Going forward I’ll be adding a Top Values section to the top of this column where I will identify significant price disparities between sportsbooks where that particular awards candidate has a realistic path to competing for that award long term. Beyond that, I will continue providing a lay of the land in various awards market so that if you are considering a bet, you know what you are getting into. As always, the foundation of my awards process is built off of my annual Who Wins Awards and Why article.
Note: These aren’t automatic buys, but every awards candidate provided in this section has a realistic path to winning their respective award while also being available at an advantageous price at certain sportsbooks.
MVP: Tom Brady (+500 PointsBet to +800 DraftKings, FanDuel)
Brady is second in the league in touchdown passes, fifth in QBR, and fifth in rating for the 5-1 Buccaneers. He’s right on target statistically in the MVP race. Thursday Night Football in Philadelphia this week and Week 7 vs Chicago are two contests where those opposing fronts could give Brady some trouble. Beyond that, Tampa Bay has a very manageable schedule, where Week 14’s matchup versus Josh Allen‘s Bills could determine this year’s MVP race. Barring injury, both Brady and Allen could realistically be the two top MVP contenders entering that contest. Outside of an upset by either the Eagles or Bears in the next two weeks, +800 could very easily be the cheapest you can get a Brady MVP ticket before that Week 14 matchup against Buffalo.
Offensive Rookie of the Year: Najee Harris (+600 PointsBet to +1400 BetMGM)
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