The NFL appears to be on track to play a full season in 2020, meaning there’s a good chance our season long bets will actually play out. DraftKings Sportsbook has released betting splits for the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year which gives us a good look into how the public sees each rookie’s chances to win. Whether you’re inclined to back or fade the betting public, this information offers some helpful insight into where you might want to go with your picks.
Chase Young, Washington, +200, 18% Handle, 18% Bets
Young is the favorite to take the prize by a decent margin and he’s getting the biggest percentage of handle and bets. At 18 percent of the handle and the wagers, Young is getting the most action but no single player is taking the bulk of bettors’ attention at the moment.
Isaiah Simmons, Arizona Cardinals, +500, 15% Handle, 13% Bets
Simmons is a playmaker who can wrack up stats in multiple ways and has the second best odds to win the rookie hardware. Bettors are in on him slightly under Young, which makes sense. Simmons should be able to get onto the field early and often for a poor Cardinals defense and is one of my favorite bets of the group.
Xavier McKinney, New York Giants, +3300, 12% Handle, 9% Bets
The Giants new safety has been getting good action as a long shot with the fourth-most handle and bets. McKinney, like Simmons, can play all over the field. That flexibility should help him see the field like Simmons, but at +3300, the reward is sky high.
Patrick Queen, New Orleans Saints, +900, 13% Handle, 11% Bets
Betters are high on Queen in New Orleans. He should slot into a starting spot at a weak linebacker spot for the team. The Saints are almost assured a strong record with a deep team, which is always helpful for players during awards season.
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