Favorites and value best bets to win 2019 NFL MVP honors
Summer has become one of the smartest times to shop NFL futures.
The “Dog Days of Summer” are usually reserved for betting the MLB odds and a handful of smaller-market sports, like CFL and WNBA. But with the NFL’s popularity soaring and handicappers always looking for the NFL best bitcoin website to place their best bets, the summer has become one of the smartest times to shop NFL futures.
We look at one of those markets – the NFL MVP odds – and highlight the favorites and value NFL picks to win Most Valuable Player in 2019.
Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City (+350)
The Chiefs gun-slinging quarterback had a breakout year in 2018, taking over the reigns of one of the most explosive offenses in the NFL. Mahomes finished second in total passing yards with 5,097 and totalled a league-high 50 touchdown passes. That was enough to get the MVP nod.
The upcoming 2019 schedule could be a tougher ride for Mahomes after losing a versatile running back in Kareem Hunt and perhaps losing top receiver Tyreek Hill, who’s future is in the hands of the league following child abuse claims. If Mahomes can replicate his 2018 stats with less talent around him, he’s a sure-fire pick for a second MVP.
Andrew Luck, Indianapolis (+600)
The Comeback Player of the Year was a remarkable story in 2018, returning to the top of the QB heap after missing the entire season previous while recovering from shoulder surgery. Luck got better as the season went on too, finishing with almost 4,600 yards passing and 39 touchdowns – tied for second most in the NFL.
The Colts return Luck’s favorite option T.Y Hilton and brought in Devin Funchess and drafted a WR Parris Campbell to round out the downfield attack. Indianapolis plays in a log-jammed AFC South, so getting the Colts to the top of the division could warrant a MVP vote all on its own.
Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas (+5,000)
Taking a non-QB to win MVP is a gamble but of all the skill players out there not throwing touchdown passes, Zeke present the best bang for you buck. Dallas’ stud running back is the reigning rushing leader, blazing for 1,434 yards in 2018. Elliott did only have six touchdowns, which is a major downtick from his 22 TD runs in his first 25 NFL games. The Cowboys are hoping to return center Travis Frederick to one of the best run-blocking offensive lines in the league, and that should help pave the road into the MVP conversation for Elliott.
DeAndre Hopkins, Houston (+5,500)
Hopkins continues to work outside of the discussions on the league’s elite, despite his incredible hands, 1,572 yards receiving and 11 TD catches in 2018. The Texans No. 1 receiver can really do it all: beat coverage with speed and precise routes or just beat them physically across the middle. He enters Year 3 – kind of – with quarterback Deshaun Watson, who is rapidly maturing under center after his rookie campaign was cut short. As we mentioned with Luck, the AFC South could be the best division in football and should Houston win out, Hopkins will undoubtedly play a large role in that.