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Odds to Win the NFL Defensive Player of the Year Award

Khalil Mack Chicago Bears

The NFL season is officially here, and sportsbooks are dealing no shortage of prop specials when it comes to which players will win the end of the year awards. When it comes to odds on which man will be crowned the 2018 Defensive Player of the Year, the race is as tight as it’s been in quite some time.

J.J. Watt is the +565 favorite to win the Defensive Player of the Year Award.

At 5Dimes, J.J. Watt is the slight +565 favorite to win the hardware. After Watt, Joey Bosa (+585), Aaron Donald (+590), Khalil Mack (+700), Von Miller (+985), Jalen Ramsey (+1800), Myles Garrett (+2000), Luke Kuechly (+2000), Cameron Jordan (+2375) and Demarcus Lawrence (+2425) have the next-best chances to earn the bragging rights.

Donald, the 2017 Defensive Player of the Year Award winner, recently signed a six-year, $135-million contract which will guarantee the defensive tackle around $87 million. Donald recorded 41 tackles and 11 sacks last season and has been a first-team All-Pro in each of the last three years.

Defensive studs are getting paid

The 27-year-old was briefly the highest-paid defensive player in league history until the Oakland Raiders dealt Mack to the Chicago Bears, resulting in the Bears signing him to a six-year, $141-million deal. A change of scenery could greatly benefit the 2016 Defensive Player of the Year, and a wager on the linebacker to collect his second award at +700 looks extremely tempting.

Where’s the value?

Watt, Bosa, Donald, Mack and Miller deserve to have the best odds in this regard, but there’s plenty of value on the oddsboard for bettors looking for players at big prices. The Jacksonville Jaguars defense topped the NFL in many categories in 2017, and the young and ferocious unit looks even scarier this year.

At 23, Ramsey is already an elite cornerback and will likely have multiple Defensive Player of the Year Awards on his mantel when his career is done. Calais Campbell made a seamless transition to Jacksonville last year after spending the first nine years of his career in Arizona and ended the campaign with 43 tackles, 14.5 sacks and three forced fumbles. He has some work to do in order to eclipse the players ahead of him on the odds list, but the +3450 price is too good to pass up for a player of his caliber.

Here’s a look at 5Dimes’s full odds list:

2018 Defensive Player of the Year Award Odds
PlayerOdds
J.J. Watt+565
Joey Bosa+585
Aaron Donald+590
Khalil Mack+700
Von Miller+985
Jalen Ramsey+1800
Myles Garrett+2000
Luke Kuechly+2000
Cameron Jordan+2375
Demarcus Lawrence+2425
Chandler Jones+2950
Calais Campbell+3450
Fletcher Cox+3525
Harrison Smith+3625
Bobby Wagner+3650
Earl Thomas+3950
Xavier Rhodes+4325
Tyrann Mathieu+4450
Bradley Chubb+4950
Myles Jack+5000

Odds as of September 6 at 5Dimes

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