Freedman’s Favorite Prop Bet (Jan. 5): Will Deshaun Watson Eclipse 40 Rushing Yards?

Jan 05, 2019 7:58 AM EST
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Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Deshaun Watson

  • Matthew Freedman is kicking off 2019 with a new series featuring his favorite prop bet of each day.
  • On Saturday, he looks at Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson's rushing prop of 39.5 yards.

I had a great 2018 betting on props, thanks primarily to our FantasyLabs Tools, so for 2019 I will have a quick-n’-dirty daily piece in which I highlight my favorite prop for the day.

Why Betting on Props Is Fun

In 2018, I bet on thousands of props across a variety of sports: NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, NASCAR, golf (PGA and European Tour) and eSports (League of Legends). I even placed bets on pop culture events, such as the Academy Awards, the Grammy Awards and Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest.

Was I successful with all of them? No. And that’s why I almost never bet on any kind of prop related to darts anymore. Almost never.

But overall I had success last year, and I also had a lot of fun. There are many practical reasons why people should play props. But I honestly play them because they’re fun.

Before 2018, I knew very little about almost every sport outside of the NFL. Now, I still know almost nothing, but I know more than I did, and on a daily basis I enjoyed sweating the individual performances of many players across all sorts of sports.

I’m looking to keep the good times rolling in 2019.

What Tools I Use to Bet Props

Here are the research tools and articles I use to inform my prop-betting decisions.

The FantasyLabs Props Tools: These tools compare our industry-leading projections to the props available in the market and highlight which props offer the most value.

The FantasyLabs Models: Some sportsbooks offer fantasy point props, which I’ve bet successfully using the projections in our daily fantasy models.

The RotoViz Tools: I got my early start in the industry at RotoViz (as did FantasyLabs co-founder Jonathan Bales), and RotoViz has a great collection of NFL and NASCAR apps. Here are some of my favorites.

The Action Network Articles: Each day, you can find at least one props piece on The Action Network, most likely written by one of the following contributors.

Approximately 99% of the success I’ve had with prop bets is due to these resources. I suggest you consult them for yourself.

2019 Year-to-Date Record

1-1-1, +0.25 Units

  • Golf: 1-0-0, +1.25 Units
  • NBA: 0-1-0, -1.0 Units
  • NHL: 0-0-1, +0.0 Units

Freedman’s Favorite Prop Bet for Saturday, Jan. 5: Deshaun Watson Rushing Yards Over/Under 39.5