After watching Dak Prescott take home last season, it seems that oddsmakers were so impressed by the Dallas Cowboys quarterback that they’re making him one of the favorites to win an even bigger award in 2017.
That award? The NFL MVP.
According to the online sportsbook at Bet365.com, Prescott is one of the top five favorites to win the award in 2017. At 11-to-1 odds, Prescott has been given the same chances of winning MVP as Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger .
The only three quarterbacks who have better odds than Prescott are Tom Brady (4-to-1), Aaron Rodgers (10-to-1) and Russell Wilson (10-to-1). If you’re scoring at home, that means Prescott is behind a guy who has five Super Bowl rings (Brady), a guy who’s won two of the past six MVP awards (Rodgers) and a guy who recently led his team to back-to-back Super Bowls (Wilson).
If Prescott were to take home the award, he’d join Dan Marino as the only other player in NFL history to follow up a Rookie of the Year award with an MVP in his second year.
To win the Offensive Rookie of the Year award last season, Prescott had to hold off Ezekiel Elliott , and it seems that oddsmakers like the chances of those two getting in another tight race.
When it comes to winning the MVP, the Cowboys running back has the best odds of any non-quarterback at 12-to-1. Le’Veon Bell (18-to-1) and David Johnson (20-to-1) are the only running backs who have MVP odds even remotely close to those of Elliott.
Of the 26 players who were given at least 50-to-1 odds to win MVP in 2017, only one rookie made the cut, and that’s Deshaun Watson. At 50-to-1 odds, Watson is being given the same chances to win the award as guys like Andy Dalton , Joe Flacco , Carson Wentz and Marshawn Lynch .
If you’re looking for a dark horse, you might want to think about putting some money on J.J. Watt.
If he’s healthy, Watt could have a monster season, and as he proved in 2014, a monster season should be enough to put him in the MVP conversation. Back in 2014, Watt finished the year with 20.5 sacks and ended up finishing second to Aaron Rodgers in the MVP race.
If you don’t want to bet on a defensive player because a defensive player hasn’t won the award since 1986, then Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr is probably a slightly better darkhorse candidate at 20-to-1 odds.
On the other hand, if you just want to throw your money away, you could bet on Denver Broncos quarterback Trevor Siemian . It seems that the oddsmakers at Bet365 have more faith in his ability than the Broncos coaching staff.
Even though Siemian hasn’t won the starting job in Denver, he’s still being given 33-to-1 odds to win MVP, which is tied for the 13th-best odds in the NFL. I would bet on a kicker over Siemian. Speaking of kickers, Justin Tucker has the longest odds of any player you can currently vote on (400-to-1).
Odds on winning the 2017 NFL MVP award (per Bet365.com)
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady: 4/1
Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers: 10/1
Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson: 10/1
Cowboys QB Dak Prescott: 11/1
Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger: 11/1
Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan: 12/1
Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliottl: 12/1
Steelers RB Le’Veon Bell: 18/1
Raiders QB Derek Carr: 20/1
Arizona Cardinals RB David Johnson: 20/1
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton: 25/1
Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck : 28/1
Minnesota Vikings QB Sam Bradford : 33/1
New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees : 33/1
Cardinals QB Carson Palmer : 33.1
Falcons WR Julio Jones : 33/1
Steelers WR Antonio Brown : 33/1
Broncos QB Trevor Siemian: 33/1
Kansas City Chiefs QB Alex Smith : 33/1
New York Giants QB Eli Manning : 40/1
Philadelphia Eagles QB Carson Wentz: 50/1
Houston Texans QB Deshaun Watson: 50/1
Raiders RB Marshawn Lynch: 50/1
Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green: 50/1
Bengals QB Andy Dalton: 50/1
Baltimore Ravens QB Joe Flacco: 50/1
Highest defensive player listed: Broncos LB Von Miller (80/1)
Worst odds you can currently bet on: Ravens K Justin Tucker (400/1)