NFL teams are passing the ball more than ever these days which makes the wide receiver position the most valuable it's ever been.
The pregame narrative: We're completely fading the quarterback position in our QB best bets, but we're looking to do the opposite at wide receiver. Here are five bets we've uncovered that we're eyeing at the position, including a 50-to-1 selection to win Offensive Player of the Year.
Below are our best NFL wide receiver bets to make for the 2023 season.
Best NFL wide receiver bets overview
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|NFL WR bets||Odds||Add to betslip ⬇️|
|Jakobi Meyers over 750.5 receiving yards||-112||Add to betslip|
|Courtland Sutton over 57.5 receptions||-112||Add to betslip|
|Brandin Cooks over 800.5 receiving yards||-112||Add to betslip|
|Amon-Ra St. Brown to lead NFL in receptions||+1,500||Add to betslip|
|CeeDee Lamb to win Offensive Player of the Year||+5,000||Add to betslip|
NFL odds as of 3:40 p.m. on 08/27/2023.
Best NFL wide receiver bets
Best Bet: Meyers over 750.5 receiving yards (-112)
This is a very reasonable line for a wide receiver who routinely beats this number and is likely walking into a larger workload.
Meyers has usurped this total in each of his last two seasons, registering 866 receiving yards in 2021 and 804 in 2022. He impressively surpassed this mark last year despite missing three games.
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He's likely entering a much better environment for passing, ditching the New England Patriots for the Las Vegas Raiders. Las Vegas averaged roughly three more pass attempts per game (34.5-31.8) than New England last year.
They'll be passing plenty in 2023 as it figures to be trailing in most games. The team has a 6.5-game win total which is tied for the lowest in the AFC.
There's also plenty of opportunity available for Meyers to take advantage of. The Raiders have the third-most vacated air yards (2,201) and 11th-most targets (191) in the league, according to 4for4.
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Best Bet: Sutton over 57.5 receptions (-112)
There was plenty of buzz surrounding the Denver Broncos entering last season. This year? Not so much.
Sutton was one of many Broncos who underwhelmed in 2022. The addition of Russell Wilson at quarterback did very little to boost the offence as the team averaged a league-low 16.9 points per game.
Even with Sutton's and the offence's shortcomings, the wide receiver still managed 64 catches. In fact, this is a mark he's beaten in every season where he's started 10 games or more.
There's also a sudden boon of available targets in the offence due to injuries. Jerry Jeudy will miss "several weeks" with a severe hamstring injury while Tim Patrick is out for the entire season with an Achilles injury.
With those two out and head coach Sean Payton comparing Sutton to Michael Thomas, the wideout should be poised to beat this very reasonable line.
Best Bet: Cooks over 800.5 receiving yards (-112)
The Dallas Cowboys will be Cooks' fifth team. The veteran has recorded a 1,000-yard season for each of his previous four squads and we're expecting him to continue the trend.
Cooks is coming off a down year where he finished with 699 receiving yards in 13 games. His average of 53.8 yards per game would've extrapolated to 914.6 across 17 games.
He's undergoing a significant situation upgrade. He leaves Davis Mills and the Houston Texans for Dallas' Dak Prescott. The Cowboys have 1,620 vacated air yards which is the ninth-most in the NFL and 191 targets which is the 11th-most.
Cooks is still in the prime of his career at 29 years old and has six 1,000-yard campaigns. Although he'll serve as No. 2 to Lamb, he should thrive in the role and benefit from no longer facing opposing teams' top corners.
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St. Brown to lead the NFL in receptions (+1,500)
Detroit has the makings of an all-offence, no-defence team. That should lead to plenty of passing for a team with a real lack of options at wide receiver.
The Lions' depth chart is extremely thin outside of St. Brown, especially with Jameson Williams serving a six-game suspension to open the year. Marvin Jones is listed as the No. 2, but at 33 years old and coming off a season where he averaged 33.1 yards per game, it's fair to question how much he has left in the tank.
The team is trotting out a rookie tight end in Sam Laporta and that's traditionally a difficult position to adjust to as a first-year player. Rookie running back Jahmyr Gibbs will likely see a hearty amount of pass-catching work, but there really isn't anybody else who's capable of stepping into a prominent receiving role.
St. Brown finished seventh in receptions (106) and ninth in targets (146) last year. Detroit allowed the fourth-most points per game (25.1) in 2022 and didn't do too much to upholster the defence. There should be plenty of shootouts on the schedule and lots of targets coming for St. Brown.
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Lamb to win Offensive Player of the Year (+5,000)
We're saving our best for last.
Few NFL wide receivers have the ability to challenge Ja'Marr Chase and Justin Jefferson for the status of WR1, but Lamb is one of them.
The Cowboys wide receiver tied for fifth in receptions (107) and fourth in targets (156) last year. The three-year pro continually beat opposing teams' best coverages despite having no real secondary option to alleviate the pressure.
He'll have a legitimate No. 2 to relieve some attention off him with the addition of Cooks in 2023.
Lamb finished sixth in receiving yards (1,359) in 2022 despite being the only wide receiver in the top 20 of the category to not have a 40-plus-yard reception. A deeper wide receiver room should create more space for Lamb.
Every move Dallas has made this offseason suggests the team is looking to throw the ball more in 2023. The Cowboys ranked 19th in pass attempts per game (32.9) last season, but they let Ezekiel Elliott walk and used the cap space to bring in Cooks.
More attempts mean more work for Lamb, who we're betting on entrenching himself as one of the best wide receivers in the game.
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