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Bettors favor Michael Thomas to repeat as NFL receiving yards leader in 2020

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

Michael Thomas of the New Orleans Saints warms up during the NFC Wild Card Playoff game against the Minnesota Vikings at Mercedes Benz Superdome on January 05, 2020 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images

The 2020 NFL season is set to kick off Thursday, September 10. Bettors are placing future bets on who the next receiving yards leader will be. New Orleans Saints star Michael Thomas is favored to repeat after notching a league-leading 1,725 receiving yards in 2019. A year ago, Thomas was followed by Julio Jones (1,394), Chris Godwin (1,333), Travis Kelce (1,229), and DeVante Parker (1,202).

Thomas has the best odds at +500. He’s led the NFL in receptions for two straight seasons, and nobody can match him when it comes to targets. He leads all wideouts with 13 percent of the handle and 12 percent of the total bets. Someone will have to fill in for Ted Ginn Jr., Thomas could see more balls thrown his way if the Saints don’t find a suitable replacement.

The Green Bay Packers lack depth at wideout, and Davante Adams (+1400) is expected to carry a heavy workload because of his team’s lack of talent. He eclipsed 100 receptions in 2018 and could bounce back after dealing with health problems in 2019. A breakout year from Allen Lazard might be the only thing that can stop Adams from tripling the targets of the Packers’ WR2. He owns 10 percent of the handle and 9 percent of the total bets.

Arizona Cardinals receiver DeAndre Hopkins (+1800) has seen his odds affected since being traded by the Arizona Cardinals. It’s unclear how he’ll mesh with Kyler Murray, but he is one of the best wideouts in the NFL. The public is betting on his skills thriving despite the new environment. He has 7 percent of the handle and 8 percent of the total bets.

Here’s a complete breakdown of the betting splits for the public’s favorites.

2020 receiving yards leader betting splits

Handle Rank Player Odds % of Handle % of Bets
Handle Rank Player Odds % of Handle % of Bets
1 Michael Thomas +500 13% 12%
2 Davante Adams +1400 10% 9%
3 Julio Jones +900 8% 7%
4 DeAndre Hopkins +1800 7% 8%
5 Kenny Golladay +2000 6% 4%
6 Calvin Ridley +2800 5% 3%
7 A.J. Brown +3300 5% 4%
8 Tyreek Hill +1400 5% 5%
9 JuJu Smith-Schuster +2000 4% 4%
10 Chris Godwin +1400 4% 4%

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