Who Will Have the Most Receiving Yards in the 2018 Season

By Loot, NFL Handicapper, Lootmeister.com

This is always one of the more fun and intriguing NFL season-long bets. When trying to figure who will lead the NFL in receiving yards, there’s a lot to take into consideration. It’s not just the player, but it’s the whole team and the approach that can make a bet a winner or a loser. There are also so many viable candidates this season. Sure, there are the obvious frontrunners, along with a ton of X-factors as players have changed teams and youngsters are due to explode.

It’s a fun bet in that you will have a vested stake in a player’s every performance, as you root for him to have big games all season long. That’s a lot of mileage off of a single wager. Last season, one of the favorites led the league with Antonio Brown taking it down for a second time. The previous season, TY Hilton paid off at a decent price. Sometimes, it’s more obvious than other seasons. But it’s a nice mix this season of vets who you know automatically will be threats, along with more off-the-grid players who could sneak up on some people this season.

Some guys on the board who have won it before include Hilton, Brown, Julio Jones, and Josh Gordon. Let’s look at the odds board for who will lead the league in receiving yardage in 2018, followed by Loot’s top picks to be the most prolific pass-catcher in the league this season. Take a look!

Player to Record the Most Receiving Yards in the 2018 Regular Season
Antonio Brown (PIT) +265
Julio Jones (ATL) +400
DeAndre Hopkins (HOU) +950
Odell Beckham Jr. (NYG) +1000
Kennan Allen (LAC) +1200
Michael Thomas (NO) +1600
T.Y. Hilton (IND) +1800
A.J. Green (CIN) +1800
Adam Thielen (MIN) +1800
Mike Evans (TB) +1800
Davante Adams (GB) +3000
Amari Cooper (OAK) +4000
Doug Baldwin (SEA) +3500
Josh Gordon (CLE) +3500
Demaryius Thomas (DEN) +4500
Tyreek Hill (KC) +4000
Golden Tate (DET) +7000
Stefon Diggs (MIN) +6000
Larry Fitzgerald (ARI) +7000
Allen Robinson (CHI) +10000
Juju Smith-Schuster (PIT) +10000
Devin Funchess (CAR) +10000
Pierre Garcon (SF) +10000
Alshon Jeffery (PHI) +5500
Brandin Cooks (LAR) +6600
Michael Crabtree (BAL) +10000
Sammy Watkins (KC) +8000
Robby Anderson (NYJ) +10000
Marvin Jones (DET) +6500
Emmanuel Sanders (DEN) +10000
Jarvis Landry (CLE) +10000
Robert Woods (LAR) +10000
Cooper Kupp (LAR) +10000
Field +2800


Top Favorite Picks

Antonio Brown (+265): He may be entering his ninth season with the Steelers at age 30, but the defending receiving yards leader (1533 in ’17) remains at the top of his game. Odds of +265 might not be enticing, but there’s a chance you go into the last week of the season with Brown far ahead and that price will be looking sweet.

DeAndre Hopkins (+950): Already in his sixth season, Houston’s Hopkins put up 1378 last season and showed he can gel nicely with Watson behind center. That equation could see a surge statistically for Hopkins, which would put him squarely in this battle. Hopkins is a top-flight receiver in his prime and a definite contender.

Keenan Allen (+1200): First thing is that he’s in an offense where guys can pad their stats and he’s Rivers’ top choice. When healthy, he’s clearly an elite receiver and played in every game last season, catching 102 balls for 1393 yards. Just 26, this could be his year.

Top Mid-Range Picks

Michael Thomas (+1600): The third-year Saints pass-catcher is quietly emerging into one of the league’s top receivers. There’s a lot of firepower in the Saints’ offense and Thomas has to share, but if his stats keep swelling after having 1245 yards in 2017, he’s a good choice at these odds.

TY Hilton (+1800): The 2016 receiving yards leader, Hilton came close but couldn’t surpass 1000 last season with an Indy offense that featured poor QB play. With Luck back in tow, we see the 28-year old getting closer to his former numbers and therefore being a nice value at 18-to-1.

AJ Green (+1800): At the end of the day, if there’s a receiver better than Green, it isn’t by much. He may have seen his numbers dip last season, but something tells us he bounces back strongly this season for Cincy. He’s 30 and in his eighth season, so his window is closing.

Top Longshot Picks

Davante Adams (+3000): In four seasons, he has never surpassed 1000 yards. Therefore, he seems like a strange candidate for this award. But Adams is in his prime right now, has morphed into the number-one receiver on the Packers, and has a healthy Aaron Rodgers throwing to him. If he and Rodgers stay healthy all season, a big stat-line is easy to envision.

Josh Gordon (+3500): On one hand, you hate to have your money riding on such a question mark, but then again, that’s why a former receiving yards leader can be 35-1. Gordon has the talent and a QB in Cleveland that can stretch the field, but can he put forth a full season?

Allen Robinson (+10000): After a rough 2016 season and a 2017 campaign where he was injured, Robinson joins the Bears. Second in receiving in 2015, maybe he can get a new lease on life. Unlikely perhaps, Robinson still has some nice X-factor upside at 100-1 betting odds. Tired of your credit card not working for sportsbook deposit? End that problem today by signing up at Bovada Sportsbook where your credit card WILL work and where you’ll receive a generous 50% sign-up bonus!

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