There are a lot of reasons why bettors favor certain things over others. Usually it’s a combination of the odds and how likely the player is to defy them.
Last week the odds for NFL MVP came out and Derek Carr and Antonio Brown were both among those listed. Both had 100/1 odds.
More often than not, the MVP is a quarterback. Next up would probably be running back. So, it’s no real surprise the top five most bet upon players to win MVP according to Ceasar’s Palace are all QB’s and RB’s. Just who those players are might be a bit more surprising.
The most bet on player? Mitch Trubisky. Really. His 100/1 odds are the longest among the top five with Derek Carr who sits at fifth most.
Here is the top five in order with odds.
1. Mitch Trubisky — 100/1
2. Baker Mayfield — 25/1
T3. Saquon Barkley — 80/1
T3. Ezekiel Elliott — 60/1
5. Derek Carr — 100/1
Trubisky came out in the same draft as 2018 MVP Patrick Mahomes who won it in his first full season. Mayfield, and Barkley both came out to a strong start to their careers. Ezekiel Elliott is simply elite with some enticing odds.
As for Derek Carr, it’s probably a combination of things. Carr entering the second season in Gruden’s offense is one. Carr having been an MVP candidate until late in the season the only other time he had the same OC two seasons in a row. Probably the thinking that he finally has a big time receiving weapon in Antonio Brown. You factor all these things in and see the odds and say ‘why not?’. And possibly just some Raiders excitement in Vegas with the team moving there after this season.