The five best bets to place on the CFL season at Bodog Canada

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Take out your wallets and get ready to place some bets, CFL fans. The fun starts now.

Bodog Canada posted an exciting new collection of CFL prop bets on Saturday ahead of the 2021 CFL season. There is lots of money to be made with training camps set to open in just two weeks.

Below are the five best bets that I would make ahead of this year’s campaign. Place your wagers accordingly.

Passing yards leader — QB Trevor Harris, Edmonton (+1000)

The 35-year-old was on pace to reach 6,000 passing yards in 2019 and would likely have reached the mark had he not missed five late-season games due to injury.

Harris has been reunited with head coach Jaime Elizondo, who served as his offensive coordinator in Ottawa, and will be throwing to a league-best receiving corps that includes Derel Walker, Greg Ellingson, Armanti Edwards, Tevaun Smith, and Kenny Stafford.

At +1000, a successful $50 bet would yield a total payout of $550.00. This bet seems like a great opportunity to cash in.

Regular season wins — Toronto Argonauts under 6.5 (-115)

The Argos have improved their roster since going 4-14 in 2019, but I’m doubtful this team can top 6.5 wins over a fourteen-game regular season this year.

Toronto’s schedule is extremely tough over the first half of the season with games in Calgary and Saskatchewan and a pair of home-and-homes against the Bombers and Ticats. With more games against Hamilton (four) than B.C. and Ottawa combined (three), the Argos are going to have a tough time reaching .500 in 2021.

At -115, a successful $100 bet would yield a total payout of $186.96. Not great, but still well-worth the risk.

Most Outstanding Canadian — DE Kwaku Boateng, Edmonton (+1500)

The 26-year-old has put up 17 sacks over the past two season, establishing himself as the best Canadian pass-rusher in the CFL.

Cameron Judge was the West Division’s nominee for this award in 2019, but he left for Toronto in free agency. Unless Andrew Harris has another sensational season at the age of 34, I think Boateng has a strong chance of being up for Most Outstanding Canadian coming out of the West in 2021.

At +1500, a $35 bet would yield a total payout of $560.00. Wouldn’t that be a remarkable payday?

Receiving yards leader — REC Shaq Evans, Saskatchewan (+1000)

Evans established himself as Cody Fajardo’s favourite receiver in 2019 and their chemistry should only grow stronger as the season progresses.

The six-foot-one, 210-pound target can do it all — he’s a deep-threat who takes the top off a defence, but also makes tough catches across the middle. The Riders have some other talented receivers, but Evans is ready to build on his sensational 1,334-yard performance from 2019.

Regular season wins — Edmonton Elks over 5 (-115)

The Elks start the 2021 season at home against Ottawa and Montreal before going on the road to B.C. and Toronto. I see Edmonton winning at least two of those games, though they could easily win three or even four.

The club’s schedule is still decent for the rest of the year despite the soft start. Edmonton doesn’t play in Hamilton and they get second matchups against Ottawa and B.C. Provided they don’t get swept in all three back-to-backs against Calgary, Winnipeg, and Saskatchewan, the Elks should finish the season with at least six wins.

John Hodge is a Canadian football reporter based in Winnipeg.