NFL OPOY Odds: Kupp and Lamar lead the way

Cooper Kupp Los Angeles Rams NFL 2021

The battle for NFL Offensive Player Of The Year (OPOY) is a terrific betting line in 2022, and we have all the latest odds along with some terrific predictions and signup bonus offers.

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Latest OPOY Odds in 2022

Cooper Kupp had one of the greatest years ever for an NFL WR in 2021 – a Super Bowl ring, incredible numbers and an OPOY award. Somehow though he was +1400 to repeat heading into the 2022 season.

Three weeks into the season though and those odds have halved – Kupp is now the +700 favorite to repeat as OPOY. This despite the fact he was pretty quiet (4 catches for 44 yards) in Sunday’s win at Arizona.

Level in the betting with Kupp is red-hot Baltimore QB Lamar Jackson. He was incredible again Sunday, throwing 4 TD passes and rushing for over 100 yards and another score in a terrific win in New England.

We have three men all currently trading at +1200, headed by Philadelphia QB Jalen Hurts. Also on the same odds are Minnesota WR Justin Jefferson and Buffalo pass catcher Stefon Diggs.

We have a pair of running backs on +1500 – Jonathan Taylor of Indianapolis and Nick Chubb of the Cleveland Browns.

Here are the latest OPOY odds from PointsBet:

Cooper KuppWRLos Angeles Rams+700
Lamar JacksonQBBaltimore Ravens+700
Justin JeffersonWRMinnesota Vikings+1200
Jalen HurtsQBPhiladelphia Eagles+1200
Stefon DiggsWRBuffalo Bills+1200
Josh AllenQBBuffalo Bills+1800
Ja’Marr ChaseWRCincinnati Bengals+2000
Saquon BarkleyRBNew York Giants+2200

NB: Odds correct on September 27, 2022

NFL OPOY Predictions & Picks for 2022

Okay so we are just days away from the big kickoff to the 2022 NFL season, and we have two picks for you.

The first is that San Francisco sensation Deebo Samuel, who now has a nice contract extension in his back pocket. The house is apparently built in San Fran, and if QB Trey Lance does turn out to be the real deal then Deebo should absolutely eat in 2022.

Samuel was terrific in a breakout year in 2021, racking up 1405 receiving yards as well as being a real threat running the football. We expect less of the latter in 2022 but for him to continue as an explosive pass catcher. He rates as terrific OPOY value at +2000 (bet $100 to win $2000).

Our second pick is at much bigger odds – namely Dallas Cowboys WR CeeDee Lamb at +6600. There are a few reasons why this is a value bet, and it starts with the Dallas depth chart.

There is no Amari Cooper this year (traded to Cleveland) while Michael Gallup and James Washington will miss the start of the season through injury. Not only is CeeDee now the unquestioned WR1 in ‘Big D’ now, he’s about all there is for the opening weeks. He will get a ton of love from Dak Prescott.

Lamb has sensational ability and has gradually improved in his first two seasons in the league – we expect the third to be an explosive breakout for the former Sooner standout. Take those tempting +6600 odds (bet $100 to win $6600).

OddsCritic OPOY Predictions and Picks for 2022

NB: Odds correct when predictions & picks made on September 3, 2022

Who won OPOY?

Two players hold the record for the most OPOY titles – RBs Earl Campbell and Marshall Faulk. Both men have three awards – and each of them won their three in consecutive years. Two-time winners include Peyton Manning, Drew Brees, Tom Brady, Barry Sanders, Jerry Rice and Terrell Davis.

The last 10 winners of the award are as follows:

  • 2021: Cooper Kupp (WR, Los Angeles Rams)
  • 2020: Derrick Henry (RB, Tennessee Titans)
  • 2019: Michael Thomas (WR, New Orleans Saints)
  • 2018: Patrick Mahomes (QB, Kansas City Chiefs)
  • 2017: Todd Gurley (RB, Los Angeles Rams)
  • 2016: Matt Ryan (QB, Atlanta Falcons)
  • 2015: Cam Newton (QB, Carolina Panthers)
  • 2014: DeMarco Murray (RB, Dallas Cowboys)
  • 2013: Peyton Manning (QB, Denver Broncos)
  • 2012: Adrian Peterson (RB, Minnesota Vikings)
Why are QBs big odds to win OPOY?

Because the stats tell you their chances are much lower than for NFL MVP. A quarterback has won OPOY 20 times but RB has taken the honors on 26 occasions. In short this award is much fairer to positions outside of QB while MVP has become totally fixated on the most important position in the game. QBs have won MVP in 17 of the last 20 seasons while it’s only 9 of the last 20 for OPOY. Less than 50% success rate.

How does OPOY work?

The crucial bit here is that postseason play is NOT included. This is all about regular-season achievements.

Who votes for OPOY?

A panel of 50 sportswriters who all post their votes after the regular season finishes. The award is fronted by AP (Associated Press) so it is the de facto most recognized award of its type. Kupp gained 32 of the votes in 2021 – winning by a landslide.

When is OPOY announced?

It is announced the Thursday of Super Bowl week each year in the NFL’s annual glitzy awards ceremony. This will take place in February 2023 in Glendale, Arizona ahead of Super Bowl LVII.

Who is winning OPOY?

Cooper Kupp was the early favorite at +800 (bet $100 to win $800) but now Justin Jefferson is also on that +800 mark along with Kupp.

Can you be MVP and OPOY in the same year?

Yes absolutely you can. So far it’s happened 28 of 49 years. But a word of warning – it happens much less nowadays. The last time was Kansas City QB Patrick Mahomes in 2018. If you are betting this to happen in 2022, then your best bet is to pick a QB…