A new NFL season means a new opportunity to try and bang your favorite sportsbook with some early season winners while the oddsmakers are trying to sharpen up the lines. It is also a great time to take advantage of all the team and player props that the best online sports betting sites will release for each individual game.
Betting NFL team and player props on a game by game basis is an excellent way to add even more excitement to all the action on the field. Some of the more basic team props include things such as “which team scores first?” or “the actual margin of victory”. Player props include things such as a starting quarterback’s total passing yards or how many receptions will a particular receiver have in that game. Many of the props for players are presented in an “over/under” fashion with a corresponding moneyline each way.
While I would not recommend getting too carried away with props if you are also betting on sides and totals since too many wrong plays can have a negative impact on your overall betting bankroll. However, it is well worth your time to take a close look at all the offerings to see if something jumps out.
The best starting point for betting NFL game props is to focus your energy on the actual games you are already handicapping for a potential straight bet or parlay play. If you love the OVER in a particular matchup because you think that both quarterbacks are going to light things up through the air, then you will definitely want to check out the released player props for their individual passing yards or total passing touchdowns. Handicapping games and handicapping props often times go hand-in-hand with one another.
Some sports bettors will only focus on betting game props as a viable alternative to betting sides and totals. If that is the case with your NFL betting strategy, then there are a couple of things to keep in mind. The first is that current form is far more important than overall season trends. This can make betting game props a bit more tricky in the beginning of a new season with zero tape to track current form, but as he season progresses it will become far easier to make your picks on the most current information available.
Keep in mind that the oddsmakers are also starting from scratch and their prop bet odds for the first few weeks are heavily based on past performances. This opens the door to any number of betting opportunities given just how many team and player props are actually released for all 16 games on that week’s schedule.
Another key to betting on player props is to find a solid source for an accurate injury report. Even if a key skill player is planning to be in the starting lineup, that does not mean that they are 100 percent healthy. This can have a major impact on overall performance with a natural lean towards the UNDER play on any particular performance prop.
Home field advantage and actual field conditions are two other important factors that can provide an edge when betting player props. If you are betting the “over/under” on a running back’s total rushing yards for that Sunday’s game, you need to know if there is going to be any issue with the field that day. Any player’s performance at a skill position can become a bit more predictable when they are playing on their own home field rather than on the road. Half of the games the play in a year are on that same surface as opposed to the eight different fields they play on in the rest of their games.