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Over/Under on Touchdowns for Devin Funchess in 2019 Set at 4.5

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Devin Funchess has signed with the Indianapolis Colts in free agency. Photo by Keith Allison (Flickr) [CC License].
  • Devin Funchess signed a one-year contract with the Colts that could be worth up to $13 million
  • BetOnline has released over/unders on receiving yards and receiving TDs for the WR
  • What’s the best bet for each?

Devin Funchess has found himself a better situation with the Indianapolis Colts, who gave him a one-year contract which could be worth up to $13 million.

No disrespect to Cam Newton, but he could barely chuck a pass last season, let alone touchdowns. Funchess has definitely traded up and will enter a high-powered offense that can move the pigskin in a hurry.

The question is, with TY Hilton and Eric Ebron getting the majority of looks, where will he fit in? Here’s what BetOnline expects from Funchess in 2019.

Devin Funchess 2019 Receiving Props

Prop Projection Over Odds at BetOnline Under Odds at BetOnline
Receiving Yards 650.5 -115 -115
Touchdowns 4.5 -130 +100

*Odds taken March 12

Devin’s Decline

Devin Funchess looked like he was entering a career season last year.

Coming off a fantastic 2017 that saw him post eight touchdowns and 840 yards, which were both career highs by landslides, everyone thought this guy had another huge one in him.

Unfortunately, Cam Newton’s shoulder had other plans.

He couldn’t air the ball out deep to Funchess in the areas that had found him so much success just one year prior, and the stats began to slide.

In turn, the wideout’s value began to slip in his contract year. Now, instead of a potential Pro Bowl receiver, Funchess entered his first free agency period with mediocre numbers and a low profile.

Devin Funchess Receiving Stats

Year Receptions Receiving Yards Average Touchdowns
2018 44 549 12.5 4
2017 63 840 13.3 8
2016 23 371 16.1 4

How Life Could be in Indy

Enter the Indianapolis Colts, a resurgent Andrew Luck, and a receiving corps that finished second in the league last year with 39 passing touchdowns. To add to that, they have a head coach in Frank Reich that brought tight end Eric Ebron back from the dead just one year ago.

Ebron left the Detroit Lions in free agency with just four touchdowns to his name from an injury-riddled 2017 and one final prayer in his pocket.

He then went on to lead all tight ends in touchdowns with 13 and made his first ever Pro Bowl in the process. On a one-year prove-it deal, the Colts could find similar breakout gold in Funchess, with plenty left over to surround him with even more pieces.

Does a Funchess Bet Make Sense?

Well, let’s start with the receiving yards and look at last year’s late acquisition of Dontrelle Inman. He squeezed in a mere nine games with Indy and caught three touchdowns and 304 yards.

Over 650.5 for a player of Funchess’ stature shouldn’t be an issue.

As for the 4.5 touchdowns, through his four pro years, Funchess has never caught less than four, and that’s from a running quarterback. Not to mention, for the first two years of his career, he always played second fiddle to Tedd Ginn, Kelvin Benjamin, and tight end Greg Olsen.

He’s familiar with this role, this spot on the depth chart, and these expectations. He’s excelled here before and can do it again.

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