The Bengals and Broncos have fought their way into the playoff picture this season, and this game carries a ton of significance for their respective seasons. Both of these teams have mostly avoided the surge in COVID-19 cases across the league, and while they have had their fair share of injuries this season, they’re healthier than most teams across the NFL. In this article, I look at the best player props for this exciting AFC matchup. You can use the player prop search tool below to find the best odds in your betting market for the props in the Bengals-Broncos matchup. Let’s dive in.
Cincinnati Bengals Vs. Denver Broncos Player Prop Search Tool
Tee Higgins Over 66.5 Receiving Yards
Over the past few weeks, Tee Higgins has emerged as arguably the Bengals’ top receiver, even over Ja’Marr Chase. Higgins has averaged 6.6 catches for 122 yards over his past three games as he has taken advantage of lighter coverage with defenses keying in on Chase, the rookie phenom. Denver has an elite pass defense – they rank 10th in the league with just 218.6 passing yards per game allowed. However, if there’s one player in the secondary who has been vulnerable, it’s been Kyle Fuller, and Higgins will likely see a lot of him with Chase and Tyler Boyd drawing the tougher matchups against Patrick Surtain and Bryce Callahan, respectively.
Noah Fant Over 3.5 Receptions
The Broncos have a slew of talented pass-catchers, and it’s challenging to trust any one of them on any given week, but Noah Fant has quietly been very productive all season. Fant has 4+ catches in eight of twelve games this season (67%) and three of his last four games (75%). Despite having a pair of talented safeties in Vonn Bell and Jessie Bates, Football Outsiders ranks Cincinnati at 27th in pass defense DVOA against tight ends. George Kittle torched the Bengals last week with 13 catches for 151 yards and a touchdown, and while Fant certainly doesn’t have that kind of upside, he does have the talent to take advantage of the plus matchup.
Joe Mixon Under 68.5 Rushing Yards
After a brutal start to the year with starting linebackers Josey Jewell and A.J. Johnson both suffering season-ending pectoral injuries, the Broncos have found their identity in the front seven with standout rookies Baron Browning and Jonathan Cooper playing great alongside mid-season pickup Kenny Young. Joe Mixon has been excellent for fantasy football production, but he’s only surpassed this rushing yardage line in two of his last seven games (28.5%). Since Week 7, Denver has allowed just one running back to surpass his rushing yardage prop line, and they now rank tenth in the NFL with just 106.2 rushing yards per game allowed. Mixon will likely see 15+ carries in this game, but the efficiency won’t be there against this rapidly improving run defense.
Javonte Williams Anytime TD Scorer
The Broncos’ rookie running back carried a questionable tag all week, but the most recent reports are that he is good to go and won’t be limited on Sunday. Meanwhile, Melvin Gordon is also questionable with thumb and hip injuries. Even if Gordon plays, Williams is starting to take hold of the backfield as he has out-snapped Gordon over the last three games in which they have both been healthy. Williams has scored four touchdowns over his past three games, two on the ground and two through the air. Cincinnati has a solid run defense, but Williams is showing that he’s essentially matchup-proof with how talented he is, and I’m expecting another big game this week.