As the NFL regular season quickly approaches, there are no shortage of prop bets for handicappers to ponder over. MyBookie has a number of intriguing wagers listed under NFL Specials, including these five which are tied to the newest members of the league.
1. First Rookie To Score a TD
- TJ Hockensen, Detroit Lions +700
- Noah Fant, Denver Broncos +900
- Josh Jacobs, Oakland Raiders +200
- N’Keal Harry, New England Patriots +800
- Deebo Samuel, San Francisco 49ers +900
- Irv Smith Jr., Minnesota Vikings +2000
- Miles Sanders, Philadelphia Eagles +300
- Mecole Hardman, Kansas City Chiefs +900
- JJ Arcega-Whiteside, Philadelphia Eagles +1000
- Parris Campbell, Indianapolis Colts +1000
- DK Metcalf, Seattle Seahawks +800
- David Montgomery, Chicago Bears +200
- Marquise Brown, Baltimore Ravens +500
The Pick: Brown +500
Jacobs may seem like the easy choice with all the buzz surrounding him, but let’s not forget that the Raiders won’t be seeing the field until late Monday night in Week 1. One of the other rookies should take a trip to the end zone before then, and our money is on the player known as “Hollywood.”
The Ravens should have a field day at the expense of the Miami Dolphins in an early Sunday game, so it’s a good chance to show off what Brown can do. For a longer shot, consider Arcega-Whiteside, as fantasy buzz continues to point to the team being really high on him as a potential big contributor in year one.
2. Rookie With First TD Pass
- Kyler Murray, Arizona Cardinals -300
- Dwayne Haskins, Washington Redskins +100
- Daniel Jones, New York Giants +250
- Drew Lock, Denver Broncos +325
- Will Grier, Carolina Panthers +2000
- Ryan Finley, Cincinnati Bengals +2000
The Pick: Murray -300
If we knew for a fact that Haskins was going to be behind center in Week 1, we’d take our chances with him finding paydirt in an early Sunday afternoon game with the Eagles. Barring something out of left field, Murray gets the start when the Cardinals welcome the Lions to town.
The hosts should be able to put some points up in that one, and we like Murray to be responsible for at least some of them. For the longshots – Grier and Finley – we’d basically be left hoping that Cam Newton or Andy Dalton would be either unable to go or get knocked out of the opening game. We have better uses for our capital.
3. First Rookie With An Interception
- Darnell Savage Jr., Green Bay Packers +225
- Jonathan Abram, Oakland Raiders +300
- Deandre Baker, New York Giants +250
- Byron Murphy, Arizona Cardinals +225
- Rock Ya-Sin, Indianapolis Colts +300
- Sean Bunting, Tampa Bay Buccaneers +500
- Greedy Williams, Cleveland Browns +250
The Pick: Savage Jr. +225
The Packers play in the Thursday night opener versus the Bears. While many eyes will be on how Aaron Rodgers performs against the stout Chicago defense, ours will be spending a lot of time studying the Green Bay defense.
The club took major steps to improve on that side of the ball, so we could see Savage Jr. have a memorable debut if the Packers can turn the heat up on Mitchell Trubisky.
For a second choice, Ya-Sin could see the rock head in his direction when the Colts square off with the Chargers late on Sunday. It’s not too tough to see that game turning into a shootout.
4. Rookie With The First Sack
- Nick Bosa, San Francisco 49ers +150
- Quinnen Williams, New York Jets +200
- Clelin Ferrell, Oakland Raiders +200
- Josh Allen, Jacksonville Jaguars +150
- Ed Oliver, Buffalo Bills +300
- Rashan Gary, Green Bay Packers +400
The Pick: Allen +150
Call us crazy, but there’s going to come a time when the rest of the NFL regrets letting Allen fall into the lap of the Jaguars in this year’s NFL Draft. The Jacksonville defense was already solid, and they have now added a special athlete with game-changing ability.
Allen could easily make some noise in the early Sunday afternoon tilt with the Chiefs in Week 1.
For a choice with a little more meat on the bones, Oliver looks like a great fit for a Bills defense which only needs a few tweaks to show big improvement in 2019. He gets to face off with the Jets in what looks like a toss-up game.
5. First QB To Start A Game
- Dwayne Haskins, Washington Redskins -350
- Daniel Jones, New York Giants +250
- Drew Lock, Denver Broncos +300
The Pick: Haskins -350
It may be Week 1 or it may be after a few weeks, but Haskins will be behind center for Washington this year. In the other two cases, Jones and Lock earning starts means that Eli Manning or Joe Flacco are struggling mightily.
That certainly could happen, but it may take awhile to materialize into a quarterback shift. Of the two, we would put our money on Jones getting a start first, but both rookies will benefit quite a bit by holding a clipboard as long as possible.