NFL Anytime Touchdown Scorer Predictions and Prop Bets for Week 16
The penultimate week of the 2020 NFL season is upon, with more playoff bids ready to be handed out in the immediate future. For now, though, we are focused on individual player prop bets. Who is going to find the endzone in Week 16 to help either their fantasy owners or their real-life teams? Let’s take a look at four of the best value bets.
Favored to score – Le’Veon Bell, RB, Kansas City Chiefs (-134)
Clyde Edwards-Helaire is sidelined by a high ankle sprain, which means the show in Kansas City’s backfield belongs to Bell. And what a time for it, too, against a poor Falcons defense. Atlanta actually isn’t that bad against the run, but it won’t matter; the Chiefs are going to be in the red zone all the time and one of those drives is bound to conclude with Bell in the endzone. He ran for 62 yards and a touchdown during last weekend’s victory over New Orleans.
Slight underdog – Kyler Murray, QB, Arizona Cardinals (+110)
As a whole, quarterbacks have set records this season in terms of total rushing yards and rushing touchdowns. Murray is one of the biggest reasons for that. He has kept it himself 123 times for 741 yards and a whopping 11 scores. The former No. 1 overall pick ran one in last week against Philadelphia to go along with his three passing TDs. In the previous matchup with San Francisco this year (back in Week 1), Murray rushed for 91 yards and scored once.
Bigger underdog – Robert Woods, WR, Los Angeles Rams (+150)
The Rams somehow lost to the Jets last week. Actually, we know how: they were looking ahead to showdowns with the NFC West rival Seahawks (Week 16) and Cardinals (Week 17). Los Angeles is going to be much better prepared for this one and should have no trouble taking advantage of a Seattle pass defense that is the worst—by far—in the NFL. Woods has 40 receptions on 53 targets over the past five contests and despite the outcome against the Jets he managed to score his eighth touchdown of the year.
Longshot – JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers (+240)
The last three weeks have been an unmitigated disaster for the Steelers, and things went from bad to worse with Monday night’s loss to Cincinnati. Things were especially bad for Smith-Schuster, who danced on the Bengals’ logo and then got blown up on a first-half reception and lost a fumble. Perhaps a redemption (and dance-free) tour will begin this weekend when Pittsburgh faces Indianapolis. The Colts are not great against the pass, ranking 17th in the NFL in that department and 24th in yard per pass attempt allowed. Despite Monday’s woes, JJSS has still scored four touchdowns in the past seven games.
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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