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REGINA -- The path to winning the 101st Grey Cup was years in the making for the Saskatchewan Roughriders and Brendan Taman, the teams general manager. Adam Foote Jersey . "Back in 2011, when they announced that the game was coming here, we knew that it was going to be pretty important that we had a good year and hopefully could get into it, let alone win it, so I felt some pressure obviously within for sure," Taman said Monday, less than 24 hours after the Riders won the championship. "But as a group, we built it from (head coach) Corey (Chamblin) and the staff to the players and everybody we brought in, so yeah there was some pressure." The pressure eased Sunday night when the Roughriders dominated the Hamilton Tiger-Cats 45-23. The Riders, who will be feted in a parade through Regina on Tuesday, became the third straight host team to win the CFL title. Taman, who walked into the news conference Monday holding the Grey Cup, enjoyed the moment. It was "very surreal," he said. "Its a sense of relief and redemption and sort of verifying that you can win it, eventually. Its not the easiest thing to win obviously, but its pretty gratifying," said Taman. In January, the Riders acquired veteran slotback Geroy Simon from B.C., then in free agency signed defensive ends John Chick and Canadian Ricky Foley as well as defensive back Dwight Anderson. In October, Taman gambled by acquiring rush end Alex Hall from Winnipeg. But there was one guy Taman really wanted to see raise the cup: quarterback Darian Durant. "You know, I talked to him this morning and he said Well, I already had one. I said No, you didnt. Yeah, you were part of one," said Taman. "But he got this one, and I was so happy for him because I think were as popular at times as each other, sometimes were not, so I was really happy for him." Durant won a Grey Cup with the Riders in 2007, but he was one of the backup quarterbacks at that time. Durant was the starting pivot when the Riders got to the Grey Cup in 2009 and 2010, but they lost both games. Chamblin agreed that he was excited to see Durant win. "There were a couple of guys, but the biggest one of course would be Darian, just because hes the quarterback. He does take a lot of the criticism and hes put a lot on his shoulders over the last couple of years, so it was very good to see him get that cup," Chamblin said Monday. Chamblin said the fans also played a major role. "The biggest thing right now, I can just tell you that stands out in my mind, was the crowd (Sunday) night and being on the stage and seeing all the green," said Chamblin. "When people say the stage was set, it was actually the stage was set and I think that was the biggest part of the celebration. There were some who watched it on TV, but it was surreal to be in that stadium last night." 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Top Picks: After winning the Norris Trophy D P.K. Subban wont come at any cut-rate prices for fantasy owners, but he can provide value anyway because in three seasons in the league, hes the only defenceman to have 100 points and 300 penalty minutes. For leagues that dont count PIMs, he offers 266 hits and 268 blocked shots over the last three seasons as well, so hes a top tier defenceman. That doesnt hold the same appeal as a top tier forward, but his relative value is strong. A miserable finish to the 2013 season left G Carey Price with a career-low .905 save percentage. At the same time, Price has played 176 games over the last three seasons, second only to Pekka Rinne, and his .917 save percentage in that time ranks 11th, so he holds fantasy value. Coming off his worst season, though, its difficult to count on him as a No. 1 fantasy starter. In the past two seasons, LW Max Pacioretty has 449 shots on goal in 123 games, ranking eighth and his 104 points over that time ranks 27th, which is enough evidence to rank Pacioretty as a No. 1 left wing. Value Plays: Over the last four seasons, C Tomas Plekanec has scored 212 points, ranking 43rd, a good total, combined with relatively high shot totals that make him a high-end No. 3 or low-end No. 2 fantasy centre. RW Brendan Gallagher forced his way into a prominent role as a rookie with the Canadiens last season, and was the only rookie with double digit goals and a double-digit plus rating. Can he build on that production in his ssecond season? After missing 181 games over the previous three seasons, D Andrei Markov played in all 48 games for the Canadiens last season, scoring 30 points (23 on the power play). Erik Johnson Avalanche Jersey. Hes still productive, but 34 and an injury risk so even with his power play mastery, Markov fits as a No. 3 or even No. 4 fantasy defenceman. Sleepers/Breakthrough: 19-year-old LW Alex Galchenyuk impressed in his rookie season, scoring 27 points and recording a plus-14 rating in 48 games, but he has much room to improve his production in year two, starting with ice time. Galchenyuk played on 12:19 per game as a rookie and should be trusted with more responsibility this season. How much ice time and how much time on the power play he receives will play a big part in determining just how much more he can score as a sophomore. Following a breakout 2011-2012 season, when he scored 60 points, C David Desharnais lost some lustre (and ice time) last season. He still has offensive upside, but hell have to battle for ice time to have a big enough role to generate fantasy interest. Veterans Brian Gionta and Danny Briere are both in their mid-30s with declining production, but in deeper leagues, theyre worth a look, if only because they have a track record of being able to score. Rookies: Montreal doesnt figure to have many, if any, rookies making a big impact this season. D Jarred Tinordi might earn himself a regular spot on the blueline, and could play very well, but hes limited offensively and his physical game may not be enough to compensate fantasy owners for a lack of points. 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.Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '