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Matt Nichols

Quarterback  Winnipeg Blue Bombers

STATUS:  Out   INJURY TYPE:  Calf   EST. RETURN  5/20/2018
Height:   6' 2''   Weight:   214

November 12, 2017    Matt Nichols News

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RotoWire Fantasy Analysis

Nichols (calf/finger) wasn't able to do more than jog Sunday, Chris O'Leary of CFL.ca reports, but he still completed 35 of 48 passes for 371 yards and three touchdowns in a 39-32 loss to Edmonton in the Western Semi-Final.

It was a heroic effort for Nichols, who injured his calf in Week 19 and didn't play in the Bombers' regular-season finale. He'll have some time off to let his body heal in the offseason following the loss, but it was a disappointing day for Winnipeg nonetheless.

Matt Nichols: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

November 11, 2017

RotoWire Fantasy Analysis

Nichols (calf/finger) is atop the Blue Bombers' depth chart ahead of Sunday's game.

Although this is obviously a positive sign, coach Mike O'Shea still hasn't discussed the amount of time Nichols will receive this weekend during the West Semi-Final matchup. Backup Dan LeFevour could wind up splitting time with Nichols, but unless O'Shea addresses his game plan within the next 24 hours, it will remain a mystery heading into the contest.

November 10, 2017

RotoWire Fantasy Analysis

Nichols (calf/finger) wasn't at practice Friday due to the birth of his baby girl, but remains in line for Sunday's game, Jeff Hamilton of the Winnipeg Free Press reports.

It's a sigh of relief for fantasy owners and a great day for the Nichols' family as they welcome their second child to the world. Looking ahead, it's still not certain as to how Nichols is holding up with his various ailments, but coach Mike O'Shea did state that he will play Sunday against Edmonton, per Bob Irving of 680 CJOB.

November 10, 2017

RotoWire Fantasy Analysis

Nichols (calf/finger) was not seen at the team's practice Friday, Ed Tait of BlueBombers.com reports.

Nichols was able to increase his activities during practice the past two days, but failed to appear Friday while Dan LeFevour ran the first-team offense. Nichols' status remains somewhat of a mystery, as it seems to change every day. At this point, there has been no announcement that contradicts coach Mike O'Shea's statement, at the beginning of the week, which reiterated that Nichols was expected to play this weekend. More will be known once Winnipeg releases its depth chart Saturday, although that still won't tell the entire story.

November 9, 2017

RotoWire Fantasy Analysis

Nichols (calf/finger) was able to increase his activity during Thursday's practice, Jeff Hamilton of the Winnipeg Free Press reports.

Nichols was back at practice for the second straight day, which comes after the quarterback missed last weekend's game due to a few various injuries. There has still been no word on whether he will play, although coach Mike O'Shea did state that he should be able to give it a go for the team's postseason contest.

November 8, 2017

RotoWire Fantasy Analysis

Nichols (calf/finger) participated in a few drills during Winnipeg's practice Wednesday, Darrin Bauming of TSN Radio 1290 reports.

Nichols was able to throw a little bit and worked on hand-offs as well during the team's practice ahead of Sunday's Western Semi-Final against the Eskimos. The quarterback wasn't able to play last weekend after suffering an injury during Week 19, but is expected to be ready to go this weekend, according to coach Mike O'Shea. Wednesday' practice was a good step forward, and more should be known in the coming days regarding Nichols' status.

November 6, 2017

RotoWire Fantasy Analysis

Nichols (calf/finger) is expected to play in Sunday's Western Semi-Final, Bob Irving of 680 CJOB reports.

Coach Mike O'Shea made the announcement during his Monday radio show after Nichols was unable to play in the team's regular-season finale. The 30-year-old ended the regular season with a career-high 28 touchdown passes over 17 games.

November 6, 2017

RotoWire Fantasy Analysis

Nichols (calf/finger) is considered questionable for Sunday's Western Semi-Final, according to Darrin Bauming of TSN Radio 1290.

