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    2017 NFL Regular Season Player Props Best Picks

    2017 NFL Regular Season Player Props Best Picks

    Betting on individual plyer props as futures options for the upcoming NFL season brings about different issues than the regular team futures do. For example if the QB you've got to finish with the most passing yards on the year gets hurt a misses even a few games, chances are that individual player prop is all but done. For team-related props, not having their top guy for a few weeks might not affect the W/L column too much and season win totals/division crowns can still be won.

    Injuries are basically impossible to predict, so know that when you do dive into individual player prop bets for the 2017 NFL regular season they should be treated a bit more like "flyer" bets. That means the unit size of your stake should be smaller then normal so that you don't significantly wound your bankroll should it not hit. So much has to go right for this season-long player prop bets to cash, that even with multiple selections to spread out your exposure, these are not plays you want to be grinding out a living on.

    2017 NFL Regular Season Individual Prop Bets

    Player to win Offensive Rookie of the Year

    #1 Christian McCaffrey (+500) Sports Interaction #2 Deshaun Watson (+605) Sports Interaction

    These two rookies are the 2nd and 3rd favorites respectively behind Jacksonville RB Leonard Fournette who almost everyone believes will be the next big star at that position in the NFL. However, I wouldn't be so quick to sleep on McCaffrey who is also a RB and was arguably one of the best we've seen at that position at the collegiate level in a very long time. 

    McCaffrey is part of the Carolina Panthers organization now and the coaching staff there has been raving about his all-around skills all summer. He was a standout RB at Stanford who ran the ball, caught passes from the backfield, caught passes on the outside, and returned punts and kicks. His usage rate at Stanford was extremely high and the biggest factor to their success, and the Panthers are already figuing out as many different ways as they can to get McCaffrey on the field.

    My Team's Next MatchCarolina Panthers

    McCaffrey's got the NFL pedigree in his blood (his dad was former Denver WR Ed McCaffrey) and showed plenty of durability in college even with that high usage rate. Compared to Fournette who had trouble staying on the field at times during his days at LSU, and the better odds at +500, McCaffrey is the RB you'll want some stake in for ROY in the 2017 NFL season.

    Regarding Watson, his collegiate career at Clemson was spectacular as he led the Tigers to consecutive National Championship games and orchastrated a last-second comeback to beat Alabama and win it all in 2017. He is without question the QB of the future for the Houston Texans, and while there may be some concerns that he won't see the field early on, Houston's issues at that position in recent years have been well-documented and if they've learned anything from those trying times they'll give Watson the starting job from Day 1.

    Watson could very well end up being this year's Dak Prescott in the NFL and we all saw how well that worked out for Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys a year ago. In my opinion, Watson will be the better NFL QB over the long term compared to Prescott and as long as he gets the opportunity in 2017 to showcase his skills, the +605 price tag on this wager is worth an investment.

    Player to win MVP

    #1 Andrew Luck (+2500) Sports Interaction

    Player with Most Passing Yards

    #1 Andrew Luck (+1200) Sports Interaction

    I've grouped these two wagers together on the same player (Colts QB Andrew Luck) for multiple reasons. For one, he's one of the young faces of the NFL at the QB position right now and after a rough 2016 season for both himself personally and the Colts franchise, Luck and company will be hell-bent on rebounding and acheiving some similar success to that of his early career.

    Secondly, Luck and the Colts share a lot of similarities to last year's MVP winner (Falcons QB Matt Ryan) and the entire Atlanta Falcons team. In 2015 the Falcons were in the midst of a rough year themselves, but WR Julio Jones led the NFL in receiving yards. A year later, that strong statistical 2015 season for Ryan and his WR's parlayed itself into a tremendous 2016 season that ended up with the MVP for Ryan and nearly a Super Bowl title for the team.

    Well, the league leader in receiving yards in 2016 was Indy's T.Y Hilton, and he, Luck, and the rest of the Colts are more than capable of following the blueprint the Falcons laid out for them a year ago. Indy is still going to be a pass-heavy team, they play indoors (which is always a plus for passing yards props), and have a more generous schedule to deal with thanks a bad 2016. 

    It was not to long ago that many were pegging Andrew Luck for NFL greatness with MVP's and Super Bowl titles in his trophy case, and while the team success may be a little harder to come by, Luck's individual success in 2017 has the potential to blow people away once again. 

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