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NFL player props Week 1 | Monday Night Football
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Lamar Jackson, BAL – 69.5 rushing yards
Josh Jacobs, LV – 52.5 rushing yards
The Ravens enter Week 1 having watched injuries decimate their backfield. J.K. Dobbins (ACL), Justice Hill (Achilles/waived), and Gus Edwards (ACL) are all done for the season. They now enter 2021 with Ty’Son Williams as the presumptive starter and then a mix of veterans with little to no time in the system after adding Le’Veon Bell, Devonta Freeman, Trenton Cannon, and Latavius Murray.
While I know the Ravens want Jackson to showcase his underrated pocket ability, there’s no denying his strength as a prolific rusher. Jackson is coming off back-to-back 1,000-plus-yard rushing seasons. I expect to see Jackson’s legs be a critical factor for the Ravens’ success on Monday.
Does Jacobs surpass his rushing yards total?
As for Jacobs and the Raiders, things are just as murky. For one, Jacobs was a late addition to the injury report on Friday [September 10] with a non-COVID-related illness and listed as questionable. Although he’s expected to play, we don’t know what the lingering effects are. Also, he is not alone in this backfield.
While Jacobs has been viewed as a workhorse back (273 carries last season), the team added Kenyan Drake, who is a very capable rusher, in the offseason. The former Cardinal rushed for 955 yards and 10 touchdowns while averaging 4 yards per carry in 2020. The Raiders blew up their offensive line in free agency, which has gone from a strength to a question mark. Las Vegas takes on a Ravens defense that allowed just 88.8 yards on the ground to RBs last season.
For this Monkey Knife Fight More or Less contest, I am taking the more on Jackson (69.5 rushing yards) and less on Jacobs (52.5 rushing yards). This Monday Night Football prop contest has a 3.6x prize on your buy-in.
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Derek Carr, LV – 260.5 passing yards
Lamar Jackson, BAL – 220.5 passing yards
Although the Ravens have a vaunted defense — allowing just 235.7 passing yards per game in 2020 — they took a massive blow on Friday when CB Marcus Peters suffered a torn ACL during practice. For all the talk of Carr being a below-average QB, he was better than some realize. Carr threw for 300+ yards six times, including four of his last five games last season.
Henry Ruggs is expected to be better this year, and Bryan Edwards is healthy, someone both Carr and head coach Jon Gruden have raved about all offseason. Carr even went so far as to compare him to former Fresno State teammate Davante Adams. That’s some high praise.
As for Jackson, while he has never been one to sling the ball around, the significant losses at RB might force his hand in Week 1. Although first-round pick Rashod Bateman is out (PUP), they did bring in Sammy Watkins in free agency to help bolster the receiver room. Only 220.5 passing yards might be a trap, but this seems too low for the former MVP.
As for my plays in this Monday Night Football More or Less contest on Monkey Knife Fight, I am taking both Carr and Jackson to have more than their current projections for a 3.6x prize.
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I believe two players are absolute locks for this and might even cross the set goal on their own. They are the tight ends — Mark Andrews and Darren Waller. They are both the top options for their respective teams and should see massive volume on Monday.
Last season, Waller tied Travis Kelce in targets (145) but led the league with 107 receptions while scoring 9 touchdowns. He also led the Raiders in red-zone targets with 22.
Speaking of touchdowns, few have the weekly upside at TE that Andrews possesses, having scored 17 in the past two seasons. Andrews should once again lead the Ravens’ passing attack in Week 1. I would not be surprised if he has a multi-touchdown game in the season opener.
Which player should you pick after Waller and Andrews?
The third player for this contest I’ll be taking is Ty’Son Williams. Over the last four years, no team has run the ball more than Baltimore, averaging 539.5 attempts per season.
During his three preseason games, Williams recorded 24 carries for 130 yards and 1 touchdown while catching 8 receptions on 8 targets for 37 yards. Add in the lack of time in the system for the other RBs the Ravens brought in, and Williams has a fantastic chance for a significant role in Week 1.
In the Touchdown Dance contest on Monkey Knife Fight, I am setting my goal at 2.5 touchdowns and plugging in Andrews, Waller, and Williams for a 4x prize on my buy-in.
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