2022 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Odds: Top of Oddsboards Dominated By Wide Receivers

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Gren Bay's Christian Watson is among the WRs in the mix to win OROY. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

Every team hopes it drafts a player that performs well enough to earn Offensive Rookie of the Year (OROY) honors. While odds shifted some throughout the preseason, the top of most Offensive Rookie of the Year odds boards saw few changes. Like other NFL awards, the subjectivity of the award allows for a wide range of opinions and for betting odds to vary among sportsbooks.

So, be sure to do some line shopping before placing a bet.

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Offensive Rookie of the Year Odds

The following table contains a list of the 25 players with the best odds at DraftKings and their corresponding odds at BetMGM, Caesars, and FanDuel.

Odds are current as of September 30:

Offensive Rookie of the Year-- 2022/23POSDraftKingsBetMGM: Promo Code TODAYCaesars:
Promo Code Today15
Drake LondonWR+500+400+550+500
Chris OlaveWR+500+400+550+500
Romeo DoubsWR+800+900+900+1000
Dameon PierceRB+1000+1000+1000+1200
Garrett WilsonWR+1200+900+1000+1000
Johan DotsonWR+140+1400+1400+1000
Kenny PickettQB+1500+900+1400+1000
Breece HallRB+1500+1400+1400+1600
George PickensWR+1600+2000+1500+1600
Treylon BurksWR+1800+1600+1800+1600
Isiah PachecoWR+2000+3300+3500+3000
Brian Robinson Jr.RB+2200+2200+1600+2000
Malik WillisQB+3000+5000+2500+4000
James CookRB+3500+2500+4000+2000
Desmond RidderQB+4000+4000+3000+4000
Jelani WoodsTE+4000+5000
Kyle PhillipsWR+5000+3500+5000
Rachaad WhiteRB+5000+3500+5000
Kenneth Walker IIIRB+5000+5000+3500+5000
Christian WatsonWR+5000+5000+2200+5000
Alec PierceWR+5000+5000+4000+6000
Jameson WilliamsWR+5500+8000+5000+7500
Tyrion Davis-PriceRB+6500+4000+6000
Wan'Dale RobinsonWR+7000+15000+6000+10000
Tyler AllgeierRB+7000+8000+6000+7500

Production is, of course, crucial to any OROY candidate’s campaign and that is why we have seen a lot of change at the top of betting boards. Kenny Pickett opened as the betting favorite but was replaced by Johan Dotson and George Pickens after Week 1. After Week 2, it was Drake London, and following Week 3, it was London and Chris Olave.

Why so much change? Because no one has yet to stand out on a week-to-week basis.

Dotson had a pair of touchdowns in Week 1, but through Week 3, he’s catching just 50% of his passes (9 of 18) and has tallied 109 yards. Pickens surged in popularity after a productive preseason but has yet to do much in the regular season (five catches for 65 yards).

London is making a decent case for himself (16 catches for 214 yards and two touchdowns, but it is far from impressive. Yes, averaging five catches and 70+ yards a game is good. But does it really scream award-worthy?

As for Olave, while he has yet to get into the end zone, he has 17 catches and leads all rookie receivers with 268 yards. However, most of that came last week against Carolina when he had nine receptions for 147 yards.

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Christian Watson is among the WRs in the mix to win OROY. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
Green Bay Packers’ Christian Watson runs a drill at the NFL football team’s practice field training camp Tuesday, May 31, 2022, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

Betting Analysis

Heading into Week 4, the OROY is still up for grabs. Anyone could go on to win; they just need to start producing and continue to do so on a regular basis for the remainder of the season. For most, it will come down to opportunity. Do they play enough to get the chance to produce as a potential OROY should produce?

  • Drake London will certainly get the chance in Atlanta; the Falcons wide receiver has been targeted by Marcus Mariota on 31.6% of his pass attempts this season; he caught five of seven in Week 1, eight of 12 in Week 2, and three of six last week.
  • With Michael Thomas battling injuries, it looks like Chris Olave could be the Saints’ No. 1 receiver, meaning he’ll probably get targeted even more than he already is. However, his production could take a hit if Jameis Winston gets benched for Andy Dalton.
  • Garrett Wilson is the only other rookie receiver with 200+ receiving yards, but with inconsistent play from the Jets QBs, it may be hard to rely on him to produce with any regularity.

