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The AP has handed out a Defensive Player of the Year award every year since 1971. We’ve been tracking the 2022-23 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

Two players currently sit in a tier of their own: Myles Garrett, arguably the best athlete in the league; and Micah Parsons, last year’s NFL DROY. TJ Watt was in this group prior to tearing his pec in Week 1.

Myles Garrett was listed as the favorite after Week 1. Parsons has joined him atop the odds board as Week 2 nears its end.

Odds to Win NFL DPOY

Player Pos Team Odds to win 2021 NFL DPOY
Micah Parsons LB DAL +400
Myles Garrett EDGE CLE +425
Nick Bosa EDGE SF +1000
Aaron Donald DL LAR +1400
Joey Bosa EDGE LAC +2000
Von Miller EDGE BUF +2000
Maxx Crosby EDGE LV +2000
Khalil Mack EDGE LAC +2500
TJ Watt EDGE PIT +3000
Derwin James S LAC +3500
Minkah Fitzpatrick S PIT +4000
Roquan Smith ILB CHI +4000
Rashan Gary EDGE GB +4000
Danielle Hunter EDGE MIN +4000
Bradley Chubb EDGE DEN +4000

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Micah Parsons is currently listed as the favorite to win NFL DPOY at DraftKings Sportsbook. If you bet $50 on the Cowboys defender to win at +400, you would win $200 and return $250. Parsons’ implied probability, based off his odds, to win the award is 20%.

Here are some notes on the NFL DPOY odds movement:

  • [September 19] Micah Parsons and Myles Garrett are now listed as the co-favorites to win NFL DPOY. Parsons added another two sacks in Week 2, while Garrett got one against the Jets. Both players are given +450 odds to win the award. Aaron Donald has fallen off from +700 to +1400.
  • [September 12] With two sacks in Week 1, Myles Garrett has taken over as the favorite to win NFL Defensive Player of the Year. His odds improved from +750 to +550. TJ Watt’s torn pec sees his odds fade from +700 to +3000. Micah Parsons also had two sacks in Week 1, and saw his odds improve from +1000 to +700.
  • [September 7] Aaron Donald has seen his average NFL DPOY odds fade to +850 as some sportsbooks are listing him as long as +900. Nick Bosa is seeing his odds improve, going from +1450 to +1250, closing the gap between him and the top four contenders. Rashan Gary has seen the most movement ahead of kickoff, though, as he opened at +7750 and is now getting +3000 odds.
  • [April 6] Aaron Donald and TJ Watt have overtaken Myles Garrett atop the NFL DPOY odds, as the two are listed as the co-favorites to win the award at +700 odds.
  • [March 25] Myles Garrett has opened as the favorite to win the 2022-23 NFL Defensive Player of the Year award. The reigning DPOY, TJ Watt, has opened at +700 odds, just behind Garrett at +650. Micah Parsons, who was given +20000 odds to win last year’s award heading into Week 1 but saw himself listed as the co-favorite in late-December, has opened this year at +1000 odds.

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Top Contenders by Position

Despite seeing so many edge players listed with short odds to win the award, only three true edge players have won DPOY in the last 13 years: TJ Watt (2021), 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 18
Inside Linebacker 1 9
Interior DL 6 13

Odds for Past Winners

JJ Watt and Aaron Donald have accounted for six of the last ten Defensive Player of the Year winners, and five of the last seven. There are only three other active players who have won the award: TJ Watt (2021), Stephon Gilmore (2019), and Khalil Mack (2016).

Past DPOY Winners

Season DPOY Winner Pos
2021 TJ Watt EDGE
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

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 three times in the last nine seasons: TJ Watt in 2021, Aaron Donald in 2018, and JJ Watt in 2015.

TJ Watt racked up the most sacks in 2020 as well, but did not win DPOY for it. Shaquil Barrett led the NFL in sacks 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: 2021, 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.