NFL Week 18 Player Incentives To Consider For Underdog Fantasy Picks

NFL Week 18 Player Incentives To Consider For Underdog Fantasy Picks

The time to bet on the NFL for this season is getting shorter and shorter. Hopefully, you’ve built a nice bankroll and are ready to make more. If not, hopefully, we can help you out. Of course, one of the ways to bet on the NFL in Week 18 is betting on the playoffs. However, there’s another angle that is an interesting one to follow. Let’s look at betting NFL Week 18 player incentives in this article. Even better, let’s look at betting player incentives on Underdog Fantasy.

There are multiple nice things about betting on Underdog Fantasy. One of them is if you sign up with this link right now, they’ll give you a 100% deposit match up to $100. So let’s see about turning that $100 free money into even more money. A lot of players have player contract incentives.

This means that if they reach a certain yardage, catch, or touchdown mark, they get extra money. Let’s dive in and look at the best bets based on player incentives. Not all lines are available, but we will add them as they are.

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Betting NFL Week 18 Player Incentives On Underdog

Odell Beckham Jr. (WR – Baltimore Ravens)

Reachable Contract Incentives
5 Catches = $250K
2 Touchdowns = $500K
185 Yards = $750K

Odell Beckham has made some plays this year for the Ravens. However, it hasn’t been enough plays to hit his bonuses yet. Now he rolls into this week with a chance to cash some NFL Week 18 player contract incentives, and we can bet those.

The biggest question will be how much he plays, given that the Ravens have locked the number one seed and are resting some of their starters, including Lamar Jackson. Will Tyler Huntley be able to get Beckham the ball? Will Beckham play the whole game?

The easiest and most obtainable player contract incentive to bet is his catches. Beckham has two games with five catches this year and two games where he was one away from five. He needs five more catches to hit a $250,000 contract incentive.

He also could hit some more cash if he had two touchdowns or 185 receiving yards. Beckham only has three touchdowns on the year. His highest yardage this year came in Week 11, where he had 116 yards.

Beckham could get more targets if Zay Flowers doesn’t play or plays a shortened game, and Jim Harbaugh will still want to stay competitive since they already lost to the Steelers.

Player Incentives Underdog Fantasy Best Bet: Beckham HIGHER Than X Catches

DeAndre Hopkins (WR – Tennessee Titans)

Reachable Contract Incentives
7 Catches = $250K
49 Yards = $1 Million

Next up for NFL Week 18 player incentives to bet is DeAndre Hopkins. Hopkins has had an up-and-down year, mainly due to the Titans’ struggles at quarterback. Still, he’s only 49 yards away from cashing an extra $1 Million.

Through 16 games, Hopkins has been under 49 receiving yards six times. Two of those times came in in the last three weeks during Week 15 and Week 16. Still, this could be Vrabel’s last stand. Last week Hopkins had seven catches on seven targets for 72 yards.

Another angle could be to look at the bonus Hopkins receives if he has just seven more catches. We just mentioned he had seven catches last week. Hopkins has only had four games with seven or more catches this year, though he has had nine games with seven or more targets.

This will likely be the last game featuring Mike Vrable coaching DeAndre Hopkins and Derrick Henry in Tennessee. They will go out with a bang.

Player Incentives Underdog Fantasy Best Bet: Hopkins HIGHER than 63.5 Receiving Yards

Dalton Schultz (TE – Houston Texans)

Reachable Contract Incentives
4 Catches = $250K
6 Catches = $500K

A tight end that had an up-and-down year in fantasy football was Dalton Schultz. He finished as the 12th-ranked tight end but only had six weeks with top-10 performances. The rest were tight end 15th or worse. He just hasn’t been the same as the tight end we saw in Dallas.

He hasn’t exactly been consistent either, outside of a nice run from Week 4 to Week 6 and Week 9 to Week 11. Now he’s looking at cashing two NFL Week 18 player incentives with four catches and six catches.

Schultz has had seven games with four or more catches. He has three games with six or more catches. There isn’t an Underdog prop for Schultz and catches. However, I think the Texans try to get him the ball often to get close to that contract bonus, therefore I like betting his fantasy projected yardage.

Player Incentives Underdog Fantasy Best Bet: Schultz HIGHER than 44.5 Receiving Yards

Austin Ekeler (RB – LA Chargers)

Reachable Contract Incentives
110 Total Yards = $100K

Austin Ekeler had a bit of a disappointing season for fantasy managers. He finished as RB25 after being drafted as RB2. However, he does have something to play for this week, aside from showing the Chargers he should be there next year. Let’s look at his NFL Week 18 player incentives and how we can bet on them.

Ekeler needs 110 total yards in order to get a contract bonus of $100,000. If this was just rushing yards, we’d have to write it off. Ekeler only had one game over 100 yards, and that was in Week 1. He still has only had three games where he’s exceeded 110 total yards.

