These 5 Longshot Bets Should Give NFL Bettors A Second Thought

  • Derrick Henry possesses the shortest odds to lead the NFL in rushing again this season at +500.
  • Christian McCaffrey (+800), Nick Chubb (+950), and Dalvin Cook (+900) round out the top odds.

LAS VEGAS – Last season saw a surge of new running backs take over the NFL. While some of these players were waiting penitently for their breakout moment, others just needed the proper setting to showcase their skills.

The premier performer in the backfield last season was Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry, who steamrolled the league to the tune of 1,540 yards, 16 touchdowns, and a 5.08 yards per carry mark.

Many analysts knew the potential Henry possessed as a former Heisman Trophy winner, but none saw him turning into the physical and statistical monster he became last season.

Naturally, he is the favorite to again lead the league in rushing in 2020.

2020-21 Player With Most Regular Season Rushing Yards:

  • Derrick Henry +500
  • Christian McCaffrey +800
  • Nick Chubb +950
  • Dalvin Cook +900
  • Ezekiel Elliot +1000
  • Saquon Barkley +1200
  • Josh Jacobs +1600
  • Kenyan Drake +2800
  • Chris Carson +2800
  • Raheem Mostert +2600
  • Aaron Jones +3500
  • Devin Singletary +3500

While Henry dominated last season, he was only 46 yards ahead of Cleveland Brown RB Nick Chubb.

It seems the key to this bet is finding the sleeper who is poised for an unexpected season full of success.

Further down the odds list, there are a few prime candidates to lead the league in rushing yards this year.

Kenyan Drake – Arizona Cardinals

Kenyan Drake was traded to the Arizona Cardinals midway through the season in 2019 and completely flourished under Kliff Kingsbury’s high octane offense.

With David Johnson now playing in Houston, Drake is set for heavy production in 2020, and at +2800 odds is worthy of this deeper look.

Chris Carson – Seattle Seahawks

Another worthy longshot is Seattle Seahawks RB Chris Carson, who sits at +2800 odds as well. Carson finished fifth in the NFL in rushing last year despite missing one game and leaving two early.

If Carson can avoid injuries in 2020, he is looking at an even more potential rise to prominence.

Raheem Mostert – San Francisco 49ners

Before last season, San Francisco RB Raheem Mostert had 41 career carries. After being sparingly used the first half of 2019, the 49ers and coach Kyle Shanahan got wise to the speedster and saw him demolish teams, culminating in his 220 yard NFC Championship Game performance.

At +2600 odds, Mostert becomes a leading candidate for dark horse rushing champion.

Aaron Jones – Green Bay Packers

One of the furthest longshots to lead the league in rushing is Packers RB Aaron Jones, sitting at a daunting +3500. The average fan wouldn’t be able to tell you that Aaron Jones was actually the third highest scoring fantasy back of 2019.

While Jones is looking to match the magic of 2019, his running mate in Green Bay was injured for a good portion of last season, leading him to see in influx in carries. Regardless of the depth chart, Jones is set for another year of increased use.

Devin Singletary – Buffalo Bills

After a compelling rookie campaign that saw him rack up close to 1,000 yards despite being sidelined for a few games with a hamstring issue, Devin Singletary is looking to make an even bigger impact in 2020 due to his high-efficiency running-style.

Last year, Singletary led the league in yards-per-attempt at 5.13. At +3500 odds and with a dominant Bills’ defense behind him, Singletary is another longshot to win the NFL rushing title with more than just a chance.

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