Each week, well 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. Anthony Mason Jersey . Here are some of the best from Week Seven and players to watch for Week Eight: TOP PERFORMERS Bo Levi Mitchell, QB, Calgary (26-for-36, 289 YDS, 3 TD, 1 INT vs. Ottawa) - Mitchell ranks fourth in the league in passing yards this season, but is tied for the lead with 11 touchdowns and has thrown only two interceptions, giving him the highest QB Rating among CFL starters. He took advantage against the expansion Redblacks in Week Seven, completing a season-high 72.2% of his passes in a 38-17 Stampeders rout. Kendial Lawrence, RB, Edmonton (123 YDS, 1 TD, 13 touches at Montreal) - A smaller, speedy back out of Missouri, Lawrence is trying to break into the Eskimos lineup and took advantage of the opportunity presented against the Alouettes when John White (who rushed for 102 yards and a touchdown on seven carries) suffered a finger injury. Lawrence was effective both on the ground and in the passing game, hauling in a 35-yard touchdown pass to get the Esks rolling early in the first quarter against Montreal. Marquay McDaniel, WR, Calgary (9 REC, 117 YDS, 1 TD vs. Ottawa) - Someone has to benefit from Mitchells passing productivity and it might as well be McDaniel, who had his first 100-yard receiving game since Week 14 last season. The veteran CFLer had a career-high 1047 yards and eight touchdowns last season, and hes not quite on pace for that yardage this year, but McDaniel is ninth in the league with 308 yards receiving, one yard ahead of teammate Jeff Fuller. PLAYERS TO WATCH IN WEEK EIGHT Since the Toronto Argonauts play twice in Week Eight, Tuesday against Winnipeg and Sunday against B.C., the logical choices to focus on for this week wear the Double Blue. Ricky Ray, QB, Toronto - Hes dealing with a depleted receiving corps, but Ray still ranks third in the league with 1687 passing yards and has the leagues second-best QB Rating (96.0) behind Mitchell. Rays productivity has dipped in the past couple games, at least in part because top receiver Chad Owens is out of the lineup, but two home games for Ray ought to provide more than enough production this week. Maurice Mann, WR, Toronto - Injuries open up opportunities. Thats standard football procedure, and its given Mann -- who didnt play last season -- another chance. As much as his game had declined, putting up a total of 57 catches for 624 yards in 2011 and 2012, Mann has adjusted quickly to rejoining the Argonauts, catching 11 passes for 137 yards in two games. Jerome Messam, RB, Saskatchewan - The latest in the line of ever-changing Roughriders runners, Messam rumbled for 126 yards on 19 carries at Winnipeg last week and should find an appealing matchup with the opportunity to face a Montreal team that has the leagues worst run defence, allowing 115.8 yards per game on the ground. That Messam played for the Alouettes last season should only enhance his motivation for another big game. 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. Milwaukee Bucks Shirts . - Rookie Tesho Akindele scored three goals and Fabian Castillo added two in FC Dallas 5-0 victory over the San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday night. Fake Bucks Jerseys . -- Martin Kaymer never lost sight of opportunity even amid so much evidence of trouble in the closing stretch Sunday at The Players Championship.Miami, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - If the Jets had played this well all season, Rex Ryans job security would never have been an issue. Geno Smith threw for a career-high 358 yards with three touchdowns, including a 74-yard scoring strike to Eric Decker that ignited a run of 23 unanswered points, as New York concluded a dismal year with a 37-24 victory over the Miami Dolphins on Sunday at Sun Life Stadium. Decker caught 10 passes for 221 yards for the Jets (4-12), who hadnt scored more than 25 points in a game all year and gave Ryan a victory in what could be his final game as New Yorks head coach after six seasons. Ryan compiled a record of 46-50 and is expected to soon learn his fate, although indications are that he, and possibly general manager John Idzik, will be fired. Ryan took the Jets to the AFC Championship Game after each of his first two seasons, but New York hasnt had a winning record since and this years finish was the worst for the franchise since a 4-12 mark in 2007. It was just great to see our guys go out and get one today, said Ryan. I dont want to take away from the effort of the players. Its not about me. I dont think its the appropriate time to talk about my situation. Miami coach Joe Philbin is set to return next year after owner Stephen Ross made the announcement following last Sundays victory over Minnesota. The Dolphins (8-8) finished Philbins third year with a second straight .500 campaign. Miami was 7-9 in Philbins first season and 8-8 last year, when a loss