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 6 of the 2017 season. I’ll be providing teasers for all each of the 17 weeks. Enjoy!
I lost my 6-point teaser last week on the Steelers -2.5 and Eagles -0.5. Ben Roethlisberger gave the game away to the Jaguars by throwing five interceptions, including two that were returned for touchdowns. The Eagles won 34-7 over the Cardinals, but it didn’t matter due to the Steelers. This week I’m going with the Saints from -6 down to PK at home against the Lions, and the Rams from +2.5 up to +8.5 at the Jaguars.
The Saints are coming off their bye week and should be able to win at home against the Lions this week. The Lions are really banged up right now as Matthew Stafford is nursing an injury, and his offensive line is a mess as he’s been sacked 12 times the last two weeks.
The Rams getting +8.5 with this teaser line is a nice value because they can lose by a touchdown and we’d still win. I think the Jaguars are in a prime letdown spot off their big win over the Steelers. The Rams are in a bounce-back spot after giving the game away to the Seahawks last week with their red zone struggles.
I cashed in my 10-point teaser last week on the Bengals +7, Cowboys +8 and Texans +11. I did need a touchdown on the final play of the game from the Texans for them to lose by 8, so I was fortunate to cash that one. This week I’m taking three roughly 10-point favorites and teasing them down to where they just have to win the game.
I’m going with the Falcons from -12 down to -2 at home against the Dolphins, the Broncos from -11.5 down to -1.5 at home against the Giants, and the Patriots from -9.5 down to +0.5 at the Jets. The Falcons and Broncos are coming off bye weeks, while the Pats are coming off a mini-bye after playing last Thursday and will get Gronk back this week.