Best Underdog Fantasy Props for Monday Night Football
Another Monday night doubleheader lies ahead in Week 3, with the first kickoff in Tampa followed by some action under the lights in Cincinnati.
The Buccaneers welcome the Philadelphia Eagles back to Raymond James Stadium for the first time since a 2022 Wild Card matchup in the earlier game. Jalen Hurts struggled against the Bucs in his playoff debut, throwing two picks and dealing with 21 blitzes in a losing effort.
For Tampa Bay, Tom Brady threw for 271 yards and two touchdowns, Ke’Shawn Vaughn led the team in rushing, and Rob Gronkowski caught a TD pass. A few things have changed since then.
The Eagles are favored by five points in Tampa and the point total is set at 45 heading into the weekend. Philly is 11-1 straight up as a road favorite since 2021, although they’ve only covered the spread five of 12 times.
The Rams travel to Cincy in another recent playoff rematch; the two teams have not shared the same field since Super Bowl LVI in early 2022. LA played in their home stadium during that matchup, where they left with the Lombardi Trophy, and now will meet the Bengals in Cincinnati for the first time since 2015.
Joe Burrow was not practicing as of Thursday this week due to the lingering calf issue he’s dealt with since the team opened camp. Cincinnati is listed as a three-point home favorite despite their anemic offensive performances this season, where Burrow and the surrounding cast have struggled.
The Bengals are last in total offense and 30th in scoring through two weeks. The previous matchup between these teams ended 23-20 in favor of the Rams, and the rematch’s total is listed at 44.
It’s always great to have options when making prop picks, and we’ve got a trio of bets for Monday Night Football’s last multi-game slate until mid-December.
Rachaad White OVER 3.5 Receptions
White had more success as both a runner and pass-catcher in Week 2 against Chicago and will have gotten an extra day of rest without traveling to play this game after 22 touches last Sunday.
While he hasn’t turned any of his seven catches this season into significant gains, it’s clear that he’s developing a better relationship with Baker Mayfield.
The Eagles are one of the more challenging groups to run against, ranking 7th in opponent rushing average and allowing the fewest yards in the league in 2023. We project White to do more damage in the passing game after five catches a week ago.
Joe Mixon OVER 0.5 Rush + Rec TDs
The Pro Bowler has seen 15+ touches in both Bengals’ losses to start the season and is still searching for his first touchdown.
Both Cincinnati touchdowns scored on offense in Week 2 came on passes from inside the five, and Mixon was given a chance to punch one in before getting stuffed on first down.
The Rams are giving up 5.3 yards per rush to opposing teams this season, the second-worst rate in the NFL. They’ve allowed three rushing touchdowns through two weeks, and we wouldn’t be shocked if Mixon made it four this week with uncertainty at the QB position.
Chase McLaughlin OVER 1.5 Field Goals Made
McLaughlin has tried five field goals in two games this season and connected on at least two in each. His only misfire was a blocked 40-yarder in the Bucs’ win over the Bears last week, and he’s been perfect on extra points this season.
This is to say that the journeyman kicker on his seventh team in five seasons is getting chances with this franchise in transition.
The blocked kick last week looked to be on him, and we expect McLaughlin to make the adjustment and continue his strong form.
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