We’re sitting pretty with our NFL Rookie of the Year bets through three weeks. The odds on all four of our offseason recommendations (Jaylen Waddle +2500, Najee Harris +1500, Micah Parsons +550, and Asante Samuel Jr +3300) have moved in our favor. Samuel has been the most pleasant surprise, as he was recently named Defensive Rookie of the Month and is now at +1000 odds.
As part of this update, we’ll let you know what bets we are adding to win both Offensive and Defensive Rookie of the Year. We’re hoping that these additions put us in a more solid position to cash some tickets at the end of the season.
Current Offensive Rookie of the Year Odds
Updated Odds from PointsBet SportsBook
Current Defensive Rookie of the Year Odds
Updated Odds from PointsBet SportsBook
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Two Bets to Make Today After First Month of NFL Season
With four weeks of the NFL season in the books, we have some updated odds to break down and wanted to share of players we would bet on today. Find our favorite bets on the board for defensive and offensive rookie of the year at the current odds.
Added Bet for Offensive Rookie of the Year: Rondale Moore +1700
As most faithful EWB readers know, we have a little bit of a man-crush on Rondale Moore. The former Purdue standout may only be 5-7 but he’s got some serious ankle-breaking moves when he gets the ball in space. We think Kliff Kingsbury will continue to find creative ways to get Moore the football as the season progresses.
Moore already has a receiving TD and a punt return TD through the first three games. We’ll gladly add Moore to win Offensive Rookie of the Year at these generous odds.
Added Bet for Defensive Rookie of the Year: Gregory Rousseau +1400
Gregory Rousseau may have been the steal of the first round as he fell into the Buffalo Bills’ lap at the 30th overall pick. The 6-6 266 pounder is a phenomenal pass rusher and he’s already cracked the starting lineup on what was already a solid Bills defense.
Rousseau made his presence felt against the Miami Dolphins in Week 2 as he registered two sacks and five tackles. We think Rousseau has just scratched the surface of his potential and he should get to play even more snaps as he gets comfortable with the Bills’ defensive scheme. We’ll add Rousseau to our portfolio of Rookie of the Year bets.
Best Bet for Offensive Rookie of the Year: Jaylen Waddle (+2500)
As you might expect, if you are looking for value on the offensive side of the ball, you are better off looking at non-QB bets. The top five betting favorites for the 2021-2022 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year award are all quarterbacks. This almost defies logic as five of the last eight winners have been non-QB offensive players. With this in mind, we shifted our attention to RB/WR/TE options with odds over +1000.
The most recent update to the 2021 Rookie of the Year odds saw Najee Harris jump Ja'Marr Chase, Kyle Pitts, and Mac Jones. He currently sits behind only Trevor Lawrence, Justin Fields, and Trey Lance and is now the non-QB favorite to win the award.
Now that the odds on Waddle have shot past the 20 to 1 mark, we see this as a great time to make a future bet on him to win the Offensive Rookie of the Year! The 5-10 182 pound wide receiver is purely electric when he touches the football. We expect Waddle to have a huge year for the Dolphins with his old college teammate, Tua Tagovailoa, throwing the ball to him!
One reason to love Waddle to win the Rookie of the Year is that he’s not just a speedy wide receiver. Did you happen to see the punt that Waddle returned in the Dolphins’ first preseason game? Dear goodness! Talk about having lightning-fast turbo speed!
Some folks had some concerns about Waddle’s health after he broke his ankle last October while at Alabama. Those concerns were put to rest and then some after seeing that punt return. Waddle should be handling both the punt and kick return duties for Miami throughout the entire season.
If you look at several of the NFL depth charts, you may notice that Waddle isn’t currently listed as a starter at wideout. Don’t let that dissuade you from investing a few dollars in him though. In the first preseason game against Chicago, Waddle got plenty of reps with the first team.
Sure, DeVante Parker and Will Fuller are seasoned veterans. However, can you honestly see head coach Brian Flores starting both of those guys instead of Waddle? There’s no way that’ll happen because Flores knows that Waddle is the best playmaker on his offense.
At the generous 25 to 1 price on PointsBet, we recommend a small investment in Waddle to win the Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2021.
Bonus Bet: Offensive Rookie of the Year: Najee Harris (+1500)
Mike Tomlin and the Steelers management made taking some pressure off of Big Ben a top priority by drafting a stud running back like Harris in the first round. Have you seen this kid’s insane jump hurdle move? Geez, it is simply unreal!
At 6-2 and 230 pounds, Harris is an absolute load to bring down to the ground for any defender. Harris is a big bruising type of back that will fit in perfectly with the Steelers hard-nosed style of football. We expect Harris to get plenty of carries to help out the aging Roethlisberger and the Steelers offense.
Another reason that Harris has value, especially at 15 to 1 odds, is his remarkable ability to catch the football. In fact, most folks believe that Harris has the best hands of any running back in this year’s draft class. The fact that Harris can find the end zone in a variety of ways makes us like our investment in him for Rookie of the Year even more.
Best Bet for Defensive Rookie of the Year: Micah Parsons (+550)
While we usually do not recommend taking the favorite in regards to NFL Futures betting, we had to break our own rule here. Parsons is the best defensive player in the entire draft and he will step right in as a starting linebacker for the Dallas Cowboys. The ‘Boys were flat terrible on defense last year so they were thrilled to snag Parsons with the 12th overall pick in the first round.
Parsons only played two years at Penn State but showed an uncanny ability to be a force against both the run and the pass! During his sophomore season, Parsons had 109 tackles, five sacks, and a robust 14 tackles for loss! The 6-3 245 pounder is also quick enough to provide good coverage over the middle of the field.
Bonus Bet: Defensive Rookie of the Year: Asante Samuel (+3300)
This play is a bit of a longshot but we love getting 33 to 1 with a true ball hawk like Asante Samuel Jr. Samuel is a high risk-high reward type of corner who loves to go for the big play. To win an award like Rookie of the Year, a player needs to create some highlight reel type of plays. Samuel has the ability to do just that in the way of some pick-sixes!
We expect the Chargers to surprise a lot of folks in the AFC West this year and for Samuel to get plenty of playing time. Samuel comes from good NFL bloodlines as his dad played corner in the NFL for 11 years. The Chargers were pleasantly surprised that Samuel fell to the second round and was more than happy to pick him at pick number 47.