As you know by now, the CFL has partnered with DraftKings in what should be a huge win for the league. Engaging a younger demographic, and a football crazed fan-base by entering the world of daily fantasy sports should do nothing but have more viewers who are checking out their investment and create more fans. Who should you take in Week 1? Here's who I have!
First off, you may be asking how exactly will the game be scored. Wonder no more....
Offensive players will accumulate points as follows:
Passing TD = +4PTs
25 Passing Yards = +1PT (+0.04PT/ per yard is awarded)
300+ Yard Passing Game = +3PTs
Interception = -1PT
10 Rushing Yards = +1PT (+0.1PT per yard is awarded)
Rushing TD = +6PTs
100+ Yard Rushing Game = +3PTs
10 Receiving Yards = +1PT (+0.1PT per yard is awarded)
Reception = +1PT
Receiving TD = +6PTs
100+ Yard Receiving Game = +3PTs
Punt/Kickoff/FG Return for TD = +6PTs
20 Punt/Kickoff/FG Return Yards = +1PT (+0.05PT per yard is awarded)
Fumble Lost = -1PT
2 Point Conversion (Pass, Run, or Catch) = +2PTs
Defense/Special Teams will accumulate points as follows:
Sack = +1PT
Interception = +2PTs
Fumble Recovery = +2PTs
Rouge Scored = +1PTs
Kickoff Return TD = +6PTs
Punt Return TD = +6PTs
FG Return TD = +6PTs
Interception Return TD = +6PTs
Fumble Recovery TD = +6PTs
Blocked Punt or FG TD = +6PTs
Safety = +2PTs
0 Points Allowed = +10PTs
1-6 Points Allowed = +7PTs
7-13 Points Allowed = +4PTs
14-20 Points Allowed = +1PT
21-27 Points Allowed = 0PTs
28-34 Points Allowed = -1PT
35+ Points Allowed = -4PTs
The following scoring plays will result in Points Allowed (PA) by your Defense/Special Teams (DST):
Rushing TDs, Passing TDs, Punt Return TDs, Kick Return TDs, FG Return TDs and Blocked Punt/FG TDs
Now that you know how the game is scored, here is who I am taking for Week 1. As you will see, I am going with established guys and not newcomers as very little is known about them.
QUARTERBACK - BO LEVI MITCHELL $9500
This is a bargain as far as I am concerned. BLM is the 5th best quarterback to take this week according to the DK price-setters. I think Bo Levi torches the Lions for 300 yards and at least 2 TD's.
RUNNING BACK - JEROME MESSAM $6700
The big bruiser is cheaper than Andrew Harris, Jeremiah Johnson, CJ Gable and Tyrell Sutton. Yes, Messam only had 2 rushing touchdowns last year, but I would think Calgary will pound away at the BC defence and if they get inside the 5, it will be the Messam show.
WIDE RECEIVERS - MARQUAY MCDANIEL $7400
- WESTON DRESSLER $7100
In an 8 team league, stacking players from one team is a good investment if that team can come through with points. McDaniel should be Bo Levi's favourite target seeing Eric Rogers is no longer around, so here's hoping these two can hook up for at least one score if not more in opening week action against the Lions.
As for Dressler, I am thinking Drew Willy will want to make an impact with one of his off-season acquisitions quite quickly. We all know in Saskatchewan what Dressler can do. It may be one of those picks where I go with my heart instead of my head, but I think WD has a nice start to the season at home.
FLEX - DURON CARTER $8000
-ANDY FANTUZ $5500
One has to think Duron Carter is in for a big year in Montreal. We all know this guy can play and he certainly has the pedigree. I would have to think Carter will get in behind that Winnipeg secondary for a score and he should be able to get 100 yards receiving,
As for Fantuz, he is a guy the Ti-Cats look to in the red zone. It is a gamble because he is getting the ball from Jeremiah Masoli and not Zach Collaros, but I'll roll the dice on Fantuz and hope for the best on this one which is my biggest gamble on the board for Week 1.
DEFENCE - ARGOS $4600
I think the Argos want to make their first game at BMO Field one to remember for their fan-base. I think they come out flying with guys like Ricky Foley, Jermaine Gabriel and Brandon Isaac making life difficult for Masoli. Let's not forget Rich Stubler is Toronto's defensive co-ordinator now and his defences are usually pretty solid.
That's who I am going with. Get in there and join me and if you do, good luck. 2000 goes to the winner in the $3 play I am making and if you can finish in the top 2300, you'll double your money. There is also a free contest as well so you have nothing to lose