NFL Week 6 anytime touchdown scorer prop bets

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Who will find the endzone on Sunday or Monday? It is a question we ask every week, and now it is time to pose it once again. In fact, last week we asked the same question of Thursday and Tuesday, as well, but this time around Thursday Night Football was scrapped and it looks like a rare Tuesday Night Football occurrence will not be necessary.

Whatever the case and whenever games are being played, let’s take a look at the four best bets to score at least one touchdown in Week 6.

Favored to score – Todd Gurley, RB, Atlanta Falcons (-115)

If you had told the Falcons that Gurley would have five touchdowns through five games while averaging a solid 4.7 yards per carry, they would expect to boast a winning record. Instead, they don’t have a single win to their credit. Atlanta may not win at Minnesota on Sunday, either, but Gurley should be in line for a big performance. Minnesota is currently 24th in the NFL against the run. This will likely be one of the highest-scoring games of the week, and Gurley is not going to miss out on all of the fun.

Slight underdog – JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers (+140)

Steelers rookie receiver Chase Claypool caught three touchdown passes against Philadelphia last weekend as part of his seven-reception haul for 110 yards. You can be sure the Browns are not going to overlook him on Sunday. With Claypool now drawing attention from defenses, the door could be open for Smith-Schuster. Cleveland is 30th in the league against the pass and has allowed the third-most passing touchdowns (three). Smith-Schuster has already found the endzone three times in four contests.

Bigger underdog – Mecole Hardman, WR, Kansas City Chiefs (+210)

Whereas JJSS’s value lies in the fact that a teammate is taking some pressure off, Hardman’s can be found in a teammate’s absence. Sammy Watkins is out this week for Kansas City, so Hardman will see his opportunities on offense spike. Always a dangerous kick returner, Hardman has already been working his way into the Chiefs’ offense with touchdowns in two of the past three weeks. Meanwhile, the Bills are playing on a short week and their defense struggled mightily against Tennessee on Tuesday.

Longshot – D’Andre Swift, RB, Detroit Lions (+285)

Swift is a longshot for a reason, but at +285 there is some value on Detroit’s rookie running back. He got eight touches against New Orleans in Week 4 and turned them into 52 yards and one touchdown. He has scored twice in four games and it would be three times if not for an infamous dropped pass in the endzone during Week 1 action against Chicago. Meanwhile, Adrian Peterson’s touches went from 23 in Week 3 to 11 in Week 4. It looks like Swift is regaining favor with the coaching staff and that should continue when the Lions visit Jacksonville.

What does “anytime touchdown scorer” mean?

Anytime touchdown ccorer 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 Kyler Murray, Josh Allen, Lamar Jackson, and Patrick Mahomes 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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