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    NFL Week 9 teasers: Proven NFL expert ranks top teaser options, plus why not to fade Raiders post-Josh McDaniels

    R.J. White, who finished up more than 35 units on NFL ATS picks from 2017-22, shares his top teaser plays for Week 9
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    Not every potential teaser got home last week, but we did a good job ranking the options as all of our top four legs hit, including a relatively easy primetime teaser cover with the Lions and Chargers. We said at the top of last week's article that the Bengals weren't a teaser option with too much uncertainty, but I did go ahead and put the Bengals in on SportsLine as a straight pick over the weekend after Brock Purdy was ruled in and line jumped back up to 49ers -5.5.

    That pick helped me to a 9-0 ATS week on SportsLine, and I'm now on a 41-23-1 run on ATS picks that puts me up more than 19 units during the stretch (some of the picks have been two-unit plays, including two last week). While that puts me on top of the hottest NFL expert list for SportsLine, that could go away at any time as our experts have collectively been on a fantastic run this year, with three others enjoying streaks that have them up more than 17 units.

    There are plenty of teaser options to sift through this week, with two teams favored by more than a touchdown and several games featuring favorites between 1.5 and 2.5 points. We'll get to all of the options below.

    If you've read my other content or followed my picks, you likely already know I've been SportsLine's No. 1 NFL against-the-spread expert over the last six years, going 535-450-30 against the spread to put me up more than 35 units on those picks at SportsLine since 2017. When it comes to teasers, we stress focusing on the options that go through Teaser Alley and ideally lining up with sides you already like against the main number.

    If you don't know what Teaser Alley is, read on to find out. Even if you do, I'll go through every game where I believe there's a teaseable number, give you my analysis of whether it's worth putting in our bucket of potential plays, and then ranking those plays at the end, with the top two representing the best teaser play you can make this week. But if you disagree with any of the analysis for those two teaser legs, you have all the info you need to find other teaser-worthy options.

    Some people may be looking to lock in Giants teasers right now in the hopes that Daniel Jones is ruled in. Taking any team to stay within a touchdown of a Raiders squad that cannot score seems like a pretty good move. But the Giants have also struggled to score points for basically the entire season. The offense scored four touchdowns in that comeback rally against the Cardinals in Week 2, but it has only four touchdowns combined in every other game this season. They haven't had a bye yet, so we're talking about four offensive touchdowns in seven games when you take away the Arizona rally. It sounds like the offense will be missing its most reliable pass catcher as well due to Darren Waller's injury, so I jut can't have confidence in this team scoring more than 7-10 points.

    I'll also point out that the Raiders are probably getting a coaching upgrade this week with the firing of Josh McDaniels, and plenty of teams have seen spikes in performance following the dismissal of a maligned head coach. Expect the team to give a lot of effort in the hopes of beating a bad Giants team and getting interim coach Antonio Pierce a win in his coaching debut. I could see this being something like 20-10 Las Vegas when all is said and done.

    Now let's get to the teaser legs I do think are worth considering.

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    R.J. WhiteSuper Stat Geek

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