• Get the current odds to win the NFL’s 2020 Defensive Player of the Year award
  • See how the DPOY odds have changed throughout the season
  • Compare each player to others at their position, players trending in the same direction, or isolate each

The AP has handed out a Defensive Player of the Year award every year since 1971. We’ve been tracking the 2020 NFL DPOY odds since they opened and will continue to do so all season. We average the odds from multiple sportsbooks and track the movement, removing the influence of money and providing you with each defender’s true odds of winning the award.

NFL DPOY Odds for Top 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

Opening Odds

Player Pos Team Odds to win 2020 NFL DPOY
Aaron Donald DL LAR +700
Nick Bosa EDGE SF +900
TJ Watt EDGE PIT +1100
Khalil Mack EDGE CHI +1100
JJ Watt DL HOU +1100
Stephon Gilmore CB NE +1600
Joey Bosa EDGE LAC +1800
Chandler Jones EDGE ARI +2000
Von Miller EDGE DEN +2000
Derwin James S LAC +2200

*Odds taken April 1

Top Contenders by Position

Despite seeing so many edge players listed with short odds to win the award, only two true edge players have won DPOY in the last ten years: Khalil Mack (2016) and Terrell Suggs (2011).

 DPOY Winners by Position

Position DPOY Awards in Last 10 Years Total DPOY Awards Won
Defensive Back 2 11
Edge Rusher 2 17
Inside Linebacker 1 9
Interior DL 5 12

Odds for Past Winners

JJ Watt and Aaron Donald have accounted for four of the last six Defensive Player of the Year winners, and five of the last eight. Terrell Suggs is the only active player to win DPOY and not have odds to win the 2020 award.

Last 5 DPOY Winners

Season DPOY Winner Pos Sacks
2019 Stephon Gilmore CB 0
2018 Aaron Donald DT 20.5 (1st)
2017 Aaron Donald DT 11 (T-11th)
2016 Khalil Mack EDGE 11 (T-8th)
2015 JJ Watt DL 17.5 (1st)

The idea that the Defensive Player of the Year is generally the league-leader in sacks is a common misconception. Sacks are certainly seen as a sexy stat and play a role in the voting. But the sack king has only won the award twice in the last seven seasons.

Shaquil Barrett led the NFL in 2019 with 19.5 sacks, Chandler Jones led the way with 17 in 2017, Vic Beasley Jr with 15.5 in 2016, and Justin Houston posted a league-high 22 in 2014, yet none of them took home DPOY honors.


Archived DPOY odds: 2019

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After receiving a bachelor's degree in communications from the University of Ottawa ('15), Matt spent two years with Rogers TV as a host, producer, and play-by-play commentator. He has been with us since 2016 and serves as SBD's Editor-in-Chief and sports betting expert.