Best NFL Player Prop Bets – Week 8, 2020

| October 29, 2020 3:12 pm PDT

The 2020 NFL season marches on into week eight. It’s been a wild year already, but as we approached the midway point, the league has done a solid job navigating the murky waters of COVID-19.

There have been some surprises along the way, as well as an insane amount of injuries to superstars.

Through it all, hopefully you’ve been able to consistently finish in the green. I know that was the case if you went with my NFL player props last week, as my favorite bets finished 3-1.

I predicted Ben Roethlisberger would throw under 273.5 yards (-115), that Pittsburgh would hold Derrick Henry below 85.5 rushing yards (-115), and that Latavius Murray would put up 41.5+ rushing yards (-115).

My Aaron Jones prop was void since he didn’t play, while my lone whiff was Ezekiel Elliott scoring (man, Dallas is bad).

I’ll take that winning percentage every single week, and going into week eight, there are a litany of pros calling to us.

You can get the party started for the new week with Michael Wynn’s week 8 NFL betting tips, and then take a look at my four favorite week 8 NFL player props.

Derrick Henry Over 99.5 Rushing Yards (-115)

Last week I was against Derrick Henry, and it worked out. This week, you should be able to ride him to another win. This time, of course, you’re hoping he goes ham.

He’s been doing it all month, after all.

I don’t see any reason why he won’t smash here, which is precisely why he’s one of my top week 8 NFL DFS picks. Henry was slowed down last week, but he still managed almost 80 rushing yards against the league’s most dominant run defense.

In week eight, Henry ought to be licking his chops. He gets a bad Bengals defense that has given up the fourth-most rushing yards to running backs in 2020.

This is a classic Henry game where the Titans feed him relentlessly. I don’t know if he rumbles for 200+ yards and four scores (he might), but he will get 100+ yards here.

Myles Gaskin Over 24.5 Receiving Yards (-110)

I’ve been looking at this Rams vs. Dolphins game all week, and I still don’t know how to play it. On one hand, the Dolphins are starting a new era, are fresh off a bye, and will be at home against a team traveling across the country.

That could easily lead to an upset. On the other hand, the Rams are the better team, and they post a very difficult matchup in Tua Tagovailoa’s first NFL start.

No matter what happens, though, I think we can bank on Myles Gaskin being heavily involved. He’s been Miami’s feature back for weeks now, as he’s safely reached 13+ touches in literally every single game this year.

Gaskin has been particularly involved as a receiver with Miami, as he’s been targeted at least four times in every game. This is a great spot to bank on more of that, as that’s been his role anyways, but now he’ll either be playing from behind, or he’ll be getting extra dump-offs from a rookie quarterback.

Either way, Gaskin has topped this low receiving yardage total in five of six games. I think he makes it six of seven this week.

Henry Ruggs III Over 32.5 Receiving Yards (-115)

You will have to shop around to find these wagers, but no matter where you bet on sports online, the advice around the prop and odds remains the same.

Looking at the speedy Ruggs, I just don’t see how he doesn’t pop off in an advantageous spot against a leaky Browns defense.

For one, his role just needs to be bigger.

He’s a hit or miss option, but he’s just way too explosive to be utilized so poorly. I think the Raiders look to rectify that this week, and a date with Cleveland (3rd most yards allowed to wide receivers) could help Las Vegas out.

Ruggs can literally top this low yardage mark on one play, and in the four games he’s played, he did it three times. I love him for this bet, and I also have him as one of my top NFL DFS sleepers for week eight.

Patrick Mahomes Over 2.5 Passing Touchdowns (+140)

I’ll cap off my favorite week eight NFL player props with this wager involving one of the best quarterbacks in the league today.

Mahomes was basically invisible during an easy win in the snow last week, but this prop feels disrespectful. There’s little doubt this guy is set to bounce back, especially in a game where the Chiefs have one of the biggest spreads since 1976.

New York’s defense has been their bright spot lately, but this still isn’t a unit that is likely to slow down Mahomes and his endless array of weapons. He’s a good bet to throw three touchdowns in any game, let alone one where his team is projected to coast.

Why are the Chiefs favored by this much? Because Mahomes could hang three scores on the Jets in the first quarter alone. I love this bet at this price.

Summary

The NFL player props were a smash hit last week. The goal is to keep the good times coming, and I think we can do that in week eight.

The only prop that carries risk here is the Mahomes wager, and that’s mostly because the game could get out of hand in a hurry. It’s possible the Chiefs just rack up points on the ground or via defensive touchdowns, but it’s really hard to imagine Mahomes having two quiet games in a row.

Mahomes feels like a really fun bet with those +140 odds in tow, and the other wagers look like highway robbery.

There’s much more to bet on beyond just NFL player props in week eight. For more insight, hit up our NFL picks section.

Noah Davis
Noah Davis

Noah Davis is one of the more diverse writers at GamblingSites.com. Like many of his colleagues, he's a huge fan of both football and basketball. But he also writes about box office records, TV show prop bets, DFS, and all kinds of other subjects.

When it comes to the NFL, Noah's favorite team is the Cleveland Browns. He enjoys cheering them on with his wife and daughter.

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