Best NFL Player Prop Bets Week 2
For new bettors, player props can be a great “gateway” into sports betting. These single-player prop bets are a lot like fantasy football because you’re gauging how players will perform each week.
Also, it provides an outlet to double up on your support for a player on your fantasy team. If they perform well in the game, you benefit from both betting and fantasy sports.
Below, we have four great player props from various online sportsbooks to take a swing on.
Miami Dolphins vs. Baltimore Ravens
Pick: Lamar Jackson Under 0.5 Interceptions (-125) at DraftKings
In a dominant win against the New York Jets, Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson did throw an interception.
The context is needed here, though, as it came with 1:35 left in the game, Jackson threw a deep pass, and Jets cornerback D.J. Reed made a great play on the ball.
Other than that, Jackson played close to flawlessly.
Taking on another AFC East team in the Miami Dolphins, this should be a more difficult challenge.
However, the Dolphins secondary had some holes in their game Week 1 against the New England Patriots, including cornerback Nik Needham allowing nearly 100 receiving yards. Safety Jevon Holland did come up with the team’s lone interception in the game.
For the Ravens, this isn’t going to be a matchup where Jackson makes a throw downfield with just over a minute left in the game, up by 21 points.
Instead, this could be a much more run-heavy approach, with easy passes up the seam and over the middle to tight end Mark Andrews and wide receiver Rashod Bateman.
Every week, the Ravens get closer and closer to working running back J.K. Dobbins into the lineup. When healthy, Dobbins will change the look of this backfield, which, along with Jackson, had attempts from Justice Hill, Kenyan Drake, and Mike Davis.
The Dolphins have a great offense with wide receivers Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle, so expect Jackson to utilize his legs more, leading to a safer stat sheet finish.
Cleveland Browns vs. New York Jets
Pick: Jacoby Brissett Over 1.5 Passing Touchdowns (+165) at BetMGM
Cleveland Browns quarterback Jacoby Brissett managed just one touchdown pass in Week 1, but in Week 2, he draws a New York Jets team that had some solid performances at cornerback.
However, the Browns’ M.O. is to utilize the running backs anyway.
In getting two passing touchdowns, we’ll likely see a repeat of Week 1 with a running back like Kareem Hunt reaping the benefits.
However, the team does have wide receiver Amari Cooper who is more than capable of matching up against either Jets cornerback—D.J. Reed and Sauce Gardner.
This is a great value bet at +165 against the Jets with a top receiver and a back like Hunt.
Seattle Seahawks vs. San Francisco 49ers
Pick: Geno Smith Under 0.5 Touchdowns (+178) at Caesars
Yeah, yeah, the Seattle Seahawks beat the Denver Broncos in Week 1, and quarterback Geno Smith had two passing touchdowns.
This week, they travel to take on the San Francisco 49ers in an NFC West showdown.
It may sound a bit like a cop-out, but the Week 1 game between the 49ers and Chicago Bears should be considered a wash due to how outrageous the weather was during that game.
Now at home with far nicer California weather in order, this 49ers defense will give Smith a headache of an afternoon.
Despite the weather, the 49ers still had two sacks against the Bears, and they get an offensive line with the Seahawks that may be better than the Bears, but not by a whole lot.
The Seahawks still have wide receivers Tyler Lockett and D.K. Metcalf, but Smith will be under immense pressure all game long.
A state line of around 200 passing yards, zero touchdowns, and an interception seems like a real possibility.
With odds of +178 for a quarterback who’s far from a prolific passer, this is an easy bet to make.
Seattle Seahawks vs. San Francisco 49ers
Pick: D.K. Metcalf Under 4.5 Receptions (+105) at DraftKings
In reviewing the props for this game, we found Metcalf sitting at +105 value for less than four receptions.
This bet plays right into our confidence in Smith in this game, so this is also an excellent prop to target.
Metcalf will likely see a lot of Emmanuel Moseley in this game. One-on-one, Metcalf is the better player, of course, but Moseley can hold his own.
However, the 49ers have two safeties in Talanoa Hufanga and Tashaun Gipson Jr. They played well in Week 1 and will help on the back end.
The Seahawks offensive line will have a rough go against this 49ers pass rush, so they may try to gameplan from easy three-step-drop plays and get the hulking Metcalf in space. This was somewhat the case in Week 1, where Metcalf caught seven passes for just 36 yards.
This is possible—and why this line has “+” value—but the Seahawks are dealing with a different defense here.
What is a Prop Bet?
A prop bet is where you wager on a micro-event happening within the larger event.
In this case, the larger event would be the game—for example, the New England Patriots at Buffalo Bills.
Within that event, prop bets can be made on the game, each team, and single players.
NFL Player Prop Bets
Player props are arguably the most exciting type of prop bet. In a way, these are like fantasy football in terms of guessing the final game statistic for each player.
For example, Bills running back Devin Singletary has a rushing yard prop bet line of 54.5.
Your goal is to decide whether it’ll go over or under that number, and there are odds for each selection.
NFL Team Prop Bets
As opposed to single-player props, team props are where you’ll gauge how the team performs individually throughout the game.
Some popular examples include points at halftime, the number of touchdowns or field goals scored, and more.
Why You Should Trust Us?
After writing about fantasy football for over a decade as a hobby, I turned that into a job starting in 2015. From there, I covered fantasy football and began covering the NFL more generally, including some betting content. However, my writing regarding online sports betting became more prevalent in 2018 after the Professional, and Amateur Sports Protection Act was overturned in May.
Since then, I’ve covered sports betting on the NFL and other sports.
With each pick, you can feel confident in knowing that these are picks I’d make with my own money.
How We Pick Our Best Prop Bets?
There’s a plethora of ways to examine prop bets. You can examine the point spread for single-player props to see where the sportsbooks think the game will go.
For example, if a sportsbook has the Bulls as 13-point favorites, that could indicate the Bills will have a substantial lead at some point, leading to less passing from quarterback Josh Allen.
In that case, if we refer back to the rushing prop of Devin Singletary, it could make more sense.
That said, each case is different in terms of NFL roster construction.
Some other general rules of thumb are wide receiver vs. cornerback matchups, the offensive line versus a defensive line, and more.
There are plenty of nuances here.
Best Sportsbook for NFL Prop Bets
Overall, DraftKings seems to have the most variety, but FanDuel and Caesars also have quite the library.
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After graduating from the University of New Hampshire with a BA in Journalism, Richard Janvrin has been covering iGaming and sports betting since December 2018. Richard has covered betting at Bleacher Report, Gambling.com, The Game Day, Forbes, and more.