2017 CFL Payouts and Season Recap
CFL 2017 Preseason Futures Odds
As it is with all professional and major college sports leagues, the 2017 CFL betting season began long before the teams hit the field. Popular online bookmakers posted futures lines on the 105th Grey Cup shortly after the Ottawa Redblacks upset the Calgary Stampeders 39-33 (OT) during the 104th CFL Championship clash at BMO Field in Toronto. Remaining relatively unchanged, during the winter and into the spring, our first in-depth look at the lines occurred on June 14, 2017.
At that point, as it was for most of the season, Western Division squads were thick chalk to claim Grey Cup 105. Calgary (+350) British Columbia (+500) and Edmonton (+550) entered the season as the top three favorites at Bodog. East squads Hamilton and Ottawa, both with a +700 money line, plus Montreal (+750) were tagged as fourth through sixth favorites. Winnipeg and Saskatchewan (+800) plus overall underdog Toronto (+1200) rounded out the preseason futures contenders list.
Game On! CFL Week One Through Five Betting Recap
Setting out to predict all 81 contests, straight up and against the spread, we moved 1,000 units into a CFL specific bankroll. Our goal was to wager 110 units on ATS lines, plus 100 units on SU prices, regardless of the return. Strong out of the gate with our money line picks, though average against the spread, we opened with 6-1-1 SU and 4-4 ATS marks during the first two weeks. Disaster struck in Week 3 as our selections went 2-6 but we closed out the segment strong with a 12-3-2 record.
Week 1 to 5 CFL Results: 10-9-2 ATS and 14-5-1 SU = +557.31 Unit Return
Solid Second Quarter Sets Up Our Winning CFL Season
Pleased that our opening balance was safe through the first five weeks, our goal during the second segment was to build on our first quarter success. The next five weeks proved to be a huge key to earning our overall season profit. Feeling fairly dialled in on all nine CFL squads, we banked a profit over four of the five weeks to close out the first half of the season. Week 7 was our lone stumbling block (-21.94) thanks to over estimating the Ottawa Redblacks, as we added to our CFL bankroll.
Week 6 to 10 CFL Results: 12-8-0 ATS and 15-5 SU = +707.01 Unit Return
Third Quarter Profit Taking - Despite Slight Stumbles
Confidently rolling into the second half of the 2017 CFL regular season, our Week 11 through 15 selections weren't without some stumbles. That included a rough start to the third quarter as we went 1-3 ATS and 2-2 SU during Week 11 action. That resulted in just our third losing week as (-318.79) leaked out of our bankroll. Recovering nicely, with a 3-1 ATS and SU record in Week 12, plus 3-1 and 4-0 marks in Week 15, we closed out the first three quarters with another profit grab.
Week 11 to 15 CFL Results: 11-9-0 ATS and 15-5 SU = +448.27 Unit Return
Fourth Quarter Follies Saved By Perfect Week 20 Picks
Understanding full well that the bottom can fall out at anytime, we rolled into the last quarter of the 2017 CFL campaign with cautious confidence. That was shattered early and often though as we posted 2-6 ATS and 4-4 SU marks during Week 16 and 17 which resulted in (-721.69) bankroll hit. Getting up off the mat, we went 8-4-0 ATS and 10-2-0 SU during the final three weeks. Posting an 8-0 record in Week 20 was the crowning achievement of our successful profit taking CFL journey.
Week 16 to 20 CFL Results: 10-10-0 ATS and 14-6-0 SU = +355.04 Unit Return
Mixed Postseason Run Dents Our Overall CFL Bankroll
Bolstered by our well-earned Week 20 payday; we opened our Grey Cup playoff predictions with a 4-0 record thanks to Semi-Final wins by Saskatchewan and Edmonton. Though it didn't bring an air of over-confidence - it felt good to comfortably win twelve straight picks by a combined 194-83 final score. Unfortunately, though we would place the same bets today, we limped to a 1-3 mark during the Division Finals and 0-2-0 on Grey Cup Sunday. Breaks go both ways but ours were bad.
CFL Grey Cup Playoff Results: 3-2-0 ATS and 2-3-0 SU = -27.98 Unit Leak
CFL 2017 Final Thoughts - Can We Get a Do-Over?
Navigating a sports season, predicting every contest, can be a tall order depending on the league. One of the biggest CFL betting "perks" is the compact nine-team structure. Research is more focused, plus the four games per week are well spread out - making it possible to watch every match all year long. Though we bailed on some blowouts - we enjoyed a lot of CFL battles that were equal parts entertaining and informative. Watching & Learning was the key to our success.
Our final numbers below include a (-500) unit hit due to three Grey Cup futures bets fizzling out. In hindsight, we should have backed Toronto on the -3 (-110) East Final ATS price at Bet365. That would've erased the cost of our 'Riders title ticket, placed prior to Week 14, and saved us 200 units during the Division Finals. Lesson noted. Well into the NFL and NCAAF playoff chases, we remind everyone that the bookmakers in our Top Five table are the best in the football betting business.
2017 CFL Payouts: 60-24-1 SU (.714%) and 46-38-2 ATS (.548%) +1,539.74 Overall Return
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