NFL category leaders: Here's who bettors are hitting early
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Months from the opening week of the NFL season, football bettors are getting their fix over the summer through the futures markets. We caught up with oddsmaker Matt Lindeman to see how gamblers are approaching category-leader prop bets at Caesars in Las Vegas.

Odds to lead NFL in passing yards

Player Odds
Patrick Mahomes 7-2
Matt Ryan 11-2
Andrew Luck 7-1
Baker Mayfield 7-1
Drew Brees 9-1
Aaron Rodgers 10-1
Ben Roethlisberger 12-1
Jared Goff 12-1
Philip Rivers 14-1
Jameis Winston 15-1
Tom Brady 16-1
Jimmy Garoppolo 18-1
Kirk Cousins 22-1
Matthew Stafford 30-1
Carson Wentz 30-1
Mitchell Trubisky 30-1
Deshaun Watson 40-1
Nick Foles 40-1
Russell Wilson 40-1
Kyler Murray 50-1

Roethlisberger led the league last year in a category that's been fairly consistent - he, Brees, or Brady accounted for the top spot in each of the last five years. One of those players is already seeing a steady ticket count in the early stages.

"Great handle on player to lead league in passing," Lindeman told theScore. "We're currently most exposed to Brees, Mayfield, and Murray. Most tickets written on Brees and Mayfield. (Ryan) Tannehill is the only non-rookie who has yet to receive a bet."

Despite Brees' track record, he comes with concerns because of changes to the Saints' offensive approach over the last few seasons - they went from calling pass plays 63.4 percent of the time in 2016 to 56.3 in 2017, then down to 54.3 percent last season.

Mayfield's trending up following a solid rookie campaign with the Browns and has plenty of weapons at his disposal for 2019. Meanwhile, Murray should be throwing a ton in new head coach Kliff Kingsbury's offense with the Cardinals, who revamped the skill corps during April's draft.

Odds to lead NFL in rushing yards

Player Odds
Ezekiel Elliott 2-1
Saquon Barkley 6-1
Nick Chubb 6-1
Le'Veon Bell 8-1
Todd Gurley 10-1
Christian McCaffrey 12-1
Phillip Lindsay 12-1
Dalvin Cook 12-1
Marlon Mack 15-1
Derrick Henry 15-1
Leonard Fournette 15-1
Joe Mixon 18-1
David Johnson 22-1
Chris Carson 22-1
Sony Michel 22-1
Melvin Gordon 22-1
Kerryon Johnson 22-1
Aaron Jones 25-1
Damien Williams 30-1
Ronald Jones 50-1

Elliott has paced the league in rushing twice since coming into the league. Second-year backs Barkley and Chubb should put up big numbers based off the systems they're in. But Lindeman says the biggest liabilities are further down the board.

"We took sharp money on Fournette at 40-1 and 25-1 and really need to dodge Ronald Jones and Damien Williams, as we took bigger bets on them at 200-1 and 50-1 respectively," he said.

Odds to lead NFL in receiving yards

Player Odds
Julio Jones 4-1
DeAndre Hopkins 11-2
Odell Beckham Jr. 11-2
Antonio Brown 6-1
JuJu Smith-Schuster 13-2
Mike Evans 8-1
Davante Adams 8-1
Michael Thomas 10-1
Adam Thielen 10-1
T.Y. Hilton 15-1
A.J. Green 20-1
Amari Cooper 20-1
Kenny Golladay 30-1
Brandin Cooks 30-1
Robert Woods 35-1
George Kittle 35-1
Travis Kelce 35-1
Keenan Allen 35-1
Stefon Diggs 40-1
Jarvis Landry 50-1

Jones leads the pack, having topped the league in receiving yards twice over the last four years. There are two players on the board who the house will be rooting against ... and they're both on the Browns.

"On player to lead league in receiving, we're in a pretty good spot. Win to most of the favorites outside Beckham," Lindeman said. "Took a decent bet on Landry (at) 75-1, which makes him our biggest liability at the moment."

(Odds courtesy: Caesars)

Alex Kolodziej is theScore's betting writer. He's a graduate of Eastern Illinois who has been involved in the sports betting industry for 11 years. He can quote every line from "Rounders" and appreciates franchises that regularly wear alternate jerseys. Find him on Twitter @AlexKoIodziej.

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