Most Passing Yards
We've got the usual suspects at the top of the list; Drew Brees (+300), Matt Stafford (+600), Peyton Manning (+700), Aaron Rodgers (+1000), Tom Brady (+1000) and Matt Ryan (+1000) and the rest of the gang offered at WilliamHill.com.
Drew Brees (+300) - Last year's passing leader aired it out early and often which manifested in 5,177 yards during the regular season. What’s changed? The Saints are a pass first offense and will continue to be so in 2013. He’s the man to beat.
Matt Stafford (+600) – Stafford might be the choice here because he set an NFL record for pass attempts last season with 727 and also led the league in 2011. The Lions quarterback was about 200 yards behind the league leader Drew Brees in total passing yards but this season may very well find him as the passing yards leader in our NFL picks.
Peyton Manning (+700) – Last season the future Hall-of-Famer put up big numbers and this season he has Wes Welker in the slot to add to his total. If Manning can stay healthy he may be a decent play at 7-1 betting odds.
Tom Brady (+1000) - I'm going to toss Tom Terrific right out of the mix because the Broncos gave his little buddy Wes Welker 12 million reasons to leave Boston in search of a Rocky Mountain high. In addition, the dynamic duo of Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez will be missing in action - one for most of the season and one for good. You simply cannot recreate that kind of offensive production regardless of how prolific a passer you have in the pocket.
Aaron Rodgers (+1000) – Aaron Rodgers may be the best pure quarterback in the league but that doesn’t make him the best choice for this NFL proposition bet. He trailed Drew Brees by almost 900 yards and was ranked only eighth in passing yards last year. Rodgers has a suspect offensive line coupled with the departures of Greg Jennings and the aging Donald Driver, makes him a pass in our NFL picks.
Matt Ryan (+1000) – While some may conjecture that Ryan’s stats may be somewhat curtailed by the arrival of Steven Jackson, I am of the opinion that he will not be used exclusively as a ball carrier but as another weapon coming out of the backfield for Ryan to target. Factor in Julio Jones and Jacquizz Rodgers as two immensely talented targets and Matty Ice becomes a solid option in your NFL picks.
Tony Romo (+1600) – We love to hate Tony Romo but his aerial assault eats up the yardage. The Dallas field marshal was ranked 3rd in the NFL in passing yards in 2012 and he should have another big campaign in ‘13.
Most Rushing Yards
Adrian Peterson (+350) – You could do much worse than cast your fortunes with Vikings superstar Adrian Peterson. He silenced all the naysayers who said he would never return to form after a devastating ACL injury. All he did was rack up the second-highest rushing total in NFL history last year. If he stays on the field, he’s a steal at +350 in your NFL odds.
Marshawn Lynch (+700) – Seattle head coach Pete Carroll is committed to the running game despite having Russell Wilson pulling the trigger. That’s good news for anyone who doubts Adrian Peterson’s durability and wants another option like the Marshawn “The Beast” Lynch.
Arian Foster (+800) – Foster may only be 26-years old but his yards per carry has gone down each of the last three years. While he may be a force inside the five-yard line to break the plane and pile up the TD’s, I’m not so sure he’s a threat to win the rushing title.
Jamaal Charles (+1000) – I love this guy. He’s got one of the highest yards/carry in the history of the league but is prone to injury. If he can stay healthy, the Chiefs may just have the NFL league rushing leader in their backfield.