Cincinnati Bengals tight end C.J. Uzomah suffered an MCL sprain in the team’s AFC Championship Game win over the Kansas City Chiefs. However, with optimism he will still suit up in Sunday’s Super Bowl, we dive into our best bets for Uzomah's player props.
Uzomah played in 16 games in the regular season, and he finished fourth on the team in targets, receptions, and yards. His five receiving touchdowns were also tied for third on the team, and he established himself as the team’s clear top option at tight end when it appeared he would battle teammate Drew Sample for playing time coming into the campaign.
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C.J. Uzomah Super Bowl Player Prop Bets
- First touchdown (+2400 via FanDuel) ??
- Anytime touchdown (+360 via FanDuel) ???
- Most receiving yards (+2200 via DraftKings) ?
- Super Bowl MVP (+20000 via FanDuel) ?
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Uzomah Super Bowl Props
First touchdown (+2400)
FanDuel is by far the most generous when it comes to this prop bet, as DraftKings has it as low as +1600 for Uzomah to score the first TD of the Super Bowl, and SugarHouse and Unibet are at +2200. Uzomah was the game’s first touchdown scorer in the Bengals' Wild Card Round victory over the Las Vegas Raiders, which is his only touchdown on 13 receptions this postseason.
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Most receiving yards (+2200)
DraftKings is one of the only sportsbooks offering a line for Uzomah for this prop as of this writing. Uzomah topped 70 yards just once since Oct. 24, which came in the Divisional Round win over the Tennessee Titans. Many bettors will draw parallels from that game to this one considering Bengals QB Joe Burrow was under constant duress against the Titans (tied a playoff record with nine sacks) and figures to be harassed just as much against the Los Angeles Rams.
Uzomah caught seven of eight targets for 71 yards against Tennessee. However, he was outgained by teammates Ja’Marr Chase and Tee Higgins, and Titans receiver A.J. Brown on the other side. While competing to be the yardage leader against Rams receivers like Cooper Kupp and Odell Beckham Jr., Uzomah would seemingly need a career day to cash this bet.
Super Bowl MVP (+20000)
FanDuel has Uzomah listed at +20000 odds to win Super Bowl 56 MVP, while DraftKings and BetMGM are much lower at +10000. The odds are stacked against Uzomah, as no tight end has ever been crowned Super Bowl MVP. That is not to say pass-catchers cannot win it, as four wide receivers (Deion Branch, Hines Ward, Santonio Holmes, Julian Edelman) have all won Super Bowl MVP since 2005. However, Uzomah would likely need at least two or three touchdowns to even warrant consideration. Even then, the award might still go to Burrow.
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Top Uzomah Prop Bet
Anytime touchdown (+360)
FanDuel is again one of the most generous with Uzomah’s “Anytime Touchdown Scorer” odds, as SugarHouse and Unibet are the only ones higher at +370. BetMGM is as low as +230 with these odds, and DraftKings is on the low end of the market as well at +250.
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Uzomah has six touchdowns in 19 total games this year, 18 if you do not count the AFC Championship Game where he was injured early. Uzomah scored in four of those games, as he had two-touchdown performances against the Baltimore Ravens and Jacksonville Jaguars.
The big tight end saw at least six targets in six of the last seven games in which he was fully healthy. With Burrow likely needing to get the ball out quickly against Los Angeles’ fierce pass rush, Uzomah projects as a great middle-of-the-field option if healthy.
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