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 2018 season. I’ll be providing teasers for all each of the 17 weeks. Enjoy!
I lost my 6-point teaser last week on the Cowboys -1 and Colts -3. The Cowboys handled their business in a 27-20 home win over the Bucs, but the Colts only beat the Giants 28-27, winning the game but failing to cover the 3-point teaser line.
I come back with a very good looking 6-point teaser this week where both teams will just have to win the game to cover the teaser lines. I’m taking the Eagles from -6 down to PK at the Redskins, and the Ravens from -7 down to -1 at home against the Browns.
Both the Ravens and Eagles have a lot to play for. The Ravens need a win to clinch the AFC North, otherwise they’ll hand the division title to the Steelers and miss the playoffs completely. The Eagles need to win at the Redskins to stay alive and have the Vikings lose to the Bears to make the playoffs. The Redskins were just eliminated from playoff contention last week and I don’t expect them to show up this week.
I won my 10-point teaser with ease last week. I had the Eagles +9 in their outright win over the Texans, the 49ers +14 in their 5-point loss to the Bears, and the Steelers +16.5 in their 3-point loss to the Saints.
This week I’m teasing down three big favorites who all need wins for either seeding reasons. I’m teasing the Patriots from -14 down to -4 with a first-round bye on the line, I’m teasing the Chiefs from -14 down to -4 with the No. 1 seed on the line, and I’m teasing the Rams from -10.5 down to -0.5 with a first-round bye on the line.