Best NFL WRs In 2022
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Betting on NFL wide receivers can be difficult because a lot has to happen before the football ends up in their hands.
If you partner the best wide receiver with a struggling quarterback, that receiver will not put up great receiving yards.
If a team’s offensive line is not playing well, a QB will be forced to throw the ball short if they can even get it off.
The defense can scheme and try to take away a great receiver by double-teaming him.
All these factors can make betting wide receivers a little unpredictable.
However, this unpredictability also can mean there is a lot of value to be found in the odds.
A bettor who is well researched and has a good understanding of the teams involved has an opportunity to spot that value and hopefully cash some winning tickets when betting NFL.
Top 10 NFL Wide Receivers
Cooper Kupp – Los Angeles Rams
Matthew Stafford has now played one season with the Los Angeles Rams, and it was a season to remember.
Stafford threw for 4,886 yards and 41 touchdowns, along with a Super Bowl victory.
Rams star receiver Cooper Kupp was on the receiving end of 1,947 of Staffords passing yards.
Kupp finished with the second most receiving yards in a single season all-time.
Only Calvin Johnson of the Detroit Lions, who had 1,964 receiving yards in 2012, has had more receiving yards in a single season.
Interesting to note, Stafford was Johnson’s QB in 2012 and Kupp’s QB last year.
Davante Adams – Las Vegas Raiders
With Aaron Rodgers as his quarterback, Davante Adams was able to haul in over 1500 receiving yards last year with over 120 receptions.
However, this year Adams won’t have a four-time league MVP as his QB.
Adams has moved to the Las Vegas Raiders this past offseason and will now have Derek Carr throwing him the ball.
If you are concerned about how playing with Carr and not Rodgers will impact Adam’s stats, I think it’s interesting to point out that the Raiders QB had more passing yards last year than Packers MVP did.
The new Raider receiver combined over 4,300 receiving yards in his previous three seasons.
Justin Jefferson – Minnesota Vikings
Only the Ram’s Cooper Kupp put up more receiving yards than Justin Jefferson in 2021.
The Minnesota Vikings playmaker finished with over 1,600 yards in only his second season in the NFL. Jefferson now has over 3,000 receiving yards just two years into his career.
The Vikings have had two of the greatest receivers in NFL history play for their franchise. However, neither Randy Moss nor Cris Carter could lead the league in receiving yards for a single season.
Jefferson had over 100 receptions last year and cracked double digits with 10 TD receptions. With only two years of experience, he is already elite at his position.
2022 could be an excellent year for the Vikings’ pass-catching star.
Ja’Marr Chase – Cincinnati Bengals
Most Cincinnati Bengals fans are probably not huge fans of the LSU Tigers and their excellent collegiate football program.
However, with former LSU standouts Joe Burrow and Ja’Marr Chase now on their roster, I’m sure Bengals fans appreciate all they learned while there.
Chase hauled in an impressive 81 receptions and over 1,400 receiving yards in his rookie season. He averaged 18 yards per catch and found the endzone an impressive 13 times.
Those stats were good enough to allow Chase to earn the NFL’s Offensive Rookie of the Year award.
The Bengals made it to the Super Bowl in his first year, and expectations for the young receiver will be very high going into year two.
Deebo Samuel – San Francisco 49ers
Last year, with Jimmy Garoppolo starting 15 games for the San Francisco 49ers, Deebo Samuel finished with 1405 receiving yards.
That was good enough for 5th overall across the entire league.
However, Jimmy Garoppolo will likely not be the QB trying to deliver Samuel the ball this year.
The 49ers are expected to turn to Trey Lance to lead their offense, which makes betting Samuel on some of his futures totals an interesting selection.
If you believe Lance is ready to step in and play QB at a high level this year, you might like betting over some of Deebo’s totals.
However, if you aren’t sold on Lance in what would be his first full year as a starter, then maybe you want to lean to the under.
Stefon Diggs – Buffalo Bills
Over the last four seasons, Stefon Diggs has gone over 1,000 yards receiving each year, and in his two seasons with Buffalo, the speedy Bills receiver has totaled over 2,700 yards through the air.
In his first season with Josh Allen as his quarterback, Diggs caught an impressive 127 balls.
Last year, the seven-year veteran once again caught over 100 passes. It was the third time Diggs has had over 100 receptions in a season in four years.
There are big expectations for the Bills this year. Josh Allen is the early season betting favorite to win the NFL MVP award.
If Allen lives up to expectations, hard to believe Diggs won’t benefit from a big year statistically.
Mike Evans – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Anytime someone is lining up at the wide receiver position with Tom Brady as their quarterback, you expect them to have a decent season.
Mike Evans has been putting up great numbers in Tampa Bay long before the G.O.A.T. arrived.
Drafted in 2015, Evans has put up 1,000 yards receiving in each of his eight years with the Buccaneers.
That stat speaks to his playmaking abilities and his ability to stay healthy. Evans has missed only four games during his eight years in the league.
