Justin Jefferson has been the most productive wide receiver in the NFL the past two seasons, accumulating a mind-bending 236 catches for 3,425 yards and 18 touchdowns in that span.
The Vikings’ superstar is only 23 years old and is generally seen as the best pass-catcher in the NFL.
But there is another wideout that continually lands right next to him — or sometimes above — in futures bets heading into the 2023 season: Cincinnati’s Ja’Marr Chase.
Most Ever Receiving Yards by a Rookie (Super Bowl Era):
Ja’Marr Chase: 1,455 yards (2021)
Justin Jefferson: 1,400 yards (2020)
Anquan Boldin: 1,377 yards (2003)
Randy Moss: 1,313 yards (1998)
Odell Beckham Jr: 1,305 yards (2014) pic.twitter.com/An3u7xCNRg
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The Bengals star, and former college teammate of Jefferson at LSU, had a phenomenal rookie season, but missed five games last year with a hip injury, which bit into his counting stats.
However, myriad sportsbooks believe Jefferson and Chase are in their own tier when it comes to expected production in 2023, as they rank 1-2 in many categories.
Here is a look at a few of them.
Offensive Player of the Year at FanDuel
Favorite: Ja’Marr Chase (+1200)
Contender: Justin Jefferson (+1400)
Second Tier: Cooper Kupp; Tyreek Hill; Christian McCaffrey, Jonathan Taylor (+2000)
Chase is only a year removed from one of the best rookie seasons in wide receiver history, and still put over 1,000 yards with nine touchdowns in 12 games a year ago.
He has 22 touchdown catches in 29 career games, and continued scoring efficiency could be a factor when it comes to voting for this prestigious award. Jefferson has 25 touchdown receptions in 50 career games, which is nothing to sneeze at, but Chase’s skillset makes him a dominant option in the red zone.
He will also continue catching passes from Joe Burrow for a team in the Super Bowl hunt, all of which adds up to make him the favorite for the award.