NFL Week 3 Anytime Touchdown Scorer Predictions and Prop Bets

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The third Sunday of the 2021 NFL season is almost here. Week 3 kicked off on Thursday night with a snooze-fest between the Carolina Panthers and Houston Texans, but far more entertainment should be in store for this weekend.

Which players will provide such entertainment by finding the endzone? Let’s take a look at 4 of this week’s best anytime touchdown scorer bets, in descending order of likelihood per the odds.

Favored to score – Alvin Kamara, RB, New Orleans Saints (-120)

The Saints completely went away from Kamara in Week 2, in part because they were playing from behind almost the entire way against the Panthers. I don’t think New Orleans is going to beat New England this weekend, but it should be a far more competitive contest. You can be sure Kamara will be a huge part of the visitors’ game-plan. In Week 1 against the Packers, the star running back scored once on a reception while also gaining 83 rushing yards on 20 carries. Look for Kamara to be similarly productive on Sunday.

Slight underdog – Adam Thielen, WR, Minnesota Vikings (+105)

Getting Thielen at plus money is pretty much always a strong bet these days, especially in what is projected to be a shootout between the Vikings and Seahawks. Minnesota’s veteran receiver has already scored in both games this season, including twice in Week 1 against Cincinnati. Through 2 outings Thielen has 15 receptions on 17 targets. Seattle’s defense just got carved up in a 33-30 overtime loss to Tennessee, and more of the same should transpire in this one.

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Bigger underdog – David Montgomery, RB, Chicago Bears (+150)

Montgomery has been productive for Chicago through 2 weeks. He has rushed 36 times for 169 yards and a touchdown to go along with 4 receptions on 5 targets for 28 yards. Justin Fields is making the first start of his professional career and the Bears are not going to ask him to do too much unless they get way behind for some reason. Montgomery is going to be the focal point of the offense. Cleveland’s defense is nothing special, so I expect a big day at the office for the former Iowa State running back.

Longshot – Laviska Shenault Jr., WR, Jacksonville Jaguars (+240)

Arizona is coming off a 34-33 thriller against Minnesota and has already surrendered 4 scores through the air this season. Trevor Lawrence should be able to take advantage, and Shenault could be one of the main beneficiaries. LSJ has already been targeted 17 times in 2021; those opportunities will likely start translating into success on Sunday. It’s worth noting that Shenault scored 5 touchdowns in the last 5 games of the 2020 campaign, and that was with Gardner Minshew II throwing him the football.

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 Ron 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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