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Updated NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year Odds

NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year Odds

Sports betting player odds are a great tool to use for fantasy purposes. Win/Loss seasonal records can be used to find value in offensive players and point to players that may be due for a bounce back or a breakout. Offensive Rookie of the Year Odds can help identify league winning rookie standouts like Ezekiel Elliott and Leonard Fournette. Over/Unders are great for guiding DFS plays week-to-week.

The following Defensive Rookie of the Year (DROY) odds can be used for players interested in IDP leagues where rosters include defensive positions or to pick defenses that may benefit from young talent in fantasy leagues.

Unlike the offensive side of the ball that is dominated by Saquon Barkley and a host of QBs, the Defensive Rookie of the Year (DROY) field is wide open.

  • DE Bradley Chubb +250
  • LB Roquan Smith +400
  • ILB Tremaine Edmunds +600
  • S Minkah Fitzpatrick +650
  • CB Denzel Ward +650
  • S Derwin James +800
  • DE Marcus Davenport +1000
  • ILB Leighton Vander Esch +2000
  • CB Jaire Alexander +1300
  • DE Harold Landry +1300
  • CB Josh Jackson +1500
  • LB Rashaan Evans +1800
  • DT Vita Vea +2000
  • DT Taven Bryan +2000
  • OLB Darius Leonard +2800
  • DT Da’Ron Payne +2800
  • CB Mike Hughes +4000

Sometimes moving forward requires looking backwards. Here is the last 10 players awarded with DROY:

Year Pos Defensive Player Drafted
2017 CB Marshon Lattimore Rd 1, Pick 11-NO
2016 DE Joey Bosa Rd 1, Pick 3-LAC
2015 CB Marcus Peters Rd 1. Pick 18-KC
2014 DT Aaron Donald Rd 1, Pick 13-LAR
2013 DT Sheldon Richardson Rd 1, Pick 13-NYJ
2012 ILB Luke Kuechly Rd 1, Pick 9-CAR
2011 LB Von Miller Rd 1, Pick 2-DEN
2010 DT Ndamukong Suh Rd 1, Pick 2-DET
2009 LB Brian Cushing Rd 1, Pick 15-HOU
2008 LB Jerod Mayo Rd 1, Pick 10-NEP
A couple things should jump out. No DROY has come from the second round or later in the last 10 years. It’s not even close, in fact, Marcus Peters was the only winner that made it out of the top half of the first round. These are the players that were drafted in the top 20 picks of the NFL draft this year:

  • Denzel Ward, CLE (Round 1, pick 4)
  • Bradley Chubb, DEN  (1.5)
  • Roquan Smith, CHI  (1.8)
  • Minkah Fitzpatrick, MIA  (1.11)
  • Vita Vea Rd 1, TB  (1.12)
  • Da’Ron Payne Rd 1, WAS  (1.13)
  • Marcus Davenport, NO  (1.14)
  • Tremaine Edmunds, BUF  (1.16)
  • Derwin James, LAC  (1.17)
  • Jaire Alexander, GB  (1.18)
  • Leighton Vander Esch, DAL  (1.19)

Injuries have been rampant among the 11 players drafted in the top-20 with a few likely to miss opening week.

  • Denzel Ward is expected to start opening week but is dealing with back spasms and drew the ire of DC Gregg Williams.
  • Roquan Smith is dealing with a hamstring injury that is a threat to his Week-1 status. Smith would have been one of my favorites if he was healthy. He’s on a defense which could be surprisingly good. If the injury news turns positive leading up to the opener, he’d be a good bet.
  • Vita Vea missed most of training camp with a calf strain.
  • Marcus Davenport missed a few weeks of training camp with a groin injury but is back on the field. Davenport at 6’6″ is more of a project player and may not make a huge impact in year 1.
  • Leighton Vander Esch is working through a groin injury and has been all but ruled out to open the season.

One of the players left relatively unscathed is the DROY favorite, Bradley Chubb. Sometimes the favorite is the favorite for a reason. Denver’s defense was already good and now they added arguably the best defensive prospect in the draft. Bradley Chubb is healthy and has already made plays this preseason including a sack on Mitch Trubisky for a safety. He has health, opportunity, and talent on his side.

If you want something with some more juice on it, I’d take a look at Tremaine Edmunds. LBs and DTs that won DROY haven’t necessarily come from winning teams. Sacks, tackles, and turnovers are necessary to win DROY and Edmunds will be the centerpiece of the Buffalo defense. No one is exactly excited about Buffalo as a team, but Edmunds will be on the field enough to put up some gaudy counting stats.

Da’Ron Payne was selected 13th overall which is exactly where two previous DROY DTs were selected. He’s already shown the ability to clog up the middle to opposing RBs so hopefully, his sub-5-second 40-time can help him get the sacks needed to push for DROY. Not only have DTs been the DROY in three of the last ten years, Calais Campbell, Aaron Donald, and Cameron Jordan finished first, second and third in Defensive Player of the year voting last year. Player of the Year voters value dominant interior linemen.

Green Bay desperately needed to shore up a leaky secondary and selected CB Jaire Alexander 18th overall. They spent some more draft capital in the second round by selecting another CB in Josh Jackson. Jackson was widely considered a first-round talent but slipped in the draft. Through the first three weeks of the preseason, Josh Jackson has the highest PFF grade out of all CBs. Not just rookie CBs, all CBs! He had eight interceptions in his final year at Iowa and he returned an interception for a TD this preseason. There is some precedence for Alexander or Jackson to win DROY. The past two CBs that won both played on teams that went 11-5. Eleven wins is well within Green Bay’s range of outcomes.

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