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Core Bet – Dalvin Cook
It doesn’t appear that Cook will get the new contract he wanted from the Vikings, but he’s still going to play this Sunday. Those are direct quotes from Cook to the Star Tribune, so there’s no reason to think anything else would happen. That leads me to be over this rushing yardage, especially at the plus points.
That line is right at what Cook averaged last season. He also torched the Pack in the one game he faced them last year for 154 yards. That shouldn’t be a surprise since the Packers gave up 128.7 rushing yards per game, seventh-worst in football. With Gary Kubiak as the offensive coordinator, Minnesota will maintain a strong rushing attack. Kubiak has been a rush game guru for going on two decades now. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Cook hit 100 yards or more here.
Core Bet – Keenan Allen
I’m trying to not be too overzealous with new situations. Keenan Allen has a new quarterback this year but the Chargers also just signed him to a massive extension. You don’t give the receiver who had the seventh-most targets in the NFL in 2019 big money to not target him again.
Just like Cook, the over is worth more points which I’m happy about. Allen averaged 6.5 receptions per game last year and the Chargers did not make any significant additions to the pass catchers. New QB Tyrod Taylor simply does not turn the football over, accumulating just a 1.5% interception rate in his career. For reference, Drew Brees is 2.3% for his career. Allen should see plenty of targets right off the hop, trying to establish chemistry with his new signal caller.
Core Bet – Drew Brees
One of the marquee games of the week is the Buccaneers visiting New Orleans to take on the Saints. The Battle of Brady vs Brees is center stage in Week 1. It’s always a bit more fun to get into big game for Core Bets for Thrive Week 1. We also have a good prop to attack in this game.
In his six regular season games in the dome, Brees averaged 31 completions. He had a massive 77.5% completion rate and this game is one of the highest projected scoring games of the week. Furthermore, the way to attack the Bucs defense last year was through the air. They averaged 25.5 completions to the opposition, so there’s too many factors lining up to not take Brees here.
Core Bet – Christitan McCaffrey
Rarely would I consider a number this high, but Christian McCaffrey is a rare player and an engine for his entire offense.
Not only did CMC average just under 150 total yards per game last year, he finished 11th in total targets in the NFL. McCaffrey also finished third in rushing yards and would have finished 25th among wide receivers in receiving yards. This man is a machine and will be asked to do everything for the rebuilding Panthers once again. It’s a super high number, but one well worth going over.
Let’s get after it this week my friends!
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