Three prudent season-long prop bets for the 2023 CFL season

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The 2023 CFL regular season is set to begin on Thursday evening when the B.C. Lions visit the Calgary Stampeders and DraftKings has a number of odds heading into the campaign.

Below is a one pick for each of their season-long prop bets on the offensive side of the ball. These include choosing the league’s leading passer, rusher, and receiver. None of the projected favourites are listed below as we’ve instead focused on some longer odds bets that could potentially generate a larger return.

Passing yards leader — QB Trevor Harris, Saskatchewan Roughriders (+1300)

The 37-year-old has come close to leading the CFL in passing yards a number of times, including the 2019 season when he missed five games due to injury. Harris has the longest odds of any starting quarterback in the league and that seems unwarranted given how consistently he’s thrown the football since 2015.

It was a small sample size, but Harris and Derel Walker proved in the preseason that they’ve developed quick chemistry in Riderville. Saskatchewan plans to run the ball more in 2023 but the CFL is still a passing league. Harris should still be throwing early and often and an improved offensive line should give him more time to operate and hit big throws.

Honourable mentions: QB Vernon Adams Jr., B.C. Lions (+1000); QB Chad Kelly, Toronto Argonauts (+1000).

Rushing yards leader — RB Kevin Brown, Edmonton Elks (+650)

The five-foot-nine, 205-pound ball-carrier was explosive last season and should be relied upon to help take pressure off Taylor Cornelius. Brown recorded 74 carries for 486 yards and one touchdown over just seven games last season, tying Ka’Deem Carey for the league lead among running backs at 6.6 yards per attempt (min. 70 carries).

The Elks added a ton of firepower to their receiving corps this off-season but Stephen McAdoo’s offences have always been at their best when they focus on running the football. The club seems high on rookie running back Shannon Brooks, though Brown should still get enough carries to lead the league in yardage, provided he remains healthy.

Honourable mentions: RB Jamal Morrow, Saskatchewan Roughriders (+1000); RB Brady Oliveira, Winnipeg Blue Bombers (+550).

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Receiving yards leader — REC Jake Wieneke, Saskatchewan Roughriders (+8000)

The native of Maple Grove, Minn. is coming off a down year but this line is borderline disrespectful. Wieneke finished fifth in receiving yards league-wide as recently as 2021 when he played alongside a number of talented receivers, including Eugene Lewis.

The six-foot-four, 205-pound passer stands to take on a larger role this season than he had with Montreal a year ago. He and franchise quarterback Trevor Harris are close off the field and they’re looking to translate that into success on the field in 2023.

Honourable mentions: REC Greg Ellingson, Montreal Alouettes (+3000); REC Keon Hatcher, B.C. Lions (+2000); REC Dalton Schoen, Winnipeg Blue Bombers (+700); REC Jaelon Acklin, Ottawa Redblacks (+700).

Editor’s note: please note that you must be at least 19 years of age to legally wager on sports in Ontario.

John Hodge is a Canadian football reporter based in Winnipeg.