Week 5 NFL Player Props
We’re on a roll, fellow wagering enthusiasts. Last week a perfect 2-0 on the backs of another Dak attack and DeVante Feenin’ (quick 90’s R&B Jodeci shoutout) for footballs. Dolphins wideout, Parker went off for a season-high 110 receiving yards, easily surpassing the recommended over of 61.5 yards (-112). Prescott continued his unbelievable season, making fantasy owners like me very happy. The Cowboys’ quarterback went nuts with a career-best 502 passing yards. Dak destroyed the recommended over of 317.5 (-110) to pay off yet again. So, the question I ask you and myself is, why not go with the hot hand.
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Cowboys QB Dak Prescott
That’s right; we’re heading back to the Week 4 well again in Week 5.
Cowboys fan or not, if you’re not aware of the damage Dak is doing weekly, time to come out from under that rock. The former Mississippi State Bulldog has been biting into opposing defenses for a ridiculous 422.5 passing yards per game. Get this, he’s leading Tom Brady for most total yards thrown this season by over 300 yards and has played one less game. His per game average is almost 100 yards higher than NFL second-ranked yard tossing quarterback, Josh Allen.
Prescott has pulled off most of his gaudy stats against the league’s three worst pass defending teams. But you have to think he’s single-handedly responsible for putting Seattle (allowing 401 passing yards per game), Atlanta (allowing 341.5 passing yards per game), and Cleveland (allowing 310 passing yards per game) in the basement against the pass.
This week, the division rival New York Giants are on tap and have surprisingly been decent defensively this year. Allowing just 221 yards per game through the air has the Giants ranked sixth in the league but let’s take a deeper dive.
Outside of an aging Ben Roethlisberger, who is averaging the least pass yards of his career in a full-season since 2012, the G-Men haven’t faced any elite passers. Unless, of course, you consider Jared Goff and 49ers backup Nick Mullens, who lit them up for 343 pass yards, and Mitch “I’ve been benched for Nick Foles” Trubisky elite.
The Giants have been pesky, slowing down the pace and hanging around during a few of their four losses but keeping up with Prescott’s offense is a challenging task for even top-level defenses.
The Dak attack will be back for another week, so jump aboard.
The Pick: Dak Prescott over 316.5 passing yards (-113)
Considerations: Prescott rushing or receiving touchdown (+210), Amari Cooper over 74.5 receiving yards (-113), Michael Gallup over 49.5 receiving yards (-113)
Cardinals WR DeAndre Hopkins
May as well go from one New York 0-4 defense to another 0-4 New York defense in the Jets. The Jets defense actually hasn’t been the problem; it’s been their offense. That said, they will face the best receiver they’ve seen all season. The 49ers, Colts, Broncos, and Bills can’t boast a wideout on Hopkins’ level, although Buffalo’s Stefon Diggs and his 100 yards per game might have something to say about that this season.
DeAndre comes into this game averaging just a hair under 100 yards per game and is tops in the NFL with 39 catches. He is unquestionably Kyler Murray’s favorite receiver, leading the team in targets with 11.5 per game, good enough for third in the league. The guy is a hands-team dream. He just straight-up doesn’t drop passes. The 28-year-old has only one dropped ball this season and a paltry six miscues in the past two full seasons. And yes, he’s still just 28 after feeling like he’s been around forever already playing in his eighth campaign.
Not only does the former first-round pick catch everything, but he’s also a nightmare for would-be tacklers. Hopkins’ 184 yards after the catch ranks third in the league this year amongst wide receivers.
The four-time Pro Bowler is just two years removed from an NFL top-three season in both receptions (115) and receiving yards (1572) and is still one of the game’s best wideouts.
The Pick: DeAndre Hopkins over 74.5 receiving yards (-113)
Considerations: Hopkins over 6.5 receptions (-102), Hopkins touchdown (+115), Hopkins over 23.5 yard longest reception (-146)