Right now, is a great time to check out the NFL props at all of the best online sportsbooks, and below we discuss our top money-making futures for the upcoming 2020 NFL season.
NFL MVP Award
A quarterback has won the MVP Award 11 of the last 12 seasons and for that reason, the NFL odds at virtually all of the best online sportsbooks like BetOnline, 5Dimes, Bovada, Bookmaker, Heritage, YouWager, and Intertops are dealing the gunslingers at the top of the heap. You would have to scan down 15 places before you found a player at a position other than quarterback.
But because this particular individual is so uniquely talented, and at the age of only 24, I suspect he could wrest the hardware away from the favorites like Patrick Mahomes, Lamar Jackson, and many of the other usual pass-throwing suspects. His name is Christian McCaffrey and he is the consummate dual threat. Last season he had 15 rushing and four receiving touchdowns for a total of 19 and had a combined 2,392 rushing and receiving yards.
As tremendous as he was last year, his stats could be even better this season with Teddy Bridgewater under center who performed very well last season as a game manager for the Saints and one who will be happy to let McCaffrey bask in the limelight and rack up his stats. If he can outperform his groundbreaking 2019 season then he will be hard for the voters to ignore, and at generous odds of +3300, I will happily take a flier and include Christian McCaffrey in my NFL picks to win this year’s MVP Award.
Offensive Rookie of The Year
It’s no surprise that Cincinnati’s Joe Burrow, the first overall pick in the draft and reigning Heisman Trophy Award winner, is the consensus choice to cop this award at +250. However, I am not convinced that the Bengal’s offensive line will be able to protect the rookie well enough to see him stay upright often enough for him to outduel his 2020 draft classmates.
Yet there is one player who is in a prime spot to not only win the starting job from a pedestrian incumbent but one who will get plenty of snaps rushing and catching the ball. Kansas City’s Clyde Edwards-Helaire was the first running back to hear his name called in April as the last pick in the first round but he landed with the right outfit.
Many believed D’Andre Swift, J.K. Dobbins, or Jonathan Taylor would be the first tailbacks drafted but, in retrospect, Edwards-Helaire makes perfect sense for the Chiefs due to his innate pass-catching ability. CEH will be another weapon for the talented Mr. Mahomes out of the backfield and the rookie will get plenty of opportunities to pile up the stats in the rushing and receiving columns. It’s not often the best rookie at his position joins the defending Super Bowl champs but this is exactly the case here and Edwards-Helaire will post terrific numbers because of it.
Clyde Edwards-Helaire Total Yards
If Clyde Edwards-Helaire wins the Offensive Rookie of the Year Award then piling up north of 950 total (rushing and receiving) yards is a fait accompli. Just take a look at the talent on this Chiefs’ offense, coupled with the fact that KC’s starting tailback, Damien Williams, had only 498 yards rushing, in a platoon with Shady McCoy last year. McCoy is no longer a Chief and CEH will get a shot at the starting spot, but even if he begins the season behind Williams on the depth chart, he will get ample opportunity to act as an outlet valve for Mahomes coming out of the backfield. Gotta love CEH to go over here.
- Free NFL Pick: Clyde Edwards-Helaire (-140) to go over 950 total yards at BetOnline.
Pittsburgh Steelers Regular Season Wins
The total on this prop is 9 ½ (U-140) and its about two wins higher than it should be because Ben Roethlisberger is done after this year. As a matter of fact, he should have hung up the cleats before last season, and anyone counting on him making it through a 16-game season this year is delusional. This is not a very good team, to begin with, and we will see Big Ben struggle in the early going because at age 38, and nearly a full season removed from live-action, he’ll be cooked and his demise will have dire consequences for the Steelers. The Dream Team of Duck Hodges and Mason Rudolph will return for an encore performance this year once Ben gets sidelined and the results will be as stunningly pedestrian as they were last season when this club went 8-8. Go low here.
- Free NFL Pick: Pittsburgh – Under 9 ½ (-140) Regular Season Wins