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The “alternate rushing yards” betting market allows you to bet Over or Under on rushing yards lines other than the standard line that sportsbooks set. The odds on alternate rushing yards lines change from the standard line based on if you move it in your favor or against it.
For example, say the standard line for Jonathan Taylor's rushing yards is Over/Under 98.5. Alternate rushing yard lines available may include 70, 80, 90, 110, and 130 yards.
If you think Taylor is going to have a big game, you may decide to bet Over 110 yards instead of 98.5, and, in exchange, you receive better odds (higher payout) than you would get if you took Over the standard line of 98.5.
If you think Taylor is going to have an off day or the Colts will pass a lot, you may decide to bet Under 90 yards in exchange for better odds and a higher payout.
You can also “play it safe” with alternate rushing yards lines by betting Over a lower number than the standard line or Under a higher number than the standard line.
Using the same example, if you think Taylor will get close to his standard rushing yards line but want a safety net, you may decide to bet Over 90 yards instead of Over 98.5 yards. Since you're moving the odds in your favor, you would receive a lower payout.
Similarly, if you think Taylor isn't going to hit his standard line but want to play it safe, you may choose to bet Under 110 yards in exchange for a lower payout.
How I Bet Alternate Rushing Yards Lines
One of my favorite ways to bet alternate rushing yards lines is to use them in parlays. Since these require you to hit every leg in order to win the bet, “buying” the extra yards allows you some wiggle room in case the player gets close to their standard line.
For example, I may include Taylor Over 80 rushing yards (instead of 98.5 yards) in combination with another player's alternate line so they have a higher chance of winning.
I also sometimes will take an alternate rushing yards line if I think the standard line is too high or too low and want to go for a higher payout. For example, if the Browns' wide receivers are dealing with injuries but Nick Chubb's rushing yards line is around his average for the season, I may take Over on an alternate rushing yards line that is higher than his standard line.
If you don't understand how the odds on alternate rushing yards markets work, check out our guide to reading betting odds.
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