Nichols was unable to play in last week's regular season finale due to his injuries, and it remains to be seen if he will be ready for the Blue Bombers' postseason opener. The team will make a decision on Nichols' status later this week, and a final call may not come until game day.

November 2, 2017

RotoWire Fantasy Analysis

Nichols (knee) will be available against the Stampeders on Friday, but is listed as the third-string quarterback, Jeff Hamilton of the Winnipeg Free Press reports.

Although it's unlikely that Nichols will see any action on the field, he will dress in full uniform just in case Dan LeFevour and Dominique Davis are unable to perform. Nichols was ruled out earlier in the week by coach Mike O'Shea, which signifies that he's not ready to return to the field after suffering a knee injury during last weekend's game against British Columbia.

October 30, 2017

RotoWire Fantasy Analysis

Head coach Mike O'Shea has officially ruled Nichols (knee) out for Friday's game against the Stampeders, Bob Irving of 680 CJOB reports.

O'Shea mentioned earlier in the day that Nichols likely wouldn't play, but now officially ruled out his top signal caller. While he wouldn't say who would start in Nichols' place, Dominique Davis seems to be the next man up, though additional word on that should come later this week.

October 30, 2017

RotoWire Fantasy Analysis

Head coach Mike O'Shea said Nichols (knee) likely won't be ready for Friday's game against the Stampeders, Bob Irving of 680 CJOB reports.

Nichols left last week's game with a knee injury, and while the injury isn't thought to be anything overly serious, the bombers already have a playoff spot locked up, so they'll rest him for the season finale with hopes of having him ready for the postseason. Look for Dominique Davis to step in behind center in his absence.

October 29, 2017

RotoWire Fantasy Analysis

Nichols completed three of seven passes for 30 yards before leaving the game with a knee injury in Saturday's 36-27 loss to the Lions.

The non-contact injury to his left knee came when he was attempting a pass, but as yet the Bombers don't seem worried about his status for the playoffs. Expect Nichols to sit for next Friday's regular-season finale in Calgary, however.

October 21, 2017

RotoWire Fantasy Analysis

Nichols completed 25 of 33 passes for 268 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions in Saturday's 29-28 loss to the Argonauts. He also rushed for one yard on one carry.

Nichols clearly benefitted from the return of one of his trusted targets, Weston Dressler, who'd been out since Week 14 with an upper-body injury. Nichols connected with six pass catchers overall, but hit Dressler a team-high eight times for 129 yards and a touchdown. He also drove the Blue Bombers down to the Argonauts' 30-yard-line to set up a potential game-winning field-goal attempt by Justin Medlock, but the latter's kick missed wide right. Despite the disappointing outcome, Nichols was razor sharp on the afternoon (75.8 percent completion rate) and will look to get Winnipeg back in the win column against the B.C. Lions in Week 19.

October 15, 2017

RotoWire Fantasy Analysis

Nichols (hand) completed 23 of 30 passes for 172 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions in Saturday's 26-20 win over the Lions. He also rushed once for three yards.

Nichols let running back Andrew Harris and the defense do a lot of the heavy lifting, which led to the veteran signal caller's lowest passing yardage total in a full game this season. Nichols also failed to throw a touchdown for the first time all season, but was able to get through the game without any setbacks to his hand. He'll look to get back to his typical levels of production against the Argonauts in Week 18.

October 11, 2017

RotoWire Fantasy Analysis

Nichols (hand) will start Saturday's game against the Lions, Darrin Bauming of TSN Radio 1290 reports.

Nichols will be wearing a glove on his throwing hand that he's been practicing with the past couple days, following his removal from Friday's game against the Tiger-Cats with a hand injury. He hasn't been limited during practice all week, and seemingly shouldn't been too concerned about wearing a glove, since it's been modified to expose his thumb, index and middle finger.

October 10, 2017

RotoWire Fantasy Analysis

Nichols (hand) is being listed as probable for Saturday's game against the Lions, Darrin Bauming of TSN Radio 1290 reports.

