Don’t look now, but the first quarter of the NFL season is in the books. Week 5 is critical for defining teams– odds of making the playoffs at 1-3 still hovers around 20-25% for most teams, but that will be cut in half (at least) should those teams move to 1-4. For 0-4 teams, no team in NFL history has finished above 0.500 after starting 0-5. Conversely, just two teams to start 5-0 missed the playoffs since 2002 (2016 Vikings, 2015 Falcons).
It’s also the first week that bettors can feel confident in making bets and begin moving away from the “well, it’s small sample size” notion.
Let’s take a look at how to use the player props search tool and what to do with it for this Sunday.
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 may offer the over/under on Kareem Hunt’s rushing yards Sunday against the Colts at 68.5. However, DraftKings Sportsbook may offer the same prop at over/under 64.5. That four-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, Calvin Ridley’s season-long odds to lead the NFL in receiving yards is +1400 at SugarHouse Sportsbook (NJ). However, FanDuel Sportsbook lists his odds at +1300. A $100 bet at SugarHouse would pay out $1400 (plus the initial $100 bet), but the same $100 wager placed at FanDuel would pay out $1300– a $100 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. Lamar Jackson) 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 and futures too! Click the tab in the table below to view more NFL betting options for Week 5.