However, Ekeler has been a crucial player for this team in past years and I think they’ll want to reward him for his service. No matter what the team looks like next year. No matter how bad the Chargers have been this year. They go out fighting in this last game.

Player Incentives Underdog Fantasy Best Bet: Austin Ekeler HIGHER than X Rushing Yards.

Devin Singletary (RB – Houston Texans)

Reachable Contract Incentives
165 Total Yards = $125K

The second half of the season was really good for Devin Singletary. Not only did he completely take over the backfield, but he started looking like a guy who could continue to run the backfield for this young Texans team. While his NFL Week 18 Player Incentives seem almost unreachable, it’s still something we can utilize in some Underdog Fantasy picks.

In the first five weeks, Singletary played 39% of the snaps or less in every game. After the Texans’ bye week in Week 7, he only had three games under 50%. The second half of the season push has left him only 165 total yards away from his $125,000 player contract incentive.

This season, Singletary has one game where he’s exceeded 165 total yards, and that was Week 15 against Tennessee. Does he get it done against the Colts’ weak run defense? Probably not. However, the way he has contributed in both the run and pass games, I think you have to bet higher on his fantasy projections.

Player Incentives Underdog Fantasy Best Bet: Higher: 61.5 Rush Yards or Higher: 79.5 Rush+Rec Yards

Chris Jones (DT – Kansas City Chiefs)

Reachable Contract Incentives
1 Sack = $1.25 Million

It’s not just offensive players who have something on the line for NFL Week 18 Player Incentives. There are a few defensive players that have something on the line as well. That starts with Chiefs’ defensive tackle Chris Jones.

Jones is only one sack away from a contract incentive bonus of $1.25 million. A nice chunk of change that they’ll try to help him get, despite resting some of their starters. Jones currently has 9.5 sacks on the season. He’ll technically only need 0.5 a sack more.

In the last two games, he has a sack in each. Therefore, getting just one more seems highly possible. If Underdog drops a line for him, I’d jump on it immediately.

Player Incentives Underdog Fantasy Best Bet: Chris Jones HIGHER Than 0.5 A Sack

Jadeveon Clowney (DE – Baltimore Ravens)

Reachable Contract Incentives
1 Sack = $750K

Much like Jones, Clowney is close to hitting a contract bonus. Using his NFL Week 18 player incentive motivation is a good idea for your Underdog Fantasy bets.

Also, like Clowney and the Chiefs, the Ravens are resting most of their starters. However, perhaps they play Clowney long enough to try and get his sack to make an extra $750,000. Clowney has 9.5 sacks on the year.

Clowney has five sacks in the last seven games. Therefore getting one more does seem possible, as long as he’s on the field long enough. Something tells me he will be.

Player Incentives Underdog Fantasy Best Bet: Jadeveon Clowney HIGHER Than 0.5 A Sack

Lavonte David (LB – Tampa Bay Bucs)

Reachable Contract Incentives
1 Sack = $150K

Last among the defenders that could hit their player bonus is Lavonte David. Using his NFL Week 18 player incentive motivation is also a good idea for your Underdog Fantasy bets.

Tampa will be playing all their starters, as they need a win to make sure they get into the playoffs. Therefore, David has the whole game to get his sack and make an extra $150,000. He has 4.5 on the year.

David doesn’t get as many sacks as the other two, given his linebacker position. However, you have to think they are scheming up some plays to help him get this. Even if he splits the sack and is credited with 0.5 a sack, he’ll get his bonus.

Player Incentives Underdog Fantasy Best Bet: Lavonte David HIGHER Than 0.5 A Sack

To Make Playoffs

Reachable Contract Incentives
Geno Smith = $2 Million
Jordan Love = $500K

Finally, let’s take a look at two players that need to win in order to make the playoffs. Both of these quarterbacks will get a player contract bonus if they make the playoffs. Their NFL Week 18 Player Incentives and teams playoff hopes are on the line.

Jordan Love probably has a tougher road to reach the playoffs. Yes, they are playing in Lambeau, which helps. However, they’re playing against a Bears team that has been playing much better football. Not to mention, the Bears are likely still pissed about Week 1.

The Bears’ defense has been playing well, and Love has only gone over 255.5 passing yards in 50% of the last four games. Therefore I’m personally staying away from that one.

Geno Smith, on the other hand, is set to make $2 Million if they can just beat the Cardinals. The last time they played the Cardinals, he only had 219 passing yards. Still, I think he plays extra hard this week and takes advantage of their pass defense.

Geno has gone over 245.5 passing yards in 50% of his games this season. He’s coming off a 290-yard game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, and I expect him to have another big day.

Player Incentives Underdog Fantasy Best Bet: Geno Smith Higher 245.5 Passing Yards

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