- Adam Thielen leads the league with 93 receptions
- Michael Thomas sits in 2nd with 86 receptions
- See the odds to finish with the most
As we head into the final five weeks of the season there are two wide receivers that are standing out from the rest of the pack.
Adam Thielen is favored to lead the league in receptions in 2018, but Michael Thomas is right on his tail. Which one will prevail?
— NFL (@NFL) November 26, 2018
Odds to Lead the NFL in Receptions in 2018
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Julio Jones, Zack Ertz, and, Thielen’s fellow teammate, Stefon Diggs round out the top five in Bovada’s odds.
Why You Should Bet on Thielen
For the first eight weeks of the season, Thielen was averaging over 100 yards per game.
A big reason for this was the addition of quarterback Kirk Cousins in the off-season. Cousins spent time training and working with Thielen and Diggs, and the work has certainly paid off. Both players are in the top five for receptions.
Just like he did in Philadelphia, new offensive coordinator John DeFilippo has found way to get his best targets involved. Thielen has yet to see less then seven targets a game and he is averaging 11.3 targets a game.
Adam Thielen has passed Randy Moss for most 💯 rec yard games in a single season for the Vikings with 9
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) November 26, 2018
Even with defenses starting to game plan for him, he still makes big plays down the field. He has posted at least 100 yards in nine of 11 games this season.
NFL Reception Leaders
Thomas should keep it close
If there is one thing working to Thomas’ benefit, it’s that unlike in Minnesota where Cousins has Thielen and Diggs to throw to, Thomas is the guy in New Orleans. When there is a big play to be made, Thomas is usually the number one option.
— The Checkdown (@thecheckdown) November 23, 2018
However there are two factors that hurt Thomas’s chances: (1) the Saints are blowing teams out of the water, and (2) they can rely on Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram on the ground.
The last close game the Saints played was back in Week 7 against the Baltimore Ravens. Since then, Brees and company have been running up the score on teams and Thomas is less needed as the game goes on.