Colts running back Jonathan Taylor, Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans and Rams broadcaster Cooper Kupp haven’t just been money on the football field this year, they’ve made a lot of money for them. people who bet on them.
Los Angeles Angels pitcher / slugger Shohei Ohtani hasn’t only regularly gone deep in the diamond, he’s also gone deep in sports betting.
And mixed martial artist Rose Namajunas has had a smashing year, as have those who bet on her; those who backed his MMA rival, Weili Zhang, took a beating.
Players who have long been accustomed to betting on uninterrupted successes on Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce, as well as Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliot, Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson and Nets goalie James Harden, have failed in 2021.
Sports betting highlights
They were among the highlights of the year-end figures reported this week by several major national sports betting companies.
“Jonathan Taylor, every week he bets to score a touchdown, and almost every week he does it,” said Johnny Avello, head of sports betting at DraftKing. “His odds are the lowest of any guy I’ve seen in a long time, and the players are stacking up on him.”
Taylor scored a touchdown in 11 straight weeks before being held out of the end zone on Christmas Day against Arizona.
Rankings of individual players primarily involved their performance on so-called proposition bets on whether or not they would meet or fail a specified performance level.
Evans took home the most money for clients this year on DraftKings, followed by Bills wide receiver Stefon Diggs, Packers wide receiver Davante Adams, Taylor and Tampa Bay running back Leonard Fournette. DraftKings, like other sports betting, has not published the total dollar amounts won or lost by players.
Kelce lost the most clients to DraftKings, followed by Elliott and Jackson, Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill and often-injured Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey.
“The Chiefs didn’t have a great start to the season, and Kelce wasn’t doing his part, and then when the Chiefs got rolling they were using weapons other than him,” Avello said. “He was their favorite man; now they’ve found other guys to go to.
The biggest winners, the losers
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers won the most customers on DraftKings, followed by the Phoenix Suns, Green Bay Packers, Kansas City Chiefs and Brooklyn Nets.
The teams that lost the most customers to DraftKings were the Los Angeles Lakers, Seattle Seahawks, Buffalo Bills and Clemson in college football.
Among female athletes, Namajunas won the most DraftKings punters, followed by her MMA rival Julianna Pena; golfer Nelly Korda; tennis player Naomi Osaka and MMA artist Marina Rodriguez. Zhang lost the most punters among female athletes, followed by MMA artists Amanda Nunes and Megan Anderson; and tennis players Serena Williams and Aryna Sabalenka.
The United States National Women’s Football Team was the most featured women’s team at DraftKings; he also lost the most clients among the women’s teams. The WNBA’s Chicago Sky took home the most money for customers.
At BetMGM, Fournette won the most punters, followed by pelicans forward Zion Williamson, Taylor and Kupp, and Ohtani. Harden lost the most money to BetMGM punters, followed by Nuggets center Nikola Jokic, Suns center Deandre Ayton, Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady and Suns goaltender Devin Booker.
NFL was strong
Other sports betting did not rank individual players but kept track of which matches or events a lot of money was wagered on. Not surprisingly, the Super Bowl was the highest bet game for most books; Another big event was the Buccaneers-Patriots game in October, when the Brady Bucs beat coach Bill Belichick’s Pats in their first meeting since Brady left New England.
Caesars has ranked the Bills-Titans game on October 3, the Rams-Cardinals NFC West showdown on December 13, and the NFC East duel on September 27 between the Eagles and Cowboys among its highest-stakes games.
Its top-bet teams in 2021 so far are the Buccaneers, Chiefs, Packers, Los Angeles Dodgers and Rams.
Week 6 of the NFL season was a godsend for BetMGM customers, who enjoyed Cowboys-Patriots, Chiefs-Washington, Rams-Giants and Packers-Bears games, and the following week they bet even better on the Colts- 49ers game won by Indianapolis by 12 points.
BetMGM’s biggest bet on the college football game was the SEC Championship between Alabama and Georgia on December 4, followed by the Michigan-Ohio State rivalry game on November 27 and the victory of the National League of Nations. ‘Alabama v Ohio State last January.
WynnBET has listed two college basketball games – Baylor and UCLA in Gonzaga – among the games their customers have made the most money for. The Alabama-Florida football game on September 18 was also on the roster, which was led by an NFL game, Vikings-Cardinals, the next day.
FanDuel did not provide similar statistics.