It's the penultimate week of the NFL season, where the AFC and NFC Championship games will decide which two teams will battle it out in Super Bowl LVII in Arizona on Sunday 12 February. The two games, being played one after the other on Sunday, provide plenty of opportunities to bet with the leading NFL betting sites, who will have a wide range of NFL player props available. We've found a couple of player props that we think are worth considering this weekend.
San Francisco 49ers @ Philadelphia Eagles
Time - 15:00 ET
Best Player Prop - Christian McCaffrey to score a touchdown (-115)
Why should I bet it? - Christian McCaffrey is sure to play a pivotal role for the San Francisco 49ers in Sunday's NFC Conference Championship game in Philadelphia. The running back is looking to find the end zone for the ninth successive game. In five of his previous seven games, McCaffrey has scored rushing touchdowns, and in the other two he has caught touchdown passes. McCaffrey, who has been nursing a calf injury this week, is -130 to score a touchdown with FanDuel sportsbook.
McCaffrey can expect to be handed the ball a lot to help take the pressure off rookie quarterback Brock Purdy. The 49ers ground game matches up well with the Eagles. San Francisco rushed for an average of 136.9 yards per game in the regular season, while Philadelphia allowed an average 121.2 rushing yards per game.
When McCaffrey joined the 49ers from the Panthers in mid-season, it added another weapon to San Francisco's offense, which already included Jimmy Kittle, Deebo Samuel and Brandon Aiyuk, as well as running backs Elijah Mitchell and Jeff Wilson.
The 49ers offense has overcome adversity throughout the season. Starting quarterback Trey Lance went down with an injury in Week 2 and was replaced by Jimmy Garoppolo, who had his season ended in Week 13. Purdy has yet to lose a game under center for the 49ers, and having McCaffrey lining up next to him, is sure to help Purdy grow into the game.
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Cincinnati Bengals @ Kansas City Chiefs
Time - 18:30 ET
Best Player Prop - Isiah Pacheco over 1.5 receptions (+115)
Why should I bet it? - All eyes will be on Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, who suffered a high ankle sprain last weekend in their 27-20 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars. Mahomes is set to play this weekend's game, but how fit he is remains to be seen. One knock could sideline the MVP favorite.
Chiefs head coach Andy Reid will want his star quarterback to release the ball quickly to avoid any contact on the ankle, and that should play into the hands of running back Isiah Pacheco. Pacheco may be a rookie, but he has emerged as a key part of the Chiefs offense this season. Pacheco can be a safety blanket for Mahomes, and we might see more check down passes than normal if his receivers downfield aren't open. Pacheco to have over 1.5 receptions at +115 with BetMGM sportsbook, looks a safe bet in this contest.
Pacheco makes things happen when he has the ball in his hands. In the season finale against the Raiders, the rookie averaged 8.00 yards per carry. Last weekend against the Jaguars, Pacheco averaged 7.92 yards per carry. It makes sense to call plays that get the ball into his hands as often as possible.
The Bengals will do all they can to shut down Travis Kelce, who led the team with 110 receptions, 1,338 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns. Last week, Kelce finished with 14 catches, 98 yards and two scores. Pacheco can be the perfect option if Kelce is not an option.