NFL Week 1 Best Bets of the Weekend

by WagerHome Blog on September 7, 2021

Christmas in September is finally here! It’s Week 1 of the 2021 NFL season, and our long seven-month hiatus from meaningful pro football, and pro football betting, is over.

Los Angeles Chargers (-1) at Washington Football Team

We know that the defense of the Washington Football Team will be great, and we know that Ryan Fitzpatrick will be serviceable as their quarterback. The greater unknowns are with the Los Angeles Chargers, who start a quarterback coming off a stellar rookie season.

Justin Herbert’s record-setting campaign was no fluke. He’s the real deal. And even facing a great defense like WFT’s, he’ll move the ball better than Fitzpatrick, who is also facing a good defense. And more importantly for LA, a healthy defense.

Give the one point and take the Chargers.

Pittsburgh Steelers (+6.5) at Buffalo Bills

As we saw last season, a healthy and rested Ben Roethlisberger is still a good quarterback. It’s when he becomes bruised and battered and tired that the Pittsburgh Steelers become a pedestrian team barely limping into the playoffs.

The Buffalo Bills are great, but in Week 1, they aren’t a touchdown better than Pittsburgh. If this was a December game, maybe we take Buffalo as 6.5-point favorites. But in Week 1, trust head coach Mike Tomlin and Roethlisberger to keep this game competitive.

Take the points.

NFL Week 1 Betting Preview: Steelers currently 6.5-point underdogs - Behind  the Steel Curtain

Christmas in September is finally here! It’s Week 1 of the 2021 NFL season, and our long seven-month hiatus from meaningful pro football, and pro football betting, is finally over.

Denver Broncos (-2.5) at New York Giants

Even if he does play, Saquon Barkley will be limited. And even though the New York Giants have added Kenny Golladay and rookie Kadarius Toney to their wide receiver’s room, the Denver Broncos counter with one of the best secondaries in the NFL.

This Denver defense will suffocate the New York offense, holding them to fewer than 20 points. Meanwhile, new quarterback Teddy Bridgewater will also find the going tough, but he won’t make any mistakes, and that puts the Broncos in the win column by at least three points.

With more weapons than New York and a better defense, lay the points and take the Broncos.

Baltimore Ravens at Las Vegas Raiders (+4.5)

A couple of weeks ago, you would have taken the Baltimore Ravens in an offensive rout. But with mounting injuries, the Baltimore offense will not be nearly as good as first thought.

This is a run-first team, now without two of its top-three running backs, including star in the making J.K. Dobbins. But with the need to move to a more passing offense because of those injuries, they are also missing wide receivers Miles Boykin and first-round draft pick Rashod Bateman.

It’s the first game with fans in Vegas, and the Las Vegas Raiders get a snake-bitten Ravens team. Take the points.

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Fantasy Options For The NFL Season Opener

by WagerHome Blog on September 3, 2020

We’ve made it. Almost. Unlike the delay for the baseball season and the interruptions to the NBA and NHL, it looks as though the NFL is going to kick off its season on time (fingers and toes crossed).

The rematch of the wildest playoff game last January – Kansas City’s 51-31 comeback against Houston – is set for Sept. 10 in front of limited fans at Arrowhead.

If you’re looking to this game for fantasy purposes, quarterback play is an obvious route. Two of the top five quarterbacks in the league will be slinging it in the Chiefs’ Patrick Mahomes and the Texans’ Deshaun Watson.

But beyond quarterback, who are the best plays?

Houston Texans

David Johnson, RB

It’s been several years since David Johnson was a fantasy stud, and over the long haul, he’s a risky play because of his injury history. But he’s going against a suspect run defense, and because of the price Bill O’Brien paid to get Johnson (trading away superstar DeAndre Hopkins), there is no way he’s going to let Johnson go unused.

Johnson is going to be featured early and often, and fantasy players have their best chance to take advantage of his high touches here in Week 1.

Will Fuller, WR

With Hopkins gone, the Houston wide receiving corps turns to Will Fuller to lead. Along with his 89 yards against the Chiefs in the playoffs, Fuller had some absolutely monster games last season, including 217 yards and three touchdowns against the Falcons, and 140 yards against Indianapolis.

Suspensions have the Chiefs secondary beginning the year short-handed, and Fuller will find plenty of holes to work.

Kansas City Chiefs

Travis Kelce, TE

He’s already on your radar as a top fantasy option, but when it comes to playing the Texans, Travis Kelce absolutely feasts. In six career games against Houston, he has 41 receptions for 558 yards and five touchdowns.


He loves playing them, and there is simply no one on the Texans defense that can contain him. Whatever it takes, get Kelce into your lineup for this matchup.

Mecole Hardman, WR

If you can play Tyreek Hill, play Tyreek Hill. But if you’re looking for a cheaper option or are deciding between Sammy Watkins and Mecole Hardman, go with the second-year man out of Georgia.

The speedy Hardman averaged more than 20 yards per catch as a rookie and is in line to make a big leap in 2020. The Texans’ pass defense is one of the worst in the NFL, and Hardman will get at least one long score in this game.

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