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Watt Favored To Win Defensive Player Of The Year

There may be no more dominant defensive player in the NFL than J.J. Watt. The Houston Texans lineman has already won the defensive player of the year award three times in his six NFL campaigns. Few players in all of football can impact an entire game themselves like Watt, whether that be pressuring the quarterback, blowing up plays in the backfield or batting down passes.

With his proven track record of dominance, Watt enters the NFL preseason as a +250 favorite to win the DPOY once again. Of course, Watt has a bit of an uphill battle after undergoing two back surgeries last year but Texans coach Bill O’Brien says that No. 99 should be 100 percent for the first regular-season game.

Right behind Watt are sack artists Khalil Mack (+400) and Von Miller (+400). Mack won the award last season after registering 73 tackles, 11 sacks and five forced fumbles. Aside from the concrete stats, nobody in the NFL pressures the opposing QB as much as the Oakland Raiders end. Miller is right there with Mack in terms of destructiveness on the field, as the Denver Broncos linebacker has never recorded fewer than 11 sacks in a 16-game season. Though Miller gets recognition for his sacks, he has become increasingly better at defending the run as well.

The guy to keep an eye on is Aaron Donald (+1200). Donald is widely regarded as the most disruptive interior lineman in the game today and his penetrating style should only be emphasized with Wade Phillips as his new defensive coordinator in LA. In addition to that, Donald will be playing for a contract with this being the last year on his rookie deal.

2017-18 NFL Defensive Player of the Year Odds

Odds as of August 7 at BetOnline

  • J.J. Watt (HOU) +250
  • Von Miller (DEN) +400
  • Khalil Mack (OAK) +400
  • Joey Bosa (LAC) +800
  • Luke Kuechly (CAR) +1200
  • Aaron Donald (LAR) +1200
  • Bobby Wagner (SEA) +1800
  • Landon Collins (NYG) +2000
  • Kwon Alexander (TB) +2000
  • Ryan Shazier (PIT) +2500
  • Danielle Hunter (MIN) +2500
  • Jadeveon Clowney (HOU) +2500
  • Justin Houston (KC) +3300
  • Marcus Peters (KC) +3300
  • Vic Beasley (ATL) +4000
  • Myles Garrett (CLE) +4000
  • Jamie Collins (CLE) +4000
  • Earl Thomas (SEA) +4000
  • Patrick Peterson (ARZ) +4000
  • Deion Jones (ATL) +5000
  • CJ Mosley (BAL) +5000
  • Keanu Neal (ATL) +5000
  • Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (GB) +5000
  • Jason Pierre-Paul (NYG) +6600
  • Oliver Vernon (NYG) +6600
  • Sean Lee (DAL) +6600
  • Harrison Smith (MIN) +6600
  • Ziggy Ansah (DET) +6600
  • Xavier Rhodes (MIN) +6600
  • Jalen Ramsey (JAX) +6600
  • Eric Berry (KC) +8000
  • Josh Norman (WSH) +8000
  • Casey Hayward (LAC) +8000