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We tracked the 2020 NFL DPOY odds since they opened right through to Aaron Donald being announced the winner at the NFL Honors. We averaged the odds from multiple sportsbooks and tracked the movement, removing the influence of money to provide you with each defender’s true odds of winning the award.

NFL DPOY Odds for Top Contenders

  • [February 6, 2021] In a bit of a surprise, Aaron Donald has won NFL Defensive Player of the Year for the 2020 season. TJ Watt closed as the favorite.
  • [December 29] TJ Watt added two more sacks in Week 16 against the Colts, bringing his season total a league-leading 15. As a result, Watt has become the odds-on favorite to win NFL DPOY over Aaron Donald and the rest of the field
  • [December 15] Rams defensive lineman Aaron Donald added another 1.5 sacks to take the league-lead at 12.5, surpassing TJ Watt, who had one of his worst games of the season against the Bills in Week 14. The result is Donald’s NFL DPOY odds improving from +188 to -143, while Watt, who was favored last week, fell from +166 to +340
  • [December 9] Aaron Donald and TJ Watt’s NFL DPOY odds continue shortening, while Watt maintains a slim lead over the two-time recipient entering Week 14
  • [December 3] A couple corners, Dolphins’ Xavien Howard and Patriots’ JC Jackson, have both made their first appearance on the odds board after Week 12, with Howard having the sixth-best odds
  • [November 24] Despite missing Week 11 and already being ruled out for Week 12, Myles Garrett’s NFL DPOY odds have only faded from +388 to +450, still the third-best
  • [November 17] A two-sack performance against the Bengals in Week 10 has resulted in TJ Watt becoming the favorite to win NFL DPOY; Aaron Donald and Myles Garrett trail close behind
  • [November 10] Steelers’ defensive lineman Stephon Tuitt has entered the top five NFL DPOY contenders, as his odds improved from +5750 +1500
  • [November 3] Aaron Donald is back to being the favorite to win NFL DPOY after adding another sack and forced fumble in Week 8; some sportsbooks favor TJ Watt, however
  • [October 27] Myles Garrett has overtaken Aaron Donald as the favorite to win 2020 NFL DPOY after adding two more sacks and a forced fumble in Week 7; Garrett leads the NFL in both categories
  • [October 20] Reigning NFL DPOY Stephon Gilmore continues seeing his 2020 odds fade, now just hanging in the top ten contenders
  • [October 14] A four-sack performance against Washington in Week 5 has led to Aaron Donald taking back the title of NFL DPOY favorite
  • [October 6] Za’Darius Smith’s three-sack performance in Week 4 has made him a top four contender to win NFL DPOY, with his odds improving from +3600 to +1500
  • [September 29] For the first time this year, Aaron Donald is not favored to win NFL DPOY, as TJ Watt’s average odds improved from +1200 to +500 to take over the top spot on the board
  • [September 22] Nick Bosa was tied for the second-best average DPOY odds before suffering what’s likely a season-ending knee injury in Week 2; Khalil Mack now sits behind Aaron Donald on the odds board
  • [September 15] After recording a sack in Week 1, Joey Bosa has entered the top five DPOY contenders; Chase Young also saw significant DPOY odds movement after posting 1.5 sacks and a forced fumble in his NFL debut, moving from +4600 to +2900
  • [September 9] A couple top ten DPOY contenders have gone down to injury in Von Miller and Derwin James; Chandler Jones and Jamal Adams have taken their place among the top ten in DPOY odds
  • [August 21] Now a member of the Seahawks, Jamal Adams has seen his DPOY odds improve from +3300 to +2525, the 13th-best odds in the NFL
  • [June 12] Myles Garrett has seen his DPOY odds shorten from +2625 to +2200, leaving him just outside of the top ten contenders
  • [March 27] Although he didn’t win the award last season, Aaron Donald has opened as the favorite to win NFL DPOY for the second straight season

Closing Odds to Win NFL DPOY

Player Pos Team Odds to win 2020 NFL DPOY
TJ Watt EDGE PIT -180
Aaron Donald DL LAR +220
Xavien Howard CB MIA +600
Myles Garrett EDGE CLE +2000
Khalil Mack EDGE CHI +4000
Cameron Heyward DL PIT +5000
Jalen Ramsey CB LAR +5000
Minkah Fitzpatrick DB PIT +6500
DeForest Buckner DL IND N/A
Jaire Alexander CB GB N/A

*Odds updated December 29

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After working in TV, Matt turned his focus towards numbers, specifically odds. He has been with us since 2016 and serves as SBD's Editor-in-Chief, credited with creating our futures trackers, SBD's score predictor, SBD Sharp, and his own model for calculating NFL SOS, among other products.