The NFL’s Week 5 slate is highlighted by two teams with something to prove– the Browns and Colts– and an offensive showdown between the Seahawks and Vikings. There’s plenty of advantageous matchups for the coming week ahead, with lots of enticing player props to choose from.
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Best NFL player props for Week 5
Amari Cooper: OVER 5.5 receptions (-163)
In three of four games this season, Amari Cooper has seen at least 12 targets; the one remaining game saw nine passes thrown his way. Every game this year, Cooper has picked up at least 80 receiving yards and he’s averaging over nine receptions per game. The New York Giants are a bad football team that’ll likely bleed yards to the potent Cowboys offense.
Five and a half receptions seems like a low benchmark, and there’s a reason it sits at -163 instead of -110. It’s a chalk pick, but likely a successful bet. When considering over/unders on receptions, the best thing to look for is double-digit targets. He’s the most targeted player in the NFL on a per-game basis and total (among players who have played four games). He might eclipse this mark in the first half alone at his target pace.
D.J. Moore: To score TD AND win (+350)
For a player that was a common pick to break out this season, D.J. Moore has been a fairly big disappointment. Instead, his counterpart Robby Anderson has dominated the targets, receptions, yards, and touchdowns so far. However, Moore catches a break against the second-to-worst team in the NFL against the wide receiver in the Atlanta Falcons. The Falcons give up yards and points by the bucket.
Carolina’s also on a roll, winners of two straight, and the Falcons are on the complete opposite side of the scale. Teddy Bridgewater should have a massive day against a Falcons defense that’s more akin to playing an empty field. With so much potential success, Moore is bound to see a good amount of targets. His season isn’t a bust yet, and this is the week D.J. Moore is bound to break out while also notching another win.
Teddy Bridgewater: UNDER 0.5 interceptions (+131)
There have been two quarters this season in which the Atlanta Falcons forced their five total turnovers. In the third quarter against the Chicago Bears, the Falcons grabbed two picks and in the first quarter against the Cowboys, they recovered three fumbles. The other 13 quarters of this season, they’ve forced zero turnovers. The only quarterbacks to throw interceptions against Atlanta this season have been Mitch Trubisky and Nick Foles (six combined picks in five games).
Teddy Bridgewater had an abysmal showing against the Buccaneers, where he threw two picks and no touchdowns. However, he takes care of the football and, outside of that Tampa Bay game, has had just one interception in 99 pass attempts (three games). Putting those two factors together mixed with an array of weapons adds up to a less than likely chance that Bridgewater throws a pick this Sunday. There’s great odds on this one, too.
Mo Alie-Cox: To score TD (+240)
Tight end props against the Cleveland Browns is a weekly shoe-in and, if you’ve followed the weeks’ previous props articles, you’ll know it’s a go-to prop bet. The Browns have given up at least one touchdown to a tight end every week except Week 3 against the Washington Football Team. Offenders who have scored against the Browns have included household names C.J. Uzomah and Dalton Schultz.
Whether it comes early or late, a tight end touchdown is coming. The Colts’ tight end has also scored in each of his last two games despite low target and receiving numbers. Alie-Cox stands 6’ 6” tall and is a former VCU basketball player, making him the Colts’ favorite target inside the Red Zone. It’s inevitable that Rivers hucks one up for Alie-Cox, and the Browns don’t have a great player to match up against him.
Kareem Hunt: To score first TD (+600)
What makes Kareem Hunt the best option to score the first touchdown against the Indianapolis Colts is his versatility in both the run game and pass game. In two of their four games so far this year, Cleveland has scored the first touchdown of the game on their opening drive. That’s something Browns fans haven’t seen in some years.
With Nick Chubb out for some serious time with an MCL sprain, Hunt comes to the forefront as the workhorse back for Kevin Stefanski. Stefanski showed some serious coaching chops in the last three games, especially against Dallas, and he wants to make statements. The Colts are excellent against running backs this season, and running backs are the Browns bread and butter. Expect Stefanski to go to Hunt early and often, giving him a prime opportunity to be the first player to find the goalline.