If fretting wagering on NFL spreads — historically the sharpest lines available at any book — props can be an intriguing and outright fun way to have an invested incentive in a player’s performance each and every week. This ongoing series will be a weekly feature outlining my favorite player props for TNF, including the six detailed below. All props and odds have been sourced accordingly and tracked for accountability at the bottom of every write-up.
Jamison Crowder UNDER 54.5 Receiving Yards (-115) — PointsBet Sportsbook
Crowder (hamstring) reportedly “won’t be 100%” but will “give it a go” Thursday night. He’s admittedly been the safest option from Sam Darnold, accruing a 39.3% target share in Week 1 after leading the Jets in that category (24.8%) last year, but any limited availability projects him coming in under this mark. For what it’s worth, Broncos slot CB Essang Bassey has permitted just eight catches and 63 yards in the middle of the field all season.
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Melvin Gordon UNDER 21.5 Receiving Yards (-115) — PointsBet Sportsbook
Melvin Gordon UNDER 65.5 Rushing Yards (-115) — PointsBet Sportsbook
Gordon has handled 33 of Denver’s 40 backfield touches without Phillip Lindsay (toe, out) the past two games but that number has only amounted to 96 total rushing yards (48 per game) and a high of 14 receiving yards in either contest. If it weren’t for Kyle Shanahan’s brilliant play-calling in scheming Raheem Mostert and Jerick McKinnon open for an 80-yard score and 55-yard dash on 3rd-and-31 in Week 2, New York’s front-seven would garner more respect from its box scores. Gordon can be a touch-based RB2 for fantasy and still fail to ‘get there’ without RT Elijah Wilkinson (leg, IR) paving lanes.
Last Week: 3-3, +2.2 Units
Season: 7-9, +5.5 Units