Finding Value In Regular Season Stat Leaders

  • Two weeks into the season, sportsbooks are still offering prop bets on which players will lead the regular season in passing, receiving, and rushing yards.
  • There remains plenty of odds value even on big names, with players like Julio Jones and Ezekiel Elliot available for +500 and +750 respectfully.
  • Other worthy options include Pat Mahomes at +700, Aaron Jones at +850, and Josh Allen at +1500.

LAS VEGAS – The true test of sports betting foresight is the ability to see forthcoming success from teams or players where the bookies don’t.

With the NFL now entering the third week of play, many bettors are turning to the futures odds to see if they can snag some value on players to lead the league in statistical categories.

While two games can hardly explain the outlook of a certain player’s stats, there is some worthwhile significance in looking at the odds compared to the current leaders in overall passing, receiving, and rushing yards.

These odds are now available to bet on via the major online sportsbooks.

2020-2021 Player With Most Regular Season Passing Yards

  • Matt Ryan +450
  • Dak Prescott +650
  • Patrick Mahomes +700
  • Matthew Stafford +1200
  • Philip Rivers +1200
  • Jared Goff +1400
  • Ben Roethlisberger +1500
  • Josh Allen +1500
  • Tom Brady +1500
  • Russell Wilson +1800
  • Drew Brees +2000
  • Aaron Rodgers +2200
  • Deshaun Watson +2500
  • Kyler Murray +2500
  • Carson Wentz +3000
  • Joe Burrow +3000


Starting at the top, there is still value in the quarterbacks at the top of the board like Matt Ryan, Dak Prescott, and Pat Mahomes.

Despite the Atlanta Falcons going 0-2 in their first two games, Ryan has thrown for 723 yards with a 67.8 completion rate thanks to a litany of talent amongst his receivers.

Prescott currently sits at 716 yards, largely due to leading an explosive comeback in a victory over the aforementioned Falcons.

Pat Mahomes comes in at third in the odds but sits 17th overall with 513 yards. Needless to say, Mahomes is easily capable of turning up the heat throughout the season.

Value Picks

The QB who ends the season with the most passing yards isn’t necessarily the best pass thrower in the game, evident by last year’s leader Jameis Winston who threw for 5,109 yards.

With that in mind, picks like Jared Goff (+1400), Josh Allen (+1500), Russel Wilson (+1800), and Teddy Bridgewater (+4500) are quick to jump off the board.

Jared Goff finished third overall in 2019 with 4,638 yards and could eclipse that mark in 2020 without much surprise.

Josh Allen currently leads the NFL with 729 yards and looks to have taken a huge leap with his passing. Allen is making throws he missed last season, and seems to be building great chemistry with John Brown and the newly-acquired Stefon Diggs.

Meanwhile, Russell Wilson is currently averaging 305 yards per game and looks to be putting together a case for MVP.

Teddy Bridgewater earns the flyer pick thanks to his current average of 318 yards a game and incredible price at +4500.

2020-2021 Player With Most Regular Season Receiving Yards

  • Davante Adams +500
  • Julio Jones +500
  • Calvin Ridley +700
  • DeAndre Hopkins +1000
  • Chris Godwin +1800
  • Stefon Diggs +1800
  • Adam Thielen +2000
  • Amari Cooper +2500
  • D.K. Metcalf +2500
  • DJ Moore +2500
  • Michael Thomas +2500
  • Tyreek Hill +2500
  • JuJu Smith Schuster +2800
  • TY Hilton +2800
  • Mike Evans +3000
  • Will Fuller +3000
  • Julian Edelman +3500
  • Keenan Allen +3500
  • Odell Beckham Jr +3500


The top of the board features some atypical names when thinking of star receivers.

Davante Adams and Julio Jones are studs, but with them currently sitting at sixth and ninth in total receiving yards, there is better value to be found down the board.

However, Jones’ teammate and neighbor on the board Calvin Ridley could be a tremendous pick at +700.

Ridley is currently tied for the lead in total yards with 239 and has quickly become a favorite of Matt Ryan in just his third season as a pro.

Ridley has been exploiting defenses thanks to Julio Jones earning the prime attention of secondaries, leaving Ridley basically wide open on every play thanks to his elite route-running.

Julio has some injury concerns that could make Ridley the WR1 going forward, leading to more attention from defenses. Even then, he has great value at +700.

Value Picks

Going down the board the immediate first name that draws attention is Stefon Diggs at +1800. Diggs was an elite receiver with the Minnesota Vikings and is tied with Ridley for the lead in receiving yards this season.

As long as Josh Allen can keep up his performance, Diggs is a terrific choice at that price.

Elsewhere, DK Metcalf at +2500, Amari Cooper at +2500, and Julian Edelman at +3500 are all strong picks with high upside, with all three currently in the top ten in receiving yards.

2020-2021 Player With Most Regular Season Rushing Yards

  • Derrick Henry +500
  • Ezekiel Elliott +750
  • Josh Jacobs +800
  • Aaron Jones +850
  • Clyde Edwards-Helaire +850
  • Nick Chubb +850
  • Jonathan Taylor +1100
  • Austin Ekeler +1500
  • Dalvin Cook +1600
  • Chris Carson +2200
  • James Connor +2200
  • Kenyan Drake +2200
  • Melvin Gordon +2200
  • Miles Sanders +2500
  • Alvin Kamara +3000
  • Joe Mixon +3000
  • Todd Gurley +3000


Derrick Henry and Zeke Elliott both still hold value at the top of the board, with both of them currently in the top three in rushing yards.

Henry is a workhorse who is averaging 28 carries a game and is on pace to repeat as rushing title winner from 2019.

Zeke currently sits with 185 yards on 44 carries a game, but has more risk in terms of injury, and as the Cowboys have a more prolific passing game than the Titans.

Josh Jacobs is also a solid pick at +800 with 181 yards so far on similar high usage, but not quite as good as Aaron Jones at +850, who currently leads the league with 234 yards.

Value Picks

Austin Ekeler (+1500) has high potential at a great price in a Chargers offense that will likely lean into him heavily thanks to Tyrod Taylor being stabbed in the chest by his own team doctor.

Outside of him, there aren’t too many terrific choices thanks to the huge amount of injuries sweeping over the league in Week 2.

Some of the possible long shots include James Connor at +2200, Joe Mixon at +300, and Alvin Kamara at +3000 as well.

Regardless of which players lead the league in stats, this year of NFL football will certainly be one of the most unique in recent memory.

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