NFL Anytime Touchdown Scorer Predictions and Prop Bets for Week 12

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The Sunday slate is always a little bit thinner during Thanksgiving week, but there is still plenty to choose from for the resumption of Week 12. In fact, this week’s slate is only getting better on the heels of a lackluster turkey day that featured bad teams, blowouts, and a cancelled Baltimore-Pittsburgh showdown. There were, however, some surprising touchdown scorers. Houston defensive end JJ Watt returned an interception for a touchdown against Detroit and Washington DE Montez Sweat did the same in the nightcap at the Cowboys’ expense.

Who will get in on the fun this weekend? Let’s take a look four of the best anytime touchdown scorer bets for Sunday’s games.

Favored to score – Alvin Kamara, RB, New Orleans Saints (-125)

Kamara was a bigger favorite (-143) last week against the Falcons and that play cashed for us without any trouble. Obviously the Broncos possess a superior defense than Atlanta’s, which is why you can get the Saints’ star running back at -125. And there is no reason why he can’t deliver the goods once again. Denver’s rushing defense is mediocre at best and Kamara will once again get a ton of work (both on the ground and receiving) with Taysom Hill back under center for New Orleans.

Slight underdog – Wayne Gallman, RB, New York Giants (+105)

Gallman has pretty much been a lock for us in this department week in and week out over the past month and change. In fact, since assuming RB1 duties in New York, the fourth-year running back out of Clemson has scored a touchdown in four straight games (five TDs in total). Gallman got 19 touches in his most recent outing against Philadelphia and turned those into two more scores. The Giants now face a Cincinnati defense that is 30th in the NFL against the run.

New York Giants running back Wayne Gallman (22) celebrates his touchdown run with running back Elijhaa Penny (39) during the third quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field.

Bigger underdog – Kenyan Drake, RB, Arizona Cardinals (+130)

Drake has to share some touches out of the backfield with Chase Edmonds, but there should be more than enough love to go around when Arizona takes on New England. The Patriots defense has been struggling mightily dating back to Week 7—and have done so against offenses far worse than that of the Cardinals. Drake has scored five touchdowns in 2020, including four in the last five games. He had 15 touches to Edmond’s six in a Week 11 contest against Seattle.

Longshot – Curtis Samuel, WR, Carolina Panthers (+250)

In the first four games of the year, Samuel had five targets or more only once. He has had at least five targets in each of the last six games—including 10 during last week’s romp over Detroit. Unsurprisingly, he scored for the third time in the last four outings. Samuel and company now go up against a Minnesota defense that is 25th in the league against the pass and has given up the second-most touchdown passes this season (22).

Anytime touchdown scorer FAQs

What does “anytime touchdown scorer” mean?

Anytime touchdown scorer is a popular player prop bet that NFL bettors can wager on throughout the season. But what is it, and how do you win?

As the name suggests, placing a wager on the anytime touchdown scorer market is when you tip a particular player to score a touchdown during a game. This can be a rushing or receiving touchdown for an offensive player, or you can wager on a team’s defense/special teams to score a touchdown by interception return and fumble return or kickoff and punt returns.

If your player or defense scores a touchdown, you win! The odds will differ from player-to-player depending on the sportsbooks’ calculated probability of that player scoring.

Does anytime touchdown scorer include passing touchdowns?

Not for a quarterback, no. A player must get into the endzone, himself, in order to qualify as an anytime touchdown scorer. If a quarterback throws a touchdown pass, only the player who caught it counts as the scorer. If Tom Brady throws a touchdown pass to Rob Gronkowski, wagers placed on Gronkowski as an anytime touchdown scorer will cash. However, those placed on Brady as an anytime touchdown scorer will not. See below for more on what the anytime touchdown scorer market means for quarterbacks.

What does anytime touchdown scorer mean for a QB?

For a wager on a QB to be an anytime touchdown scorer to cash, he must follow the same rules as a running back, tight end, or receiver. He must get into the endzone himself, either as a runner or a pass-catcher.

In the age of the mobile quarterback, QBs such as Lamar Jackson, Patrick Mahomes, Kyler Murray, and Josh Allen are often seen rushing in for a touchdown on any given Sunday. And don’t forget the occasional Philly Special, either. QBs can sometimes catch passes for TDs, too.

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