New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas recorded the most fantasy points at his position last year. Photo from @NFLonCBS (Twitter)
- BetMGM has released prop bets for the highest scoring fantasy football players at each position
- Carolina Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey led the NFL in fantasy points last year is favored to lead all running backs in 2020
- There are intriguing value bets all over the board and we have you covered with picks for each of the six available props
Fantasy football season is just a week away, and besides drafting your team, you can now bet on which players will score the most this year.
Bet MGM has released odds for each position, and there’s plenty of money to be made betting your players that end up on your squad this NFL season.
Quarterback Odds to Score Most 2020 Regular Season Fantasy Points
|Lamar Jackson (Ravens)||+260|
|Patrick Mahomes (Chiefs)||+270|
|Dak Prescott (Cowboys)||+700|
|Deshaun Watson (Texans)||+700|
|Russell Wilson (Seahawks)||+800|
|Kyler Murray (Cardinals)||+1000|
|Josh Allen (Bills)||+1000|
|Matt Ryan (Falcons)||+1200|
|Tom Brady (Buccaneers)||+2000|
|Drew Brees (Saints)||+2000|
|Aaron Rodgers (Packers)||+2000|
|Caron Wentz (Eagles)||+2200|
|Matt Stafford (Lions)||+2500|
|Cam Newton (Patriots)||+3000|
|Jared Goff (Rams)||+3000|
|Ryan Tannehill (Titans)||+3000|
|Daniel Jones (Giants)||+3000|
|Kirk Cousins (Vikings)||+4000|
|Jimmy Garoppolo (49ers)||+4000|
|Joe Burrow (Bengals)||+4000|
*All odds taken September 1st
Killer Kyler Ready to Breakout
Quarterback can often be an afterthought in fantasy football, but in real life, it’s clearly the most important position.
Lamar Jackson led the position last year thanks to 3,127 passing yards, 1,206 rushing yards and 43 total touchdowns. He’s narrowly listed as the favorite over AFC nemesis and newly minted Super Bowl champion Patrick Mahomes.
Both would be great bets based on their talent level, but I’m looking a little further down the board for a value pick.
Kyler Murray ➡️ Andy Isabella 💣
Don’t 😴 on Isabellapic.twitter.com/1uDcytU9WG
— PFF Fantasy Football (@PFF_Fantasy) August 26, 2020
Kyler Murray fits the bill for me. Like Jackson he has shown the dual threat ability at an elite level in Kliff Kingsbury’s Air Raid offense.
His rookie season was impressive, but perhaps he can channel some stats like he did in his Oklahoma days with new weapon DeAndre Hopkins in the fold.
Wide Receiver Odds to Score Most 2020 Regular Season Fantasy Points
|Michael Thomas (Saints)||+700|
|Davante Adams (Packers)||+1000|
|Julio Jones (Falcons)||+1100|
|Tyreek Hill (Chiefs)||+1100|
|Chris Godwin (Buccaneers)||+1400|
|DeAndre Hopkins (Cardinals)||+1400|
|Kenny Golladay (Lions)||+1600|
|Mike Evans (Buccaneers)||+1600|
|Amari Cooper (Cowboys)||+1800|
|D.J. Moore (Panthers)||+1800|
|A.J. Brown (Titans)||+1800|
|Adam Thielen (Vikings)||+1800|
|Robert Woods (Rams)||+1800|
|Calvin Ridley (Falcons)||+2000|
|Tyler Lockett (Seahawks)||+2000|
|Cooper Kupp (Rams)||+2200|
|Allen Robinson (Bears)||+2500|
|Odell Beckham Jr. (Browns)||+2500|
|Keenan Allen (Chargers)||+2500|
|DeVante Parker (Dolphins)||+2500|
Don’t Overthink Michael Thomas
Michael Thomas was the best wide receiver in fantasy last year and he will be again in 2020. He was targeted 185 times despite an early season injury to starting quarterback Drew Brees.
Thomas finished the campaign with 149 receptions, 1,725 yards and 9 touchdowns. The former Ohio State Buckeye proved he’s the best in the game and I don’t expect to see him slow down this year.
Highest completion rates by active QB/WR duos since 2016 (min 150 targets):
1. Brees/Thomas – 80%
2. Wilson/Lockett – 74%
3. Cousins/Thielen – 73%
4. Goff/Kupp – 72%
5. Roethlisberger/JuJu – 71% pic.twitter.com/8BWtRRjOVT
— PFF (@PFF) August 29, 2020
The Saints are reportedly open to trading running back Alvin Kamara. This may be bad news if you’re a Saints fan but Thomas fantasy owners should be licking their chops.
Kamara catches a ton of balls out of the backfield, and if he were to move on, it would only result in more opportunities for Thomas to pad his stats. Looking at the favorites for quarterback and running back, you’ll notice the +700 is incredible value that you should bet with confidence.
