Football bettors looking to track the feud between Antonio Brown and JuJu Smith-Schuster a bit closer now have another option. FanDuel Sportsbook announced a pair of prop bets pitting the two receivers against each other.
The sportsbook is offering the following bets for the two players for the 2019 season. Brown, now the top receiver in Oakland, is the favorite for both, but a shaky Raiders offense might have bettors looking to JuJu, the new go-to threw in Pittsburgh.
- Antonio Brown: -220
- JuJu Smith Schuster: +175
- Antonio Brown: -140
- JuJu Smith Schuster: +115
Some Steeler resentment
The two former teammates have traded barbs since Brown was traded to Oakland. Brown frustrated many Steelers players and fans after going missing days before the last game of the season.
Brown apparently was in an altercation with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. He also had issues with head coach Mike Tomlin, who benched him for the final game.
ESPN reported this week that Smith-Schuster’s increasing role in the Steelers’ offense didn’t sit well with Brown.
“Smith-Schuster winning the Steelers’ most valuable player award, as voted on by teammates, seemed to make matters worse,” the network’s report notes. “Many inside and outside the building believed Brown harbored resentment over that voting, though it was never really talked out. Roethlisberger’s support of Smith-Schuster throughout the season, even failing to call Brown his No. 1 receiver after Week 12, loomed large.”
After the trade to the Raiders, Brown seemed to retain some resentment for his former team and their new No. 1 receiver.
Do not listen to any NFL player who haven’t got paid yet! They will do and say anything to make sure they going to get paid even if it’s compromising integrity or anything ! sad but true
— Antonio Brown (@AB84) March 26, 2019
Later, Brown seemed to zero in on Smith-Schuster even more. He authored a Tweet criticizing Smith-Schuster’s critical fumble in Week 16 against New Orleans that helped seal a Saints win. It also severely hurt the Steelers’ playoff hopes.
Emotion: boy fumbled the whole post season in the biggest game of year ! Everyone went blind to busy making guys famous not enough reality these days ! 🤙🏾 by the way check the list https://t.co/2SWWT8k0jx
— Antonio Brown (@AB84) April 7, 2019
After the latest comment, Smith-Schuster fired back after trying to avoid the controversy surrounding Brown.
And now, days after the feud has (mostly) passed, bettors have the chance to engage in some interesting prop wagering in how this football beef plays out on the field.
FanDuel offers some other interesting action
While the season may be months away, NFL bettors have several bets to consider. FanDuel is also offering these prop bets for NFL fans:
One prop focuses on another disgruntled former Steeler, running back Le’Veon Bell. Now a New York Jet, the site offers bettors this action:
Regular season rushing yards
Over 1,032.5 (-135)
Under 1,032.5 (+105)
Regular season rushing TDs
Over 9.5 (+120)
Under 9.5 (-150)
Yet another traded wide receiver is the focus on two more prop bets – Odell Beckham Jr. Beckham was traded from the New York Giants to the Cleveland Browns.
Regular season receiving yards
- Over 1,100.5 (-200)
- Under 1,100.5 (+155)
Regular season TDs
- Over 8.5 (-135)
- Under 8.5 (+105)
Jason Witten recently the Monday Night Football broadcast booth to return to the Cowboys. The tight end is now the focus of a couple interesting bets as well.
Regular season number of TDs
- 1-2 (+200)
- 3-4 (+150)
- Over 5 (+180)
Regular season receiving yards
- Over 470.5 (+120)
- Under 470.5 (-150)
Bettors who can’t wait for the NFL action to get underway can also handicap the first game of the season. FanDuel offers lines for the Packers-Bears matchup set for Sept. 5 at Soldier Field.
New Jersey online sportsbook operator PointsBet announced Wednesday that it will honor bet-to-win amounts up to $10,000, no matter who the player betting is, effective immediately. The policy will extend to all point spread and moneyline bets, even on gamedays. The move allows the Australian company to stand in wild contrast with its competitive brethren.
Unlike the poker player, a sports bettor’s profits come at the expense of the house. As a result, many sportsbooks have safeguards in place against sharp bettors.
PointsBet hopes that the move will serve as a concession to sharp bettors who have complained of limit constraints on wagers in the Garden State. In doing so, the hope is to bring some of that sports betting action back from offshore and illegal sports betting operations.
The move also builds goodwill in the sports betting community.
Is banning players for winning really a thing?
The short answer is yes, it is.
Typically, sportsbooks can implement a reduction in limit or odds for bettors identified as consistent winners. In some cases, particularly in the United Kingdom, a sharp bettor could find himself banned outright from his favorite site.
Closer to home, some sports bettors have fallen victim to this kind of behavior. William Hill, for instance, has a reputation as a book that does not suffer sharps gladly.
It’s to the point that some top sports bettors identify the search for action as their top priority.
This is the biggest problem every pro sports bettor faces. The winning becomes trivial. The ability to get down and not get chased is the ultimate obstacle. Compare this to BJ card counting. Counting is easy. The challenge Is finding a game and milking it for as long as possible https://t.co/yvsb10zpKA
— spanky (@spanky) April 2, 2019
Spanky goes on to say in another Tweet that sportsbooks don’t really lower limits much anymore. It’s much simpler for them just to ban the player entirely.
Needless to say, many pro sports bettors are becoming increasingly frustrated with the state of affairs. Pro bettor Rufus Peabody said as much recently:
Dear Sports Betting Operators,
It is impossible to make money if you don’t take bets. More bets —> More $$.
— Rufus Peabody (@RufusPeabody) April 9, 2019
PointsBet continues to signal its differences from other books
So, in some ways, PointsBet’s decision to guarantee action is an attempt to go where the competition isn’t. The site has promised to honor the new promotion at least until the end of the 2020 NFL season.
However, it is likely that few who have followed PointsBet’s actions since its New Jersey debut are surprised by this latest announcement. PointsBet has often gone in directions the other sportsbooks wouldn’t.
For one thing, no other site has been more liberal with issuing refunds in close games. Most recently, PointsBet elected to refund bettors who took Auburn in the NCAA Basketball Tournament, citing the unfairness of the non-call on Virginia’s Ty Jerome.
⚠️Karma Kommittee Ruling⚠️
The emergency Saturday night gathering has reached a verdict:
ALL MONEYLINE BETS ON AUBURN WILL BE REFUNDED IN FULL!
The missed double-dribble on Virginia's Ty Jerome was enough, so we had to do right by Tigers backers! pic.twitter.com/5YHWJh5Q5t
— PointsBet Sportsbook (@PointsBetUSA) April 7, 2019
PointsBet is already a unique site for its signature product alone. Rather than using a traditional spread, PointsBet pays bettors based upon how close to the spread the game finished.
PointsBet is definitely willing to try new things, regardless of how strange they might be. But, its new guarantee once again shows that it is going to be there for customers.