CeeDee Lamb has been one of the most talked about wide receivers in the NFL over this offseason. After trading Amari Cooper to the Cleveland Browns, the Dallas Cowboys’ are expecting Lamb to take the reins as the team’s No. 1 option in the passing attack.
The Cowboys will aim to replace Cooper’s 68 receptions, 865 receiving yards, and eight touchdowns in 2022. That’s a heavy chunk of production that Dallas will look to spread around its roster.
ESPN betting analyst Joe Fortenbaugh joined SportsCenter on Tuesday to explain why Lamb has value in the betting market.
“Look at what he did last season, he had 1,102 (receiving yards) and that was with Amari Cooper on the roster,” Fortenbaugh noted. “Cooper’s now in Cleveland, which means 15 percent of the team’s completions and 17 percent of the team’s receiving yards are no longer with the roster.”
Lamb will certainly see more targets this year without Cooper as he looks to improve upon a 79-reception season in 2021.
BetMGM has regular season player props listed for most of the game’s top players, including Lamb. BetMGM sets Lamb’s receiving total at 1,149.5 yards, which is the fourth-highest amongst all available wide receivers.
Lamb’s career average yards per reception is 13.3. So, if Lamb records 87 catches and his average holds up, he will total 1,157 receiving yards in 2022. Now, there are plenty of variables throughout the NFL season, but it seems like Las Vegas is giving the betting public a slight edge here.
Speaking of the public, Lamb has been quite the attraction at the betting window.
Fortenbaugh mentions that Lamb’s odds to lead the NFL in receiving yards were 25/1 just two weeks ago. Those odds have come all the way down to 10/1 on BetMGM, meaning that the sportsbook has received a significant amount of money on Lamb to finish atop the league.
The only receivers with better odds than Lamb at +1000 are:
Cooper Kupp (+750)
Justin Jefferson (+800)
Ja’Marr Chase (+900)
There is no question that Lamb is set up to explode in the Cowboys’ offense this season. However, it still feels like the oddsmakers are low-balling the third-year receiver out of the Oklahoma University. With the odds continuing to drop, now is the time to put your money down on Lamb.
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