argonauts in Week 2.
Bo Levi Mitchell    Calgary Stampeders
Mitchell completed 17 of 36 passes for 297 yards with a touchdown and an interception in the Stampeders' 28-14 win over the Tiger-Cats on Saturday. He also rushed once for 12 yards.

RotoWire Analysis

As was the case on occasion last season, Mitchell struggled some with his completion percentage, but he made more than enough plays to help lead his team to victory. One was an 18-yard scoring strike to Kamar Jorden with 10:40 remaining in the fourth quarter that extended the Stampeders' lead to 18-11 at the time. Mitchell could be the beneficiary of an increased workload in 2018 in the wake of the offseason departure of running back Jerome Messam, which would bump up his overall fantasy prospects. He'll look to cross the 300-yard mark that he just narrowly missed Saturday when the Stampeders do battle with the Argonauts in a Grey Cup Week 2 rematch.
Luke Tasker    Hamilton Tiger-Cats
Tasker logged six receptions for 71 yards in the Tiger-Cats' 28-14 loss to the Stampeders on Saturday.

RotoWire Analysis

The trusted possession man turned in a trademark stat line, complementing the downfield exploits of Mike Jones and Jalen Saunders perfectly. Tasker is likely to once again serve as one of quarterback Jeremiah Masoli's most trusted mid-range options in 2018, although he's shown a sneaky ability to get loose on occasion as well over his five seasons. Tasker is one of the CFL's most dependable fantasy assets from a PPR perspective, as evidenced by the career-high 104 receptions he notched last season. He'll look to play an important role once again when Hamilton takes on the Eskimos in Week 2.
Jalen Saunders    Hamilton Tiger-Cats
Saunders posted seven receptions for 118 yards in the Tiger-Cats' 28-14 loss to the Stampeders on Saturday.

RotoWire Analysis

Last season, the former Sooner made considerable strides as a receiver, racking up 1,170 yards through the air and adding another 190 on returns. Saunders is poised to take another leap forward in his second CFL campaign, given both his speed and established rapport with quarterback Jeremiah Masoli. The 25-year-old picked up right where he left off last season on Saturday, and Masoli notably looked his way on four occasions over the final two drives in which the Ti-Cats still had a chance at catching the Stampeders. Fellow pass catcher Luke Tasker and Mike Jones will serve as formidable competition for targets, but Saunders appears likely to enjoy a sizable role in his own right. He'll look to build on his stellar Week 1 effort when Hamilton tangles with Eskimos in Week 2.
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Players Likely To Return Soon
Player Injury Est. Return
Trevor Harris Leg 6/21/2018
Trent Richardson Personal 6/21/2018
Korliss Marshall Undisclosed 6/22/2018
Peter Berryman Undisclosed 6/22/2018
Kenbrell Thompkins Undisclosed 6/22/2018
Harry McMaster Suspension 6/22/2018
Alex Taylor Suspension 6/22/2018
Dominique Reed Undisclosed 6/22/2018
Jean-Samuel Blanc Undisclosed 6/22/2018
Matthew Shiltz Back 6/22/2018
Players Out or on IR
Player Team Est. Return
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
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