Best NFL wide receiver bets for the 2022 season
CeeDee Lamb is poised for a breakout season in his third year. Photo by Ron Jenkins/AP.

The NFL has turned into a passing league which means wide receivers are more important (and paid) than ever before.

This was the offseason of wide receivers securing the bag. Tyreek Hill, Davante Adams and Stefon Diggs, to name a few, all received monster paydays. Let's take a look at the position on the futures market and see where bettors can find good value.

Here are our best NFL WR bets for the 2022 season.

Best NFL wide receiver bets

Best NFL wide receiver betsOddsBet now
Best bet: Courtland Sutton over 5.5 touchdowns-112Add to betslip
Best bet: CeeDee Lamb to lead NFL in receiving yards+1,300Add to betslip
Best bet: Justin Jefferson to win NFL Offensive Player of the Year+1,500Add to betslip
Long shot: Stefon Diggs to win NFL Offensive Player of the Year+4,500Add to betslip
Fade: Cooper Kupp to win NFL Offensive Player of the Year+1,000Add to betslip

Best NFL wide receiver bets

Courtland Sutton over 5.5 touchdowns (-112)

A quarterback upgrade should do wonders for Sutton's production this year.

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Russell Wilson joining the Denver Broncos elevates a group that has been mired by bad play at the position for years. Trevor Siemian, Paxton Lynch, Joe Flacco and Drew Lock highlight some of the names the team has had under centre since Peyton Manning's retirement.

Sutton has played with some of the worst passers and has posted solid numbers through it all. The 26-year-old posted 1,816 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns in his first two seasons before tearing his ACL and MCL in 2020.

He only scored two touchdowns in his first season back from the injury in 2021 but Denver's 37 touchdowns tied for the 10th fewest in the NFL.

Having Wilson under centre, and playing in the offensively-loaded AFC West, will drive that number up in 2022. Sutton is a strong bet to set career highs across the board.

CeeDee Lamb to lead NFL in receiving yards (+1,300)

Talent and opportunity are the two factors that can lead to a monster season. Lamb has both working in his favour in 2022.

His talent is undeniable. The 2020 first-round pick finished with 935 receiving yards in his first season before totalling 1,102 yards in his sophomore year. Lamb improved both his yards per reception (12.6 to 13.9) and yards per target (8.4 to 9.2) in his second campaign.

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The opportunity is obvious. The Dallas Cowboys are weak at the position outside of Lamb. The team traded Amari Cooper and lost Cedrick Wilson in free agency, two moves that largely contribute to the squad's 205 vacated targets, according to 4for4. That's the 11th most in the NFL.

Dallas' 38.4 pass attempts per game ranked fifth in the league last year and the team is committed to throwing the ball on offence. Lamb is a good bet to pace the league in targets and ultimately receiving yards because of that.

Justin Jefferson to win NFL Offensive Player of the Year (+1,500)

This number has been steadily shortening all offseason but it remains one worth betting at its current line.

Jefferson is an exceptional talent. The wideout's 1,400 receiving yards as a rookie were the most for a freshman since Bill Groman totalled 1,473 yards in 1960. He followed that up with 1,616 yards last season, trailing only Cooper Kupp (1,947).

The 23-year-old will benefit from Kevin O'Connell taking over as head coach. Jefferson has already explained how excited he is to have the ex-Los Angeles Rams offensive coordinator in charge of the offence.

The odds offer the strongest argument as to why Jefferson is a prime candidate to win this award. The Minnesota Vikings star is tied with Cooper Kupp and Ja'Marr Chase (+800) for the best odds to finish with the most receiving yards and is tied with Davante Adams (+900) for the fourth-best odds to lead the league in receiving touchdowns.

Best NFL wide receiver bets: The long shot

Stefon Diggs to win NFL Offensive Player of the Year (+4,500)

Diggs is the premier receiving option for one of the NFL's best passing offences which is why he's a great dart-throw bet.

It's important to start off with a reminder that this man led the NFL in receiving yards just two seasons ago when he hauled in 1,535 yards.

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The 28-year-old only finished with 1,225 yards last year (eighth in the NFL), but there's a correctable reason for that. Diggs' catch percentage in 2021 dropped to 62.8%, which is the lowest mark he's produced since his rookie season.

Diggs' career catch percentage is 68.9%, so a return to the mean will have him right near the top of the NFL in the category in 2022. He finished last year with 1,828 air yards, ranking second in the NFL, according to PlayerProfiler.

It's clear the usage is still there for Diggs to be considered one of the best at his position. He's absolutely worth betting on at these odds.

Best NFL wide receiver bet to fade

Cooper Kupp to win NFL Offensive Player of the Year (+1,000)

Marshall Faulk (1999-2001) is the only player since 1980 to win Offensive Player of the Year in consecutive seasons. Kupp has the best odds of any wide receiver to win the award and is tied for the second-best odds of any player.

History suggests the odds are certainly not in his favour to win the award again.

There are also questions surrounding Matthew Stafford as the season nears. The Super Bowl MVP is dealing with elbow tendinitis and it's uncertain how that may impact the passer's ability to throw in 2022.

Additionally, the Rams added Allen Robinson this past offseason. The ex-Chicago Bear has been a target hog throughout his career and may cut into Kupp's totals.

There are more appealing options further down the board to win NFL Offensive Player of the Year than the reigning winner.

Odds as of 5:18 p.m. on 08/25/2022.

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