Okay MyBookie NFL betting faithful, with Week 13 of the 2020 regular season almost here, it’s time to take a look at the top 10 offensive players in the league so far. My criteria is simple. Outside of statistics, the following 10 players have been most responsible for their respective teams’ success this season. Simply put, I’ve come to the conclusion that, by subtracting the following 10 stars from their respective teams would adversely affect each team’s success on the field – and accompanying chances of reaching – and winning Super Bowl 55 in February. Let’s get started so you can continue making your bets against their NFL odds.
NFL Offensive Player Rankings Heading Into Week 13!
No. 10 Terry McLaurin – WR – Washington
Second-year Washington wide receiver Terry McLaurin wasn’t a high draft pick as he came into the league in the third round out of Ohio State in the 2019 draft, but he’s quickly turned into a star in less than two full seasons. After racking up an impressive 58 catches for 919 yards and seven touchdowns as a rookie last season, McLaurin is now undeniably Washington’s top receiver. The 25-year-old wideout ranks 11th in receptions (69) and fifth in receiving yards (963) despite playing with a trio of quarterbacks under center. McLaurin is Washington’s best (only?) wide receiver and removing him from the team would make Ron Rivera’s squad a completely run-oriented team that opponents could stack the box against.
No. 9 Dalvin Cook – RB – Minnesota
The 25-year-old second round pick out of Florida State is having a phenomenal season as he heads into Week 13 ranked second in rushing yards (1,130), first in rushing touchdowns (13) and sixth in average yards per carry (5.2). Cook also has 29 receptions for 255 yards and another score and has been utterly instrumental to Minnesota’s success this season – although veteran quarterback Kirk Cousins has been playing lights out as of late.
No. 8 Nick Chubb – RB – Cleveland
I’ve got to give credit where credit is due. Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski made a hella’ smart move by changing his offense from a Baker Mayfield-led attack to one that features running back Nick Chubb and counterpart Kareem Hunt. The 24-year-old Chubb, a second round pick out of Georgia in 2018, has rushed for a team-high 719 yards (6th) and six touchdowns (10th) while averaging a jaw-dropping 6.3 yards per carry (2nd). While Hunt has rushed for an equally impressive 706 yards while averaging 4.5 yards per carry, Chubb is the gut you fear to take any carry all the way to the house.
No. 7 Tyreek Hill – WR – Kansas City
If last week’s 269-yard, three-touchdown performance doesn’t say everything that needs to be said about the fleet-footed Hill, then I don’t know what else to say. The fifth round pick in the 2016 draft has 68 catches (12th) for 1,021 yards (2nd) and a league-leading 13 TD receptions. The perennial Pro Bowler opens up the entire field for Patrick Mahomes and the rest of Kansas City’s explosive offensive skill position players and can chance the course of any game on a single play. Play off of Hill and he’ll beat you underneath. Play too close to the speedster and it’s likely a lights out quick-six!
No. 6 DK Metcalf – WR – Seattle
Now, in just his second year in the league, the 6-4, 229-pound Metcalf has quickly turned into arguably the most feared wide receiver in the league. The second round pick out of Ole Miss has 58 receptions (T17) for a league-leading 1,039 yards and nine touchdowns (5th) while averaging 17.9 yards per catch (3rd). The super-sized wideout torched Philly for 177 yards on Monday night and has the look of a genuine superstar for years to come.
No. 5 Deshaun Watson – QB – Houston
I know Houston has been pretty awful this season, but none of it has been Deshaun Watson’s fault. The 12th overall pick in the 2017 draft has been stunningly good this season by passing for 3,201 yards (4th) and 24 TD passes (T5) while rushing for 293 yards and two more scores. Over Houston’s last six games, three of which have resulted in wins, Watson has thrown a whopping 15 TD passes and no interceptions. Unfortunately, the former Clemson star has little to no help on offense, particularly after for Texans head coach and GM Bill O’Brien foolishly traded away perennial Pro Bowl wide receiver Deandre Hopkins. Subtract Watson from the lineup and Houston doesn’t win a single game.
No. 4 Derrick Henry – RB – Tennessee
While veteran quarterback Ryan Tannehill is now rock-steady under center after floundering in Miami at the start of his career, make no mistake about it, in order to beat the Tennessee Titans, stopping powerful running back Derrick Henry is first and foremost. The league’s reigning rushing leader is back at it again as he enters Week 13 ranked first in rushing yards (1,257) and second in rushing touchdowns (12). Henry is averaging a stellar 4.9 yards per carry and has topped the 100-yard mark in three straight games and five of Tennessee’s last seven games overall. Henry has put up a mind-boggling 311 rushing yards and four touchdowns in leading the Titans to consecutive victories. To make matters worse, Henry gets stronger late in the season and late in games while opposing defenders want nothing to do with trying to stop the bulldozer of a running back.
No. 3 Ben Roethlisberger – QB – Pittsburgh
It’s crazy to me that Ben Roethlisberger isn’t getting more attention for being a legitimate MVP candidate, but no matter, I still believe he’s been one of the best offensive players in the league this season. Big Ben has thrown 24 TD passes (T5) and just five interceptions and while helping rookie wideout Chase Claypool turn into a legitimate star. The bottom line is that, if you remove the 38-year-old from Pittsburgh’s lineup, the Steelers go 8-8 at best, just like they did a year ago. With Roethlisberger under center, the Steelers are unbeaten and a real threat to challenge Kansas City in the AFC.
No. 2 Russell Wilson – QB – Seattle
It’s hard to believe Wilson was a third round pick back in 2012, but he’s far surpassed any expectations and will certainly be a future Hall of Famer at some point in the future. Wilson has been phenomenal in passing for 3,216 yards (3rd) with 31 TD passes (2nd) while adding 379 rushing yards and another score. Wilson leads the league in quarterback rating and is undoubtedly the straw that stirs Seattle’s drink.
No. 1 Patrick Mahomes – QB – Kansas City
The former league MVP and Super Bowl winner looks like he could win his second MVP as he enters Week 13 ranked first in passing yards (3,497), third in touchdown passes (30) and first in fewest interceptions (2). Mahomes has added 215 rushing yards and two scores and can make throws that the average human just can’t make. If you take Mahomes out of the lineup, i suspect Kansas City would still be a nine-win team under Chad Henne, but with Mahomes calling the shots, the Chiefs are going to be legitimate Super Bowl favorites for years to come!
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