Is Antonio Brown worth betting in NFL player futures?
Antonio Brown is coming off a stellar 2018 campaign with the Pittsburgh Steelers, where he produced great numbers, but a bitter divorce has relocated him to Oakland. Some superstars prove to be invulnerable to desolate surroundings, but we've never seen Brown outside of Pittsburgh. This makes betting him long-term a tough pill to swallow.
Can Brown maintain his 2018 numbers?The drama that Brown stirred up leaving Pittsburgh has followed him to Oakland. The $50+ million man for the Raiders will report to camp after losing his lid over the a new helmet rule, which would force him to wear a new head piece. This is great news for the team and even better news for fantasy owners who were facing keeper deadlines.
An arbitrator ruled against Raiders’ WR Antonio Brown’s grievance to wear his old helmet, per source.Now Brown must decide if he’s willing to play football with a new helmet he desperately does not want to wear. — Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 12, 2019
Being the main target of the often-maligned Derek Carr, whose NFL MVP odds are a distant +10000, also supports the opinion that Brown isn't in a position to lead the league in touchdowns again. Surroundings often determine success, and Carr might be out of a job halfway through the season, Brown's frostbitten feet might fall off and Gruden could lose the team by Week 6 with his fiery temper.
The Raiders are an absolute zoo, which makes them a great focus for Hard Knocks, but derails them as a futures bet from top to bottom. Their 2019 regular season win total is just O/U 6, with the Under favored at -120. Oakland is also a distant +1400 to win the AFC West, well behind the Kansas City Chiefs (-175) and the Los Angeles Chargers (+190).
So who else is worth wagering on in the NFL regular season receiver props at BetAmerica?
Odds to lead the NFL in receiving yards in 2019
NFL target share leaders in 2018: 1. Deandre Hopkins: 33.4% 2. Michael Thomas: 29.2% 3. Julio Jones: 28.4% 4. Davante Adams: 27.7% 5. Keenan Allen: 27.4%— Field Yates (@FieldYates) August 11, 2019
Pittsburgh's JuJu Smith-Schuster and Brown are tied at third in this market at +900. That's a bit worrisome for a future wager. Brown is literally and figuratively starting with bad footing on his new team. There's no telling what breakout star JuJu is capable of as a No. 1 option. Will he thrive in the spotlight or be hampered with defenses not focusing on Brown any longer?
The most fun wager might be Odell Beckham Jr. at +1000. Finally reunited with BFF Jarvis Landry, and on the receiving end of Baker Mayfield's lasers, ODB is in for a redemption story. There's a lot of hype in Cleveland, but this group is confident enough to believe it can live up to it. Unshackled from a Giants' offense that he has now professed to have hated, Beckham could be in store for a breakout season, which is hard to believe given his cemented superstar status.
Michael Thomas of the Saints is a great talent, but there are concerns surrounding Drew Brees entering this campaign. Mike Evans is prohibitive, even in a Bruce Arians' offense, given the maligned, last-chance doom cloud hanging over Jameis Winston. Tyreek Hill isn't a terrible bet, but will be limited in the spread-it-out style of head coach Andy Reid.
Odds to lead the NFL in receiving touchdowns in 2019
Joining Hopkins at the top of the list is Green Bay's Davante Adams, a productive receiver who piled up 13 touchdowns last year as Aaron Rodgers' favorite target. Adams may not have the star power of others on the list, but numbers don't lie—this guy produces.
100+ receiving yard games in 2018 (TEs)↙️Zach Ertz 5 Travis Kelce 5 Jared Cook 4 George Kittle 4 Rob Gronkowski 2 — PFF Fantasy Football (@PFF_Fantasy) August 13, 2019
In terms of value, Eric Ebron may have to be the bet here. He's getting a +2500 number after a 13-touchdown season serving as Andrew Luck's favorite red-zone target. Injury concerns abound with Luck, but what else is new there? It's easy to throw a flier at a big number like that.
However, Adams is the smarter play.
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