Nichols was able to practice with a glove on his injured hand Monday, and apparently everything went off without a hitch. According to Bob Irving of 680 CJOB, head coach Mike O'Shea said Nichols looked good during practice and he expects the quarterback to play Saturday against the Lions. His status for Saturday should become clearer later in the week after he gets a few more practices under his belt.

October 10, 2017

RotoWire Fantasy Analysis

Nicholas participated in Tuesday's practice, Darrin Bauming of TSN Radio 1290 reports.

Nichols is throwing with a tailor-made glove on his hand and practicing with the first-time offense, so it doesn't appear that the injury he suffered in Friday's game is having any lasting effects. Should Nichols continue to practice this week without any setbacks, he should be set to play in Satruday's game against the Lions.

October 6, 2017

RotoWire Fantasy Analysis

Nichols left Friday's matchup against the Tiger-Cats after suffering a hand injury.

Nichols completed 14 of his 18 pass attempts to go a long with one touchdown and one interception before leaving the game. The severity of the injury is not known at this time, but it was serious enough to keep the 30-year-old on the sideline. Dominique Davis will presumably be in line to draw the start under center for next Saturday's game against the BC Lions should Nichols be unable to suit up.

October 1, 2017

RotoWire Fantasy Analysis

Nichols completed 24 of 32 passes for 238 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions in Saturday's 28-19 win over the Eskimos. He also gained six yards on two rushes.

Nichols didn't get into a shootout with Mike Reilly, instead sticking mostly to short and intermediate throws. As customary, he utilized RB Andrew Harris with great frequency, connecting with the talented pass-catching back on nine occasions. Nichols also found running back/slotback Timothy Flanders for six receptions and extended his multi-touchdown streak to five games by connecting with Darvin Adams and Clarence Denmark for scores. He'll look to continue his impressive season versus the Tiger-Cats in Week 16.

September 22, 2017

RotoWire Fantasy Analysis

Nichols completed 23 of 33 passes for 319 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions in Friday's 29-9 win over the Redblacks. He also netted zero yards on his sole rush.

Nichols came off the Bombers' bye week refreshed and ready to go, connecting with Darwin Adams on seven occasions for 195 yards, a tally that included a touchdown. The veteran signal caller was able to withstand the early exit of trusted target Weston Dressler (upper body) by focusing on Adams, Andrew Harris and slotback Timothy Flanders, leading to his second 300-yard effort of the last three weeks. Nichols also has multiple touchdowns in four consecutive contests and will look to extend the streak versus the Eskimos in Week 15.

September 10, 2017

RotoWire Fantasy Analysis

Nichols completed 24 of 37 passes for 282 yards and three touchdowns in Saturday's 48-28 win over the Roughriders. He also added two carries for 53 yards.

Nichols and the Bombers got some serious revenge on the Riders for their Labour Day loss, and the QB has now thrown multiple TD passes in three straight games and seven of 11 this season, giving him a new career high of 22 touchdowns with a significant portion of the schedule left to play. With Winnipeg on bye in Week 12, he'll get plenty of time to prepare for his next game, at home against the Redblacks on Sept. 22.

September 3, 2017

RotoWire Fantasy Analysis

Nichols completed 35 of 47 passes for 364 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions in Sunday's 38-24 loss to the Riders.

Faced with a sizable second-half deficit, Nichols put up a season-high number of pass attempts and completions, which led to his second-best yardage total of the season. Nichols also threw multiple touchdowns for the second straight game and third time in the last four contests. Due to the Bombers' pass-heavy offensive scheme, Nichols remains a viable DFS option each week regardless of matchup. He'll look to get the Bombers back on track when they take on the Riders in a Week 12 rematch at home in the annual Banjo Bowl.

August 25, 2017

RotoWire Fantasy Analysis

Nichols completed 26 of 38 passes for 227 yards and three touchdowns with one interception in Thursday's 34-31 overtime win over the Alouettes.

A tight defensive battle through four quarters gave way to a furious finish, but Nichols was still able to guide the Bombers to their fifth straight win. The 30-year-old is already one passing TD shy of his career high through only nine games this season, and his 17 scores puts him one behind Ottawa's Trevor Harris for the CFL lead.

