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  • Get the current odds to win the NFL’s 2021 Defensive Player of the Year award
  • Myles Garrett has taken over as the favorite to win NFL DPOY
  • See how the DPOY odds have changed throughout the 2021-22 NFL season

The AP has handed out a Defensive Player of the Year award every year since 1971. We’ve been tracking the 2021 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

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  • [November 29] With another sack in Week 12, Myles Garrett’s league-leading season total has reached 14, and his NFL DPOY odds are nearing even money. Trevon Diggs, who had the second-best odds entering the week, saw his odds to win NFL DPOY fade from +400 to +700 after he was picked on a little by the Raiders on Thanksgiving. Diggs is now tied with TJ Watt for the second-best odds.
  • [November 22] Patriots linebacker Matt Judon saw his NFL DPOY odds improve from +4000 to +1800 after Week 11. New England’s edge rusher was applying significant pressure on Matt Ryan all night in their TNF matchup, and is now a top five NFL DPOY contender.
  • [November 15] Titans safety Kevin Byard moved from outside the top ten to fifth-favorite at +2500 after another solid outing against the Jaguars. He is PFF’s top-rated safety on the season with a 90.5 overall grade.
  • [November 1] After recording another 1.5 sacks in the Steelers’ upset win over the Browns in Week 8, TJ Watt has the second-best odds to win NFL DPOY. He leaps Trevon Diggs, who did not record an interception in Week 8, the first game he’s played without one all season.

Odds to Win NFL DPOY

Player Pos Team Odds to win 2021 NFL DPOY
Myles Garrett EDGE CLE +175
Trevon Diggs CB DAL +700
TJ Watt EDGE PIT +700
Matt Judon EDGE NE +800
Aaron Donald DL LAR +1200
JC Jackson CB NE +1800
Kevin Byard S TEN +2500
Derwin James S LAC +3500
Chandler Jones EDGE ARI +3500
Nick Bosa EDGE SF +3500
Harold Landry III EDGE TEN +3500
Trey Hendrickson EDGE CIN +3500
Jalen Ramsey CB LAR +4000
Darius Leonard ILB IND +4000
Von Miller EDGE LAR +4000
Joey Bosa EDGE LAC +4000
Devin White ILB TB +5000
Brian Burns EDGE CAR +5000
Markus Golden EDGE ARI +5000
Chris Jones DL KC +5000

*Odds updated November 29.

Here are some older notes on the NFL DPOY odds movement:

  • [October 25] Browns defensive end Myles Garrett remains the favorite to win NFL DPOY. Raiders edge-rusher Maxx Crosby saw some significant movement to his NFL DPOY odds after Week 7, though. Crosby didn’t record any sacks against the Eagles, but made a couple crucial plays to help Las Vegas hold on to their lead. His odds improved from an average of +5000 to as short as +2500, making him a top ten contender.
  • [October 19] Myles Garrett remains the favorite to win NFL DPOY, but Trevon Diggs is right on his tail after recording another pick-six in Week 6. Diggs now has an interception in each of his first six games of the 2021 NFL season, and has seen his NFL DPOY odds go from +6500 all the way to +525 over the last four weeks.
  • [October 11] Trevon Diggs is now a top three contender to win NFL DPOY after recording another interception in Week 5, continuing his streak of at least one in every game this season.
  • [October 4] Trevon Diggs’ NFL DPOY odds are as short as +1600 after recording two more interceptions in Week 4, bringing his total for the season to five. The Cowboys corner has an interception in every game thus far, and has returned one for a touchdown. Diggs is now a top six contender after not even having odds prior to Week 3.
  • [September 27] For the first time this season, Aaron Donald is not the favorite to win NFL DPOY. Myles Garrett is the new favorite after recording 4.5 sacks against the Bears in Week 3.
  • [September 21] After failing to record a sack in his first two games, Chase Young has fallen out of the top five contenders for NFL DPOY. Xavien Howard has also seen his odds worsen significantly after Miami’s defense was roughed up by the Bills in Week 2. Jalen Ramsey’s NFL DPOY odds have improved from +3250 to +2000 after a strong outing against the Colts, and Brian Burns’ two sacks have his odds moving from +5750 to +4000.
  • [September 15] After racking up an insane five sacks in Week 1 against the Titans, Chandler Jones saw his NFL DPOY odds improve from an average of +4900 to +825. He’s now among the top four contenders to win the award. Xavien Howard also saw his odds improve significantly after a strong performance in Week 1. Two pass-rushers, Khalil Mack and Chase Young, saw their odds fade after failing to make an impact on their respective team’s first games.
  • [September 9] Nick Bosa’s NFL DPOY odds have faded slightly, allowing his brother Joey to jump into the top five contenders ahead of the 2021 NFL kickoff.
  • [August 26] The gap between Aaron Donald and Myles Garrett atop the board is closing, as the reigning NFL DPOY has seen his odds get a little longer and Garrett’s NFL DPOY odds shortening. Washington’s Chase Young has seen his odds improve significantly, jumping from +1800 to +983, the fourth-best odds on the board.
  • [May 14] Unsurprisingly, Aaron Donald has again opened as the favorite to win NFL Defensive Player of the Year. Donald is the reigning DPOY and has won the award three of the last four years.

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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 12 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 1 11
Edge Rusher 2 17
Inside Linebacker 1 9
Interior DL 6 13

Odds for Past Winners

JJ Watt and Aaron Donald have accounted for six of the last nine Defensive Player of the Year winners, and five of the last seven. There are only two other active players who have won the award: Stephon Gilmore (2019) and Khalil Mack (2016).

Past DPOY Winners

Season DPOY Winner Pos
2020 Aaron Donald DL
2019 Stephon Gilmore CB
2018 Aaron Donald DT
2017 Aaron Donald DT
2016 Khalil Mack EDGE
2015 JJ Watt DL
2014 JJ Watt DL
2013 Luke Kuechly ILB
2012 JJ Watt DL
2011 Terrell Suggs EDGE

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 eight seasons: Aaron Donald in 2018 and JJ Watt in 2015.

TJ Watt racked up the most sacks in 2020, Shaquil Barrett led the NFL in 2019, Chandler Jones led the way in 2017, Vic Beasley Jr in 2016, Justin Houston in 2014, and Robert Mathis in 2013; yet none of them took home DPOY honors.


Archived DPOY odds: 2020, 2019

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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.