NFL 2020 Preview: who are the favorites for Offensive Rookie of Year?

There is a definite strategy in picking the NFL awards that are handed out after the season. Here is our NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year prediction and betting odds by U.S. sportsbooks (see below).

Now, it might not be as clear cut as the NFL MVP award, which has gone to a quarterback 12 of the last 13 seasons and 17 times out of 20 since the start of the new millennium. But there is a pattern

Since 2010, the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year award has gone to five quarterbacks, four running backs, and one wide receiver. So if you see a wide receiver or lineman that you might want to take, my advice would be, take a look at the main skill positions.

This year, the Bengals got the number one pick in the draft and took Joe Burrow, who comes into the NFL after winning the 2019 Heisman Trophy (and just about every other award in college football) and leading the LSU Tigers to a BCS National Championship with a 15-0 record.

Prior to last season, many thought Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa would have gone first and won the Heisman, but a freak injury derailed both the Crimson Tide season and a potential number one pick. But Tagovailoa ended up in a good spot anyway, going to the Miami Dolphins at pick number five. 

The pair are two of the top three on the board to win the Offensive Rookie of the Year with William Hill  (check William Hill NJ promo code details), with Clyde Edwards-Helaire, who is now the Kansas City Chiefs number one running back, at +350. He won’t be at that price for long, if he continues to do what he did for LSU last year in the National Championship squad (almost 1,900 yards of offense and 17 TDs).

I like Edwards-Helaire to come in and have a monster campaign.

2020 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Top 10 Odds

  • Joe Burrow +225
  • Clyde Edwards-Helaire +350
  • Tua Tagovailoa +800
  • Jonathan Taylor +1200
  • Henry Ruggs +1400
  • Ceedee Lamb +1400
  • Jerry Jeudy +1600
  • D’Andre Swift +1800
  • Cam Akers +2000
  • Justin Herbert +2000

Two plays:

Clyde Edwards-Helaire (+375) or Joe Burrow (+200)

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to some players opting out of this season, and Edwards-Helaire might be the biggest beneficiary. He will take over as starting RB for the defending Super Bowl champions, and should run riot with defenses keying on Patrick Mahomes. 

Burrow could win here as well, since he will be under center early for the Bengals. 

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