August 18, 2017

RotoWire Fantasy Analysis

Nichols completed 32 of 40 passes for 390 yards and a touchdown while adding three carries for 23 yards and a score in Thursday's 33-26 win over Edmonton.

Nichols and the Bombers handed Edmonton their first loss of the season, and in the process closed to within one game of the West Division lead. The 30-year-old QB is now on pace for career highs in essentially every major category, and barring injury should easily record his first campaign with more than 4,000 passing yards and 20 TDs.

August 12, 2017

RotoWire Fantasy Analysis

Nichols completed 25 of 35 passes for 267 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions in Saturday's 39-12 win over the Ti-Cats.

Nichols connected on an impressive 71.4 percent of his throws against the vulnerable Hamilton secondary, completing over half of his passes to the reliable veteran duo of Clarence Denmark and Darvin Adams. The 30-year-old has now fired for multiple scores in three of the past four games and has thrown for at least 254 yards in all but one contest thus far. He'll look to build on his impressive 13:4 TD:INT when the Bombers take on the Eskimos next Thursday.

August 4, 2017

RotoWire Fantasy Analysis

Nichols completed 25 of 38 passes for 319 yards and a touchdown in Friday's 33-30 win over the Redblacks.

Justin Medlock was the star for Winnipeg in this one, accounting for 21 of the team's points, but Nichols did a good job moving the offense into position for the kicker's six field goals, including two in the final minute to steal the win. The 30-year-old now has 1,757 passing yards and an 11:4 TD:INT through six games, putting him on pace for his first career 5,000-yard and 30-TD season.

July 28, 2017

RotoWire Fantasy Analysis

Nichols completed 34 of 43 passes for 358 yards and two touchdowns in Thursday's 41-40 win over the Alouettes.

He also ran the ball twice for 22 yards. Nichols put together a miraculous comeback in the fourth quarter, engineering two TDs drives in the last 1:40 to overcome a 12-point deficit. The 30-year-old has taken a big step forward in his second year as Winnipeg's starter, and his 10 passing scores now ranks second in the league to Ottawa's Trevor Harris, who has 12 -- and has played one more game than Nichols.

July 22, 2017

RotoWire Fantasy Analysis

Nichols completed 28 of 36 passes for 254 yards and three touchdowns with one interception while rushing for 21 yards and another TD in Friday's 45-42 loss to the Lions.

He seemed to have the Bombers in position for a road win after a huge third quarter that put them up 42-27, but Nichols and the offense went cold in the fourth. The 30-year-old now has two huge fantasy performances this season, posting a combined 7:2 TD:INT in Weeks 2 and 5, and two poor ones in which he managed only a 1:2 TD:INT. That volatility makes him a risky fantasy play Thursday at home against the Alouettes.

July 13, 2017

RotoWire Fantasy Analysis

Nichols completed 20 of 36 passes for 228 yards without a touchdown or interception in Thursday's 33-25 win over the Argos.

With the running and return games firing on all cylinders, Nichols' primary job was simply to avoid making any mistakes. He's now thrown for 826 yards and five TDs with three INTs through three games, but four of those scores came in Week 2's win over Saskatchewan and the 30-year-old QB has been an inconsistent fantasy option so far in 2017.

July 8, 2017

RotoWire Fantasy Analysis

Nichols completed 27 of 40 passes for 267 yards and a touchdown with two interceptions in Friday's 29-10 loss to the Stampeders.

One of those picks was returned 27 yards for a TD by Calgary linebacker Maleki Harris in the third quarter, after which the Bombers seemed to wilt, failing to score another point. Nichols has had one strong start and one poor one so far for Winnipeg, but assuming he holds onto the starting job the 30-year-old QB should easily be able to top his previous career highs of 3,666 passing yards and 18 TDs set last season.

July 1, 2017

RotoWire Fantasy Analysis

Nichols completed 23 of 36 passes for 331 yards with four touchdowns and one interception in Saturday's 43-40 overtime win over the Roughriders. He also gained nine yards on two rushes.

