The NFL is planning to kick off the 2020 season in September despite the spread of the Covid-19 virus, and bettors are putting their money on newcomers they think have the best chance to win Offensive Rookie of the Year. DraftKings Sportsbook has the betting splits available for some of the top options, and we break down how they look here.
It’s only natural that the No. 1 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft has a significant portion of the money being bet on him. People have high hopes for Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow. The signal caller is favored at +200 and leads all candidates with 55 percent of the handle on OROY bets and 50 percent of the total bets. Although the Bengals were terrible last season, Burrow will get back a star receiver in A.J. Green and should be handed the keys from day 1.
The next two most popular betting options are running backs. Indianapolis Colts running back Jonathan Taylor and Kansas City Chiefs running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire both have 6 percent of the handle. Edwards has the second best odds at +700 and ranks second in percentage of total bets at 6 percent while Taylor (+1000) clocks in at third with 5 percent. Neither player is guaranteed a spot as a Week 1 starter. Taylor has Marlon Mack — who’s fresh of his first 1,000-yard season — ahead of him. Edwards-Helaire will be up against Damien Williams, who has tallied 1,231 rushing yards and 12 scores in 85 career regular season games. I’d give the edge to Edwards-Helaire, as he was the only running back to be selected in the first round of the draft and has the kind of versatility that pairs perfectly with Andy Reid’s West Coast offense. Although Kansas City has a star-studded roster, Edwards-Helaire could be a major upgrade because of his elusiveness and sure hands out of the backfield.
Tua Tagovailoa (+800) has the third best odds in the field, but has only accounted for 3 percent of the handle and 4 percent of the total bets. The Miami Dolphins quarterback had a promising physical ahead of the draft, but still might not be a Week 1 starter with Ryan Fitzpatrick in the fold. The Dolphins still look shaky on the offensive line and will face some tough defenses in the AFC East.
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