Banks headlines TSN’s Top 50 players for 2021

TORONTO — 2019’s Most Outstanding Player has taken home the title of the number one player in the CFL.

Following the best season of his career, Brandon Banks has landed the No. 1 spot on TSN’s annual top 50 players list.

On the way to taking home MOP, Banks led the league in receptions (112 – also setting a new team mark), receiving yards (1,550), receiving touchdowns (13) and touchdowns scored (16). Banks also showed off his versatility by scoring touchdowns in three different ways: receiving, rushing and via kick return.

Not only that, but the 33-year-old topped the league in games with 100-plus receiving yards (eight), yards after catch (657) and receptions of 20-plus yards (21).

This is the first time in six seasons that someone not named Michael Reilly or Bo Levi Mitchell has topped the list. Mitchell was named No. 1 ahead of the 2019 season.

The new season kicks off Thursday night when the Hamilton Tiger-Cats visit the Winnipeg Blue Bombers at IG Field.

DISTRIBUTION BY TEAM

BC Lions – 4
Edmonton Elks – 4
Hamilton Tiger-Cats – 11
Saskatchewan Roughriders – 7
Winnipeg Blue Bombers – 7
Calgary Stampeders – 6
Montreal Alouettes – 6
Toronto Argonauts – 4
Ottawa REDBLACKS – 1

DISTRIBUTION BY POSITION

Wide Receiver – 9
Defensive Back – 9
Defensive Line – 9
Offensive Line – 6
Quarterback – 8
Linebacker – 6
Running Back – 3

1. BRANDON BANKS | WR, HAM

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2. BO LEVI MITCHELL | QB, CGY

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3. WILLIE JEFFERSON | DL, WPG

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4. BRYAN BURNHAM | WR, BC

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5. ANDREW HARRIS | RB, WPG

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6. MICHAEL REILLY | QB, BC

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7. CODY FAJARDO | QB, SSK

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8. TREVOR HARRIS | QB, EDM

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9. STANLEY BRYANT | OL, WPG

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10. SIMONI LAWRENCE | LB, HAM

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11. CHARLESTON HUGHES | DL, TOR

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12. WILLIAM STANBACK | RB, MTL

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13. JA’GARED DAVIS | DL, HAM

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14. SHAQ EVANS | WR, SSK

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15. DEREL WALKER | WR, EDM

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16. VERNON ADAMS JR. | QB, MTL

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17. CHRIS VAN ZEYL | OL, HAM

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18. BRALON ADDISON | WR, HAM

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19. JEREMIAH MASOLI | QB, HAM

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20. ADAM BIGHILL | LB, WPG

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21. DYLAN WYNN | DL, HAM

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22. HENOC MUAMBA | LB, MTL

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23. BRANDON REVENBERG | OL, HAM

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24. GREG ELLINGSON | WR, EDM

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25. WILLIAM POWELL | RB, SSK

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26. CAMERON JUDGE | LB, TOR

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27. ALMONDO SEWELL | DL, MTL

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28. ZACH COLLAROS | QB, WPG

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29. NICK MARSHALL | DB, SSK

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30. FRANKIE WILLIAMS | DB/RET, HAM

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31. ERIC ROGERS | WR, TOR

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32. MARCUS SAYLES | DB, BC

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33. RICHARD LEONARD | DB, CGY

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34. EUGENE LEWIS | WR, MTL

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35. DANE EVANS | QB, HAM

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36. PATRICK LEVELS | DB, MTL

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37. KWAKU BOATENG | DL, EDM

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38. MICAH JOHNSON | DL, SSK

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39. JAMEER THURMAN | LB, CGY

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40. DAN CLARK | OL, SSK

Photo: Arthur Ward/CFL.ca

41. DASHAUN AMOS | DB, CGY

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42. ED GAINEY | DB, SSK

Photo: Arthur Ward/CFL.ca

43. GREG REID | DB, MTL

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44. TJ LEE | DB, BC

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45. CLEYON LAING | DL, OTT

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46. SEAN MCEWEN| OL, CGY

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47. UCAMBRE WILLIAMS | OL, CGY

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48. TUNDE ADELEKE | DB, HAM

49. JACKSON JEFFCOAT | DL, WPG

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50. DARVIN ADAMS | WR, WPG

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