More Sports Sections: Super Bowl College Football NBA Basketball College Basketball Baseball NHL Hockey Soccer MMA Boxing Nascar Golf Horse Racing

20 Point Football Teasers!

Handicapping

Types of Bets

Other Great Sites

Preparing for the Upcoming Football Season

NFL Betting Strategy: How Bettors Should Prepare for the Upcoming Football Season

By: Mike Quinn @misterquinnbets

The excitement of the Super Bowl is over, the frenzy of free agency has come to a close and the uncertainty of the draft is done. Now the teams, and bettors, begin to focus their sights on a new season filled with optimism and opportunity. Just as the players prep for a new season with enhanced training, so do bettors. The winning tickets cashed in October and November have their origins in the summertime. An unprepared bettor is a losing one. So, what to do in between all the sand, surf and BBQs?

The first thing is to read…a lot. Gain as much information as possible about every team. There are a lot of transactions during the offseason between front office, coaches and players. Have an understanding of who went where and why. For the front office, ask yourself, "Does this person bring the right attitude and culture to the team compared to what was already existing?" For the coaches, both Head Coaches and coordinators, do they provide the right scheme that would be a proper fit for their team's current makeup? Is there history, good or bad, with some of the key players and the new staff members? For the players, how do they fit into their new team's plans? What physical, mental and emotional skill sets does this player bring to a new team and how does it fit into what is already there? Understanding the biorhythm of a club before and during the season is essential.

That will help you gain insight into what the team is "made of" and how they will react week in and week out during the season's inevitable challenges. The football season offers lots of ups and downs. Situations will be presented throughout the year that could be very profitable for those that understand the makeup of a team and how they enter each contest.

After you compile your notes on the teams themselves, it is now time to turn inward and take a hard look at your approach to handicapping. How do you go about developing a thesis on each wager? What is your thought process? You should be tracking all your wagers from prior seasons to allow yourself easy access to go back and review and examine what you did. Adding notes to those wagers helps greatly when really trying to adjust how you approach sports investing. Learning from past mistakes and understanding what works can only assist in improving and fine tuning your craft. Additionally, continuing to develop your understanding of the marketplace and how to read opening numbers and why numbers move the way they do is critical to long term success. Remember, you are betting numbers and not teams. The number may or may not offer value depending on your approach and the amount of edge in that value will determine the size of your wager. Also, you should also always be developing lines of communication with those higher up the food chain in order to gain access to information. Find trusted sources and get what you can from them. Information + Preparation = $$$$. Solid information is a key element in developing a thesis on a wager and ultimately, cashing that wager. This is also a good time to think about your bankroll and what a normal wager size is going to be for the upcoming season. Be prepared for the inevitable bad runs. Remind yourself not to chase losses and attempt to bailout. On the flip side, remember not to push too hard when on a hot run. Stay emotionless and realize that one wager does not make or break a season; in fact 10 or 20 wagers shouldn't make or break your season as long as you are disciplined and exhibiting proper money management. Put a plan into place and execute.

The summer is time for more than just fun in the sun. It is time to really hone your educated instinct and prep for the coming season so you can enjoy plenty of winning tickets come the Fall and Winter.

Lastly, make sure that you're getting the best price. Back in the old days, a bettor was required to lay -110 odds on all sides and totals. This is no longer the case! You can bet at discounted odds (-105)! While only a few books offer this great value, it's imperative to take advantage of as it reduces your breakeven point from 52.38% to 51.19%! Find this tremendous offer at the web's best betting site: 5Dimes. If you don't play individual sides/totals and are exclusively a parlay player, you can bet parlays at reduced odds at 5Dimes' sister book, Sportbet.

Good luck and keep cashing!

Free Picks

Editor's Picks - Each week our in house pro's tackle the week's card and make predictions on the week's games ATS! Best bets, top plays, premium selections, etc. FREE!

Expert NFL Picks - Free premium plays from the "real" expert football handicappers from around the web. Don't fall for second rate picks from ESPN, the NFL Network, Hank Goldberg or the screaming touts on TV.

Underdog of the Week Pick - We forecast the loudest barking dog of the week. Expect a 60% winning percentage with these plays.

Favorite of the Week Play - We examine "the chalk" and determine the safest bet in which who you should lay the points with. Forecasting winning favorites long term isn't easy, but we've had some pretty good luck with it over the years.

Line Movement Plays - We report all the major line moves from the gridiron and forecast whether it's public money or sharp action causing the move. Who will cover the spread this week? Our line move plays!

NFL Consensus Picks - See what the general public is betting on. We use this info to fade the public to the tune of big profits over the course of the season.

Bookies Picks - Each week, we'll post which side the bookies are on. Please note: These are not OUR picks. We're simply reporting the teams the bookies need to cover the spread in order for them to win. Games receiving equal action on both sides will not be factored into these records.

Office Pool Picks - You asked for it and you got it! Each week, we'll post our predictions to win each game straight up so that you can RULE your pick'em league!

NFL Trends - Don't ever let anybody tell you that the trend is your friend. These picks make great fades which is exactly what we do with them.

NFL Computer Picks - We enter the statistics into the database and the computer crunches the numbers and gives final score predictions. These should be used for entertainment only!

Monday Night Football Picks - The ultimate bailout play. Our MNF picks are golden and have hit 62% or better 3 out of the past 4 years. (Last season was a disaster!) Did we mention that their FREE?

2016 NFL Predictions - Badger breaks down each division and gives his picks on which teams he thinks will win the AFC and NFC Conferneces (plus Super Bowl winner prediction).

Super Bowl Picks - Everybody here in the Predictem office takes their best preseason shot at predicting the winner Superbowl 50. Pride is on the line here! Oh, and LOOT too!

Betting

5Dimes - Bet your NFL football picks at -105 odds every day of the week! 15 team parlays! 20 point teasers! Pleasers and huge point buying opportunities as well!

Bovada - Tired of deposit hassles? Bet on football using your credit card at a sportsbook where your Visa CAN and WILL work for deposits! Offers a 50% sign-up bonus up to $250 FREE!

MyBookie - Credit cards work GREAT here! Get a massive 50% bonus up to $1000 in free cash!

Bookmaker - Watch the game for a bit THEN make a wager! Yes! You can jump in after the action has started using their awesome live betting feature! Get a massive 50% bonus up to $300 in FREE bonus cash OR take advantage of their enormous 15% bonus up to $2500 in free cash! The best sportsbook for highrollers!

Super Bowl Betting - We explain all the different types of wagers you can making including point spread bets, totals, moneylines and prop bets. No need to go to Vegas! You can bet the big game online!

Featured Articles

Statless NFL Handicapping - The quick, easy way and yes, it's effective!

Betting NFL Underdogs - It's the first thing you should consider every Sunday. We explain why.

Choosing an Online Sportsbook - We talk about things to consider before you commit to play at one.

FAQ and MISC

Weekly Fantasy Football - If you drafted a crappy team or the injury bug has bit you and wrecked your season, we've got something really cool to turn you on to that will change the way you play fantasy sports forever!

Famous Football Quotes - From the inspirational to the greatest touchdown calls of all time. We've got them!

Pro Football Hall of Fame - A full list of NFL players who have been inducted into the NFL HOF.

The Spread - Offers free NFL football predictions, matchups, stats including both offensive and defensive and more!

Fantasy Football Sites - Get recommendations on where to find weekly updated player news, depth charts and legit websites that offer the best stat and record tracking for your fantasy football league.