NFL Props Betting – Offensive Rookie of the Year
Online betting options for the NFL do not always have to deal with point spreads, money lines, or totals. Options have come out recently on team victories, as well as such props as division titles and most valuable player. Another one gaining steam is betting on the offensive rookie of the year. I am going to take this time to take a look into the likely candidates and make my pick.
NFL Betting: Offensive Rookie of the Year
Sam Bradford was the first overall pick by St. Louis, and we would be remiss to not start with him. Without another quarterback in place on the Rams, Bradford will most likely start the season as the team’s starter. However, though he will get enough time to accumulate stats, issues on the offensive line and at wide receiver may keep him out of the running. If Steven Jackson can shoulder the load, and open things up for Bradford, the Rams can improve, increasing Bradford’s chances.
C.J. Spiller of the Buffalo Bills is being called the most dynamic player in the draft. As of this writing, the problem with Spiller, is that he remains one of the few first rounders unsigned to a deal. Not being in camp and missing out on reps is going to hurt Spiller. I do expect him to get in, and he will bring some spark to an otherwise bland Bills offense. If Spiller takes Fred Jackson over to shoulder the load, he could get 15 touches per game. Spiller has a chance to take any of those to the house at any time, as he is a Chris Johnson type. The abundance of talent at running back for the Bills is going to hurt his chances, though.
Ryan Mathews of the San Diego Chargers was the leading rusher in the NCAA last season. Mathews has a bit of everything, speed and power. He joins a Chargers team that has an explosive passing attack as well as a good defense. The Chargers are the favorite to win the AFC West, and Mathews is expected to start right away. He is more of a typical every down back than incumbent Darren Sproles. Mathews should get running room due to Philip Rivers effectiveness.
Dez Bryant slipped to the Dallas Cowboys late in the first round, as a true steal. Bryant was deemed ineligible by the NCAA for most of last season, but that does not change his ability. The Cowboys, much like San Diego, are a Super Bowl contender. Miles Austin, Roy Williams, Jason Witten and Bryant, give Tony Romo a ton of weapons to spread the ball out to. It is unknown whether or not an ankle injury will slow him down, but Bryant impressed greatly during camp.
NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Betting Pick: Ryan Mathews. I am giving Mathews the slight nod over Bryant as my pick for offensive rookie of the year. There are too many other weapons in Dallas for Bryant to put up gaudy enough statistics, though I feel he will be a key part of the Cowboys offense. Mathews, meanwhile, could easily see 250 carries this season. With an elite offensive line paving the way, and the Chargers firing on all cylinders, Mathews could easily rack up 1,300 yards and 10 scores, which would cement the award for him, easily.