Running Back Odds to Score Most 2020 Regular Season Fantasy Points
|Christian McCaffrey (Panthers)||+300|
|Saquon Barkley (Giants)||+500|
|Ezekiel Elliot (Cowboys)||+550|
|Derrick Henry (Titans)||+600|
|Dalvin Cook (Vikings)||+800|
|Alvin Kamara (Saints)||+1400|
|Nick Chubb (Browns)||+1600|
|Clyde Edwards-Helaire (Chiefs)||+1600|
|Miles Sanders (Eagles)||+1600|
|Joe Mixon (Bengals)||+1800|
|Aaron Jones (Packers)||+1800|
|Josh Jacobs (Raiders)||+1800|
|Kenyan Drake (Cardinals)||+2000|
|Chris Carson (Seahawks)||+2500|
|Austin Ekeler (Chargers)||+2500|
|Todd Gurley (Falcons)||+3500|
|David Johnson (Texans)||+3500|
|Leonard Fournette (Free Agent)||+4000|
Can Anyone Unseat C-Mac?
Making the case against Christian McCaffrey is silly. He’s an absolute stud for the Carolina Panthers who racks up yards and touchdowns at an incredible rate. He’s a great bet to be the best at the position even with the +300 price tag.
All that said, there is a long shot you might want to bet as well way down the board.
— Carolina Panthers (@Panthers) September 1, 2020
Texans running back David Johnson is healthy and ready to take control of a new offense. In 2016 he compiled 2,118 total yards and 20 touchdowns.
2016 may feel like forever ago but with Hopkins out of town, there’s a path for him to put up similar numbers for Houston in 2020. I like two bets here, the favorite and the incredible value of Johnson at +3500.
Tight End Odds to Score Most 2020 Regular Season Fantasy Points
|Travis Kelce (Chiefs)||+220|
|George Kittle (49ers)||+350|
|Mark Andrews (Ravens)||+700|
|Zach Ertz (Eagles)||+800|
|Darren Waller (Raiders)||+1100|
|Evan Engram (Giants)||+1200|
|Jared Cook (Saints)||+1200|
|Hunter Henry (Chargers)||+1400|
|Tyler Highbee (Rams)||+1400|
|Rob Gronkowski (Buccaneers)||+2000|
|Hayden Hurst (Falcons)||+2000|
|Noah Fant (Broncos)||+2200|
|Austin Hooper (Browns)||+2200|
Waller is Raiders Focal Point
My favorite value bet on the board comes at the tight end position. Travis Kelce of the Chiefs led the group last year followed closely by George Kittle of the 49ers and Darren Waller of the Raiders.
The trio were the only players to top 1,000 yards and yet, Waller is the only one listed as a semi-long shot despite having more catches and yards than Kittle in 2019.
He’s paying +1100 and that’s a bet I absolutely love.
Week one prep.
— Las Vegas Raiders (@Raiders) September 1, 2020
Waller only recorded three touchdowns last year which, when it comes to tight ends, can be as much about luck and opportunity as anything else. If he racks up big time yards again this year and his luck improves, he’s a great value play.
D/ST Odds to Score Most 2020 Regular Season Fantasy Points
|San Francisco 49ers||+1200|
|Los Angeles Rams||+1200|
|New England Patriots||+1400|
|Kansas City Chiefs||+1600|
|New Orleans Saints||+1600|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||+1800|
|Green Bay Packers||+2200|
As easy as it is to joke about how meaningless team defenses are, last year the New England Patriots were a historically high scoring fantasy defense and league winner for many.
Do I expect anyone to be that good this year? No.
That said I do really like what Nick Bosa and the 49ers have going on. They are paying a tidy +1200 and worth the risk.
Kicker Odds to Score Most 2020 Regular Season Fantasy Points
|Harrison Butker (Chiefs)||+1000|
|Wil Lutz (Saints)||+1000|
|Justin Tucker (Ravens)||+1100|
|Robbie Gould (49ers)||+1200|
|Greg Zuerlein (Cowboys)||+1200|
|Jake Elliot (Eagles)||+1400|
|Jason Myers (Seahawks)||+1400|
|Matt Prater (Lions)||+1400|
|Dan Bailey (Vikings)||+1400|
|Brandon McManus (Broncos)||+1600|
|Younghoe Koo (Falcons)||+1600|
|Austin Seibert (Browns)||+1600|
|Chase McLaughlin (Colts)||+1600|
As you can see not much separates the best from the middle of the pack in the kicker odds. Let’s not read into this too much.
Harrison Butker of the Chiefs was the best at the position last year thanks to an explosive offense. The Ravens have Lamar Jackson, Mark Ingram and now J.K. Dobbins. They’ll be putting up points in bunches all year so I’m going with Justin Tucker at +1100.
The Pick: Justin Tucker (+1100)
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