Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones is the betting favorite to lead the NFL in receiving yards next season. Jones led the league in that department last season as well as in 2015 when he set a career-high 1,871 receiving yards.

Jones was the Falcons’ sixth overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft and he had an impressive rookie season where he caught a total of 959 yards. The 30-year old six-time Pro-Bowl selection has amassed at least 1000 receiving yards in five straight seasons.

These are the NFL betting odds to lead the league in Receiving Yards during the 2019-20 season. These odds were taken from as of 8/15/19:

Player Odds
Julio Jones +400
DeAndre Hopkins +600
Juju Smith-Schuster +1000
Michael Thomas +1000
Odell Beckham Jr. +1000
Ty Hilton +1200
Matt Evans +1400
Davante Adams +1400
Antonio Brown +1600
Adam Thielen +1800
Keenan Allen +2000
Aj Green +2800
Amari Cooper +3300
Brandin Cooks +3300
George Kittle +3300
Robert Woods +3300
Travis Kelce +300

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Julio Jones has led the NFL in receiving yards two times in the last four years, including last season. Jones topped the 1,600-yard mark in 2015 and 2018, en route to leading the league in receiving yards during those years. Last season, Jones’ total was 1,667 and an average of 104.8 receiving yards per game.

DeAndre Hopkins ranked second to Julio Jones in receiving yards per game last season with a total of 1,572. The former 27th pick of the 2013 NFL draft also caught a total of 1,372 yards during the 2017 season. He has a good connection with DeShaun Stevenson and that makes him one of the favorites.

Juju Smith-Schuster played alongside Antonio Brown last season but despite that, he was still 5th in the league in receiving yards with a total of 1,426. Smith-Schuster’s 2018 receiving numbers were 509 yards better than his previous season mark and now that Brown is no longer in Pittsburgh, he should have plenty of opportunities to improve that mark.

Michael Thomas was 6th in the NFL in receiving yards last season. The 4th pick of the 2016 NFL draft has caught at least 1,100 yards in each of his first three NFL seasons, including 1,137 yards during his rookie year. Thomas is the NFL record holder for most receptions in his first three seasons with 321.

Odell Beckham Jr.’s move from the New York Giants to the Cleveland Browns has put him high on this list. We all know about his talent but OBJ caught just 1,052 yards last season, good for 18th in the NFL. However, he played just 12 games last season. If he can stay healthy this year, he’s got a good shot especially with Baker Mayfield throwing him the football.

Football Who Will Lead the NFL in Receiving Yards Next Season?

Julio Jones is the favorite here as he was the 2018 leader in this statistical category but with the Atlanta Falcons concentrating on getting the ball to Calvin Ridley, Jones’ numbers may take a dip this season.

On the other hand, I like Juju Smith-Schuster here because we know he played alongside Antonio Brown last season and yet still posted impressive numbers. Now that Brown is gone, he is the top wide receiver option and that alone could cause a spike in his numbers. smith- Schuster also has a good relationship with Big Ben so you could expect him to catch more passes this season.

An interesting pick here is Keenan Allen at +2000 because of the Melvin Gordon holdout issue. If Gordon continues to hold out and doesn’t play for the Los Angeles Chargers, Allen becomes WR1 and should get more yards this season.

I’m picking Juju Smith-Schuster here but you can make Keenan Allen your longshot pick as well. Prediction: Juju Smith-Schuster

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