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As one of the more entertaining NFL prop bets, FanDuel Sportsbook goes back to its roots by setting odds on players having the most fantasy points at each position. You don’t have to put much money down to make a nice return on investment either.
Let’s take a look at who can make the biggest impact this week.
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Ben Roethlisberger, the reigning Week 2 leader in FanDuel fantasy points (39) has the highest odds at +800 as he takes on a porous Tampa Bay Buccaneers secondary on Monday night. The Pittsburgh Steelers desperately need a win to get their season back on track and the Bucs, who are much better against the run than the pass, could certainly force Roethlisberger to throw more.
Possibly the most interesting odds in that game, however, land with the NFL’s passing yardage leader, Ryan Fitzpatrick, at +2200. The Bucs receiving core rivals the Steelers in talent, so laying five dollars on each of these quarterbacks might not be a bad way to go about things.
Patrick Mahomes nearly dethroned Roethlisberger last week with 38.8 fantasy points. This week against the San Francisco 49ers, he’s listed at a nice value of +1400. The 49ers and Chiefs both rank in the bottom-third in plays per game, but neither side is having a problem putting up points through two weeks – Mahomes leads the NFL with 10 touchdown passes.
Drew Brees (+1100) and Matt Ryan (+1800) square off once again in an NFC South matchup. The two have had numerous classic games, this game could be another one to add to the list. With the New Orleans Saints missing Mark Ingram, they have thrown the ball more than any other team in football through two weeks. Look for that to continue, and Matty Ice to match him as well.
2. Running Backs
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Alvin Kamara looks to be the best value at +650, taking on an Atlanta Falcons team that gets shredded by opposing running backs in the passing game. Last week, Christian McCaffrey (+1600) went to town on them for 102 receiving yards on 14 catches. Speaking of McCaffrey, his odds aren’t too bad considering the Bengals force a ton of short throws and the production inflates with tight end Greg Olsen out of the lineup.
I mentioned in the QB section that points could be going up in Tampa all night on Monday. James Conner has been a force out the backfield for the Steelers, and he’s got excellent +2000 odds. The Bucs are good at defending the run, so Conner would have to do most of his damage receiving passes for Big Ben.
Lamar Miller is the last honorable mention from the week at +3500. The Giants aren’t resonating much hope from anyone at this point, so it’s possible that Miller ends up with a few touchdowns in this one.
3. Wide Receivers
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The love for Bucs/Steelers, immediately takes my eyes to Antonio Brown (+500), Mike Evans (+900) and JuJu Smith-Schuster – with the way each of the opposing secondaries are playing, any one of these guys could take home the crown. Brown’s 33 targets led the NFL going into Week 3 and Smith-Schuster’s 27 were tied for seventh-most.
Another pair of receivers in the same game, Julio Jones (+1000) and Michael Thomas (+1000), have a great shot at winning the prop bet as well. Julio has consistently terrorized the Saints secondary with at least 90 receiving yards in seven of the last eight meetings, while Thomas is currently third in the NFL in both receiving yards (269) and targets (30).
Let’s end the discussion with Tyreek Hill at +1000. Despite getting only 14 targets, his 259 receiving yards are good for fourth-best in the NFL. Hill is a home-run hitter, but that’s ok. We’ll just need multiple home runs from him Sunday.
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