NFL Week 7 player props: A golden matchup for Tate
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The player prop market is a hot one for bettors. While standard spread and total bets account for an entire game, individual props focus on specific matchups.
Here are five bets to consider for Week 7:
Golden Tate over 55.5 receiving yards
This might be my favorite prop of the year so far. Tate gets a Cardinals defense that's No. 30 in the league in passing yards allowed per game and No. 28 in yards per completion this season. Arizona does get back Patrick Peterson this weekend, but Tate, who's spent north of 80% of his snaps in the slot with the Giants, should avoid that matchup. The only downside is that the veteran wide receiver will likely have to split some targets with tight end Evan Engram and running back Saquon Barkley if one or both return this weekend. Either way, I love the matchup for Tate, at home, against a brutal secondary.
Leonard Fournette over 20.5 rushing attempts
Cincinnati is having serious trouble stopping teams on the ground. The Bengals are coming off a game in which they allowed a whopping 263 rushing yards to the Ravens, 152 of which came courtesy of quarterback Lamar Jackson. Jacksonville's Gardner Minshew doesn't have the same dual-threat ability, so expect Fournette to get his fair share of work. After getting 15 or fewer carries in each of the first three games to start the year, Fournette has 20 or more in each of the last three.
Matt Ryan over 312.5 passing yards
You just have to go back to the well at this point. Ryan has thrown for more than 300 yards in every game this season and has surpassed Sunday's posted total in four of the last five. After L.A.'s Jared Goff had his worst outing last weekend, expect the Rams to rinse the bad taste out of their mouth by lighting up a depleted Falcons secondary. Ryan, like most weeks, will have no other choice than to play catch-up.
Michael Gallup over 71.5 receiving yards
Opposing offenses have picked on the Eagles' secondary all season long. With the Cowboys on a three-game losing streak and their once high-powered offense seemingly tapering off, I expect Dak Prescott to come out chucking on Sunday Night Football in a crucial divisional matchup. If that's indeed the case, play the over on Gallup. He's had at least seven targets in all four games he's played and should be a fixture in Sunday's game plan, especially with fellow receiver Amari Cooper banged up.
Aaron Jones over 2.5 receptions
This is a pretty bad number on a player who's seen at least six targets in four of the last five games. Jones should also find himself more involved in the passing game for a Packers offense that could be down a good chunk of the receiving corps on Sunday. The Raiders have had issues covering running backs in the passing game this season, allowing at least five receptions to the position in every contest. Overall, opposing quarterbacks are 30 of 38 when targeting tailbacks against Oakland this year.
Alex Kolodziej is a betting writer for theScore. He's a graduate of Eastern Illinois who has been involved in the sports betting industry for 12 years. He can quote every line from "Rounders" and appreciates franchises that regularly wear alternate jerseys. Find him on Twitter @AJKoIodziej.
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