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Todd Gurley’s Decision Not to Score Swings Bets, Fantasy Matchups Everywhere

Oct 29, 2018 10:00 AM EDT

Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Todd Gurley

  • Todd Gurley chose not to score a touchdown late in the Week 8 NFL game between the Los Angeles Rams and Green Bay Packers.
  • The decision -- which guaranteed a win for the Rams -- swung spread bets, over/under wagers and fantasy football matchups everywhere.

Let’s start here: Todd Gurley 100% did the right thing.

He guaranteed the Rams a victory by deciding to get tackled inside the 5-yard line instead of scoring late in Los Angeles’ win over Green Bay on Sunday.

But BOY did Gurley swing a whole lot of action with that decision.

Here’s what was impacted:

The Spread

  • Packers-Rams was the most-bet game of the Sunday afternoon slate
  • The spread closed at Rams -7.5
  • The Rams were leading by two points; a touchdown would’ve put them up eight
  • 57% of bettors took the Packers plus the points

The Over/Under

  • The over/under closed at 57
  • 56 points had been scored to that point; a TD would’ve made it 62
  • 75% of bettors took the over

Fantasy Football

  • Gurley had compiled 33.5 PPR fantasy points; a TD would’ve brought that total to right around 40
  • Gurley was the sixth-highest-owned player in DraftKings’ Week 8 Milly Maker contest

Sooooo, to recap: You are likely overjoyed if you … bet the Packers, bet the under or were facing Gurley in your fantasy matchup.

The rest of you probably need to blow off a little steam, and this tweet from Gurley probably won’t help matters …

If you need to vent, our Bad Beat Hot Line is always open: (575) 655-0664.

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