Fantasy football players that did their homework and studied the players and stats prior to drafting probably have a ton of useless knowledge in their heads just dying to be used.
So, why not bet on it?
No, don’t put money down on your team relative to your buddy’s. Go to BetMGM.com and bet on which quarterback will record the most fantasy football stats during the 2020 NFL season:
- Lamar Jackson +260
- Patrick Mahomes +270
- Dak Prescott, Deshaun Watson +700
- Russell Wilson +800
- Kyler Murray, Josh Allen +1000
- Matt Ryan +1200
- Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Aaron Rodgers +2000
- Carson Wentz +2200
- Matthew Stafford +2500
- Cam Newton, Jared Goff, Ryan Tannehill, Daniel Jones +3000
- Gardner Minshew, Baker Mayfield, Ben Roethlisberger +3500
- Kirk Cousins, Jimmy Garoppolo, Joe Burrow +4000
- Drew Lock, Teddy Bridgewater, Philip Rivers +5000
- Derek Carr, Sam Darnold +8000
- Dwayne Haskins +15000
- Tua Tagovailoa +17500
- Tyrod Taylor +20000
- Nick Foles, Mitchell Trubisky +25000
- Justin Herbert, Ryan Fitzpatrick +40000
- Jalen Hurts, Alex Smith, Marcus Mariota, P.J. Walker, Taysom Hill, John Wolford, and Jarrett Stidham +100000
- Mason Rudolph, Jameis Winston +150000
Most people off the top of their heads will probably assume it was Patrick Mahomes with how prolific the Kansas City Chiefs passing offense is. But they would be wrong. According to the scoring system at NFL.com, it was Baltimore Ravens quarterback, Lamar Jackson.
Yes, he did not throw for nearly as many yards as Mahomes, but he did have more touchdowns, not to mention his work in the running game. Mahomes actually came in seventh behind Dak Prescott, Russell Wilson, Deshaun Watson, Jameis Winston, and Josh Allen.
Yes, Josh Allen scored more fantasy points than Patrick Mahomes (by 1.52 points). It is also worth mentioning that Jackson outscored Prescott (who came in second) by 77.9 points.
So, does that mean you should just put all your money down on Jackson? Not necessarily.
Jackson’s success was predicated on making defenses fear the run so much they couldn’t play super-tight coverage on receivers; they certainly couldn’t commit to double teams in fear of getting gashed by the run.
While Jackson’s contribution to the run game was vital, the Ravens will probably try to protect the franchise quarterback a little more this year. John Harbaugh has said nothing will change, but he will not risk damaging the future by getting Jackson hurt.
But with the buffer Jackson had on second place, he could easily afford to do a lot less and still have the most points.
So—who should you bet on?
This one is easy—Jackson. There is a good chance some teams figure out how to slow him down, but few have the kind of athletes on defense it would take. He’ll score less this season, but still enough to come out on top.
But if you are okay with a little risk, a few guys are intriguing dark horse candidates.
With how the Cowboys threw the ball last year, Prescott is worth a look—especially if CeeDee Lamb can get on track early and often. Russell Wilson would not be a bad bet (considering his odds) either, as would Drew Brees.
The best dark horse is Deshaun Watson and Tom Brady. Watson is not going to run as much as Jackson, but he may go all out this year to prove his contract was not a mistake by the Texans.