A football team is only as good as its players. These are the men who make everything happen, and those who do it the best become household names. So do certain players who act outrageously on and off the field. That’s why we love them. You can even bet on NFL players to achieve certain milestones or perform certain feats during a game or an entire season. These bets are called player proposition bets, AKA player props for short.
NFL player props have skyrocketed in popularity since Super Bowl XX, when William “The Refrigerator” Perry was priced at 2/1 to score a touchdown for the Chicago Bears – which he did. These player props come in two distinct flavors. One involves picking a side in either a YES/NO situation, an OVER/UNDER situation or a head-to-head matchup:
Player Prop Matchups
- Will Tom Brady throw a touchdown pass?
- YES -400
- NO +250
- How Many TD passes will Tom Brady throw?
- OVER 2.5 -175
- UNDER 2.5 +155
- Which quarterback will throw more TD passes?
- Tom Brady -110
- Drew Brees -110
The other type of player prop gives you a list of players from which to choose, just like the teams on the Super Bowl futures market. You can bet on outcomes such as which player will score the first points in a given game, or which receiver will collect the most yards passing. You can also bet on future outcomes, like who will win league MVP honors at season’s end. This is one of the most sought-after player props on the NFL betting market; when you find a star player with upside on a team with playoff potential, buy him if the price is right.