What Does Alternate Receiving Yards Mean?

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The “alternate receiving yards” betting market allows you to bet Over or Under on receiving yards lines other than the standard line that sportsbooks set. The odds on alternate receiving yards lines change from the standard line based on if you move it in your favor or against it.

For example, say the standard line for AJ Brown's receiving yards is Over/Under 86.5. Alternate receiving yard lines available may include 60, 70, 80, 100, and 120 yards.

If you think Brown is going to have a big game, you may decide to bet Over 100 yards instead of 86.5, and, in exchange, you receive better odds (higher payout) than you would get if you took Over the standard line of 86.5.

If you think Brown is going to have an off day or the Eagles will run a lot, you may decide to bet Under 80 yards in exchange for better odds and a higher payout.

You can also “play it safe” with alternate receiving yards lines by betting Over a lower number than the standard line or Under a higher number than the standard line.

Using the same example, if you think Brown will get close to his standard receiving yards line but want a safety net, you may decide to bet Over 80 yards instead of Over 86.5 yards. Since you're moving the odds in your favor, you would receive a lower payout.

Similarly, if you think Brown isn't going to hit his standard line but want to play it safe, you may choose to bet Under 100 yards in exchange for a lower payout.

All of the best NFL betting sites offer this market for each NFL game, as well as alternate passing yards and alternate rushing yards lines.

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How I Bet Alternate Receiving Yards Lines

One of my favorite ways to bet alternate receiving yards lines is to use them in parlays. Since these require you to hit every leg in order to win the bet, “buying” the extra yards allows you some wiggle room in case the player gets close to their standard line.

For example, I may include Brown Over 70 receiving yards (instead of 86.5 yards) in combination with another player's alternate line so they have a higher chance of winning.

I also sometimes will take an alternate receiving yards line if I think the standard line is too high or too low and want to go for a higher payout. For example, if running back Jonathan Taylor is out for the game with an injury for the Colts but Michael Pittman's receiving yards line is around his average for the season, I may take Over on an alternate receiving yards line that is higher than his standard line.

If you don't understand how the odds on alternate rushing yards markets work, check out our guide to reading betting odds.

Dave Rathmanner

Dave Rathmanner is the Founder & CEO of Odds Assist. After struggling to find helpful sports betting resources and honest reviews when he first started betting, he decided to create the site he always wished he had. Dave has been betting on sports since NJ legalized it in 2018 and regularly analyzes sportsbooks to find the best options for bettors. Aside from creating new content for OA readers, Dave is also passionate about researching betting markets, creating models, and developing profitable betting strategies.