Wide receivers — as well as a handful of tight ends — are arguably the most exciting players to watch in the NFL. Some have world class speed, agility, and quickness; some are absolute physical freaks of nature; and some are Hollywood-caliber showmen. Regardless of their respective skillset, the best wide receivers in the NFL today all have the ability to completely change games. That said, here is a look at who the Vegas oddsmakers are picking to lead the league in receiving yards in 2018.
Odds as of July 29, 2018 courtesy of Sportsbook.ag.
Odell Beckham Jr., New York Giants (+1000)
All signs point to a massive season for Beckham in 2018. The two-time All-Pro is in a contract year; the presence of rookie running back Saquan Barkley should open things up in the passing game; and the addition of left tackle Nate Solder should give quarterback Eli Manning more time to get the ball down the field. If he stays healthy, expect Beckham to have a huge year in 2018.
DeAndre Hopkins, Houston Texans (+850)
Hopkins has produced big-time numbers throughout his career all while playing with below-average quarterbacks. The two-time All-Pro could be in for a career year now that he has Deshaun Watson throwing him the ball.
Keenan Allen, Los Angeles Chargers (+700)
When Allen is healthy, he is easily one of the most productive wideouts in the league. If he can stay on the field in 2018, the 26-year-old will contend here.
Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons (+350)
Jones and the Falcons recently worked out their contract dispute, which means the three-time All-Pro will be ready and available for the entire season. With four-straight seasons of 1,400 or more receiving yards and a MVP-caliber quarterback (Matt Ryan) throwing him the ball, it’s easy to see why the oddsmakers like Jones’ chances at taking home his second career receiving yards crown in 2018.
Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers (+300)
No other NFL wide receiver has come close to being as productive as Brown over the last five seasons. To be perfectly honest, we were surprised that the five-time All-Pro wasn’t more heavily favored here.
Statistics courtesy of Pro-Football-Reference.
Other notable players to watch:
- A.J. Green (+1500)
- Adam Thielen (+1800)
- Josh Gordon (+1800)
- Michael Thomas (+1800)
- Mike Evans (+2000)
- T.Y. Hilton (+2000)
- Doug Baldwin (+2800)
- Rob Gronkowski (+3000)
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