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Best MNF Props for Bills Patriots: Manny Sanders vs Mother Nature

We’re staring down the barrel of the first big weather spot of the year as we break down one of our best MNF props for Bills Patriots.

While the forecast has improved slightly since yesterday, the elements are still likely to be a significant factor in Buffalo tonight, and we’re looking to fade pieces of the passing game as a result — first and foremost, Emmanuel Sanders.

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Best MNF Props for Bills Patriots

Emmanuel Sanders Under 34.5 Receiving Yards (-110 FanDuel)

The magic number when it comes to the wind in the NFL is 20 mph. The data show that anything below that doesn’t really factor into the passing games, while anything above it can affect the air game, particularly on longer passes.

The latest forecasts tonight are calling for near-gale conditions with sustained winds well above our magic mark — possibly pushing 28-30 mph sustained winds with gusts upwards of 45-50mph.

Expect that to influence all facets of the passing game – but the deep game in particular – and that means we’re looking at a guy like Manny Sanders.

The NFL journeyman operates as the clear deep threat in this offense. His average depth of target (aDOT) of 16 yards this year is by far the deepest on the team.

That means Sanders’ deeper targets are the most likely to be affected by the considerable conditions tonight.

Football Factors

Alright now that I’m done playing weatherman for a moment, let’s examine a few of the football factors on this play, because even under perfect conditions, there’s a strong case to be made for the under here.

Sanders is 34-years old, well past his prime, and has gone under this number in four of five games since their Week 7 bye.

One of the reasons for his drop-off in production is a healthier and busier cast of pass-catchers around him. Dawson Knox is back and commanding targets, while Cole Beasley is busier since the bye, and Stefon Diggs is always dominant with a 25% target share on the year.

The BIlls have also added RB Matt Breida to the fold, and he’s soaked up seven targets over the last three weeks.

It’s hurt Sanders the most. His target share has gone from 18% over the first six weeks to 12% in the five weeks since the bye. 


Weather aside, there’s a good case to be made for a Sanders under here. However, we expect the weather to be very much a factor tonight, and historical data shows it hurts deep-threats like Sanders the most.

We’d play it down to 32.5 yards.

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