The San Francisco 49ers' offense has a new look this year with Trey Lance under center and it looks like NFL oddsmakers like it.
The Niners are currently +750 to win the NFC, behind only Tampa Bay, Green Bay, and the reigning champion Los Angeles Rams.
Here are three player props to consider.
Trey Lance over 10.5 interceptions (-130)
Lance enters his second year in the NFL and the Niners have firmly put their faith in the sophomore QB, despite his 57.7 percent completion rate in 2021. That number will need to improve as will his 2.8 percent interception rate. If you compare Lance and last year’s starter Jimmy Garoppolo, Jimmy G had a slightly better interception rate (2.7 percent) and a far better completion rate (68.3 percent). Garoppolo still finished with 12 interceptions in 15 games started. Sure, it was a limited sample size for Lance last season and he could do more of his damage on the ground, but a 10.5 interception prop is awfully low for an inexperienced signal-caller.
Deebo Samuel over 950.5 receiving yards (-115)
Does Vegas know something we don’t? This prop seems awfully low for a receiver that finished with 1,405 yards in 2021.
Sure, Samuel has incentives for rushing in his new contract and Trey Lance is less likely to put the ball in the air since he’s more mobile, but the talent should win out here. Even while rushing for eight TDs last season, Samuel put up massive receiving numbers.
Bet on the talent and take the over.
Brandon Aiyuk over 775.5 receiving yards (-115)
Trey Lance and Brandon Aiyuk have already developed quite the chemistry in pre-season. Some of that has to do with the fact that Samuel was late to sign his contract and join camp, but a lot of it has to do with the fact that Lance and Aiyuk practiced together in the offseason. After getting off to a slow start in 2021, Aiyuk turned his season around and got out of the Kyle Shanahan doghouse. From Week 8 onward, Aiyuk played 88 percent of snaps or more and he averaged 66.4 yards per game. He finished the season with 826 yards and if he can just remain consistent this year, he should exceed this receiving prop.