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NFL Comeback POY Odds: Big Ben Ready To Shave and Bounce Back

NFL Comeback Player Of The Year Award 2020 Ben Roethlisberger

The beauty of the brutality of football and the NFL is the comeback story. A player could be left for dead due to a devastating injury or poor performance and then the next season, he can rise up from the ashes like a phoenix and reclaim his position of dominance.

That’s why the best football betting sites have tabbed Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger as the favorite to win the Associated Press NFL Comeback Player of the Year Award in 2020. Roethlisberger is coming off an elbow injury that forced him to miss all but one game in 2019 and Bovada has him at the top of their oddsboard at +250.

This can be a fun betting prop to wager on because you’re rooting for something good to happen to a player who shows perseverance in overcoming adversity. If you’re unsure of how to bet on something like this, make sure to read up on Odds Shark’s guide of How To Bet on Football.

For now, here’s a look at the full list of odds to win the NFL Comeback Player of the Year:

Odds to win the 2020 AP NFL Comeback Player of the Year Award
Ben Roethlisberger+250
Rob Gronkowski+325
JJ Watt+650
Matthew Stafford+700
AJ Green+900
Alex Smith+1200
Andy Dalton+1600
Cam Newton+1800
Nick Foles+1800
Myles Garrett+2000
Antonio Brown+2200
Bradley Chubb+3300
Trent Williams+4000
CJ Mosley+5000
DeSean Jackson+5000
Joe Flacco+7500
Jordan Reed+7500
TY Hilton+7500
Akiem Hicks+8000
Alshon Jeffery+8000
Keanu Neal+8000
Kwon Alexander+8000
Malcolm Butler+8000
Stephen Gostkowski+8000
Xavien Howard+10000
Josh Rosen+12500
Lamar Miller+12500

Odds as of May 27 at Bovada

Why Roethlisberger Is The Favorite

Talent, opportunity, the severity of the injury – these are just some of the reasons why Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is the favorite to win NFL Comeback Player of the Year. Big Ben was expected to lead Pittsburgh back to the playoffs in 2019 and with the headaches of WR Antonio Brown and RB Le’Veon Bell out of the picture, he wasn’t expected to have the distractions.

The elbow injury that took him out in 2019 was not one that most players easily return from, especially at 38 years old. It required him to have reconstructive ligament surgery and he was only cleared to start throwing again in late February. The Steelers need him back desperately after the brief Mason Rudolph-Duck Hodges era.

Back in 2018 before this happened, Roethlisberger was a stud signal-caller who led the NFL with 5,129 passing yards. Pittsburgh’s offense also scored a franchise-record 53 touchdowns that season so if Ben is even 80 percent of what he was before the elbow issue, he should be able to win this award in a landslide.

Other Players To Consider for Comeback POY

Looking back at the AP Comeback Player of the Year winners since 2010, all but one had two things in common: they were returning from injury and their teams made the playoffs.

With those two factors in mind and also considering the best “story,” the two players who immediately stand out are Nick Foles (+1800) and Myles Garrett (+2000).

Nick Foles

Nick Foles now has a chance to be a hero in two states after leading Philadelphia to a Super Bowl win in 2018 and then moving to be the “backup” quarterback to Mitch Trubisky with the Chicago Bears.

Foles enters a situation in Chicago where he can immediately be an upgrade over Trubisky and be a stabilizing force for a team that is built to win now. He may not have the prettiest stats at the conclusion of the season but if the Bears go over their projected win total and are 12-4 SU or win the NFC North, he would make a solid betting option for this prop.

Myles Garrett

Then there’s Myles Garrett, already one of the premier defensive ends in the NFL with the Cleveland Browns, whose reputation was tarnished when he yanked Steelers QB Mason Rudolph’s helmet off and hit him in the head with it. There are some things you just can’t unsee in an NFL game and that was one of them.

Garrett was on his way to potentially leading the NFL in sacks and in the conversation for NFL Defensive Player of the Year. If he can duplicate that performance while leading the woeful Cleveland Browns back to the postseason, he may be in line to win this award, especially if Roethlisberger struggles in his return.

Understanding NFL Comeback Player of the Year Odds

At any sportsbook, you’ll see prop odds laid out like this:

Ben Roethlisberger +250

JJ Watt +650

Nick Foles +1800

Unlike a moneyline bet where favorites are designated with the minus sign (-), in this case, the player with the lowest odds is the favorite. Here, it’s Ben Roethlisberger.

Let’s say you’re loving Nick Foles at +1800. If you were to lay down $100 on him, you’d get a payout of $1,900 – your $100 is returned along with your winnings of $1,800. On the other hand, if you believe that JJ Watt is going to have a stellar season, that same $100 on him would give you a payout of $750 – you get your original money back coupled with your prize of $650. 

To find out how much you’d win based on what you bet, check out our Odds Calculator.

What is a Prop Bet?

To wager on NFL Comeback Player of the Year odds, you would make a prop bet. This is a bet on the occurrence or non-occurrence of team or player milestones that may not directly affect the outcome of a certain football game.

Short for proposition, this kind of bet can be made as soon as the odds are released. If you see action you like, it’s best to jump on those odds early. As more games unfold, a player’s odds will shift to reflect their performance, whether it’s good or bad.