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Bettors favor Saquon Barkely to win 2020 rushing title

We go over the what players are favored by the public to lead the NFL in rushing yards yards for the 2020 season.

Saquon Barkley of the New York Giants runs the ball during the Blue and White scrimmage at MetLife Stadium on September 03, 2020 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images

The 2020 NFL season is set to kick off Thursday, September 10, and bettors are backing New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley to be named the next rushing champ. He’s the public’s favorite, and we’ll go over the betting splits for him and others on DraftKings Sportsbook below.

Barkley has the fourth best odds at +900, but leads all running backs with 25 percent of the handle and 21 percent of the total bets. He came close to a rushing title in his rookie year, but fell short to Ezekiel Elliott.

Derrick Henry (+700) is the favorite and powered the Tennessee Titans through the end of the regular season last year. Tennessee’s offense will be based on establishing the run again in 2020 because of its lackluster receiving corps. Last year’s rushing champ has 14 percent of the handle and 7 percent of the total bets.

Elliott (+800) is right behind Henry in the odds and has two rushing titles in his four years with the Dallas Cowboys. His team’s improved receiving corps could limit his production some, but his still expected to be one of the better backs this upcoming season. He commands 10 percent of the handle and 9 percent of the total bets.

Indianapolis Colts rookie Jonathan Taylor (+5000) has surprisingly secured 8 percent of the handle and 6 percent of the total bets. The newcomer has a good chance to challenge Marlon Mack for the starting job. He’s the only first-year player the public views as a legitimate contender at this point.

A year ago, the top five included Henry (1,540), Nick Chubb (1,494), Christian McCaffrey (1,387), Ezekiel Elliott (1,357), and Chris Carson (1,230). Here’s a complete breakdown of the betting splits for the public’s favorites this season.

2020 NFL rushing title betting splits

Handle Rank Player Odds % of Handle % of Bets
Handle Rank Player Odds % of Handle % of Bets
1 Saquon Barkley +900 25% 21%
2 Derrick Henry +700 14% 7%
3 Ezekiel Elliott +800 10% 9%
4 Josh Jacobs +1400 10% 12%
5 Jonathan Taylor +5000 8% 6%
6 Nick Chubb +800 6% 5%
7 Dalvin Cook +1400 4% 7%
8 James Connor +4000 3% 3%
9 Kenyan Drake +2000 3% 3%
10 Christian McCaffrey +1100 2% 6%

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