Top bets for NFL offensive rookie of the year award
When football returns, not only do I spend most of my Saturdays and Sundays in front of my television, but I also start betting on college football and the NFL. If you know what you’re doing, NFL futures bets can be made at the Top Bet website and can be very lucrative. But, what if you don’t watch enough college football to know which rookies will make an impact on their NFL team? Don’t worry, I am here to help you choose the smart bet and make sure you take home some extra money.
Here are my top bets for the NFL offensive and defensive rookie of the year awards.
Offensive Rookie of the Year:
3rd best bet – DeAndre Hopkins – Wide Receiver – Houston Texans: Hopkins has to be a top bet for offensive rookie of the year because of the talent that surrounds him in Houston. Not only does he have one of the best receivers opposite of him in Andre Johnson, but he also has a top 5 back on the team in Arian Foster. Houston has been starved for a number two wide receiver for ages and should find their answer in Hopkins. The speedy receiver has the ability to stretch the field but also has the hands to make every catch. Quarterback Matt Schaub threw for 4,008 yards in 2012 and should continue to air it out to take pressure off of Arian Foster. For a team that is expecting to challenge for the AFC South crown and possibly win the AFC, Hopkins should be a fixture in the offense. The only down side with Hopkins is history. Since 2000, only two wide receivers have won the rookie of the year award. Still, if a wide receiver is going to win the rookie of the year award, it is going to be DeAndre Hopkins.
2nd best bet – Eddie Lacy – Running Back – Green Bay Packers: There were rumors that Lacy showed up to Packers training camp a bit out of shape. However, by the end of the pre-season, Lacy looked to be back into shape as he rushed for 36 yards on 18 attempts. Similar to Hopkins, Lacy will benefit from the talent that surrounds him Green Bay. Not only does he have Aaron Rodgers at quarterback but he also has James Jones, Randall Cobb and Jordy Nelson to take pressure away from the back field. I expect Lacy to be the Packers red zone running back and could win the award from the number of touchdowns he grabs in 2013. This spot could have gone to Pittsburgh running back Le’Veon Bell before he got injured earlier this pre-season. Instead, Lacy should be one of the top rookie running backs this year. Since 2000, five running backs have won the offensive rookie of the year award. However, the last running back to win the award was Adrian Peterson in 2007. Lacy has a chance to buck that trend in 2013.
Best bet – EJ Manuel – Quarterback – Buffalo Bills: As a Bills fan, this may seem like a bit of a homer bet but Manuel has a great chance of winning the award. If Manuel can come back by week one or two, he will compete for the offensive rookie of the year award. Why would I pick Manuel to win the award? Well, first of all, six quarterbacks have won the award since 2000, including the last three straight seasons. With Kevin Kolb currently on the injured reserves, EJ Manuel is the only quarterback left in Buffalo. Once he is healthy, he should start every game for the Bills. Not only can Manuel move the ball through the air, but he can take off and run as well. He also has running back C.J. Spiller to help provide some balance in the offense. When you look at the possible rookie quarterbacks and consider the history of the award, Manuel has to be the clear cut favorite for the award. The NFL is a quarterback driven league and if Manuel can put up decent numbers, he should win the award.
Honorable Mention: Montee Ball – Running back – Denver Broncos, Giovani Bernard – Running back – Cincinnati Bengals & Tavon Austin – Wide Receiver – Saint Louis Rams: Tavon Austin is the top among these three potential rookie of the year candidates because of his versatility. Austin should be returning kicks, lining up at wide receiver and possibly taking a few designed runs. My concerns with Montee Ball and Giovani Bernard are their lack of playing time. Ball could lose snaps to Knowshon Moreno and Ronnie Hillman. The Broncos are also a pass happy team and even if Ball was starting, I doubt he would gain enough yards to win the rookie of the year award. Bernard needs to take the starting job away from incumbent back Benjarvus Green-Ellis before he can be considered for the rookie of the year award. If he is ever named the team’s starter, Bernard could lead the rookie running class in yards and touchdowns.
[Note: The last five offensive rookie of the year awards have gone to Robert Griffin III, Cam Newton, Sam Bradford, Percy Harvin and Matt Ryan]
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