Player to Record the Most Rushing Yards in the 2017 Regular Season
NFL Rushing Yards Odds
Ezekiel Elliott’s chances of repeating as the National Football League’s rushing leader took a massive hit recently when the Dallas Cowboys running back was handed a six-game suspension for his alleged role in a domestic violence case.
Elliott’s suspension leaves the door wide open for another running back to claim the rushing crown for the 2017-18 NFL season.
The most logical choice heading into the NFL season is Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell — a +300 favorite to collect the most rushing yards. However, Bell has struggled to stay on the field in the past, making him a question mark despite being the clear-cut favorite.
Here are some of the other potential candidates who have a legitimate shot at winning the rushing crown in 2018, with odds courtesy of Bovada.lv.
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Le’Veon Bell (+300)
The Steelers’ all-star back was limited to 12 games last season after serving a suspension at the beginning of the NFL season. Bell was still able to rack up 1,268 rushing yards in 2016, which ranked fifth overall in the league. In four years, Bell has only played one full 16-game season — rushing for 1,361 yards and eight touchdowns during the 2014 campaign. While Bell is expected to be on the field for Week 1, the Steelers’ superstar running back has been absent from training camp, awaiting to sign a franchise tender contract. Until that happens, Bell is holding out, which could very well hurt his chances of winning the rushing crown.
David Johnson (+1000)
A player to consider backing prior to the start of the NFL season is Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson, who has been a work horse in back-to-back seasons. Johnson racked up 1,239 rushing yards to go along with 16 touchdowns in 2016. Only New England rusher LeGarrette Blount had more rushing touchdowns last season. Arizona’s passing options aren’t as strong as they once were, so expect the Cards to increase Johnson’s workload in the backfield. If Johnson can remain healthy, he has a strong chance of becoming the NFL’s next rushing champion and at +1000, bettors will be jumping on those odds while they can.
Jordan Howard (+1200)
The Chicago Bears running back flew under the radar last season, quietly putting up impressive numbers. Howard finished second in rushing yards in 2016, racking up 1,313 and finishing behind Elliott. What’s even more impressive is Howard finished second among starting backs in yards per carry with an average of 5.2. It’s no secret the Bears will be a running team and they’ll want to rely on Howard to produce much of the scoring in what could be a long season for the lowly Bears. The only concern is Howard staying healthy in what is going to be a heavy workload for the sophomore back.
LeSean McCoy (+2000)
Get your bets in on LeSean McCoy, who is going to have a monster season with Buffalo Bills. McCoy average 84.5 yards per game last season and with a growing concern with the club’s passing game, expect those numbers to soar in the 2017-18 campaign. Still under the 30-year-old expiry date for many running backs, McCoy has a lot of good football left and as a +2000 underdog, expect money to come pouring in on the 2013 rushing champion.
Devonta Freeman (+2200)
If you want to be the highest paid running back in the National Football League, you better perform like one. The Atlanta Falcons rusher inked a five-year extension worth $41.25 million, making Freeman the highest paid running back in the game. With that comes pressure for Freeman, who rushed for 1,079 yards last season but scored 11 touchdowns in the process. Entering the prime of his career, watch for Freeman to improve on those numbers and challenge for the rushing title in 2018.Pick David Johnson (+1000) Bovada
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