- The Los Angeles Rams’ Cooper Kupp is favored to lead the NFL in receiving yards in 2022
- Kupp topped the league in receptions, receiving yards and touchdown catches last season
- A look at the 2022 receiving yardage leader odds can be found below
Cooper Kupp is the favorite to lead the NFL in receiving yards in 2022, not surprising considering the wide receiver had a season for the ages in 2021 while helping the Los Angeles Rams win the Super Bowl.
Kupp led the league in receptions (145), receiving yards (1,947) and touchdown catches (16). As a +800 choice, Kupp has an 11.11% implied probability to win the receiving yards crown again.
Following Kupp on the odds board are the Minnesota Vikings’ Justin Jefferson (+1000) and Las Vegas Raiders’ Davante Adams (+1100).
2022 NFL Receiving Yardage Leader Odds
|Cooper Kupp (Rams)||+800|
|Justin Jefferson (Vikings)||+1000|
|Davante Adams (Raiders)||+1100|
|Ja’Marr Chase (Bengals)||+1200|
|Tyreek Hill (Dolphins)||+1400|
|Deebo Samuel (49ers)||+1500|
|Stefon Diggs (Bills)||+1800|
|Diontae Johnson (Steelers)||+2000|
|Travis Kelce (Chiefs)||+2500|
|CeeDee Lamb (Cowboys)||+2500|
|DJ Moore (Panthers)||+2500|
|DeAndre Hopkins (Cardinals)||+3000|
|A.J. Brown (Titans)||+3500|
|DK Metcalf (Seahawks)||+3500|
|Mike Evans (Buccaneers)||+4000|
|Keenan Allen (Chargers)||+4000|
|Mark Andrews (Ravens)||+4000|
|Mike Williams (Chargers)||+4000|
|Michael Thomas (Saints)||+4000|
|Chris Godwin (Buccaneers)||+4500|
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Kupp became the fifth different player to lead the NFL in receiving yards in the last five seasons. He fell 17 yards short of the league single season record of 1,964 by Calvin Johnson in 2012 with the Detroit Lions.
Kupp had the advantage of playing in 17 games as the NFL expanded its regular season schedule by one game in 2021.
Here is a look at the last five receiving yardage champions
Season Receiving Yards Leaders 2017-21
|2021||Cooper Kupp (Rams)||1,947|
|2020||Stefon Diggs (Bills)||1,535|
|2019||Michael Thomas (Saints)||1,725|
|2018||Julio Jones (Falcons)||1,677|
|2017||Antonio Brown (Steelers)||1,533|
Kupp Logical Favorite
It is not surprising that Kupp is the favorite to repeat as the receiving yardage leader following his season for the ages.
He is already working on 2022.
— Cesar 🥱 (@ClappedCesar) April 6, 2022
The Rams finished fifth in the NFL in passing yards last year in Matt Stafford’s first season as quarterback. Los Angeles seems likely to have an explosive offense again despite trading wide receiver Robert Woods to the Tennessee Titans to clear salary cap space.
Allen Robinson II was signed in free agency and the veteran will look to bounce back following an injury-plagued 2021 in which he was limited to 38 receptions for 410 yards and one touchdown. Robinson had 1,147 yards in 2019 and 1,250 in 2020.
The running back duo of Cam Akers and Darrell Henderson should give the Rams a strong enough ground game to keep defenses honest.
The Next Tier
Jefferson and Adams are the next two choices, and both seem primed for big seasons in 2022.
In his first two NFL seasons, Jefferson has compiled 3,016 receiving yards. He had 1,400 as a rookie in 2020 then increased his production to 1,616 last season.
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) November 21, 2021
Jefferson has obviously gained the trust of veteran quarterback Kirk Cousins as he has averaged 8.8 targets a game in his nascent career.
When Adams declined to play the 2022 season on the franchise tag, the Green Bay Packers traded him to the Raiders. The move was at least a bit surprising as Adams had a strong connection with Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
Adams averaged 108.0 receptions and 1,327.5 yards a season over the last four years. He was selected to the Pro Bowl each season and was an All-Pro the past two years.
Aaron Rodgers to Davante Adams for the win…
What a time to be alive. pic.twitter.com/hW182Qb5ed
— Eli Berkovits (@BookOfEli_NFL) April 10, 2022
The adjustment to Raiders quarterback Derek Carr should be seamless as the two were teammates in college at Fresno State.
Who Will Finish First?
While Kupp is the chalk, it would not be surprising to see the Rams have a bit of a letdown following their Super Bowl triumph. That would open the door for Jefferson, who will be just 23 years old when the season begins and is still clearly ascending.
If you’re looking for a value futures bet play, try Tennessee Titans wideout AJ Brown at +3500. He has averaged 16.2 yards a catch in his three-year career and seems poised for a breakout season, especially with Woods aboard to keep defenses honest.
The Pick: Justin Jefferson (+1000)