NFL Draft: San Francisco 49ers lead the way in the betting to finish as worst team in the league and get first pick next April

Dante Pettis of the San Francisco 49ers in the NFL
Dante Pettis of the San Francisco 49ers in the NFL

As we enter the final stretch of the season, Jacob Blangsted-Barnor looks at the worst teams in the NFL and who is leading the race for the first pick in next year's draft.

As we enter week 14 of the regular season, some teams have had their playoff hopes dashed for weeks. However, last week we had the first teams mathematically eliminated in the 49ers and the Raiders.

For these teams, attention now turns to where they will be drafting, so we take a look at the four teams with a shot of walking up to the podium first come April time in Nashville, Tennessee.


San Francisco 49ers

  • Record: 2-10
  • Strength of Schedule: .526
  • Remaining Schedule: Broncos, Seahawks, Bears, Rams

With the joint worst record and tough remaining schedule, it’s no surprise to see the 49ers as favourite for the No. 1 overall pick. The team has struggled with injuries on both sides of the ball and fans will be worried they might not see another win this season.

They were easily beaten by the Seahawks in Week 13 and will not be looking forward to the rematch in Week 15. It seems their best chance at a victory comes as four-point underdogs this week against a Broncos team on a three-game win streak. The 49ers benefit from an easier strength of schedule, which allows them to take the higher pick, should they be tied in record with Oakland

Odds: 11/10


Oakland Raiders

  • Record: 2-10
  • Strength of Schedule: .568
  • Remaining Schedule: Steelers, Bengals, Broncos, Chiefs

After the Raiders were blown out by Nick Mullens and the 49ers in Mullens’ debut, it seemed the Raiders were nailed on for the 1st pick, this was until they battled to a victory against the Cardinals, winning the game 23-21, which sat them tied with the 49ers record.

They will look at their schedule and see at least one winnable game, versus free-falling Cincinnati. Other than that, their best shot would be a Chiefs team possibly resting all starters in Week 17. Due to their strength of schedule, they will need to rely on the 49ers winning a game for the Raiders to grab the No. 1 pick.

Odds: 15/8


New York Jets

  • Record: 3-9
  • Strength of Schedule: .503
  • Remaining Schedule: Bills, Texans, Packers, Patriots

With a lowly .503 strength of schedule, despite being a win ahead of Oakland, should both Oakland and San Francisco win a game, it will be the Jets taking the tiebreaker for the top pick. It was hard to see the team that so handily beat Detroit in week, falling down to competing for the top pick.

Darnold has shown flashes but struggled to put together consistent performances given the talent around him, before missing multiple games due to injury. Unluckily for the fans hoping for the top pick, their schedule is possibly the easiest of the teams in contention. They face a Bills team that is improving but still struggling and a Packers team who just lost to the Cardinals.

Odds: 4/1


Arizona Cardinals

Record: 3-9

Strength of Schedule: .521

Remaining Schedule: Lions, Falcons, Rams, Seahawks

We enter that portion of the season where fan bases are split between cheering on their team and hoping for a good pick. Arizona fans were well and truly tested last week as they beat the Packers, on one hand showing their improving play but on the other, lengthening their odds for the top pick.

Next they face, two struggling teams in the Lions and the Falcons, then finish with two tough divisional games. They rely on all of Oakland, San Francisco & New York all winning at least 1 game, but should they manage this then Arizona should end up with the strength of schedule to take the top pick.

Odds: 15/2

Related links

Like what you've read?
Help your friends Know It All by sharing this article to your social media.

Most Read

Lucas Moura celebrates after scoring against Barcelona1

Tottenham through after Barca draw

Lucas Moura's dramatic late goal sent Tottenham through to the Champions League knockout stages by earning a 1-1 draw at Barcelona.

Mohamed Salah scores for Liverpool against Napoli2

Salah strikes as Liverpool progress

Liverpool have qualified for the knockout stage of the Champions League after beating Napoli 1-0 in their Group C match at Anfield.

The latest from the back pages3

Paper Talk: Blues in for right-back

Chelsea 'hold talks' with Serie A right-back, Man United have 'no intention' of selling Paul Pogba and more in Tuesday's Paper Talk.

Check out our preview of the day's action4

Wednesday's racing preview

Swiss Knight is Anita Chambers' best bet of the day and she has a tip for every race in the UK.

Our best bets for the Champions League5

Wednesday's Champions League tips

The final matches of the 2018/19 Champions League group stages take place on Wednesday evening. George Pitts has four best bets.

Most Read

Lucas Moura celebrates after scoring against Barcelona1

Tottenham through after Barca draw

Lucas Moura's dramatic late goal sent Tottenham through to the Champions League knockout stages by earning a 1-1 draw at Barcelona.

Mohamed Salah scores for Liverpool against Napoli2

Salah strikes as Liverpool progress

Liverpool have qualified for the knockout stage of the Champions League after beating Napoli 1-0 in their Group C match at Anfield.

The latest from the back pages3

Paper Talk: Blues in for right-back

Chelsea 'hold talks' with Serie A right-back, Man United have 'no intention' of selling Paul Pogba and more in Tuesday's Paper Talk.

Check out our preview of the day's action4

Wednesday's racing preview

Swiss Knight is Anita Chambers' best bet of the day and she has a tip for every race in the UK.

Our best bets for the Champions League5

Wednesday's Champions League tips

The final matches of the 2018/19 Champions League group stages take place on Wednesday evening. George Pitts has four best bets.

Racing Tips

Check out our preview of the day's action

Wednesday's racing preview

Swiss Knight is Anita Chambers' best bet of the day and she has a tip for every race in the UK.

Daily Nap: Past master

Richard Mann is back in the Nap hot-seat for Wednesday's selection and he heads to Kempton for the bet of the day.

Check out our Caspian Caviar Gold Cup preview

Caspian Caviar Gold Cup preview

David Ord has a horse-by-horse guide to Saturday's Caspian Caviar Gold Cup and tips at 25/1 and 16/1.

Next Race Off

08:15 Chennai
10
(3)
Trending Princess
J: Zulquar Nain
9
(10)
Sabihaa
J: Janardhan Paswan
8
(7)
Norelaa
J: C Umesh

Football Tips

Our best bets for the Champions League

Wednesday's Champions League tips

The final matches of the 2018/19 Champions League group stages take place on Wednesday evening. George Pitts has four best bets.

Get your bets on!

Our best bets

Check out all of our available betting tips and previews of the forthcoming sporting action.

Sizing Tennessee on his way to Ladbrokes Trophy glory

Sporting Life Tipping Record

A look at how the Sporting Life recommended bets have performed in December 2018.