We’re over the halfway mark of the NFL season already. From here on out, it’s a sprint to the playoffs. Injuries and COVID-19 tests have riddled teams and sidelined star players from the start, so prop betting has come down to digging deep and scanning injury reports.
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, Terry McLaurin. Common prop bets for McLaurin could be odds to win Offensive Player of the Year, how many receptions yards he will have against the Giants, 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 may offer the over/under on Justin Herbert’s passing yards Sunday against the Raiders at 245.5. However, SugarHouse (NJ) offers the same prop at over/under 251.5. 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, Russell Wilson‘s season-long odds to win the MVP lands at -150 at FanDuel Sportsbook. However, DraftKings Sportsbook lists his MVP odds at -167. A $100 bet at FanDuel would pay out $166.67 (including the initial $100 bet), but the same $100 wager placed at DK would pay out $159.88– winning you more money just by browsing books.
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. Derrick Henry) 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.