For those that may have missed it, the CFL preseason kicked off on Saturday with a matchup between the Edmonton Eskimos and Saskatchewan RoughRiders. The Eskimos offense looked like it’s already in midseason form, with Mike Reilly finishing 5 of 6 for 69 yards and a 20 yard touchdown pass to Shaq Williams.
As many of our subscribers know, we cover the CFL from the start of it’s regular season to the start of the NFL’s preseason. This includes a weekly article that shares our thoughts for the week’s matchups and our favorite plays for each DraftKings CFL slate.
For those of you that aren’t familiar with the CFL or DraftKings’ CFL product, check out our articles from last season for a quick refresher.
Answers to FAQ’s on our CFL Content This Season
Rather than just make this a long drawn out article, I thought it would be better to just format it as a FAQ page that allows you to find the specific information that you are looking for. If you have a question that isn’t covered in this article, simply contact us directly and we will get an answer over to you within a few hours.
Why only a partial season and not the full CFL season?
We got this question a lot last year, along with several complaints, but chose to only cover the CFL until the NFL preseason kicks off again this year. The truth is that the numbers don’t lie, and the CFL is only relevant to the vast majority of our subscribers up until the kickoff of the NFL preseason.
This is also true on the DraftKings website, as contest size and volume dips substantially when the CFL starts to compete with the NFL. Once that Hall of Fame game comes around, and year long drafts start to happen, the CFL slips back into irrelevancy.
When will the weekly articles come out?
This is yet to be cemented, but likely Wednesday afternoon. One of the issues I face covering the CFL is a lack of information. It takes a while for the local papers to get the latest injury report and depth chart news organized and available. Last season wasn’t nearly as bad as the first, but it still took time to get enough information to put together a well thought article that I could feel good about.
In short though, the sooner the better and I get that. My recommendation is to just bookmark our homepage. You will always find our latest articles there, and we never put out more than 3 or 4 per week.
What do you expect from DraftKings re: CFL this season?
I would guess a similar approach to last season, including some sort of partnership with the league itself to drive interest in both the league and the fantasy product. Barring some sort of unforeseen rush in interest like Johnny Football tearing the league up (never going to happen), I certainly don’t expect to see any seven figure contests this season.
That being said, there is still plenty of action to be had in the smaller CFL slates. We made roughly an extremely solid profit in the first month of the CFL season, something that really set us up nicely for the NFL season on DraftKings.
Any offseason changes we should be looking into right now?
We will go over this in detail in our week one article where we break down 8 of the 9 teams, but not particularly. Everyone is going to want to talk about Manziel, but I don’t expect him to sniff the field this season. Masoli will be the starter, and if he is pushed it will be by Vernon Adams, not Johnny Football.
For the most part, the big names stayed put and return, but there were a few notable changes at the QB position around the league. Collaros moved in a trade to Saskatchewan, Edmonton brought in Kevin Glenn to back up Reilly, and if Shiltz doesn’t pan out Montreal will be leaning heavily on it’s defense again this season.
Are you looking for an additional CFL writer?
We are always looking for writers for every sport, and particularly so for the CFL. It would be great to share a variety of opinions and to have someone to take over when I shift to season long fantasy prep and NFL preseason. If you are interested then let’s talk, simply send an email with your contact info and I will be in touch.