2021 Bookies Battle, Week 11 Picks: Contestants Back Chargers Against Depleted Steelers

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Chargers Running Back Austin Ekeler (Photo by Kyle Ross/Icon Sportswire)

With the Steelers beset with a long list of questionable players on their injury list, the Chargers have drawn overwhelming support from Bookies Battle contestants in Week 11. More than 80% of the bookmakers competing for the $3,000 top prize are laying 4.5 points with Brandon Staley’s squad at home against Pittsburgh.

Per oddsboards Friday morning, Chargers -4.5 appears to be good value, as the betting market consensus has the home team now favored by 6.

As of this writing, Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger has yet to be cleared from the COVID list. Big Ben missed last week’s game against Detroit, and with Mason Rudolph in relief, the result was a 16-16 tie at home against the Lions, the NFL’s only winless team. The Steelers are also missing several key defensive pieces – T.J. Watt, Joe Haden, and likely Minkah Fitzpatrick are all out Sunday.

New Orleans, catching 1.5 points at the Eagles, is the second most popular contest pick this week, garnering support from 71% of our bookmakers. The betting market has moved against this consensus, though, as Philadelphia has been bet up to -2 at the majority of sportsbooks.

The Saints have lost both games since Jameis Winston went down with a season-ending knee injury, although they did sneak through the backdoor to cash as 3-point dogs in a 23-21 defeat in Tennessee last week, a setback on a contest-high 78% of contestants’ Week 10 sheets.

Dolphins -3 (at Jets) is third on the list of consensus Week 11 picks, as the bookmakers fade a team spotted just a field goal that’s won and covered only two games this season. Miami comes in on a two-game win streak and with plenty of rest, after last Thursday night’s 22-10 upset of the Ravens.

As Week 11 closes, about 65% of the Bookies Battle field will be cheering for the Giants to cover the 10.5-point spread in Tampa Bay. New York has cashed in three-straight weeks, while the Bucs have dinged bankrolls this season to the tune of a 3-6 ATS record.

Here are the most popular Bookies Battle picks for Week 11, with contest lines compared to Friday’s market consensus.

TeamPercentage of picksContest line
(Tuesday)
Market line
(Friday morning)
Chargers80.6%
-4.5-6
Saints71.0%
+1.5+2
Dolphins67.7%
-3-3 (-120)
Giants64.5%
+10.5+11
Ravens61.3%
-6-5
Bengals61.3%
-1-1
Vikings61.3%
+2.5+1.5

Wide Lead Opened

Mike Lewis from Suncoast Hotel & Casino has reclaimed the contest lead and in a big way. Going 9-4 last week, Mike has 89 winners on the season, four games ahead of Nick Smith (Snoqualmie Casino Sportsbook), who fell from first place to second with a 5-8 record in Week 10.

Max Schmerin (Bet Rivers Pittsburgh) is tied for second with 85 winners, followed by Bert Cirincione (Green Valley Ranch) with 84.

Overall, it was not a banner week for the Bookies Battle. Week 10 consensus picks were an anemic 4-9 — the 31% win rate is the worst of the season so far.

Mike Piranio (Mandalay Bay) rose above the fray by calling a contest-high 10 winners last week.

Check out the full leaderboard here.

Also read: NFL Week 11 sportsbook report | Week 11 totals | Super Bowl odds

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