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NFL Prop Bets: Fantasy Football Fans Love Fun Wagers

Oakland Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor (2) runs against Jacksonville Jaguars middle linebacker Paul Posluszny (51) during an NFL football game in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
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OddsShark.comFeatured ColumnistAugust 29, 2014

On one odds list, the Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos will start the 2014 NFL season as 200-1 long shots.

Obviously, those aren't odds to win the Super Bowl. They are odds to finish with the NFL’s worst record.

It’s one of hundreds of NFL props now available through sportsbooks. Some are silly, and some provide great value for fantasy football gurus who know players and depth charts.

The dubious distinction of being favored to compile the NFL’s worst regular-season record belongs to the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Oakland Raiders, both of whom sit at 7-2.

Along with betting on Super Bowl winners and regular-season losers, prop bets are available on every NFL team’s regular-season win total and prospects to earn a spot in the NFL postseason.

The Jaguars ended the 2013 NFL season with a record of 4-12 and currently sport a league-worst regular-season win-total betting line of five. However, in one of their few betting bright spots, the Jags sport moneyline odds of 2-3 to go over their win total.

Not surprisingly, though, Jacksonville is a distant 8-1 long shot to secure a playoff berth this season.

A host of NFL player prop bets are also available. Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning leads the way in NFL MVP betting, with odds of 7-2. Manning is closely followed by Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers, with MVP odds of 5-1. The passing-yard prop has both Manning and Drew Brees at a whopping 4,900 yards.

Rodgers, who missed seven weeks last season after suffering a fractured collarbone, is also an 11-2 favorite to earn NFL Comeback Player of the Year honors. Rodgers trails only Washington Redskins QB Robert Griffin III, who owns 5-1 odds of being the season’s top comeback story.

Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett leads the props pack to be the first NFL coach fired this season (3-1). The Cowboys finished last year with an 8-8 record and enter the new season as 11-4 long shots to make the postseason and an 18-1 prop bet to finish the regular season with the worst record.

Following the Buffalo Bills' preseason struggles, New Orleans Saints wide receiver Brandin Cooks has eclipsed Bills wide receiver Sammy Watkins as the favorite to win Offensive Rookie of the Year. Cooks now sports odds of 5-1, slightly ahead of Watkins at 6-1.

Odds and stats courtesy of Odds Shark.

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