The veteran signal caller got his season off to a spectacular start, connecting with seven different receivers and finding three of them for scores. As it turned out, the Bombers needed every bit of Nichols' aerial heroics, as their defense had a difficult time containing opposing quarterback Kevin Glenn and company. Expectations for Nichols are high coming into 2017 considering his five 300-yard performances and 18:9 TD:INT ratio from last season, and the early returns are certainly promising. Nichols will look to replicate his impressive opening effort when the Bombers take on the Stampeders in a Week 3 showdown.

June 16, 2017

RotoWire Fantasy Analysis

Nichols completed 19-of-24 passes for 227 yards and two touchdowns in the Blue Bombers' preseason finale Thursday.

Nichols will head into the regular season on a high note on the heels of Thursday's efficient outing. He will be Winnipeg's top signal caller, but he and his teammates will have to wait until Week 2 to make their season debut.

January 18, 2017

RotoWire Fantasy Analysis

Nichols agreed Wednesday with the Blue Bombers on a three-year contract extension, Jeff Hamilton of the Winnipeg Free Press reports.

Nichols was bound for free agency in February, but Winnipeg made retaining their starting quarterback a top priority in the offseason. The 29-year-old helped lead the Bombers to a 10-3 record during his run as a starter last season, and the team's trade of former starter Drew Willy to Toronto last September should give Nichols plenty of job security going forward. Nichols finished fifth in the CFL last season with 3,666 passing yards, completing his attempts at a 69 percent clip.

November 14, 2016

RotoWire Fantasy Analysis

Nichols completed 26 of 40 passes for 390 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions in Sunday's 32-31 semi-final loss to the Lions. He also gained three yards on his sole rush.

Nichols' yardage total was bittersweet, as it represented his best of the season yet came in a heart-breaking, campaign-ending loss. He completed passes to seven different receivers and impressively connected on passes of 34, 41, 42 and 60 yards downfield. Despite the disappointing conclusion to the season, Nichols enjoyed a breakout year, passing for career highs of 3,666 yards and 18 touchdowns over 15 games. He'll enter 2017 in prime position to build on his momentum and potentially enjoy his first CFL season as a full-time starter from the onset.

November 5, 2016

RotoWire Fantasy Analysis

Nichols completed 19 of 29 passes for 299 yards with two touchdowns and one interception in Saturday's 33-20 victory over the Redblacks. He also gained four yards on his sole rush.

Nichols put the Blue Bombers in position to secure a division crown by firing a pair of scores to Darvin Adams, while also coming within a yard of his second 300-yard effort in the last three games. Although he's struggled some with turning the ball over this season, he's still posted career-best numbers in yardage (3,666) and touchdowns (18) while starting 15 games after taking over for Drew Willy beginning in Week 5.

October 30, 2016

RotoWire Fantasy Analysis

Nichols completed 35 of 46 passes for 289 yards and a touchdown but was picked off three times in Saturday's loss to the Redblacks.

Although volume has kept his fantasy numbers afloat, Nichols is stumbling to the finish line on the regular season, posting a 2:5 TD:INT over the last two games. He'll get one last chance to make a positive impression on the front office Friday in Ottawa.

October 15, 2016

RotoWire Fantasy Analysis

Nichols completed 27 of 38 passes for 301 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions in Friday's 35-32 win over the Lions. He also gained 16 yards and scored a touchdown on four rushes.

Nichols' two picks were naturally negatives, but his 10-yard touchdown pass to Clarence Denmark with 2:27 remaining brought the Bombers within 32-31. The veteran now has five straight games with at least one touchdown, while eclipsing the 300-yard mark in two of the last three contests. Nichols' 3,078 yards and 15:5 TD:INT ratio are both career bests and he'll look to continue his strong stretch of play after the Bombers' Week 18 bye.

