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NFL Futures Bets, MVP Picks, and More - Ride the Line Ep. #27

Written by: Grant Mitchell
Published July 7, 2023
5 min read

A new episode of Ride the Line with Grant Mitchell and Tanner Kern is now live on all WSN platforms!

NFL MVP Odds and Bets

Friday's show is an NFL special where the boys focus on futures betting markets for player awards. The biggest award they discuss is the MVP, which is headlined by reigning MVP and Super Bowl champion Patrick Mahomes.

While Mahomes may be the frontrunner for the award, however, both Grant and Tanner like Joe Burrow to win the award. They believe that Burrow has not only the talent around him but is in the right situation with Mahomes battling voter fatigue and the opportunity to secure the number-one seed in the AFC.

The boys are also down on Josh Allen and a number of other top candidates. Trevor Lawrence was mentioned as an outsider, but mostly the other picks were candidates to fade—to find out who they were, listen to the full episode!

NFL Offensive Player of the Year Picks

Gran’ts favorite candidate to win the Offensive Player of the Year award is San Francisco 49ers running back Christian McCaffrey. He believes the current odds board is not topped by players that have legitimate chances to win the award with the exception of a couple of candidates, one of which is McCaffrey. Injuries will always be a concern with C-Mac, but when he is healthy, he is an elite dual-threat in the backfield and plays for a top Super Bowl contender.

Tanner is looking to Bengals wideout Ja’Marr Chase to win the OPOY a year after his former LSU teammate and fellow wide receiver Justin Jefferson won it. He is wary that Burrow and Chase probably won’t both win MVP and OPOY in the same season, but it is possible and also serves as a hedge bet.

NFL Defensive Player of the Year Picks

Tanner’s pick to win the DPOY is the man at the top of the odds list, Dallas Cowboys edge rusher Micah Parsons. The rising third-year pro had 26.5 sacks in his first two seasons and looked like he was going to win the award in 2022 until Nick Bosa pulled a late comeback.

Grant likes T.J. Watt of the top candidates but has a favorite value play: Roquan Smith at +4000. The reason for the pick is that the Baltimore Ravens’ defense completely transformed after acquiring Smith near the midway point of last season and ranked second and third in points and yards allowed respectively after he slotted into the heart of the linebacking corps.

NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Bets

Grant and Tanner are both high on Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba winning the OPOY, and for great value. He was utterly dominant during his last healthy season at Ohio State and is joining an offense that was not only prolific last year, but one that has a starting job for him and will set him up for success in the slot.

Grant also really likes Bryce Young who, despite being the first pick in the draft, is second in odds to Atlanta Falcons running back Bijan Robinson. He believes that Young’s tape is elite, and his understanding of the game will help him overcome his lack of height.

NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year Odds

The show closes out with a review of the DROY odds. Grant love New England Patriots cornerback Christian Gonzalez because of his large frame and 4.3 speed, and also because he gets to be mentored by the greatest defensive mind in NFL history, Bill Belichick.

Tanner is keeping it closer to the top of the board and going with the second favorite, Jalen Carter. Carter was regarded as arguably the best player in the draft but slipped down to the Philadelphia Eagles at nine, and because of Philly’s ability as a collective, Tanner believes Carter will have the platform to showcase his talents.

Check back next week for a new episode of Ride the Line and Grant and Tanner’s favorite betting picks!

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Grant is a sports and sports betting journalist who prides himself on delivering breaking news and insightful analyses of the industry. Grant graduated from Virginia Tech in 2021 and is feverishly pursuing his ambitions in the sports betting field.

In his free time, Grant can be found passionately watching sports, doing a workout, or searching for adventure with his friends.

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