NFL Prop Bets: Expect Low Receiving Numbers From Darren Fells in Texans-Chiefs on Thursday Night
Wesley Hitt/Getty Images. Pictured: Darren Fells
- The most valuable NFL prop bet for Thursday night's season opener isn't for a player with a household name.
- Sean Koerner, our Director of Predictive Analytics, explains why the under on Texans TE Darren Fells' receiving yards prop is worth a bet.
- Check out Koerner's full breakdown with updated odds below.
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Football is back, and I can’t think of a better way to celebrate than by betting on a player prop involving a touchdown-dependent blocking tight end!
Darren Fells’ receiving yardage under is my favorite prop for Thursday night’s Texans-Chiefs season opener. DraftKings and BetMGM are offering under 23.5 yards (-124 at DraftKings, -110 at BetMGM), and I don’t expect that number to last much longer — it’s already as low as 19.5 yards at other books as of writing.
It’s critical to make sure you get the highest possible number you have access to — every yard counts here, so if you have access to 23.5, act quickly.
Here are the chances of Fells going over/under the various lines being offered:
Fells scored a career-high seven touchdowns a year ago, but he’s very much the Texans’ blocking TE — out of the 721 snaps played last season, he ran a route only 44% of the time while staying in to block 56% of the time. By contrast, Jordan Akins ran a route on 61% of his snaps as the Texans’ main pass-catching TE in 2019. Akins also received rave reviews in training camp, so his role could increase even more in 2020.
I also noticed a pattern that Fells tended to stay in and block more when the Texans trailed. Here were his average numbers in their wins vs. losses last season:
- Fells’ receiving in wins (10 games): 3.7 targets, 2.8 receptions, 28.2 yards
- Fells’ receiving in losses (5 games): 2.2 targets, 1.2 receptions, 11.8 yards
Considering the Texans are 9.5-point underdogs (find live odds here), this trend also plays towards him hitting his under tonight.
Another wrinkle thrown into this depth chart is the possibility of a third TE getting playing time.
People might have forgotten about Texans’ 2019 third-round pick in Kahale Warring — he was placed on season-ending IR during camp last season due to concussion/hamstring injuries — but he’s ready to rock in 2020 and could eat into both Fells’ and Akins’ receiving work.
PICK: Under 23.5 Receiving Yards (-110)