Is Before And During NFL Free Agency A Good Time To Bet On Futures?

Written By Matt Burke on 03/16/2020
NFL Free Agency

Monday saw a flurry of NFL transactions, big and small, and we are set for even more player movement throughout the rest of the week as free agency opens in earnest.

Betting on futures odds right now may seem a little premature given that free agency and the draft have not yet played out in full. But, if you’ve got a hunch on where a game-changing player might wind up, it can certainly work to your advantage if you can get out ahead of it.

“Because of the crazy quarterback situations that are going on, a lot of teams can improve themselves,” William Hill US Director of Trading Nick Bogdanovich told PlayColorado. “If your hunch is correct, if you roll the dice right you can be in pretty good shape [by betting futures now]. Overall, this is going to be a freaky year.”


Broncos the long-shot to win AFC West

William Hill recently posted its division winner odds with the hometown Broncos the long-shot in the competitive AFC West.

Vic Fangio’s squad is currently 10/1 to win the division. Here are the full AFC West odds at William Hill US.

Chiefs -350

Chargers 9/1

Raiders 6/1

Broncos 10/1

If Denver was to sign, say, wide receiver Amari Cooper (a player they have been linked to for the past month or so) in the next few days they would be in business,  though.

We saw how dramatically futures odds can shift on Monday, particularly when an elite wide receiver changes locations.

The Arizona Cardinals went from +7000 to win the Super Bowl to +5000 in the span of about 10 minutes on Monday as they made the trade for DeAndre Hopkins. Despite landing running back David Johnson in the deal, the Houston Texans went from +3300 before to +3800 after the deal.

For those wondering, the Broncos are currently sitting at +5000 to win the Super Bowl at most sportsbooks.


William Hill eager for Colorado sports betting to start

William Hill is set to have a strong presence in Colorado sports betting when the state is given the green light on May 1 (which remains the target launch date).

Isle Casino Hotel and Lady Luck Casino, both in Black Hawk, should have William Hill sportsbooks given that they are Eldorado properties. Eldorado and William Hill signed a 25-year sports betting agreement last year.

Of note, Betfred owners Fred and Peter Done also bought a 3% stake in William Hill earlier this month.

While nothing is yet set in stone regarding William Hill in Colorado, Bogdanovich sees great potential in Colorado as a sports betting mecca.

“Colorado is a great sports state,” Bogdanovich said. “You’ve got the Broncos, Rockies, Avalanche, Nuggets. College sports. And it’s out west, where there’s not a lot of states that have jumped into legal sports betting yet. We couldn’t be happier with Colorado legalizing sports betting.”

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Matt Burke is the Site Runner for PlayCA, PlayColorado, PlayIllinois, PlayIA, PlayMaineOnline, Play MA, PlayMichigan, PlayNHOnline and PlayNY. Matt was the Founder and previously served as the Editor in Chief of MetroBet - a digital and print sports betting platform - and was the Executive Sports Editor at Metro US Newspapers (NY, Boston, Philadelphia). Matt has covered Super Bowls, Final Fours and is a graduate of the University of Connecticut.

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