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Updated odds for NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year after Week 1

Aaron Donald has won DPOY twice and is the favorite to in the award in 2020 following the conclusion of Week 1.

Aaron Donald of the Los Angeles Rams looks on during the fourth quarter against the Dallas Cowboys at SoFi Stadium on September 13, 2020 in Inglewood, California. Photo by Harry How/Getty Images

We’re through Week 1 of the 2020 NFL season, and that means we’ve gotten a look at most of the league’s top defensive players. We’ll need a much bigger sample size to gauge who has a shot at winning Defensive Player of the Year, but there are some obvious frontrunners worth monitoring. We’ll go over some of the top betting options for the award on DraftKings Sportsbook here.

It’s not surprising to see that Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald is the favorite at +700. He was +800 before Week 1, so he’s trending in the right direction. He might not have the best stats because of the how often he draws double teams, but he is one of the most impactful defensive players in the NFL. Donald finished Week 1 with four tackles, a sack and four quarterback hits against the Dallas Cowboys, who have one of the best offensive lines in the NFL. The two-time DPOY could improve his odds in Week 2 by putting up gaudy numbers against a Philadelphia Eagles team that got throttled by the Washington Football Team on Sunday.

Pittsburgh Steelers edge rusher T.J. Watt trails Donald in the odds at +1000. He improved from his preseason mark of +1400 after despite only recording one tackle against the New York Giants in his 202 debut. he did manage to pick off Daniel Jones though. Watt finished second in last year’s voting, behind New England Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore and Arizona Cardinals linebacker Chandler Jones. Watt is in his fourth NFL season and has finished inside the top 15 in sacks twice. He finished fourth in 2019 with 14.5.

Brothers Joey and Nick Bosa are both defensive ends tied for the third best odds at +1400. Joey has improved from +200 after tallying five tackles and a sack in the Los Angeles Chargers’ season opener against the Cincinnati Bengals. Nick odds haven’t budged since Week 1 concluded despite his six tackles and forced fumble for the San Francisco 49ers in their loss to the Arizona Cardinals. The Bosa brothers have each won a Defensive Rookie of the Year Award and are chasing more impressive hardware.

Chicago Bears linebacker Khalil Mack rounds out the top five at +1500 and hasn’t seen his odds move. The 2016 DPOY pressured Detroit Lions quarterback Matt Stafford six times in Week 1 but only had four tackles to show for his performance. He’s relentless in his pursuit of big plays, but will need to get quality counting stats to win DPOY again after his low sack year in 2019. He’ll be up against the Green Bay Packers in Week 2, and they boast one of the better offensive lines in football.

2020 Defensive Player of the Year odds, Week 2

Player Odds
Player Odds
Aaron Donald +700
TJ Watt +1000
Joey Bosa +1400
Nick Bosa +1400
Khalil Mack +1500
J.J. Watt +1600
Myles Garrett +2000
Stephon Gilmore +2000
Chase Young +2000
Chandler Jones +2200
Jadeveon Clowney +2500
Jamal Adams +3000
Bobby Wagner +3000
Darius Leonard +3300
Tyrann Mathieu +3300
Jalen Ramsey +3300
Za'Darius Smith +3300
Tre'Davious White +3300
Cameron Jordan +4000
Shaquil Barrett +5000
Minkah Fitzpatrick +5000
Melvin Ingram +5000
Chris Jones +5000
Demarcus Lawrence +5000
Calais Campbell +6000
Yannick Ngakoue +6000
DeForest Buckner +6600
Bradley Chubb +6600
Marcus Davenport +6600
Danielle Hunter +6600
Marshon Lattimore +6600
Preston Smith +6600
Jaire Alexander +6600
Marcus Peters +7000
Trey Flowers +8000
Eric Kendricks +8000
Richard Sherman +8000
Arik Armstead +10000
Kevin Byard +10000
Cameron Heyward +10000
Akiem Hicks +10000
Justin Houston +10000
Grady Jarrett +10000
Deion Jones +10000
Vita Vea +10000
Devin Bush +15000
Frank Clark +15000
Landon Collins +15000
Fletcher Cox +15000
Dee Ford +15000
Dante Fowler Jr +15000
Brandon Graham +15000
Everson Griffen +15000
Devin McCourty +15000
Ed Oliver +15000
Isaiah Simmons +15000
Harrison Smith +15000
Jaylon Smith +15000
Josh Allen +20000
Anthony Barr +20000
Jamie Collins +20000
Maxx Crosby +20000
Clelin Ferrell +20000
Jabrill Peppers +20000
Darius Slay +20000
Leonard Williams +20000
Quinnen Williams +20000

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