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 2016 season. I’ll be providing teasers for all each of the final 16 weeks. Enjoy!
I lost my 6-point teaser last week as the Seahawks -1.5 fell to the Cardinals 34-31 for their first home loss of the season. I look to get back on the winning track in Week 17 with a 6-pointer on the Chiefs +0.5 and the Falcons -0.5. The Chiefs have a shot at the No. 2 seed and a first-round bye with a win at San Diego, while the Falcons would clinch the No. 2 seed and a first-round bye with a home win over New Orleans. I like the motivation of these teams and how they are playing coming in. I see both winning the game, which is all it will take to cash in this teaser.
I also lost my 10-point teaser last week as the Dolphins +14.5 and Texans +10 both won outright, but the Broncos +13.5 were blown out at Kansas City and couldn’t get the money. I expect an easy winner this week on my 10-pointer on the Jaguars +14.5 at the Colts, the Packers +7 at the Lions and the Patriots PK at the Dolphins. The Jaguars showed a lot last week in a blowout of the Titans, and the Colts were just eliminated from the playoffs last week and aren’t likely to show up. The Packers should be able to stay red hot and keep it within a TD of the struggling Lions. The Patriots need a win to clinch home-field advantage in the AFC, and the Dolphins are expected to be resting their starters.