October 9, 2016

RotoWire Fantasy Analysis

Nichols completed 22 of 32 passes for 233 yards and two touchdowns while also catching a four-yard touchdown pass in Saturday's 37-35 win over the Lions.

The reception came on a trick play in which Andrew Harris took a direct snap and pitched it to receiver Rory Kohlert, who then tossed it to a wide open Nichols. The 29-year-old QB has now thrown multiple TD passes in three straight games, but he'll need to be sharp again Friday in a road rematch against the Lions.

October 1, 2016

RotoWire Fantasy Analysis

Nichols completed 26 of 41 passes for 330 yards and two touchdowns with one interception in Friday's loss to the Eskimos.

The 29-year-old QB kept Winnipeg's offense moving, but couldn't keep pace with Edmonton's devastating passing attack. Nichols now has a solid 5:2 TD:INT over his last three games, but will face a tough test next Saturday at home against the Lions.

September 25, 2016

RotoWire Fantasy Analysis

Nichols completed 27 of 44 passes for 287 yards with two touchdowns and an interception in Saturday's 36-34 loss to the Stamps. He also gained five yards and scored a touchdown on three rushes.

It was a tale of two halves for the veteran gunslinger, who scuffled through a rough first two periods where he only completed only nine of 20 passes for 88 yards and was picked off once. However, he was a different player coming out of the tunnel in the second half, exploding for an 18-for-24 performance that netted 199 yards and a pair of scores. Nichols led multiple downfield drives and a touchdown strike to Julian Feoli-Gudino late in the fourth quarter and the ensuing Justin Mediock extra point, the Bombers took a momentary 34-33 edge. While Bo Levi Mitchell would subsequently lead the Stamps down the field for the game-winning field goal, Nichols certainly redeemed himself with his first multi-touchdown game through the air since Week 8 against the Argos. He and the Bombers will look to bounce back from the disappointing loss when they take on the Eskimos in a home date in Week 15.

September 17, 2016

RotoWire Fantasy Analysis

Nichols completed 24 of 33 passes for 232 yards with a touchdown and no interceptions in Saturday's 46-29 victory over the Argos. He also gained 19 yards and a touchdown on six rushes.

The Blue Bombers faced a feistier Argos squad than they likely expected, but Nichols' third-quarter 15-yard touchdown to Clarence Denmark began a comeback from a 29-22 deficit. He then added a one-yard run in the fourth that put the game out of reach at 42-29 with 3:21 remaining. Nichols continues to do a highly efficient job of leading Winnipeg's productive offense, with an 8:1 TD:INT ratio and four rushing scores as well.

September 16, 2016

RotoWire Fantasy Analysis

Nichols will remain the starter against the Argonauts on Saturday despite his team trading for Kevin Glenn last week.

Nichols has thrived under center since taking over for Drew Willy (now on Toronto) at the end of July, amassing 1,604 yards and six touchdowns through the air. He also rushed for a pair of TDs against the Roughriders last week. Glenn is a durable veteran who has been in the CFL since 2001, but given that Winnipeg's rattled off six straight wins, it's no wonder why the team is sticking with Nichols.

September 11, 2016

RotoWire Fantasy Analysis

Nichols completed 21 of 31 passes for 247 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions in Saturday's 17-10 victory over the Roughriders. He also rushed for two touchdowns and 20 yards on five carries.

The signal-caller did his greatest damage on the ground, going in from one yard out in the second period and repeating the feat in the third quarter. Nichols was otherwise efficient and mistake-free through the air, his third straight game without an interception. He'll look to continue his solid play in what should be a favorable Week 13 matchup against the Argos.

September 5, 2016

RotoWire Fantasy Analysis

Nichols completed 27 of 39 passes for 341 yards with a touchdown and no interceptions in Sunday's 28-25 victory over the Roughriders.

Although he's been highly efficient throughout his starting tenure this season, Nichols had actually only hit the 300-yard mark once before Sunday. His 341 yards represented a season high and after another mistake-free performance, Nichols' interception total over five starts remains at just one. He'll look to continue his stellar season when the Bombers take on the Roughriders in a Week 12 rematch.

