Wild Card Weekend is here and we have a showdown between NFC West rivals in store on Saturday, with the Seattle Seahawks taking on the San Francisco 49ers.
With kickoff set for 4:30 pm ET on FOX, it’s time to take a look at the best touchdown scorer bets to be made for this intriguing matchup.
San Francisco 49ers best touchdown scorer bet: Christian McCaffrey (-140)
I love McCaffrey’s upside against Seattle this week. Rookie quarterbacks tend to struggle in their first playoff game, and while I think Brock Purdy has been excellent to this point, I do expect the Niners to lean on their talented running backs for most of this contest. That means plenty of volume for McCaffrey, who has shown that he can find the end zone in a variety of ways. The veteran running back has tallied 6 total touchdowns over the last 5 games, which justifies his current anytime touchdown scorer price. This is also an extremely favorable matchup for McCaffrey against a struggling Seahawks defense that ranks 25th in Rush DVOA this season. In fact, over the last 2 months, Seattle ranks dead last in EPA allowed per rush. McCaffrey should have a field day and find paydirt at least once on Saturday.
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Seattle Seahawks best touchdown scorer bet: Tyler Lockett (+300)
While I don’t anticipate a ton of scoring from the Seahawks against this stout 49ers defense, this number is a bit too long for Tyler Lockett. The longtime Seattle wide receiver has a history of performing well in big games, and is clearly Geno Smith’s favorite target this season. Lockett has a whopping 39 targets over Seattle’s last 5 games and has hauled in 27 receptions as a result. Even with Smith’s sharp decline in recent weeks, Lockett has remained effective, including a 7-catch effort for 68 yards against this same 49ers team on Dec. 15. With 3 touchdowns over his last 5 starts, Lockett presents a ton of value at this price. I wouldn’t be surprised if he was involved in Seattle’s only touchdown on Saturday.
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Anytime Touchdown Scorer FAQs
What does “anytime touchdown scorer” mean?
Anytime touchdown scorer is a popular player prop bet that NFL bettors can wager on throughout the season. But what is it, and how do you win?
As the name suggests, placing a wager on the anytime touchdown scorer market is when you tip a particular player to score a touchdown during a game. This can be a rushing or receiving touchdown for an offensive player, or you can wager on a team’s defense/special teams to score a touchdown by interception return and fumble return or kickoff and punt returns.
If your player or defense scores a touchdown, you win! The odds will differ from player-to-player depending on the sportsbooks’ calculated probability of that player scoring.
Does anytime touchdown scorer include passing touchdowns?
Not for a quarterback, no. A player must get into the endzone, himself, in order to qualify as an anytime touchdown scorer. If a quarterback throws a touchdown pass, only the player who caught it counts as the scorer. If Joe Burrow throws a touchdown pass to Ja’Marr Chase, wagers placed on Evans as an anytime touchdown scorer will cash. However, those placed on Rodgers as an anytime touchdown scorer will not (unless he also runs for a TD). See below for more on what the anytime touchdown scorer market means for quarterbacks.
What does anytime touchdown scorer mean for a QB?
For a wager on a QB to be an anytime touchdown scorer to cash, he must follow the same rules as a running back, tight end, or receiver. He must get into the end zone himself, either as a runner or a pass-catcher.
In the age of the mobile quarterback, QBs such as Josh Allen, Patrick Mahomes, Lamar Jackson and Kyler Murray are often seen rushing in for a touchdown on any given Sunday. And don’t forget the occasional Philly Special, either. QBs can sometimes catch passes for TDs, too.
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