• Get the current odds to win the NFL’s 2019 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 2019 NFL DPOY odds since they opened on July 27.

Instead of just providing the current odds at one source, however, we average the odds from multiple sportsbooks and track their 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

  • [December 31] Shaq Barrett saw his odds go from +1400 to +800 after overtaking Chandler Jones for the most sacks in the 2019 season; the Bucs defender has the second-best odds to win the award
  • [December 25] Stephon Gilmore remains the odds-on favorite, but his odds got a little worse; Chandler Jones saw his odds move from +2000 to +1000 after a four-sack performance against the Seahawks in Week 16
  • [December 18] For the first time this season, we have an odds-on favorite to win DPOY: Stephon Gilmore
  • [December 11] Aaron Donald is back to being favored to win DPOY for the first time since October 23
  • [December 4] NFL DPOY odds reopened for the first time since November 13, and Stephon Gilmore remains favored; Aaron Donald is right on his heels, though
  • [November 13] For the first time this year, Nick Bosa and Minkah Fitzpatrick have been given odds to win DPOY, both coming in as top ten contenders
  • [November 6] For the first time this season, neither Khalil Mack or Aaron Donald are the favorite to win NFL DPOY, as Stephon Gilmore and Joey Bosa have become co-favorites
  • [October 23] Mack and Donald are listed as co-favorites to win DPOY after Week 8
  • [October 16] Khalil Mack’s odds continue to shorten, now landing at +300
  • [October 9] For the first time this year, Aaron Donald is not favored to win NFL DPOY, as Khalil Mack has overtaken him
  • [October 2] Shaquil Barrett has finally been given odds to win DPOY, opening at +1200
  • [September 25] Even after recording two sacks and two forced fumbled in Week 3, Khalil Mack still trails Aaron Donald in DPOY odds
  • [September 22] Joey Bosa’s odds have gone from +2200 (entering Week 1) to +6600 (after Week 1) and now landed at +1400 ahead of Week 3
  • [September 11] Despite being rather invisible in Week 1, Von Miller’s DPOY odds have improved from +1050 to +800
  • [September 5] Myles Garrett’s odds continue to shorten, now landing at an average of +800, good for third-best odds
  • [August 19] Over the last 2.5 weeks, Myles Garrett has seen his DPOY odds shorten from +2225 to +1267, resulting in him leaping Joey Bosa for a spot in the top five
  • [July 27] Back-to-back DPOY winner Aaron Donald has opened as the favorite to win the award again in 2019

Odds at BetOnline

Player Pos Team Odds to win 2019 NFL DPOY at BetOnline
Stephon Gilmore CB NE -400
Shaquil Barrett EDGE TB +800
Chandler Jones EDGE ARI +900
Aaron Donald DT LAR +1000
TJ Watt EDGE PIT +1000

*Odds taken December 31; Follow the link in the table for more DPOY betting options

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 10
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 five Defensive Player of the Year winners, and five of the last seven. Terrell Suggs is the only active player to win DPOY and not have odds to win the 2019 award.

Last 5 DPOY Winners

Season DPOY Winner Pos Sacks
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)
2014 JJ Watt DL 20.5 (2nd)

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 six seasons.

Chandler Jones led the NFL in sacks in 2017 with 17, Vic Beasley Jr led the league in 2016 with 15.5, and Justin Houston posted a league-high 22 in 2014.

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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.