NFL Betting: Worst Players at the Key Offensive Positions
If you’re like a lot of NFL betting fans, you try to augment your winnings from team performances each week. Or you might just like taking part in the pro football betting season each year. Either way, there are some years in which all of your picks seem to click at least some of the time, while there are other picks that just fizzle out and never come back. Here are some players at the key offensive positions that we think you should stay away from as we get closer to the 2015 NFL kickoff.
Quarterback: Colin Kaepernick (San Francisco 49ers)
In 2012, Kaepernick was a darling in the Bay Area, throwing for ten scores while only giving up three picks. He also ran for five touchdowns, averaging 6.6 yards per rushing attempt and picking up 31.9 yards on the ground each game. This motivated a lot of bettors to keep an eye on Kaepernick and one of the reasons why he was one of the top quarterbacks for the 2013 season, but he was more of a dud that year. In 2014, though, he was nothing but a disaster. He did not achieve much as a quarterback, which means he has a lot to prove this coming season.
Given that the team lost two quality offensive linemen (Mike Iupati and Anthony Davis) and one of Kaepernick’s best targets in Michael Crabtree, his numbers are not likely to rebound much in 2015. In 2014, he threw for 3,369 yards, rushed for 639 more, and threw for 19 scores while running for another one. However, he also threw 10 costly picks.
Running Back: LeGarrette Blount (New England Patriots)
Blount’s one-game suspension to start the 2015 year is obviously worth considering, but if he had stronger numbers to put up, it could be worth starting the season with your top back on the bench. After all, most running backs are likely to miss a game here or there due to injury.
However, it’s the way that Patriots coach Bill Belichick uses his running backs, choosing a committee approach, that makes this choice even more risky. The Patriots do have two young backs who will take carries away from Blount in James White and Jonas Gray. In 2014, Blount only ran for 547 yards while catching balls for 54 more. He scored five touchdowns and only fumbled once. These aren’t strong numbers for a winning player, or a team you should take seriously this season.
Wide Receiver: Eric Decker (New York Jets)
Even after he moved from the Broncos to the Jets, Decker had already seen his stats drop. This was natural given that his quarterback went from being Peyton Manning to Geno Smith – and now that Smith will miss some of the season while recovering from a broken jaw, having Ryan Fitzpatrick throwing the ball will threaten his numbers even more.
The Jets have also brought in Brandon Marshall from the Bears, which slides Decker down to the #2 wide receiver slot with the team and takes away some of his catches. In 2014, he caught 74 balls for 962 yards and five scores, but those numbers should drop this season.