NFL Defensive MVP & Other Unique BetOnline Futures Props Sort of Like Gold Mines?

Kevin Stott

Thursday, August 10, 2017 2:55 PM UTC

Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017 2:55 PM UTC

Knowing where to mine and where not to mine is often the key to finding hidden nuggets in the Future Book of sportsbooks, and with the 2017/18 NFL Regular Season kicking off in a month now and Preseason underway, let’s take a look at the NFL Defensive MVP odds, a writer-chosen award which has been won three times in the last five seasons by this season’s odds favorite, DE JJ Watt of the Houston Texans.

Several Solid Picks Could Yield Positive Return in Niche Defensive MVP Market

The Texans are one team who may surprise in the 2017 NFL Regular Season as with JJ Watt, Jadeveon Clowney and Benardrick McKinney, Houston possesses one of the best Defenses in the NFL (20.5 ppg, #11 NFL) and are one of maybe three teams in the AFC who might be able to stop Tom Brady and the Patriots from getting to yet another Super Bowl. As we look at the current odds in the NFL Defensive MVP Award market, it’s important to remember that perception might play as much a part of who ends up winning this award as much as statistics with the the award being selected annually by the Professional Football Writer’s of America. Last year, DE Khalil Mack became the first Oakland Raiders player to be given the honor since the inception of the award in 1992 while the winner of this award in 3 of the L5 seasons (2012, 2014, 2015)—the Texans’ JJ Watt—is the favorite in the field this year despite 28-year-old Waukesha, Wisconsin native Watt undergoing Back Surgery last year, cutting his season short.

Although he is a great leader and key cog on the Texans Defensive Line, Watt probably isn’t even the best Houston player on that side of the football these strange days with LB Clowney (25/1 to win 2017 NFL Defensive MVP, BetOnline) and the really unheralded LB McKinney (129 Combined Tackles, #11 NFL) likely to get more publicity this coming season. And should the Texans (14/1 to win AFC, Intertops) surprise with the Defense leading the charge, expect these three guys to split votes, making others like the Raiders’ Mack (73 Tackles, 11 Sacks, 3 Fumbles, Interception in 2016), the Buccaneers’ Kwon Alexander (145 Combined Tackles, 1 Fumble Recovery, 1 Interception for TD) and Seahawks’ perennial stud LB Bobby Wagner (167 Combined Tackles, #1 in NFL, Fumble Recovery, Interception) all beneficiaries from a potential Texans’ Watt-Clowney-McKinney vote split.

Here are all of the current Futures numbers from cutting-edge sportsbook BetOnline for the the 2017 NFL Defensive MVP Award as well as some other creative Props on the betting board, including “Perfectly Good and “Perfectly Bad” Regular Seasons:

 2017 NFL Regular Season Defensive MVP Odds—(August 9, BetOnline)

JJ Watt, Houston Texans +250

Khalil Mack, Oakland Raiders +400

Von Miller, Denver Broncos +400

Joey Bosa, Los Angeles Chargers +800

Aaron Donald, Los Angeles Rams +1200

Luke Kuechly, Carolina Panthers +1200

Bobby Wagner, Seattle Seahawks +1800

Kwon Alexander, Tampa Bay Buccaneers +2000

Landon Collins, New York Giants +2000

Jadeveon Clowney, Houston Texans +2500

Danielle Hunter, Minnesota Vikings +2500

Ryan Shazier, Pittsburgh Steelers +2500

Justin Houston, Kansas City Chiefs +3300

Marcus Peters, Kansas City Chiefs +3300

Vic Beasley, Atlanta Falcons +4000

Jamie Collins, New York Giants +4000

Myles Garrett, Cleveland Browns +4000

Patrick Peterson, Arizona Cardinals +4000

Earl Thomas, Seattle Seahawks +4000

Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Green Bay Packers +5000

Deion Jones, Atlanta Falcons +5000

CJ Mosley, Baltimore Ravens +5000

Keanu Neal, Atlanta Falcons +5000

Oliver Vernon, New York Giants +5000

Ezekiel Ansah, Detroit Lions +6600

Sean Lee, Dallas Cowboys +6600

Jason Pierre-Paul, New York Giants +6600

Xavier Rhodes, Minnesota Vikings +6600

Jalen Ramsey, Jacksonville Jaguars +6600

Harrison Smith, Minnesota Vikings +6600

Eric Berry, Kansas City Chiefs +8000

Casey Heyward, Los Angeles Chargers +8000

Josh Norman, Washington Redskins +8000



 2017/18 NFL Miscellaneous Props Odds—(August 9, BetOnline)

How Many Regular Season Games Will Rob Gronkowski Play?

Over 10½ -150, Under 10½ +120


Will There Be a Tied Game?

Yes -350, No +260


Highest Win Total

Over 13½ -150, Under 13½ +120


Highest Loss Total

Over 13½ -195, Under 13½ +160


Lowest Win Total by Division Winner

Over 8½ -250, Under 8½ +210


Will There Be a New Single Season Passing Yards Record?

Yes (5,478 yards or more) +270, No -330



Will There Be a New Single Season Passing TD Record?

Yes (56 TDs or more) +1200, No -2000


Will There Be a New Single Season Rushing Yards Record?

Yes (2,106 yards or more) +1400, No -2500


Will There Be a Perfectly Good Regular Season? (16-0)

Yes +800, No -1250


Will There Be a Perfectly Bad Regular Season? (0-16)

Yes +1000, No -1800


Will There Be a True Perfect Season? (19-0)

Yes +1000, No -1500


Can a Cornerback or a Safety Possibly Win the Defensive MVP This Quickly Coming 2017 NFL Regular Season?

Defensive Linemen and Linebackers have won the NFL Defensive MVP the L7 years in a row with Packers’ CB Charles Woodson the last Defensive Back to take home the award back in 2009. So are there are decent candidates at the CB or Safety spot who might be the choice in 2017? You bet. Two solid choices, although longshots, in this market worth considering are Chiefs’ CB Marcus Peters (33/1 to win 2017 NFL Defensive MVP, BetOnline) and Cardinals’ CB Patrick Peterson (40/1 to win 2017 NFL Defensive MVP, BetOnline). In the 2016 Regular Season, Washington-product Peters was in on 45 Tackles for Kansas City (+2802 to win Super Bowl), had 6 Interceptions (#2 in NFL) and 3 Fumble Recoveries while the athletic LSU-product Peterson had 51 tackles for Arizona (+2802 to win Super Bowl) and had 3 Picks and may be poised for a breakout year with Carson Palmer, Larry Fitzgerald, David Johnson and the Cardinals O ready to give it more more go before this team ages any more. 

2017 NFL DEFENSIVE MVP PICKS: Bobby Wagner 18/1, Marcus Peters 33/12017 NFL PROPS PICK: Will There Be a Perfectly Bad Regular Season, Yes 10/1Best LInes Offered: at BetOnline
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