Dalvin Cook and Christian McCaffrey Have Value in Combined Rushing Yards Prop

Dalvin Cook is expected to be one of the NFL's best rushers once again.
Dalvin Cook is expected to be one of the NFL's best rushers once again. / Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

Derrick Henry has been the king of the ground game the past two seasons, but with the return of Christian McCaffrey in 2021, don’t be so quick to pick Henry in every rushing prop. 

WynnBET has released odds for a combined rushing yards prop between two running backs, and it’s safe to say that oddsmakers are expecting Henry to carry the load again in 2021 after rushing for 2,027 yards last season. 

However, there is one duo, McCaffrey and Dalvin Cook, that I think provides the most value. 

Here’s a full look at the odds list: 

Duos With the Most Rushing Yards Odds

  • Derrick Henry and David Montgomery: +160
  • Dalvin Cook and Christian McCaffrey: +500
  • J.K. Dobbins and Saquon Barkley: +500
  • Nick Chubb and Antonio Gibson: +550
  • Jonathan Taylor and Aaron Jones: +600
  • Ezekiel Elliott and Josh Jacobs: +1200

CMC and Cook each have two 1,000-plus yard seasons in their careers, and Cook’s have come in consecutive years as he has finally been healthy enough to capitalize on his immense talent. 

While injuries limited McCaffrey to just three games in 2020, the do-it-all running back is poised for a bounce-back season, and he will have fresh legs to get it done. 

The fact that Cook and McCaffrey, who should be a lock to at least total 2,000 yards between the duo, are at +500 is slightly underwhelming considering they’re two of the game’s best running backs. 

McCaffrey does a fair amount of his damage through the air, but he ran for 1,387 yards in 2019 when he was fully healthy. Match that up with Cook’s 1,557-yard campaign in 2020, and you have yourself a legit contender in this prop. 

The Henry odds are as high as they are because of his 2,000-yard season (and rightfully so), but +160 is putting a lot of trust into Henry having his third-straight dominant (and injury-free) campaign, while Montgomery builds on a career year from 2020.

Call me a skeptic, but I don’t see both happening in 2021. Give me the two proven backs over the wild card that is Montgomery in this prop at +500 odds.

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