NFL Best Bets: Futures Edition

Jesse Balasus
Football Analyst

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For some reason, I am obsessed with futures betting. I honestly can’t give you a reason why. Perhaps it’s the season-long rush knowing you’re still in the hunt to win, or you forget you placed that bet back in August and, come January, you cash in. Anywho, with the NFL finally back (thank the lord) here are my best futures bets for the upcoming NFL season. All odds are from OddsShark as of Sept. 9, 2020. 

NFL MVP: Kyler Murray +1200 

Betting on sports is all about trends, and currently the NFL MVP award is trending with second year quarterbacks. Two years ago, it was Patrick Mahomes. Last year was Lamar Jackson. This year, it’ll be Kyler Murray. Murray is widely regarded as a dark horse MVP candidate this season, especially after the Cardinals robbed the Houston Texans blind for superstar receiver, DeAndre Hopkins. 

Murray is currently tied with Dak Prescott, Russell Wilson, and Tom Brady for third best odds at +1200. 

Offensive Rookie of the Year: Justin Herbert +2200

I’ll be honest, this is all about value. Quarterbacks are easily the favorite to win the awards, and in my eyes, Herbert at +2200 is way more appealing than Joe Burrow at +275 and Tua at +1000. The only concern with this bet, is that Herbert isn’t the immediate starter. You’ll need current starter, Tyrod Taylor to somehow lose the starting job early in the season. 

Herbert is currently tied with Henry Ruggs III and JK Dobbins for the eighth best odds at +2200. 

Comeback Player of the Year: Alex Smith +1200

Alex Smith’s comeback from that gruesome leg injury is nothing short of a miracle. From almost losing his leg and potential death, Smith has somehow persevered back onto the Redskins 53-man roster. Is it likely he plays another down? Not at all. But personally, I’d expect head coach Ron Rivera to throw him out there a time or two in victory formation if possible. I’ll be honest, this award is likely going to Cam Newton, but this is a feel-good bet. Plus, if Smith somehow throws a touchdown or two this season, I won’t be surprised if he steals some votes. 

Smith currently has the seventh best odds at +1200.

Coach of the Year: Kliff Kingsbury +1500 

If Kyler Murray wins the MVP this season, that would mean him and Kliff Kingsbury would have led the Cardinals to their first playoff berth since the 2015 season. The Cardinals have a chance to set the world on fire this season under Kingsbury’s “Air-Raid” style offense. Murray at quarterback, Hopkins at one receiver position, and future first-ballot hall of famer Larry Fitzgerald at the other should make defenses tremble. 

Kingsbury currently has the fifth best odds at +1500.

Super Bowl Champions: Baltimore Ravens +650

Yes, I know this may look like a homer pick, and you’re not completely wrong. The Ravens were the best team in all of football last year and overlooked a Tennessee Titans team in the playoffs. This year though, not only do they still have all that talent, they also have that chip on their shoulder. They know they can’t overlook anyone at any week. Also a little fun fact; Patrick Mahomes in year two: MVP and the Madden cover. Year three: Super Bowl champion. Lamar in year two: MVP and Madden cover. Year three: trends say Super Bowl. 

The Ravens currently have the second best odds at +650.

Have fun this season folks. Bet safe, and just thank whatever deity out there for bringing us the greatest sport ever back for another year.