NFL Plays: Vegas Odds (Week 17) December 31, 2016  |  Justin Bales

Games to Attack

New Orleans Saints vs Atlanta Falcons  

It’s not a surprise that the Saints end the season in a game with the highest Vegas total on the slate. The Falcons are -6.5 point favorites, but the game is set at 56 total points, which means both teams will likely do plenty of scoring. Drew Brees is a great option for the Saints, and he can be stacked with Brandin Cooks, Michael Thomas, and Willie Snead. Mark Ingram and Tim Hightower also come with good upside, and the Saints players are best suited for tournaments tonight. Matt Ryan and Julio Jones come with good upside for Atlanta, but Devonta Freeman is the top option for them this week. Tevin Coleman also comes with good upside, but he’ll likely take a backseat to Freeman in this game.


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Jacksonville Jaguars vs Indianapolis Colts

The Colts are -7 point favorites in this game, which is a bit surprising. It is set at a 48.5 point total, and both of these offenses have viable options this week. Blake Bortles and Allen Robinson make an elite tournament stack, while Marqise Lee and Chris Ivory can also be used in tournaments. Andrew Luck and T.Y. Hilton is the obvious stack for the Colts. Jack Doyle and Frank Gore can also be used, but they don’t come with the same upside as a player like Hilton.

Carolina Panthers vs Tampa Bay Bucs

The Bucs need a lot of help, but they do have a chance to make playoffs if they win this week. The Panthers, however, do not. Tampa Bay enters this game as a -3.5 point favorite in a game set at 47.5 points. Cam Newton can be used in tournaments if he’s starting this week. Joe Webb will be his replacement if he’s out, and Webb will come with good upside. Greg Olsen is another player that can be used if he is able to suit up. Kelvin Benjamin and Tedd Ginn Jr. are both expected to suit up, and they can be used in tournaments. Jameis Winston and Mike Evans make an elite stack this week, while Brandon Myers is a sneaky play for the Bucs. Jacquizz Rodgers should also see plenty of work for Tampa Bay this week, and he’s a great option.



Games to Avoid

Chicago Bears vs Minnesota Vikings  

The Vikings are -6.5 point favorites in a game set at only 40 points. There’s very little reason to use any Bears players this week with that Vegas line, but Jordan Howard, Alshon Jeffery, and Cameron Meredith all have decent upside. Jerick McKinnon has been playing well recently, and he’s a solid option for the Vikings, as they could be running the clock out in the second half of the game. Adam Thielen and Kyle Rudolph can also be used for Minnesota.

Houston Texans vs Tennessee Titans

This game should be fairly clase, as the Titans are only -3 point favorites. The game is also set at only 41 points, and neither team will likely be scoring much. Both offenses have struggled at times this season, and there’s little reason to believe this week will be different. DeMarco Murray, Alfred Blue, DeAndre Hopkins, and Delanie Walker all possess upside, but there are better options on this slate.

Arizona Cardinals vs Los Angeles Rams

The Cardinals are sizable favorites this week, as they enter the game as -7.5 point favorites. Unfortunately, the game is set at only 41.5 points. David Johnson will lead the Cardinals offense again, and he’s an elite option in all leagues. Larry Fitzgerald and J.J. Nelson also make decent tournament options. Todd Gurley, Tavon Austin, and Brian Quick all possess upside for Los Angeles, but there are better options on the slate this week.


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