We Told You About Zeke! Revisiting Props With Preseason Concluding

Matthew Jordan

Tuesday, August 29, 2017 9:18 PM UTC

Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017 9:18 PM UTC

The NFL wraps up its preseason Thursday night with essentially 16 meaningless games. But it’s a good time to look back at some props entering training camp and how some have been resolved.

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NFL prop betting options are some of the most fun, and if you know where to look, most profitable of the season long bets on the market. That being said, sorry Las Vegas but these options are only on offer at online sportsbooks.

Here we take a quick look over the prop betting landscape now that the preseason is winding to a close. As always, if you are looking to grab any of these, head over to our Top Sportsbooks Page to find a betting site that works best for you.

Starting Quarterback Battles

Every team that had a quarterback derby during camp has settled on a starter and there really was only one surprise – with the Factory of Sadness. QB odds from Bookmaker.

Mike Glennon (-1200) vs. Mitchell Trubisky (+700): The Bears have continually said that they don’t want the rookie No. 2 overall pick Trubisky playing this season if possible. He largely outplayed Glennon in the first three preseason games but now appears to be third string behind Glennon and Mark Sanchez. Still, there’s no doubt now that Trubisky will start eventually in 2017. Chicago fans finally have hope under center.

Trevor Siemian (-360) vs. Paxton Lynch (+270): Siemian was the incumbent starter in Denver and clearly outperformed Lynch, the team’s 2016 first-round pick, to win the job. Lynch is now dealing with an injured shoulder, too, meaning he won’t even open as the backup. Colin Kaepernick anyone?

Josh McCown (-105) vs. Christian Hackenberg (+105) vs. Bryce Petty (+1800): The veteran journeyman McCown has won the job for the putrid Jets, but he won’t last long behind that offensive line. McCown will be the Jets' fourth Week 1 starter in the past six seasons, following Mark Sanchez, Geno Smith and Ryan Fitzpatrick. Coach Todd Bowles has declined to name his No. 2 quarterback. Petty was better than Hackenberg, though.

Brock Osweiler (+130) vs. DeShone Kizer (+220) vs. Cody Kessler (+235): Not many people expected the second-round rookie Kizer to win this competition in Cleveland. Read all about that here.

Tom Savage (-320) vs. Deshaun Watson (+280): Houston coach Bill O’Brien raved about the rookie Watson in camp, but Savage had a better preseason to win the job as expected. In three games -- and nine series -- Savage was 27-of-36 for 246 yards. He threw one touchdown and did not throw an interception.

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Ezekiel Elliott is Probably Going to Play This Season Now That Jeffrey Kessler is His Lawyer https://t.co/lQcxiuzbdU

— The Big Lead (@thebiglead) August 28, 2017

Injured/Suspended Stars

Back in late May, I wrote a 100 days until the start of the season story featuring props of reigning NFL rushing king Ezekiel Elliott of Dallas. He was given totals of 1,550.5 rushing yards and 13.5 rushing scores. I recommended ‘under’ both because of the likelihood of suspension (and potential injury), although I definitely didn’t expect a six-game ban. Elliott is appealing Commissioner Roger Goodell's decision, but it’s not likely to be overturned (ask Tom Brady). Maybe it could be lessened by a game or two. I’m feeling quite good about the ‘under’ bets. You can’t currently wager any Elliott props at the various sportsbooks. Most Dallas season ones also are on hold.

The Cowboys open Week 1 against the NFC East rival NY Giants, and Big Blue might not have superstar receiver Odell Beckham Jr. He suffered a scary-looking ankle injury in the team’s second preseason game against the Cleveland Browns on a questionable low hit. Beckham avoided any ligament damage but is dealing with a sprain and is currently questionable for Week 1. OBJ was given totals of 1,350 yards and 12 scores this season. His props are still active. Beckham had eight catches for 167 yards and a TD in two games vs. Dallas in 2016. 

New England lost top receiver Julian Edelman to a season-ending injury in the preseason as did Chicago with Cameron Meredith, but those teams’ futures odds didn’t change – i.e., the Pats are still going to be great and the Bears awful.

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Me watching Cam Meredith getting hurt pic.twitter.com/d7CLB6trzK

— Caveman D-N-A (@adgarcia86) August 27, 2017

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