Best NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Bets to Place Right Now

Best NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Bets to Place Right Now

Ayden Fahlstrom
1 year ago
3 min read

This year’s NFL Draft class might be known for its elite defensive prospects. However, one offensive rookie will take home some meaningful hardware at the end of the 2022 NFL season.

More often than not, winning the Offensive Rookie of the Year is a sign that superstardom is quickly approaching. Just ask Ja’Marr Chase and Justin Herbert, the two most recent recipients of the prestigious award. Now, a new player will join the exclusive club months after hearing their name called in Las Vegas.

Wide receivers dominate this year’s rookie class, so several of them are early betting favorites for OROTY. That said, there are a couple of receivers and a player at another position worth taking a flier on for a preseason bet.

WR Drake London, Atlanta Falcons (+700)

London had the honor of being the first of six wide receivers taken in Round 1. He is also in a position to make an immediate impact from his first game.

The former USC receiver has +700 odds to win the award, second behind Pittsburgh Steelers QB Kenny Pickett and tied with New York Jets RB Breece Hall. Yet with Pickett presumably starting the year as a backup and Hall splitting carries with second-year back Michael Carter, Bettors should favor London over both of them.

London is the unquestioned WR1 in Atlanta following Calvin Ridley’s suspension. He’ll become an immediate favorite for either Marcus Mariota or Desmond Ridder and have a significant role in the offense, especially late in games when the rebuilding Falcons are trailing.

He might not be putting up the gaudy numbers Chase did as a rookie. But London should be firmly in the mix for OROTY.

WR Skyy Moore, Kansas City Chiefs (+1200)

Unlike London, Moore had to wait until Round 2 before going off the board. But the Western Michigan product landed in an ideal situation to flourish as a rookie.

Moore is +1200 to win Offensive Rookie of the Year, which places him behind eight other first-year talents. However, only Moore has Patrick Mahomes as his quarterback and Andy Reid as his head coach. If that wasn’t enough, the Chiefs also traded Tyreek Hill, opening up an opportunity for Moore to play a big part in KC’s offensive attack.

The Chiefs rebuilt their wide receiver core this offseason, replacing Hill, Byron Pringle, and Demarcus Robinson with JuJu Smith-Schuster and Marquez Valdes-Scantling. Moore is also one of those new additions and will see plenty of time on the field in the Chiefs’ four- and five-wide receiver sets.

Given his first-round talent and perfect situation, Moore has a ton of value at his current odds.

RB Isaiah Spiller, Los Angeles Chargers (+8000)

This is a wide receiver-heavy draft class, so it stands to reason that a pass-catcher has the best shot of winning OROTY. But if you’re looking for a long shot at another position, consider Spiller.

The Chargers added Spiller in Round 4, making him the ninth running back selected in the draft. The former Texas A&M product will back-up Austin Ekeler, one of the league’s top running backs. So why is Spiller worth taking a flier on?

For one, Ekeler isn’t the type of running back who gets 30+ carries a game. In all likelihood, Spiller could immediately contribute as a traditional back who can succeed in short-yardage situations and even along the goal line. Additionally, running backs have fared much better in Rookie of the Year voting than receivers have.

Despite being a clear backup, Spiller is an intriguing addition to LA’s backfield. Not to mention, he’s an injury to Ekeler away from being the lead back on one of the NFL’s best offensive teams. At +8000, it’s worth considering.

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