The New Orleans Saints take on the New York Giants for the first time in three years Sunday afternoon (Fox, 1:00 p.m. ET). The game marks the return of the Saints to New Orleans and the Caesars Superdome since they were displaced by Hurricane Ida.
Oddsmakers are expecting a Saints victory, pricing New Orleans as a 7.5-point favorites at home, with the total set between 41.5 and 42.
There are many ways to bet this game, and player props can be an exciting way to have a stake in the action. Player props focus on individual player performances.
Let’s take a look at the prop market in this Week 4 matchup:
Neither the Saints’ Jameis Winston nor the Giants’ Daniel Jones is lighting up the stat sheet. Winston has seven touchdown passes and two interceptions but ranks 30th in the league with 387 passing yards through three games, and the most completions he has had in one game is 14. It’s clear that Sean Payton doesn’t want to ask too much of Winston, and that is reflected in his stat lines.
On the other side, Jones ranks 17th with 782 passing yards on the season. He has just two touchdown passes through three games, but unlike Winston, he has not thrown an interception. Both head coaches are utilizing conservative play-calling in order to avoid mistakes and turnovers.
The good news for the quarterbacks in this matchup is that neither passing defense has stood out, either. The Saints rank 15th in passing defense allowing 243.7 yards per game, while the Giants rank 21st allowing 267.3 yards per game through the air.
While Winston is not much of a runner, Jones is New York’s leading rusher with 161 yards and two touchdowns on 23 attempts.
Here is a look at some QB props available on DraftKings for Winston and Jones in this matchup:
|Pass Yards||Pass TDs||INTs||Completions|
|Jameis Winston||198.5 (O/U -115)||1.5 (OV +120, UN -160)||0.5 (OV +105, UN -140)||17.5 (OV +105, UN -135)|
|Taylor Heinicke||241.5 (O/U -115)||1.5 (OV +105, UN -140)||0.5 (OV -180, UN +135)||21.5 (OV +100, U -135)|
Jones’ rushing total is listed at 22.5 with -115 juice on either side. He has exceeded that number in all three games this season.
Running Back Props
Alvin Kamara is a bit of a wild card when it comes to props. In Week 1 against the Packers, he ran the ball 20 times for 83 yards. In Week 2 against the Panthers, he received just eight rushing attempts for a total of five yards. In last week’s contest, he was utilized to the tune of 24 carries for 89 yards. He has yet to find the end zone on the ground. Because of his volatility with the game plan and 3.4 yards per carry average, the recommendation is to stay away from Kamara rushing props.
Instead, his value may be in the passing game.
Kamara and Drew Brees had a tremendous connection that helped evolve Kamara into one of the premier pass-catching running backs in the NFL. That connection is still developing with Winston now at the helm and so far has seen modest success. Through three games, Kamara has 10 catches on 14 targets for 62 yards and two touchdowns.
New York RB Saquon Barkley is off to a slow start. He is rushing for a mere 3.4 yards per carry, well below his career average of 4.6. He may have some trouble going up against a New Orleans rushing defense that ranks third in the NFL, allowing just 63.0 yards per game on the ground this season.
Here is a look at the rushing and receiving yard totals for Kamara and Barkley, via DraftKings:
|Rush Yards||Receiving Yards|
|Alvin Kamara||75.5 (O/U -115)||33.5 (OV -110, UN -120)|
|Saquon Barkley||54.5 (OV -110, UN -120)||27.5 (O/U -115)|
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Game props are another way to dive into the prop market. These types of props focus on a team’s performance. There are many options available with these kinds of bets, and the chart below showcases some of the notable ones on DraftKings:
|Total Points||Total TD's||1st To Score|
|Saints||22.5 (OV -120, UN -120)||2.5 (OV -110, UN -130)||-120|
|WFT||20.5 (OV -110, UN -120)||2.5 (OV +115, UN -155)||-110|
As always, shop around the various sportsbooks to see which props you like best.
All odds used were available at time of publishing on Friday, October 1.