DraftKings Now Offering Canadian Football League Contests

DraftKings Now Offering Canadian Football League Contests

DraftKings Now Offering Canadian Football League Contests

For those of you that were searching for something to fill the next 7 weeks of your life as we countdown to the start of the NFL season, DraftKings may have the answer. The daily fantasy leader officially announced in a tweet on Monday that they would be offering CFL contest starting this Thursday.

Some of the immediate pushback we noticed was from guys not wanting to have to start from scratch on a league that they don’t follow. Let’s address these complaints right away.

The first thing worth noting is that this is the Canadian football league, and DFS and DraftKings is immensely popular in Canada. Maybe this game isn’t for you, it certainly doesn’t have to be, but it’s a big time positive for Canadian players.

The second note worth mentioning is that the CFL is only comprised of 9 teams. It’s not like you are having to break down 26 depth charts for a 13 game slate. It’s 8 teams, 4 games, and all 4 games are available through WatchESPN and the WatchESPN app.

Tips for Fantasy CFL on DraftKings

I admit it… I’ve researched and built a few CFL lineups for this week’s contests, and am now looking forward to watching the games. Here are a few quick tips I will share to get you started with building your own.

Information is limited… CFL.ca does a great job (each team has their own website through CFL.ca), http://3downnation.com provides some great CFL coverage, but I also bookmarked these sites for each team:

BC Lions – http://vancouversun.com/category/sports/football/cfl/bc-lions and http://www.theprovince.com/sports/football/bc-lions/index.html

Edmonton Eskimos – http://www.edmontonsun.com/sports/football/eskimos and http://edmontonjournal.com/category/sports/football/cfl/edmonton-eskimos

Calgary Stampeders – http://calgaryherald.com/category/sports/football/cfl/calgary-stampeders and https://www.stampsfans.com/

Saskatchewan Roughriders – http://leaderpost.com/category/sports/football/cfl/saskatchewan-roughriders

Winnipeg Blue Bombers – http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/sports/football/bombers/ and http://www.winnipegsun.com/sports/football/blue-bombers

Hamilton TigerCats – http://www.thespec.com/hamilton-sports/ticats and http://www.sportsnet.ca/football/cfl/teams/hamilton-tiger-cats/news

Toronto Argonauts – https://argosadmirals.com/ and http://www.tsn.ca/cfl/teams/toronto-argonauts and http://www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/football/

Ottawa Redblacks – http://www.ottawasun.com/sports/football/redblacks and http://www.tsn.ca/cfl/teams/ottawa-redblacks

Montreal Alouettes – http://montrealgazette.com/category/sports

Here are some key differences between Canadian and American football rules:

  • The CFL field is 12 yards wider and 10 yards longer than an NFL field.
  • There are 12 men on the field in the CFL, but the required number of players on the line of scrimmage is the same. Typically teams go without a tight end, so you have a QB, 5 offensive linemen, and 6 positional players. To counteract this, most CFL defenses run with 2 strong safeties. For this reason, their are no tight ends in DraftKings CFL contests. The video below will give you an idea of what typical CFL formations look like.
  • Illegal motion is legal… Players off from the line of scrimmage are allowed to move towards the LOS presnap.
  • Offenses get only three downs to advance the ball 10 yards.
  • The offensive play clock is only 20 seconds… Yes, 20.
  • In the NFL you can contact or bump a receiver in the first 5 yards, that number is only 1 yard in the CFL.
  • On kickoffs, if the player receiving the kick fails to return it out of the end zone, then the kicking team scores a single point (rouge), and the returning team gets the ball on its own 35-yard line.
  • Point after touchdown in the CFL is the 25-yard line for kick attempts and 3-yard line for two-point conversion attempts. Keep in mind the goalpost is at the front endzone line.
  • Overtime in the CFL is essentially US college rules from the 35, and teams have to go for a 2 point conversion after a touchdown.

None of these rule changes are too crazy, and overall, I feel like the CFL has tried to improve on areas that the NFL has struggled with. The overtime rules are great, the larger field and faster pace should lead to a lot of scoring. The average total for week 1 CFL game lines is 51 points.

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