We looked at the NFL quarterbacks who could finish 2014 with the most passing yards, now it’s time to look at the wide receivers who could lead the league in receiving yards this season. Of course, Detroit’s Calvin Johnson is the favorite in this department, but there are other names who could take the crown and put some serious money in your wallet.
Here are some names you should consider if you’re looking at this prop bet.
Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons – If Calvin Johnson is the best receiver in the NFL, Jones is probably a close second. Due to injury, Jones participated in only five games last season, but still racked up 41 catches for 580 yards and two touchdowns. Uh, if he can keep that production up for an entire season, he’s winning this prop with ease. Jones is an athletic freak who makes tough catches look easy and often can expose mismatches due to having Roddy White on the field with him at the same time. Jones averaged more than 10 targets per game last year and should have no problem topping 1,000 receiving yards for the second time in three seasons. Jones is well worth a look at odds of +1000.
A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals – Unlike other top receivers, Green doesn’t have a clear No. 2 to help take some of the pressure away from him. However, that hasn’t stopped him from generating 460 targets in his first three seasons. Green has steadily improved his numbers each season, which includes 1,426 yards and 11 touchdowns last season. If that’s a trend that continues, Green should easily top 1,500 receiving yards, giving himself a good chance to win this prop. Lord knows he has the talent to get close to that number given what he’s shown already. There’s great value with odds currently at +1500.
Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals – If we’re looking at the longest of longshots, Fitzgerald is your guy. I get it, Fitz hasn’t produced 1,000 receiving yards in two straight seasons and has a questionable quarterback in Carson Palmer. But let’s not act like Fitzgerald still isn’t one of the premier receivers in this league and isn’t capable of producing a monster season with him still on the good side of 30 years old. Fitzgerald finally has his No. 2 receiver in Michael Floyd and Palmer should throw the ball over 600 times due to a Cardinals running game giving him nothing. I’m still a believer in Fitzgerald and love getting crazy odds of +5000.
Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers – Guess who finished second in the NFL last season with 1,499 receiving yards? Antonio Brown. Now that Josh Gordon is probably not going to play this season, it kind of makes Brown the guy to beat given the circumstances. Brown is a speedster at 5’10” and always seems to be open. Keep in mind, it was Brown’s first season as the first option and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger wasn’t his usual self and got off to a slow start. If these two are clicking right out of the gate, there are going to be a ton of fireworks. Odds of +1600 are ridiculous given what Brown should he is capable of.
Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys – Believe it or not, Dez Bryant is still scratching the surface of his potential at the young age of 25 years old. Just look at the way Bryant finished the season for the Cowboys, hauling in a touchdown in the final five games. Bryant can be much more consistent and can push for a season of 1,500 yards after racking up 1,233 last season. Bryant remains the top option in a Cowboys offense that has been up-and-down over the years, and Tony Romo is a quarterback who loves to throw the ball, totaling 1,705 passing attempts in the last three seasons. Last season, Bryant said he’s just as talented as Calvin Johnson. He’ll have a chance to back up those statements, and I’ll back him with solid value at +500.