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Early Super Bowl Player Props: Our First and Favorite Bet on the Big Game

If I were to have placed a prop bet on which sports book would be the first to offer Super Bowl player prop bets, I’d have lost that bet.

Usually among the last sites to offer over/under lines for NFL games, Betonline came out of nowhere this week to beat sites like 5 Dimes to the punch.

They’re already offering a pretty solid selection of player props for the Super Bowl, and it didn’t take long to find one that pops out. If you’ve been following us at all lately, you probably already know what’s coming.

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Patriots WR Julian Edelman

Over 6.5 Receptions (-114 @ Betonline)

We’ve profited a ton from Edelman in recent weeks, making him our exclusive email pick in the division round, and then again hitting the over against the Chiefs last week.

We were always going back to the well with any number under 7 receptions, and the books have served it up on a platter for us 10 days out.

His overall volume profile suggests that this line is off once again.

  • In these playoffs, Edelman is averaging 11.5 targets and 8 receptions
  • He’s now gone over 6.5 receptions in 10 of his last 11 playoff games
  • He’s had at least 10 targets in every one of those games
  • Over that stretch, Brady’s favorite target is averaging 12.7 targets and 8.2 receptions

Granted, we needed overtime to hit this prop last week, but 10 targets does appear to be his floor, no matter the opponent or game script. Combined with a catch rate of 68.5% on the season, and 6.8 receptions seems a conservative projection.

At worst, we’re doing better than the coin flip implied by the odds here.

You may remember Julian Edelman from such Super Bowl catches as this utter miracle against the Falcons. (Image: YouTube)

Unlike Michael Thomas, a part-time slot receiver whom the Rams bottled up last week, Edelman plays almost exclusively from the slot, and the Patriots should be able to scheme and motion him away from cornerback Aqib Talib.

There is a concern here that the moment is too big for Jared Goff, opening the door for the Patriots to get up early and lean on Sony Michel. But the 57-point Vegas total suggests there will be more than enough pace to keep Edelman busy.

Last week, we booked this same number at -114 price before watching the juice roll in. I expect to see similar movement in the days ahead, with this prop moving to 7 receptions, or closer to -150 juice at the 6.5 line.

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