It’s the home stretch of the season, with division races really cranking up. Week 12 sees plenty of division-shaping matchups, including the Tennessee Titans taking on the first-place Indianapolis Colts on Sunday and the Pittsburgh Steelers scheduled to face the Baltimore Ravens – a game that was rescheduled from Thanksgiving to Tuesday night. Plenty other teams have make-or-break weeks ahead as the playoff picture is beginning to become more clear.
It’s a week full of interesting matchups and plenty of opportunity for great prop bets.
In this article we’ll take a look at some of the most intriguing matchups for Week 12’s action. These matchups can be used to make prop bets, for fantasy football advice, or just for the football junkie who’s wanting to get insight on the upcoming games.
Week 12 prop tool
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. TheLines 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 Derrick Henry’s rushing yards against the Colts at 87.5. However, FanDuel Sportsbook may offer the same prop at over/under 90.5. That three-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, Chase Claypool’s season-long odds to win Offensive Rookie of the Year lands at +1700 at FanDuel Sportsbook. However, DraftKings Sportsbook lists his OROY odds at +3300. A $100 bet at DK would pay out $1700 (plus the initial $100 bet), but the same $100 wager placed at FanDuel would pay out $3300– a $1500 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. Mike Evans) 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.
Matchups to watch
Gus Edwards vs Pittsburgh Front
A third-string back vaulted into starting due to the top two guys testing positive for COVID-19 against one of the NFL’s top rushing defenses doesn’t seem like much on paper. Before last week’s layup against Jacksonville, the Steelers were allowing the most rush yards per game over their last three (after: 11th). Contributing to the slide was the Baltimore rushing attack that picked up 265 yards on the ground as a team.
The effort was led by rookie J.K. Dobbins (113 yards on 15 carries), who’s out this game with a positive COVID-19 test. Edwards himself had a day, picking up 87 yards on 16 carries and finding the end zone. With so much effort focused on slowing down Lamar Jackson on the ground, lanes are opened for running backs. Without the other two to split carries, Edwards is going to the feature back, which could mean another big day in store.
DeAndre Hopkins vs Stephon Gilmore
It’s an All-Pro vs All-Pro, mano-y-mano slugfest in Foxboro. DeAndre Hopkins is the NFL’s leading receiver (912 yards) and Stephon Gilmore is the reigning Defensive Player of the Year. The early nod in this one goes to Gilmore, as Hopkins has shown susceptibility against the only Pro-Bowl level corner he’s faced so far this year in Xavien Howard. Against Miami, Nuk was held to just three receptions for 30 yards on only three targets.
However, Gilmore hasn’t been the same shutdown corner he was in 2019, as the Patriots have allowed three receivers of 90 yards or more in games that Gilmore was on the field. These superstar vets are playing with something to lose in this one, and prove their doubters wrong this year. Whoever wins this matchup takes a back seat to the fireworks that will come from the battle.
Allen Robinson vs Jaire Alexander
There may not be a more telling split this season than the Chicago Bears’ offensive production and Allen Robinson’s. Through the first six games of the season, Robinson led the NFL with 11 targets per game– a stretch which the Bears went 5-1. Over their last four games, Robinson’s targets have dropped to 7.3 per game and the Bears have gone 0-4. Coincidence? Maybe; there’s plenty of factors that have gone into the Bears’ losing skid.
However, the numbers can’t be ignored. Packers’ shutdown corner Jaire Alexander returns to the lineup after missing the last two outings with a concussion. Alexander is given an 86.3 grade by PFF, one of the site’s highest grades. He’s held Mike Evans to one catch for 10 yards, Julio Jones to four catches for 32 yards, and Will Fuller to three catches for 35 yards. Bottom line: he’s an elite shutdown corner. Robinson might be in for it this week, and it’ll be fascinating to see the outcome.
Khalil Mack vs David Bakhtiari
The offensive line rarely gets the credit it deserves, but maybe none moreso than David Bakhtirari. The 2019 All-Pro was signed to a record-breaking $104.4 million extension just two weeks ago and Green Bay will be getting their money’s worth this week. Kahlil Mack is one of the most feared defensive players in the NFL, capable of single-handedly disrupting an entire game. Mack’s almost always worth a double- or even triple-team in most matchups.
The Packers have an answer for Mack without dedicating multiple heads– Bakhtiari. How this matchup on the edge shakes up will determine Green Bay’s success both through the air and on the ground. This is a matchup between some of the most elite players in the NFL and arguably the best at their respective positions. It gets the bright lights of Sunday Night Football, so buckle in for some explosive football.
Season-long player props
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