Week 1 NFL Player Props: Best Odds, Picks And Predictions

Written By Brett Gibbons on September 12, 2020

NFL Week 1 is here and bettors are celebrating their Christmas. Unlike college football, the NFL’s schedule was unaffected and (for the most part) all teams are intact. However, without an offseason and added coaching carousel, maybe lines and over/unders just aren’t the move this week– maybe you’re unsure about how teams will come out.

One thing you do know is that Matt Stafford is going to come out and light it up Sunday against the Bears. Looks like you could use a convenient page that not only shows you all the prop bets you can make on a player, but also the differing odds between sportsbooks.

Introducing the player props tool.

How To Use Player Prop Search Tool

The new Player Prop Search tool was created for ease of searching for player prop bets based on certain players. To make it even more useful, we’ve added the odds at different sportsbooks; gone are the days of flipping between a dozen tabs and windows to compare. Using the tool is easy, just find the bar in the middle of the page, and type in a player’s name which you’d like to see odds for (example, Austin Ekeler). Select the state in which you live next to the search bar and hit enter.

From there, you’ll find a list of several odds along with rows of odds from the different books. We’ve even linked the books to the tool, so you won’t have to open a new window and re-find those odds. The listed odds are live and ever-changing making the tool a one-stop shop.

Five Best Prop Bets For NFL Week 1

Mark Andrews: To score a TD (+150) – The Arizona Cardinals were the big story last season with their ineptitude in defending the tight end but sitting right behind them was the Browns. In two matchups with the Ravens last year, the Browns gave up three touchdowns to Mark Andrews; they allowed 10 touchdowns to tight ends (second most) on just 73 receptions (17th) and 833 yards (17th). In short, the Browns give up touchdowns to tight ends in the red zone.

Fortunately for Ravens fans and Andrews fantasy managers, the league’s touchdown leader specialized in red zone touchdowns. The Ravens targeted nobody more than Andrews in the red zone (19 targets, 27%) and the efficiency was downright insane (11 completions for nine TDs). Betting on a Mark Andrews touchdown Sunday is betting if the Baltimore will find themselves in the red zone. If you think Cleveland keeps them out all afternoon, then this isn’t the bet for you.

Cam Newton: To score a TD (+115) – While the public has been on board with the Newton-Patriots marriage, Vegas has had cold feet from day one. The odds of Newton not scoring a touchdown against Miami in his first game should be long. Newton is a dual-threat guy and, at 6′ 6″, may be the first goalline option.

New England has one of the most mixed and muddied backfields in the NFL; is the lead back Sony Michel? James White? Rex Burkhead? Damien Harris? With the Pats likely pushing a roulette of backs, Newton now becomes the one constant. Bill Belichick has never had a quarterback quite like Cam (exception, half a camp with Tim Tebow) and will be looking to dig deep in Josh McDaniels’ bag of tricks.

Christian McCaffrey: To score 2+ TDs (+160) – More than one touchdown is a day for most backs; for CMC, it’s expected. The stat of note here: the Raiders allowed six receiving touchdowns to running backs in 2019 (third most in NFL). McCaffrey is a threat on the ground– there’s no question there– but he’s the most deadly through the air. One rushing and one receiving touchdowns doesn’t seem that far out of the realm of possibility.

Enter Teddy Bridgewater. With New Orleans last season, Bridgewater targeted pass catcher Alvin Kamara 10, 8, and 7 times out of the backfield. Give him the most dangerous RB out of the backfield and you can bet Bridgewater will be targeting him. When you consider opportunity share (91.1% of all rushing attempts, 30.4% receptions– 1st among RB) and his 25 average opportunities over the last five games of 2019 (rushing attempts and targets), it’s a good bet to say McCaffrey will find his way into the end zone more than once Week 1.

James Robinson: To score TD (+200), Over 39.5 rushing yards – In 2019, the Jaguars rushed for three touchdowns. Three. The exasperating lack of efficiency on the ground caused Jacksonville to majorly abandon the run game and they ultimately finished 24th in the league in rushing attempts despite having Leonard Fournette. James Robinson out of Illinois State looks like he is going to be the Jags’ starter Week 1. To further introduce him, Robinson rushed for 1,900 yards and 18 touchdowns his senior year.

He’s fairly unknown since he played in the FCS, but Robinson is an under-the-radar player and the Jaguars know it. Expect him to get a good share of carries Week 1. If he’s anything like he was in college, Robinson should be able to find the end zone. At +200 odds, it’s a solid bet to make.

DeSean Jackson: To score first TD (+1100), Over 49.5 receiving yards – Washington gave up the third most touchdown passes last season (35– 2.2 per game) and averaged four passing touchdowns given up over their last four games; further, over 67% of touchdowns scored on Washington last season were through the air. It’s a good bet that any given touchdown against them will be a passing touchdown.

Add on that Carson Wentz was not only without DeSean Jackson nearly all season (caught eight passes for 154 yards and tow touchdowns in Week 1), but without really any receivers all year. Jalen Reagor is questionable for the game, leaving Wentz with D-Jax, Myles Sanders, and Zach Ertz to throw the ball to. He takes the top off the defense and has hit the 100-yard mark or scored two touchdowns in three of the last four season openers (including two touchdowns in each of the last two years). Wentz is going to let it loose early and let it loose to DeSean Jackson.

Season-long player props

Regular season player props too are also still available. Click the tab in the table below to view more NFL betting props.

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