This week is meant to sort out the contenders from the pretenders. Some of the best matchups include the Bills vs the Cardinals, the 49ers vs the Saints, and the Seahawks vs the Rams. Teams like Washington are trying to find their footing after losing Kyle Allen for the rest of the season to injury. Teams like Cleveland and Minnesota are holding onto pivotal momentum and are trying to keep themselves from falling out of the playoff race.
It’s a critical week, as mostly all are down the stretch. Let’s take a look at this week’s most intriguing matchups. Utilize these notes when picking prop bets this weekend.
Simply search below for a player or team prop and you’ll unlock the current betting odds at legal sportsbooks in the US. Compare to find the best value available.
What is the player props search tool?
The player props search tool was built to make everyone’s life easier, and we didn’t try to hide its purpose in the name. The Lines now provides one-stop shop that gathers odds from a dozen sportsbooks and puts them in one place. Besides cutting minutes off your search by putting DraftKings Sportsbook, FanDuel Sportsbook, BetMGM, and others right in front of you; the search tool also shows you dozens of prop bets for the individual player.
Advice oft-repeated at TheLines is to shop around when placing bets; just because Fox Bet offers certain odds doesn’t mean another sportsbook won’t offer better odds. For example, DraftKings Sportsbook offers the over/under on Davante Adams passing yards Sunday against the Jaguars at 77.5. However, Fanduel Sportsbook may offer the same prop at over/under 83.5. That six-yard discrepancy might not seem like much, but it’s solid insurance against a bad beat and maximizes your win probability.
Similarly, two sportsbooks may offer the same prop, but at different odds. For example, James Robinson season-long odds to win the Offensive Rookie of the Year lands at +2000 at DraftKings Sportsbook. However, FanDuel Sportsbook lists his OROY odds at +3300. A $100 bet at DK would pay out $2000 (plus the initial $100 bet), but the same $100 wager placed at FanDuel would pay out $3300– a $1,300 difference (plus the initial $100 bet).
The player props search tool is made to maximize winnings and minimize time flipping through windows and tabs.
How to use the player props tool
The search tool (above) is incredibly easy to use; simply type in a player’s name (ex. Drew Brees) and your state of residence. Hit enter and that’s it.
From there, you’ll find a list of different props at different odds and at different sportsbooks. There’s even links to the books, so you won’t have to open a new window and re-find those odds. No need to worry about outdated odds, either– the tool is linked to live odds and is ever-changing.
Sunday’s matchups to watch
Will Fuller vs Denzel Ward
Denzel Ward may not shadow Will Fuller for the entire game, but Fuller can expect to see the Pro Bowler for much of the game. Fuller has had four games of at least 100 receiving yards this season and is quickly becoming Deshaun Watson’s favorite target; he’s also scored in six straight games. His 16.9 yards per reception is good enough to ninth in the NFL. Fuller’s also got a prime opportunity this Sunday to pad his numbers.
The Browns are terrible against teams’ top receiving options. In every game this season, a team’s top receiver on the season has been the leading receiver for the team in that game. Cleveland allows 82.8 yards to leading receivers on the season and the fifth-most production (receptions, yards, touchdowns) to opposing receivers overall. It’ll depend on the numbers that come out, but confidence in taking the over on Fuller’s receiving yards is enticing, even if he sees Denzel Ward all afternoon.
D.K. Metcalf vs Jalen Ramsey
D.K. Metcalf is one of the hottest receivers in the league– he’s been held under 92 receiving yards just once all year (Week 7 vs Arizona). Metcalf has played at least 96% of offensive snaps in every game but one (Week 4 vs Minnesota, where he raked in 106 yards). His freakish size mixed with freakish speed and a heavy workload has resulted in one of the best offensive weapons in the NFL for Russell Wilson.
Enter Jalen Ramsey, who’s one of the best shutdown corners in the league. He’s held Stefon Diggs (league’s leading receiver in yardage) to 49 yards on four receptions, Terry McLaurin (27.3% target share leads the NFL) to 26 yards on three receptions, and Davante Parker to three yards on just one catch. Ramsey is one of the larger corners in the NFL (6’ 1”) and is an ideal matchup against Metcalf.
Kyler Murray vs Josh Allen
This one’s no secret and football truthers are rolling their eyes thinking about a quarterback-vs-quarterback matchup. The reason this matchup is so great this week is because of the explosive opportunity of both quarterbacks. The game’s point total is set at 56.5– the week’s highest total; both offenses are of the sling-it first, ask questions later philosophy. Buffalo has the league’s top receiver in yards (Stefon Diggs, 813) and Arizona has the fifth-leading receiver (DeAndre Hopkins, 734).
Each team’s passing defense sits right in the middle of the pack (Buffalo, 15th in passing yards allowed per game; Arizona, 18th) and the talent on defenses is there, but not stellar. This game could, and should, turn into a who-scores-last affair, with both quarterbacks throwing the rock often to keep up. Break out the popcorn for this one, there’ll be plenty of player prop overs to go around.
Season-long player props
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