Football is back, baby! Week 1 continues on Sunday, and there are a million different ways to get down on this loaded slate of football. There should be rust abounding with no preseason this year, but that should give is even more opportunities to cash in on some player props. I’ve picked out my five favorite prop bets on DraftKings Sportsbook.
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Yes, this does seem low for Lamar and, no, I’m not trying to disrespect his throwing ability. Consider this, though: The Ravens threw less than anyone in the NFL last season and now we’re starting off this year without a preseason. Everyone will be rusty — even Lamar Jackson, meaning the chances he hits this over are slim. I expect to see even more runs from the Ravens as they try to find their rhythm and the few times they do throw Jackson probably won’t be sharp.
With literally no one to speak of available to catch passes from Sam Darnold, you’ll want to find a way to capitalize from a monetary perspective on the Jets’ miserable lack of depth. Crowder is Darnold’s favorite target, establishing an instant connection with him last season to the tune of 78 receptions for 833 yards and six TDs on a career-high 122 targets, so I anticipate he will catch a ton of balls. I’d recommend his receptions total (4.5) but it’s priced all the way at -172. See if you can get that over at 5.5, but I do think Crowder should be able to rack up enough yards on his catches to hit this.
Similar to the above scenario, Kenny Golladay — who had 11 touchdowns on 116 targets in 2019 — is likely out for this one after being listed as doubtful. Matthew Stafford will be looking to Hockenson and Marvin Jones Jr. a ton, and Hockenson should have a decently large game. Mix in the fact that the Bears struggled to defend the tight end position last season (55.5 yards per game) and you should have a recipe for a good game. Check back on this up until Sunday; there aren’t any props open for Hockenson’s yards and receptions but they may be worth betting on more than him to score.
Anderson barely averaged over three receptions per game last season and wasn’t much better the year before that. Anderson was one of the top targets in the Jets’ offense with 96 targets last season, yet he was still under-utilized. Teddy Bridgewater might grade better than Sam Darnold in your eyes but one thing Bridgewater is not is more in sync with Anderson. With a different offseason, and no preseason, I think it’s a safe bet Anderson struggles to get on the board in the Panthers’ first game.
In what I expect to be a run-heavy game, with both aerial attacks trying to get their feet underneath them, I think Cook should be dominant in celebrating his brand new deal he signed Saturday. That’s especially true when you consider Kirk Cousins is missing Stefon Diggs and has a host of new targets to throw to. When you further consider that the Packers allowed the 10th-most rushing yards in the league last season — including a career-high 154 rushing yards to Cook — I think this becomes a great bet.
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