2016 NFL Betting: Who Will Lead the League in Rushing and Receiving?

Earlier in the offseason, we posted an article which examined the odds for who would lead the NFL in passing yards. In addition to releasing odds for the passing leader, sportsbook Bet365 also posted odds for who will be the leading rusher and receiver.

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The tables below display the current Bet365 odds for each player to lead the league in their respective categories.

Rushing

Player Bet365 (8/29) Bet365 (7/21)
Adrian Peterson +350 +333
Todd Gurley +450 +400
Doug Martin +900 +800
Ezekiel Elliott +900 +900
Lamar Miller +1000 +1200
LeVeon Bell +1400 +900
Thomas Rawls +1400 +1200
David Johnson +1600 +2000
LeSean McCoy +1600 +1600
Jamaal Charles +2000 +2000
Eddie Lacy +2000 +2000
CJ Anderson +2500 +2500
Latavius Murray +3000 +4000
Carlos Hyde +3300 +3300
Devonta Freeman +3300 +6600
Jonathan Stewart +4000 +3300
Matt Jones +4000 +4000
Jeremy Hill +4000 +4000
Mark Ingram +5000 +3300
DeMarco Murray +5000 +5000
Frank Gore +6600 +5000
Jay Ajayi +8000 +6600
Matt Forte +8000 +8000
Ryan Matthews +10000 +10000
Rashad Jennings +10000 +10000
Chris Ivory +10000 +10000
Melvin Gordon +10000 +10000
LeGarrette Blount +12500 +12500
TJ Yeldon +12500 +12500
Ameer Abdullah +15000 +15000
Isaiah Crowell +15000 +15000

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson led the NFL in rushing last year and opens as the favorite at +333. Peterson holds a narrow lead over Los Angeles Rams second-year running back Todd Gurley, who is available at +400. In his rookie season, Gurley emerged as one of the league’s best young running backs, even though he was coming off of a torn ACL that ended his junior season at Georgia. Now that Gurley is fully recovered and has a year of pro experience under his belt, he has a chance to lead the NFL in rushing yards.

One surprise is that Dallas Cowboys rookie Ezekiel Elliot is tied with Pittsburgh Steelers LeVeon Bell for the fourth-best odds (+900). Though Elliot has never played a snap at the professional level, oddsmakers believe has a great chance to rush for the most yards in the league.

Receiving

Player Bet365 (8/29) Bet365 (7/21)
Antonio Brown +350 +350
Julio Jones +350 +350
Odell Beckham +1000 +1000
DeAndre Hopkins +1000 +1000
Jordy Nelson +1400 +1400
AJ Green +1600 +1600
Dez Bryant +2500 +2500
Alshon Jeffery +2500 +2500
Allen Robinson +2800 +2800
Amari Cooper +2800 +2800
Keenan Allen +3300 +3300
Brandon Marshall +3300 +3300
Mike Evans +3300 +3300
T.Y. Hilton +3300 +3300
Demaryius Thomas +3300 +3300
Brandin Cooks +4000 +4000
Rob Gronkowski +4000 +4000
Sammy Watkins +4000 +4000
Jeremy Maclin +5000 +5000
Jarvis Landry +5000 +5000
Golden Tate +5000 +5000
Doug Baldwin +6600 +6600
Kelvin Benjamin +6600 +6600
Eric Decker +6600 +6600
Julian Edelman +7500 +7500
Larry Fitzgerald +8000 +8000
DeSean Jackson +8000 +8000
Jordan Matthews +8000 +8000
Emmanuel Sanders +8000 +8000
Marvin Jones +8000 +8000
John Brown +8000 +8000
Willie Snead +8000 +8000
Donte Moncrief +8000 +8000
Michael Crabtree +10000 +10000
Michael Floyd +10000 +10000
Kevin White +10000 +10000
Laquan Treadwell +10000 +10000
Randall Cobb +12500 +12500
Allen Hurns +12500 +12500
Stefon Diggs +12500 +12500
Greg Olsen +12500 +12500
Will Fuller +12500 +12500
Markus Wheaton +12500 +12500
Torrey Smith +12500 +12500
Corey Coleman +15000 +15000
Steve Smith +15000 +15000
Jordan Reed +15000 +15000
Vincent Jackson +15000 +15000
DeVante Parker +15000 +15000
Travis Kelce +17500 +17500
Tyler Eifert +20000 +20000
Sterling Shepard +20000 +20000
Gary Barnidge +20000 +20000

Last year’s number one and number two receivers Atlanta Falcons Julio Jones and Pittsburgh Steelers Antonio Brown were separated by a mere 37 yards. This year they opened as co-favorites at +350. Jones and Brown are two of the league’s premiere receivers, so it is no surprise that they have the most favorable odds.

Personally, I believe an intriguing option is Packers receiver Jordy Nelson (+1400), who is has the fifth-best odds. He missed all of 2015 with a torn ACL, but enters the ’16 season healthy. Star quarterback Aaron Rodgers missed one of his favorite targets last season in Nelson and getting him back might revitalize Green Bay’s passing game.

Who do you think will lead the league in rushing? Will Julio Jones repeat as the leading receiver? Please leave your comments in the section below.

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Andrew Fine

Andrew is a Sports Betting Specialist for Sports Insights. He can be reached at andrew@sportsinsights.com.

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