August 27, 2016

RotoWire Fantasy Analysis

Nichols completed 23 of 30 passes for 220 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions in Friday's 32-18 victory over the Als. He also gained three yards on two rushes.

He didn't need to overextend himself on a night where the Blue Bombers defense and kicker Justin Medlock, who nailed six field goals, lent a considerable hand. It was the first of four starts in which Nichols didn't notch at least one touchdown pass, and his third straight under the 300-yard mark. Despite the lack of spectacular fantasy production, however, Nichols has been outstanding in a football sense, throwing only interception over 138 pass attempts this season while completing 99 passes. He'll look to keep his impressive streak going when he and the Blue Bombers face the Roughriders in Week 11.

August 13, 2016

RotoWire Fantasy Analysis

Nichols completed 17 of 28 passes for 246 yards and two touchdowns with one interception in Friday's win over the Argos.

Since taking over from Drew Willy as the Blue Bombers' starting QB three games ago, Nichols has completed 71.7 percent (66-for-92) of his passes for 796 yards with a 5:2 TD:INT, numbers that should give him plenty of job security, especially considering that Winnipeg has won all three games. Nichols and the rest of the team will get a week off before heading to Montreal on Aug. 26 to try and continue their impressive run.

August 4, 2016

RotoWire Fantasy Analysis

Nichols completed 23 of 31 passes for 246 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions in Wednesday's 37-11 victory over the Ti-Cats. He also gained 10 yards on three rushes.

The move to Nichols from previous starter Drew Willy looked highly prudent for the second straight week, as the former was mistake-free and highly effective overall. He was staked to an early 7-0 lead stemming from a C.J. Roberts pick-six, and then cashed in on great starting field position later in the first quarter that came courtesy of a Kevin Fogg punt return and a subsequent 15-yard penalty on the Ti-Cats for a horse-collar tackle. Nichols found Clarence Denmark for a touchdown on the very next play, and then hit Thomas Mayo for his second score later in the first half. Perhaps the most impressive aspect of Nichols' performance was that he accomplished it without the services of his top three pass-catchers in Weston Dressler, Ryan Smith and Darvin Adams, who all were sidelined for the contest. He'll look to continue his stellar run when the Blue Bombers take on the Argos a week from Friday night.

July 29, 2016

RotoWire Fantasy Analysis

Nichols completed 26 of 33 passes for 304 yards and a touchdown with no interceptions in Thursday's 30-23 victory over the Eskimos. He also gained four yard on five rushes.

The 29-year-old took full advantage of his starting opportunity in place of the struggling Drew Willy, looking razor-sharp and even shaking off the loss of top target Winston Dressler to an in-game leg injury. Nichols, who actually began his fourth season with the Eskimos in 2015 before being traded to Winnipeg last Sept. 2, primarily honed in on Darvin Adams and Dressler throughout the night, completing passes over 30 yards to each of them in the process. With the victory, the Eastern Washington product already reached half of his win total as Willy's replacement last season, and certainly looks firmly entrenched in the starting role once again for the time being given the quality of Thursday's performance.

July 24, 2016

RotoWire Fantasy Analysis

Nichols will start in Thursday's Week 6 matchup with Edmonton.

This will be Nichols first start of the season, with previous starter Drew Willy being benched after lackluster performances to start the year. In a fourth quarter relief of Willy last week, Nichols completed nine of 15 passes for 88 yards and a touchdown, a promising showing. On the road against a tough Edmonton team, don't expect Nichols to put up huge numbers in his first start.

July 22, 2016

RotoWire Fantasy Analysis

Nichols replaced Drew Willy at quarterback in the fourth quarter of Thursday's loss to the Stampeders and completed nine of 15 passes for 88 yards and a touchdown.

Willy has been struggling this season and with Winnipeg now 1-4 on the season, coach Mike O'Shea would have little to lose by handing the reins to Nichols to see what he can do. The Bombers have a tough road matchup next Thursday in Edmonton though, so if Nichols does get the nod don't expect big numbers from him.