Patriots Feature One of Most Undervalued NFL Receivers This Season

Patriots Feature One of Most Undervalued NFL Receivers This Season
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It was a forgotten year for the New England Patriots (4-13) with no playoff berth for the second straight season and the departure of arguably the greatest coach of all-time.

With only 16 touchdowns thrown by quarterbacks Mac Jones (10) and Bailey Zappe (6), one wide receiver stood out and provided a glimpse of what could be in the future for those who follow the team through sports betting in Massachusetts.

BetMassachusetts.com utilized ProFootballReference.com to find the cap hit and receiving and rushing yards of every NFL receiver during the 2023-24 NFL regular season. After doing the math of the dollars per point share for each player, we were able to determine the 10 most value driven WRs from this season. Salary and yards were included for all teams the player was on. Here are the top 10 from 2023:

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Best Value Wide Receivers of 2023-24 Season

Rank, Player, Team Cap Hit (2023-24) Rec & Rush Yards (2023-24) $ Per Yard
1. Puka Nacua, LAR $811,244 1,575 $515
2. Amon-Ra St. Brown, DET $1,136,313 1,539 $738
3. Nico Collins, HOU $1,328,595 1,304 $1,019
4. Rashid Shaheed, NO $870,000 756 $1,151
5. Tank Dell, HOU $951,049 760 $1,251
6. Rashee Rice, KC $1,180,947 935 $1,263
7. Demario Douglas, NE $783,333 602 $1,301
8. Josh Downs, IND $1,003,720 771 $1,302
9. George Pickens, PIT $1,534,586 1,158 $1,325
10. Dontayvion Wicks, GB $825,637 582 $1,419

Aided by St. Brown, Detroit finds itself in the NFC Championship Game. BetMGM Massachusetts has the Lions posted as a 7-point underdog at San Francisco on Sunday. The over/under is 51 total points.

And remember that there are bound to be plenty of Massachusetts sportsbook promos to use on this game and the AFC Championship game as well. 

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Douglas Rises from Deep in Draft

A sixth-round draft pick out of Liberty, rookie wideout Demario Douglas introduced himself to the league with 602 total yards at $1,301 per yard. His salary cap hit — $1,180,947 (third highest among the top 10 listed).

For contrast, Los Angeles Rams rookie receiver standout Puka Nacua topped the list with 1,575 yards at $515 per yard, with a salary cap hit of $811,244. Nakua had a tremendous first year with 105 receptions (ninth best) for 1,486 receiving yards (fourth) with six TDs in helping lead the Rams to a Wild-Card Playoff berth.

Rashee Rice is on the list from Kansas City, helping the Chiefs to the AFC Championship Game on Sunday. Massachusetts sports betting apps have Kansas City as a 3.5-point road underdog at Baltimore.

In 14 games played this season, Douglas had 49 receptions (79 targets) for 561 yards (11.4 yards per catch) and no scores. He had six catches in two games and five catches in three other games. The future is looking bright for first-year coach Jerod Mayo. Now if only his quarterbacks will follow suit. 

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Lou Monaco had been East Coast Scene columnist for Gaming Today in Las Vegas since June 2019, covering the East Coast sportsbook scene. He also currently is a part-time writer for the high school sports department for NJ Advanced Media (NJ.com) in Iselin, NJ. Lou has over 30 years sports experience with previous stints at ESPN SportsTicker, Daily Racing Form and Oddschecker.

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