Best NFL Player Prop Bets for Rams vs. Buccaneers – Divisional Round (2022)

| January 21, 2022 10:51 am PDT

The NFC gives us a thrilling matchup in the Divisional Round as the Los Angeles Rams take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. There are stars all over the field in this matchup, but none bigger than seven-time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady.

Brady has the Buccaneers in position to make another Super Bowl run, while Matthew Stafford is coming off his first career playoff victory. We should see a great matchup between the star quarterbacks.

Let’s see which player props I’m targeting for this matchup.

Matthew Stafford Over 280.5 Passing Yards (-115)

There were high expectations for Matthew Stafford and the Los Angeles Rams this season. The big offseason trade was to push the Rams into Super Bowl contention. It didn’t take long to realize the Rams made the right move.

Check out his numbers from the 2021 season.

  • 67.2 completion percentage
  • 4,886 passing yards
  • 41 touchdowns
  • 17 interceptions

Stafford didn’t have a big passing day last week, but the Rams didn’t need him to do much. He attempted a season-low 17 passes, but his 11.9 yards per completion was his second-highest mark of the season.

Los Angeles will face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for the second time this season. In their first matchup, the Rams didn’t have too much trouble with the Buccaneers. Stafford put up 343 yards and four touchdowns in a 34-24 victory.

The odds for the Rams vs. Buccaneers matchup give the Buccaneers a (-3.0) point advantage. If Stafford can put up 343 yards in a game the Rams control, imagine what might happen when they’re playing from behind.

I think we’ll see a big passing day from the Rams quarterback. They’ll have to lean on him if they want to upset Tampa Bay.

Tyler Johnson Over 31.5 Receiving Yards (-110)

Tyler Johnson has been an afterthought in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers offense this season. There’s no disrespect to him, but it’s hard to get playing time with players like Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, and Antonio Brown.

Lately, we’ve seen a change in the Buccaneers receiving room. Godwin tore his ACL in Week 15, and Tampa Bay released Brown the following week. Cyril Grayson was carving out a role, but he missed last week’s game with a hamstring injury.

This week, I’m looking at Johnson. With all the moving pieces, his playing time has risen. Check out his snap percentage in his last five games.

  • Week 15: 95
  • Week 16: 54
  • Week 17: 66
  • Week 18: 87
  • Wild Card Round: 77

Johnson has cleared 30 yards in three of those five games. Evans is the primary receiver for the Buccaneers, but he’ll likely see a lot of Jalen Ramsey. That should lead to more opportunities for Johnson.

He played a big role in Tampa Bay’s previous matchup with the Los Angele Rams. Johnson had three receptions for 63 yards. It wouldn’t surprise me if we saw a similar performance on Sunday. He could find his way into your DFS lineup as a sleeper.

Odell Beckham Jr. Anytime Touchdown Scorer (+160)

It’s been an interesting season for Odell Beckham Jr. He began with the Cleveland Browns, but there were issues on both sides. That led to the Browns releasing Beckham midway through the season.

Beckham examined his options, opting to sign with the Los Angeles Rams. At the same time, Los Angeles lost Robert Woods to a season-ending ACL tear.

There were mixed feelings about Beckham going to the Rams, but he has contributed significantly to their passing offense.

He caught a touchdown in five of his eight regular-season games with the Rams. Only seven wide receivers caught more from Week 10 to Week 18.

Last week, Beckham continued his streak with a four-yard touchdown catch in the first quarter. Now, he faces a Tampa Bay Buccaneers secondary that has struggled all season. Sean Murphy-Bunting remains questionable, but if he plays, I imagine he’ll match up with Cooper Kupp.

Beckham gives us great value for a player who has found the end zone in six of his last nine games. I have no problem rolling with the star wide receiver.

Rob Gronkowski Longest Reception Over 21.5 Yards (-115)

This one might surprise some people because Rob Gronkowski isn’t a deep threat, and he certainly isn’t the fastest player on the field. However, his toughness makes him hard to bring down, so he usually picks up an extra 5-10 yards.

Gronkowski missed five games in the middle of the season, but he returned in Week 11 and has been healthy to finish the season. In that stretch, check out his games with a longest reception under 21.5 yards.

  • Week 14: 18 yards
  • Week 15: 19 yards

We can take out the Week 8 game against the New Orleans Saints because Gronkowski was playing hurt. Without that game, his lowest longest reception in a game this season was 18 yards. That floor gives me a lot of confidence in this bet.

Gronkowski let me down last week after posting a dud in a plus matchup. However, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers didn’t need to employ a pass-heavy approach. There’s no doubt they’ll pass more this week.

In Week 3 against the Los Angeles Rams, Gronkowski had four receptions for 55 yards. He picked up a 26-yard catch in that game.

It doesn’t seem wise to bet against Tom Brady’s favorite target.

My Top Rams vs. Buccaneers Player Prop for the Divisional Round

  • Van Jefferson Over 35.5 Receiving Yards (-110)

Van Jefferson’s longest reception was one of my picks in my favorite player prop bets for the Divisional Round. I feel comfortable taking his receiving yards as well. Jefferson is a deep threat, and he could clear his projection with one catch.

We should see a great Divisional Round, with the Rams vs. Buccaneers headlining the games on Sunday. Make sure you check out our NFL picks for more previews and picks.

Nicholas Sterling

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