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DraftKings and the CFL kick off Week 1 of their 2019 season tomorrow night.  This gives NFL fans hungry for football a nice option to practice their DFS skills and get ready for another exciting season which is less than three months away.  You can’t win at DFS unless you know the rules and scoring so here’s a crash course in CFL For Dummies.


The dimensions of the fields vary between the two leagues:

  • From one goal line to the other, an NFL field is 100 yards with a midfield line at 50 yards. On the other hand, from goal line to goal line a CFL field is 110 yards, with the 55-yard line at midfield.
  • The end zones are different lengths as well, with a CFL having a bigger end zone. The NFL end zones are 10 yards deep while the CFL’s are 20 yards deep.
  • The length of the entire field in the NFL is 120 yards in comparison with the CFL which is 150 yards.
  • Another noticeable difference is the width of the field between the two leagues. In the NFL, the width of the field from sideline to sideline is 160 feet or 53 and 1/3 yards. The CFL’s width is 65 yards.

                                                         NFL FIELD

                                                       CFL FIELD


  • In the NFL, the offense has four downs to make a first down, score a touchdown or kick a field goal.
  • In the CFL, the offense has three downs to make a first down, score a touchdown or kick a field goal.

CFL teams usually have more passer friendly offenses than the NFL because there are fewer downs and the field is bigger.


  • NFL- 22.  11 offense. 11 defense
  • CFL- 24.   12 offense. 12 defense 
  • NFL – Tight end
  • CFL-  2 Slotbacks (extra wide receivers that are split out closest to the offensive line)
  • NFL- Free safety and strong safety
  • CFL- 2 halfbacks and a safety

4.    Any ball kicked into the end zone that isn’t a successful field goal or a ball that hits the goal posts is considered a live ball in the CFL.


  • NFL-  each team has three timeouts per half and at the players receive a two-minute warning.
  • CFL-  each team only has one timeout per half and a three-minute warning.
  • Both the two- and three-minute warnings automatically stop the clock after each play without charging a time out to either team.


  • CFL-  after the play is over, the referee whistles the next play to start and the offensive has 20 seconds to snap the football.
  • NFL- Players have 40 seconds to run an offensive play after the whistle.


Scoring between the NFL and CFL is the same besides one notable exception- the single point, or “ROUGE”, which is only in the CFL. A single point is awarded to the kicking team when:

  • The kicking team misses a field goal or punts the football and the receiving team catches the football and decides not to run out of their own end zone. The kicking team then receives one point.
  • The kicking team misses a field goal or punts the football and the ball goes out of bounds in the end zone. The kicking team will receive one point.


  • The CFL regular season begins in June and ends in early November. Each team will play 18 regular season games. Playoffs begin the following week and the championship gamed—the Grey Cup—are played in the last Sunday in November.
  • CFL games are scheduled throughout the week, but the majority of the games are played on Fridays, Saturdays or Sundays. There may also be some games on Thursdays and Mondays. Labour Day in September is a big day for Canadian fans to watch football, and many games are scheduled for this day.


  • NFL- the field goal posts are located at the back of the end zone.
  • CFL-  the field goal posts at the front of the end zone.


  • In the CFL there is no fair-catch rule and the punting team must give a cushion of about five yards to allow the punt returner to either catch the football in mid-air, catch the football after it bounces, or pick up the football and run after the ball has stopped bouncing. If the kicking team does not allow the five-yard cushion, the punt return team will be assigned a 10-yard penalty.



DraftKings CFL DFS contests feature the normal $50,000 salary cap.

CFL DK rosters are comprised of seven lineup spots:

  • 1 Quarterback
  • 1 Running Back
  • 2 Wide Receivers
  • 2 Flex Spots
  • 1 Team Defense

The flex spot may be filled by any non-quarterback skill player, which can be a running back, wide receiver, or slotback.




  • QB is King.  Since there are only 3 downs the QB is the coveted position.  300 point Bonus is almost commonplace.
  • Due to the pass heavy games it is almost a MUST to pair the QB with not one but two or even three of his receivers
  • Much more return opportunities due to the extra possessions make a returner much more valuable than NFL DFS.  Returners are used often in Flex spots.  The extra returns also mean more chances of return touchdowns and in turn points for DST
  • With all kicks in the end zone being considered live and teams trying to avoid having a rouge scored against them, missed field-goal returns are a frequent occurrence in the CFL. As such, many speedy receivers, slotbacks and even running backs often have a chance to supplement their fantasy production with missed field-goal return touchdowns.

Well that’s the basics.  Thanks for taking the time to read “CFL For Dummy’s”



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