to the Jets on the final day of the season cost the Dolphins a playoff spot. The Dolphins were already eliminated from postseason contention after last weeks results and needed a win to finish with a winning record for the first time since capturing the AFC East in 2008. Miami opened a 24-14 lead early in the third quarter on Lamar Millers 97-yard touchdown run, the longest play from scrimmage in Dolphins history, but it was all Jets from there. Miller ran for 178 yards with a touchdown on 19 carries and Ryan Tannehill threw for 259 yards with a score in defeat. Offensively, we didnt come out and execute, said Tannehill. It doesnt matter how many points the other team scores, we have to score more. The Jets trailed 17-14 at the intermission, but appeared in prime position to move back in front after Chris Owusu returned the opening kickoff of the second half 87 yards to the Miami 12. The Dolphins, though, tripped up Bilal Powell on 3rd-and-1 and stuffed Chris Ivory on fourth down to force a turnover on downs. Miller then broke through the New York defensive line untouched on the first play and raced to the end zone to increase the Miami lead to 10. It didnt take long for the Jets to answer, as the Dolphins brought an all-out blitz on 3rd-and-6 and Smith burned them with the long touchdown pass to Decker. Smith flipped a pass just before the blitz arrived and Decker ran under it, easily beating Cortland Finnegan for the score. The Dolphins couldnt convert 4th-and-5 from the New York 36 and Smith again made a big play on third down. He eluded the Miami pressure and flung a pass down field on 3rd-and-9 for Decker, who outleaped Brent Grimes for a 50-yard pickup. New Yoork went for some trickery on third down from the Miami 8-yard line and a low pass from receiver Jeremy Kerley toward Smith was ruled incomplete, although the ball appeared to deflect off the quarterbacks foot into the hands Miamis Jimmy Wilson for an interception that would have been returned for a touchdown. Junior Bridgeman Jersey. . Instead, the incomplete pass led to a tying 26-yard Nick Folk field goal. The Jets got the ball right back after a Miami punt and took the lead. Smith threw a 33-yard pass to Kerley on the first play and hit Decker for 12 yards on third down to set up a 23-yard Folk field goal in the first minute of the fourth quarter. Caleb Sturgis missed a 53-yard field goal try wide right with 10:48 remaining on Miamis ensuing possession and the Dolphins next series also ended in a punt. Miami was poised to get the ball back, but Ryan elected a fake punt from the New York 39 and Ryan Quigley hit Zach Sudfeld with a pass for 38 yards to set up Smiths clinching 23-yard TD pass to Jeff Cumberland with 3:22 to play. After the Dolphins turned it over deep in their own territory, Folk added a 39-yard field goal to account for the final margin. Folk hit the left upright with a 45-yard field goal try on the Jets first possession and Miami answered with a 37-yard Sturgis field goal for 3-0 lead. Smith threw a 36-yard pass to Owusu on the first play after the kickoff, then converted 3rd-and-2 with a five-yard scramble before Owusu took a handoff 23 yards around the right side for a touchdown. The Jets got the ball right back after a Miami punt, but Smith gave it back to the Dolphins with a fumble early in the second quarter. The Dolphins took over at the New York 21 and Daniel Thomas scored from the one a few plays later to give Miami a 10-7 lead. Smith continued his strong passing start on the next New York drive, connecting on each of his three throws to put the Jets back in the end zone. A 40-yard strike down the left sideline to Decker set up a first down at the Miami 12 and Smith found Ivory all alone in the right flat for an 8-yard score two plays later. After a trade of punts, the Dolphins marched 93 yards to regain the lead just before halftime. A 16-yard pass to Brian Hartline on 3rd-and-15 kept the chains moving and Tannehill finished the 11-play set with a 23-yard pass to Charles Clay with 43 seconds remaining for a 17-14 advantage. Game Notes Smiths best previous passing day was 331 yards against Buffalo on Sept. 22, 2013. He started 8-for-8 on Sunday, topping his best previous passing start of six straight completions ... The Jets previous best scoring output this year came in a 27-25 loss to New England in Week 7 ... Ivory notched his first career receiving touchdown ... Tannehill finished with 4,045 passing yards, becoming the first Dolphins quarterback to eclipse 4,000 yards passing since Dan Marino in 1994. He also broke Marinos 1994 team record of 385 completions in a season ... Miamis previous longest run was 77 yards, set in 1977 by Leroy Harris and matched by Keith Byars in 1993 ... Jets defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson did not return in the second half because of a head injury. ' ' '
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