In his two seasons with the G.O.A.T. as his QB, Evans has just over 2,000 yards receiving and 144 receptions.
Tyreek Hill – Miami Dolphins
Tua Tagovaloia can be a polarizing topic of conversation for Dolphins fans.
Those who are optimistic about him point to his accuracy and overall athleticism.
Those that aren’t quite as optimistic point out that in 21 career starts with the Miami Dolphins, the two-year veteran doesn’t throw the ball downfield very often.
In his 23 career games played, Tua has amassed 4,467 passing yards. That is under 200 yards passing per game played.
The Dolphins acquired Tyreek Hill this past offseason from the Kansas City Chiefs.
If Tua cannot complete the deep ball with Hill lined up on the outside, the debate on Tua as a long-term starter will only heat up in Miami.
During his last two seasons in KC, Tyreek Hill had over 2,500 receiving yards and caught 198 passes.
A bettor who believes Tua can get him the ball in Miami might see a lot of value in Hill’s betting totals this year.
A.J. Brown – Philadelphia Eagles
Somehow, in his first two seasons in the NFL, A.J. Brown managed to go over 1,000 yards, despite missing a total of 9 games during those two years.
Last year, his third in the league, Brown missed another four games and fell short of 1,000 yards receiving.
However, there is no doubt that if the new Philadelphia Eagles receiver can figure out a way to play all 17 games, he will put up monster numbers for his new team.
Brown is the number one receiver for the Eagles this year, a team many consider dangerous and a Super Bowl darkhorse.
Many have suggested that Jalen Hurts is a good MVP betting option based on his odds.
The combination of Hurts to A.J. Brown could put up some big statistical numbers if Brown can play an entire season.
CeeDee Lamb – Dallas Cowboys
During his first two seasons with the Dallas Cowboys, CeeDee Lamb played with Amari Cooper, the recognized number one wide receiver option for the Cowboys.
However, Cooper is no longer catching balls in Dallas, and now Lamb becomes Dak Prescott’s primary target and the Cowboys’ biggest offensive threat.
Despite missing one game last year, Lamb still finished with over 1,100 yards receiving on 79 catches. Only two seasons into his career, the Cowboys’ playmaker already has over 2,000 yards receiving.
This year, without Cooper in the mix, there is a chance that Prescott targets Lamb even more than he did his first two years.
If that is the case, the former Oklahoma Sooner could be challenging for the most receiving yards in the entire league.
Betting The NFL Receiving Yards Leader
Last year, it was Cooper Kupp who easily put up the most receiving yards across the entire NFL.
This year, the Rams look poised to be an explosive offense again, and no doubt Kupp will put up impressive numbers.
However, it has been ten years since Calvin Johnson became the last player to repeat as the NFL leader in receiving yards.
With so many quality wideouts across the league, numerous players could win that distinction in 2022.
2021 Receiving Yards Leaders
|Cooper Kupp||1947 Yards||Rams|
|Justin Jefferson||1616 Yards||Vikings|
|Davante Adams||1553 Yards||Packers|
|Ja’Marr Chase||1453 Yards||Bengals|
|Deebo Samuel||1405 Yards||49ers|
Betting The NFL WR To Catch The Most Touchdowns
2021 Total TD Receptions Leaders
No surprise that the player who led the NFL in total receptions and total receiving yards also led the league in touchdown catches.
Cooper Kupp truly had a historic year in 2021, a year that will be tough to repeat.
Interesting to see DK Metcalf on this list. Metcalf was not one of the league leaders in receiving yards, but he is such a mismatch in the red zone that the Seahawks still found a way to get him the ball when it mattered most.
Always Shop Around
The single most significant advantage a sports bettor has over the sportsbooks is the ability to shop around for the Best Odds available.
This is true for every bet type but is especially important when discussing NFL futures betting.
Let’s use the odds for players to lead the NFL in receiving this year as an example.
2022 NFL Receiving Yards Leader Odds
|Deebo Samuel||Caesars +1500||FanDuel +2500||DraftKings +3000|
|A.J. Brown||Caesars +3500||FanDuel +3500||DraftKings +3000|
|Mike Evans||Caesars +2000||FanDuel +2500||DraftKings +2000|
There is no doubt that Deebo Samuel, AJ Brown, and Mike Evans are all considered elite receivers.
All three players will receive a lot of action by those betting on the NFL receiving yards leader this year.
However, as we look at our table above, it is incredible to see the discrepancy of odds between the sportsbooks.
DraftKings is paying out twice as much as Caesars is when it comes to odds on Deebo Samuel.
A $100 bettor could make $500 more in profit if AJ Brown were to win the title, and they bet him through Caesars or FanDuel.
The same applies to Mike Evans. If a $100 bettor were to use FanDuel, they would make $500 more in profit compared to what Caesars and DraftKings are offering on him.
These odds, on only three players, emphasize the importance of shopping around for the best odds available.