2020 NFL Defensive Player Prediction & Odds

Unlike some of the other end of season awards in the NFL, the Defensive Player of the Year (DPOY) award has been won by players all over the field.

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In the 2000s, the honors went to linebackers five times, with four different winners (Ray Lewis won twice), with another two awards going to the safety position (plus one in 2010). Defensive lineman won it just twice.

But that has changed over the last decade. The DPOY award has gone to a lineman six times in the last 10 years, while linebackers and secondary players won two each.

One of those secondary awards came last season, as Stephon Gilmore of the New England Patriots edged out Chandler Jones of the Arizona Cardinals to pick up the honors. Pick is an apt term, as GIlmore had six picks last year (two returned for touchdowns), 20 pass break ups, and was the main cog in a defense that led the league in yard allowed and interceptions.

Prior to last year, this award was all about the lineman. Aaron Donald, who is the current betting favorite at +600 with William Hill (check William Hill NJ promo code details), had a year for the ages in 2018 one season after he picked up the 2017 DPOY award. Donald had 20.5 sacks, and 25 tackles for a loss, to lead the Los Angeles Rams to the NFC title and a Super Bowl appearance.

So my advice here is, take a lineman. 

2020 NFL Defensive Player of the Year Top 10 Odds 

  • Aaron Donald +600
  • J.J. Watt +900
  • Nick Bosa +900
  • Khalil Mack +1000
  • Joey Bosa +1400
  • T.J. Watt +1600
  • Chandler Jones +1600
  • Myles Garrett +2000
  • Stephon Gilmore +2000
  • Myles Garrett +2000

(All odds from William Hill NJ)

Two plays:

Chandler Jones +1600 and Aaron Donald +600

If the Cardinals can make the jump into the playoffs behind Kyler Murray, and Jones can have the same type of season (19.5 sacks) that he had last year, this could be his award after finishing second in 2019. Aaron Donald won this award in 2017 and 2018, and could find himself on the award once again. Gilmore, the reigning winner, looks good at +2000 as well.

 

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