NFL Teasers account for only a small percentage of sportsbook handles each week. But they are becoming more and more popular even though they are a little more advanced than moneyline or spread bets. I’ll provide some info on how to bet teasers and offer my favorite NFL teasers each week of the 2016 season for free.
A teaser bet is a group of straight bets that combine two or more bets into one. Each line is shifted into your favor by the number of points of the teaser. The three main NFL teasers are 6, 6.5 and 7 points, but 10-point teasers and 13-point teasers are also very popular. The 6, 6.5 and 7 point teasers have a minimum of two teams, while the 10-point teaser is a minimum of 3 teams, and the 13-point teaser is a minimum of 4.
I’ll only be giving out 2-team 6-point teasers and 3-team 10-point teasers this season. A 2-team 6-point teaser (-105) where ties win costs $105 to win $100. A 3-team 10-point teaser (-115) where ties reduce costs $115 to win $100. I’ll be sticking to these two teasers all season.
An example of a 6-point teaser that makes sense to me is to buy favorites of -6 to -9 down to a PK or -3, somewhere between that range. It also makes sense to buy an an underdog of +1 to +3 up to +7 and +9, or somewhere in between. That’s because you are crossing key numbers of 3, 4 and 7.
So, let’s say there are are two teams I like in the Packers -7.5 and the Saints +1. I’ll buy the Packers to -1.5 and the Saints to +7. If the Packers win by 2 or more and the Saints lose by exactly 7, a 6-point teaser where ties win would actually yield a winning bet even though the Saints pushed on the teaser line.
The same rules apply for 10-point teasers. You want to cross as many key numbers as you can. Getting a favorite of -10 to -12.5 and taking them down to a PK to -2.5 would be a good bet. It’s also smart to take small dogs of +1 to +2.5 and take them up to +11 and +12.5. I won’t always only take teams in this range, but I will certainly look to cross as many key numbers as possible. Sometimes it will just be feel based on how strongly I feel about a team. If I like a 13-point underdog to cover the spread, I’m certainly going to like them at +23 even more.
Let’s just get right into it and give you my two favorite teasers for Week 17 of the 2017 season. I’ll be providing teasers for all each of the 17 weeks. Enjoy!
I cashed in my 6-point teaser last week on the Chargers -1 and the Eagles -3. The Chargers went on the road and beat the Jets 14-7. I was fortunate to win on the Eagles as they led 13-10 but returned a lateraled fumble for a touchdown on the final play of the game to win 19-10 at home over the Raiders.
There aren’t many good 6-point teaser options in Week 17. But my favorite option is the Chargers from -8 down to -2 at home against the Raiders. They need to win to have any chance of making the playoffs. The Raiders are on a short week after a tough loss to the Eagles on Monday Night Football and have nothing to play for.
I’m using the Colts as the second leg of my teaser. I’m teasing them from -5 down to +1 at home against the Texans. The Colts show up every week and will want to send Chuck Pagano out a winner if this is his last game. The Texans are a mess having lost five straight games by a combined 84 points. DeAndre Hopkins is doubtful and this team is completely banged up right now with a third-string quarterback as well.
I won my 10-point teaser last week on the Panthers PK, Chiefs -0.5 and the Eagles +1. All three teams won outright at home. This week I really like my 10-point teaser with the Ravens PK, the Vikings -1.5 and the 49ers +7.
I’m teasing the Ravens from -10 down to PK at home against the Bengals, the Vikings from -11.5 down to -1.5 at home against the Bears and the 49ers from -3 to +7 on the road against the Rams.
The Ravens win and they’re in, the Vikings win and they clinch a first-round bye, and the Rams are going to be resting starters against the 49ers. The 49ers are 4-0 with Jimmy Garoppolo and should be able to beat the Rams’ scrubs.