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NFL Defensive Player of the Year Odds: Gilmore Edges Donald In Latest Odds Update

NFL Defensive Player Of The Year Betting Odds 2019

As we approach the conclusion of the 2019 NFL season, the one award that seems to be a certain lock outside of MVP is NFL Defensive Player of the Year with New England Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore as the odds-on favorite.

Online sportsbook Bovada has Gilmore as a -250 fave and to much surprise, he wasn’t even a betting option prior to the season. In our last update prior to Week 13, Gilmore’s odds were still hovering around +300.

Next on the list is NFL sacks leader Chandler Jones at +1000 and with that type of odds jump from Gilmore to Jones, it’s clear that oddsmakers aren’t giving the Cardinals pass-rusher much of a chance. He’d need to have like 10 sacks in Week 17 to usurp Gilmore.

Why Gilmore Is a Lock

When the Patriots signed Stephon Gilmore as a free agent in 2017, he was immediately assigned every team’s best wide receiver as the No. 1 starting cornerback. He’s been as impactful as any free agent in the NFL since Reggie White, has improved each season in New England and 2019 is his crowning achievement.

Through 15 games, he has 37 solo tackles with six interceptions (leads NFL) and has helped establish the Patriots as one of the best pass defenses in the NFL. As a group, the Pats rank second in passing yards allowed (170.7 per game), first in passing touchdowns allowed (12) and first in interceptions (25), while opposing quarterbacks are completing only 55.7 percent of their passes against New England. The last stat is incredible considering the next-best team is the Ravens at 59.5 percent.

Barring injury, Gilmore looks to be a near lock to win this award because he gets to face Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Miami Dolphins in Week 17. Fitzy may not be the turnover machine he was last year but going into New England, he’s bound to force in too many tight passes that could likely be intercepted.

2019 NFL Defensive Player of the Year Award Odds
PlayerOdds
Stephon Gilmore-250
Chandler Jones+1000
Aaron Donald+1200
Nick Bosa+1200
TJ Watt+1200
Shaquil Barrett+1400
Cameron Jordan+2000
Danielle Hunter+2800
Minkah Fitzpatrick+2800
Jamie Collins+8000
Khalil Mack+10000
Devin McCourty+10000
Preston Smith+10000
DeForest Buckner+10000

Odds as of December 28 at Bovada


Understanding NFL Defensive Player of the Year Odds

When you check out your football sportsbook of choice, you’ll see defensive player odds that look something like this:

Stephon Gilmore +700

Khalil Mack +850

Cameron Jordan + 900

Joey Bosa +1000

Shaquil Barrett +1800

To bet on these odds, you would be making a prop bet – more on that in a bit. In this case, there is no clear favorite like there would be on a moneyline or spread bet. When you don’t see odds with a minus sign (-) beside them, then the player with the lowest odds is the fave. The rest are considered underdogs.

If you think Gilmore is the defensive player to beat, and you bet $100 on him, you’d get a payout of $800 – you get your $100 back along with your winnings of $700. Our Odds Calculator will show you how much you’d win based on the odds and amount bet.

What is a Prop Bet?

A prop is a bet on the occurrence or non-occurrence of certain outcomes that may not necessarily upset the outcome of an NFL game. In this case, it’s the Defensive Player of the Year, an award given out after the regular season. You can make a bet like this as soon as the odds are announced. Oddsmakers will move the lines as players pad their stats, succumb to injury or their production decreases. If you see odds you like, jump on them like a loose ball after a fumble, otherwise the action could move so much that you’ll barely make a profit or maybe even not make one at all.