One of the absolute best things about FanDuel has been the addition of the Same Game Parlay. The Same Game Parlay allows users to parlay game bets, like spread, moneyline and total, with player and game props from one game.
There are three bets for the Christmas Day football game that I have my eyes on, and I’m going to take advantage of FanDuel’s generosity and package them in a 3-leg parlay to try and win big.
3-Leg Parlay @ +1042 - $50 Bet Wins $520
Leg 1: Taysom Hill Anytime TD Scorer @ +230
Even when he’s not starting at QB, he’s still scoring touchdowns. Last week, with Drew Brees under center, he got one goal line carry that he turned into six points. His +230 odds are long enough here for me to take a gamble on him getting another chance in the red zone.
The Saints love to mix it up when they get close to scoring, and I expect this game to be closer than the 6.5-point spread would indicate. That competitive nature of the game will hopefully turn into the Saints pulling out all the stops in a game they have to win.
Leg 2: Dalvin Cook over 82.5 Yards Rushing @ -112
Dalvin Cook has been one of the best running backs in football since he came into the league and he gets his yards one way or the other. I know, the Saints’ rush defense is really good. They went over three years without allowing a 100-yard rusher, but there are two things working in Cook’s favor on Friday.
The first thing is the fact that he’s really good at playing running back. He averages five yards per carry, is one of the shiftier players in the entire league and has gone over 100 yards in three straight games. The second thing he’s got going for him, and this is probably the most important, is the fact that the Vikings will run the ball no matter what.
In 13 games this season he has 297 carries, that’s just shy of 23 per game. The Vikings love to run the ball, no matter how the game is unfolding. Why would Friday be any different?
Leg 3: Minnesota Vikings +6.5 @ -102
Both these teams are about middle of the pack when it comes to their record against the spread. The Saints are 7-7 on the season while the Vikings are 6-8, so bookmakers seem to have both of them pegged.
The interesting thing here I think is that the Saints passing game, which has always been one of the best in the league, is hobbled. Brees is just getting back from a massive rib injury and didn’t really look like himself in the loss to the Chiefs last week. Michael Thomas is out for the remainder of the regular season and Alvin Kamara seems to be their only option, which is probably enough to win, but I like it to be a close game.