Who will be the Receiving Yards Leader in 2020?

The receiving yards leader was a done deal pretty quickly in the 2019 season as Michael Thomas ran away with the award by over 300 yards. Will it be a similar story in 2020 or can another player step up and steal the crown? Let’s take a look at who our analysts believe will be the receiving yards leader in the 2020 season.

Our Analyst's Picks

Alex Chinery (Head of Analytics): Davante Adams

Adams is a top five receiver who if you extrapolate his final four games of the 2019 regular season to a 16-game stretch would’ve had almost 2,000 yards. Now this is a small sample size but as the Packers move into Year 2 in the LaFleur offense, I expect big seasons from both Rodgers and Adams.

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Ben Rolfe (Head of NFL Content): Travis Kelce, Kansas City Chiefs

Kelce amassed 1229 receiving yards in 2019, despite playing with Matt Moore for 2.75 games and a hobbled Patrick Mahomes for more. If he gets 16 games of Mahomes and over 150 targets then 1500 yards is within reach for the Chiefs best skill position player.

To hear more thoughts from Alex and Ben about what they expect in the 2020 NFL season check out the Seven Step Drop Podcast. Available on all major podcast platforms.

Callum Squires (NFL Analyst): Michael Thomas, New Orleans Saints

Drew Brees’ favourite target. It just doesn’t feel sensible nominating anyone other than the guy who broke the receptions record so emphatically last season. The Saints will get him the ball. A lot.

Michael Norbury (NFL Betting Analyst): Michael Thomas, New Orleans Saints

He walked it last year, I see no reason why he won’t be just as productive again.

Paul Mainwaring (NFL Analyst): Michael Thomas, New Orleans Saints

Most targets = most yards

Simon Carroll (Head of NFL Draft Content): Michael Thomas, New Orleans Saints

In terms of consistent production, it isn’t even close which wide receiver is at the top of the pecking order. I’d argue that the signing of Emmanuel Sanders helps Michael Thomas continue his dominance of NFL defenses. You simply CAN’T. GUARD. MIKE.

Steve Moore (NFL Betting Analyst): Davante Adams, Green Bay Packers

With no additional receiving help and with Aaron Rodgers placing less and less trust in anyone else with every drop, expect Davante Adams to possibly break records for targets, catches, yards, the whole lot!

Tom Scott (NFL and Fantasy Football Analyst): Chris Godwin

Michael Thomas of the Saints is the easy pick here. As an outside bet, I like the match-up between Tom Brady and Chris Godwin in Tampa Bay.