Week 1 of the NFL season when we needed it most certainly didn’t disappoint. Botched leads, walk off wins, and plenty of fantasy points went around the league last weekend. Now it’s already time to look ahead to Week 2.
Below, you’ll find how to use the new player props search tool and how to effectively apply it to prop betting this coming weekend. Finding player props and comparing odds at different outlets used to be an arduous process that involves flipping between multiple windows and tabs. Consider those days over.
But what is a player prop bet? In short, it’s a bet placed on individual player performance over a given period of time (be it a quarter, game, or season). Instead of betting on how the team will fare, we’re looking at how players will fare. Take, for example, Dalvin Cook. Common prop bets for Cook could be odds to win Offensive Player of the Year, how many rushing yards he will get against the Colts, or how many touchdowns he’ll record over the 2020-21 season.
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 The Lines 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, BetMGM offers the over/under on Patrick Mahomes’ passing yards Sunday against the Chargers at 284.5. However, DraftKings Sportsbook may offer the same prop at over/under 279.5. That five 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, Mahomes’ season-long odds to win the MVP lands at +300 at DraftKings Sportsbook. However, FanDuel Sportsbook lists his MVP odds at +350. A $100 bet at DK would pay out $300 (plus the initial $100 bet), but the same $100 wager placed at FanDuel would pay out $350– a $50 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.
Season-long player props
You can still bet on regular season player props too! Click the tab in the table below to view more NFL betting props and futures.