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January 6, 2022

3 Best NFL Week 18 Special Bets You Need To Take

The Week 18 NFL slate has a few noteworthy games that will directly impact playoff seeding and divisional races. That doesn't mean there aren't numerous opportunities for us to be entertained and profit off these games, but the average fan may not be as intrigued with the non-primetime games.

That's okay with us, as we're always keeping an eye on the prop bets regardless of the matchups.

This week has presented us with several great prop bets to jump on. We've identified three Week 18 special NFL bets that DraftKings have presented to us. Each of these are matchup and opportunity-based, so consider putting a partial unit on each.

Let's dive into the three best Week 18 NFL special bets. We'll break them down from every angle to help you cash in and line your bankroll. 

Cooper Kupp + Deebo Samuel Over 199.5 Combined Receiving Yards (+110)

Two of the NFL's premier after-the-catch producers square off in a critical NFC West battle. The winner of the Rams-49ers game will determine whether it's the Rams with the No. 2 seed or the Cardinals. San Francisco can also lock in their playoff seed with a win.

All eyes will be on Cooper Kupp and Deebo Samuel. Kupp is on pace to break several NFL records, as he currently has 138 receptions, 1,829 yards, and 15 touchdowns. It's hard to remember he's a 6'2", 208-pound receiver with how he moves, but he continues to produce at an incredible rate. 

His previous matchup against San Francisco led to 11 receptions for 122 yards. 

Deebo Samuel is also enjoying his own breakout campaign. Finally healthy, he's accumulated 73 receptions for 1,310 yards and six touchdowns. His last game against the Rams led to five receptions for 97 yards and one score.

This line isn't overly aggressive but feels like an easy cash-in with a modest payout. I'm putting several units on the chances these two combine for more than 200 yards. 

Derek Carr + Justin Herbert Over 574.5 Combined Passing Yards (+110)

These two AFC West quarterbacks have put up monstrous numbers all season long. Justin Herbert has 4,631 yards and 35 touchdowns entering this critical, playoff-deciding Week 18. Veteran Derek Carr has 4,618 yards and 21 touchdowns on the season. 

Carr has cooled in recent weeks after a blistering start to the season that saw him lead the league in yards at one point. However, the Raiders need him to do the heavy lifting in this one, so reaching his season average of 288 yards per game is absolutely in the cards. He can't afford to replicate his 196-yard performance against the Chargers from Week 4.

Herbert is also looking to significantly improve his own yardage output from their first matchup. He had 222 yards and three scores in a comfortable win. The Chargers have been more efficient passing over the last six weeks, and I think that'll allow Herbert to meet his career average of 287 yards per game against the Raiders. 

Kyler Murray Over 349.5 Combined Passing + Rushing Yards (+140)

We're about to find out what happens when one of the most dynamic offensive threats in the NFL faces off against the league's 31st-ranked pass defense and below-average run defense. The Cardinals have imploded a bit down the stretch as injuries and inconsistency have started to plague them. But that's not on Kyler Murray, who is still completing 69% of passes for 3,547 yards and 23 touchdowns.

This prop bet is ambitious, but I expect Arizona to go all-out as they push the Rams to do the same to secure a divisional title. This may also be Russell Wilson's final game with Seattle. I expect a ton of fireworks as these prideful franchises face off. 

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