OROY Odds: Our Picks

No one would fault you for going with London, Olave, 0r Wilson, but if you want to go with just one—take Olave. The Saints have a top ten passing game, and with Michael Thomas battling injuries, Olave will be the No. 1 option. However, it is not too late for another player to emerge and become a contender for OROY. They just need to take advantage of whatever opportunities they get.

To that end, here are some players, including a couple of sleepers/longshots, that we like:

Dameon Pierce, RB, Houston Texans +1200 (FanDuel)

As his workload has increased, so has his production. While Houston will likely be playing from behind much of the season, it is unlikely the Texans ever abandon the run in an attempt to catch up. Their passing game is not good enough to do so.

Jameson Williams, WR, Detroit Lions +8000 (BetMGM)

The former Alabama star has yet to play. But if he can produce once he does, it will not be hard for him to become a contender.

Sam Howell, QB, Washington Commanders +10000 (DraftKings)

He’ll have to play relatively soon to have a shot. But with Carson Wentz looking somewhat pedestrian the last couple of weeks, he may get his chance soon. If he can look as good as did during the preseason, he could make a strong case even if he just gets ten or 12 starts.

Offensive Rookie Of The Year Odds History

Odds via SportsOddsHistory.com:

YearWinnerTeamPosPreseason Odds
2022Garrett WilsonNew York JetsWR+2000
2021Ja'Marr ChaseCincinnati BengalsWR+1800
2020Justin HerbertLos Angeles ChargersQB+3000
2019Kyler MurrayArizona CardinalsQB+150
2018Saquon BarkleyNew York GiantsRB+155
2017Alvin KamaraNew Orleans SaintsRB+5000
2016Dak PrescottDallas CowboysQB+900
2015Todd GurleySt. Louis RamsRB+5000
2014Odell Beckham Jr.New York GiantsWR+900
2013Eddie LacyGreen Bay PackersRB+1350
2012Robert Griffin IIIWashington RedskinsQB+2500
2011Cam NewtonCarolina PanthersQB+800
2010Sam BradfordSt. Louis RamsQB+400
2009Percy HarvinMinnesota VikingsWR+400
2008Matt RyanAtlanta FalconsQB+500
2007Adrian PetersonMinnesota VikingsRB+1200
2006Vince YoungTennessee TitansQBNA
2005Cadillac WilliamsTampa Bay BuccaneersRBNA
2004Ben RoethlisbergerPittsburgh SteelersQBNA
2003Anquan BoldinArizona CardinalsWRNA
2002Clinton PortisDenver BroncosRBNA
2001Anthony ThomasChicago BearsRBNA
2000Mike AndersonDenver BroncosRBNA
1999Edgerrin JamesIndianapolis ColtsRBNA
1998Randy MossMinnesota VikingsWRNA

Running backs have dominated OROY voting since the award’s inception in 1967, winning it 35 times, next to ten each for wide receivers and quarterbacks. But two of the last three were QBs, Justin Herbert in 2020 and Kyler Murray in 2019. Murray was the preseason betting favorite (+150), but Herbert was a longshot (+3000).

But when doctors accidentally punctured the lung of Tyrod Taylor before their game in Week 2, the door opened for Herbert, and he never looked back.

Focus on First Round Picks—But Not Exclusively

Playing time is a crucial component of any OROY campaign. The sooner a player can get in the lineup, the better. Since teams usually take a player with a first-round pick they expect to play right away, it may be wise to lean towards first-rounders. But don’t overlook the other rounds; 15 of 55 winners have come from rounds 2-6.

Here is a breakdown of winners by draft position:

  • 40 winners, including 15 of the last 20, were selected in the first round.
  • Five were second-round picks; the last was Anquan Boldin (2003).
  • Three were third-round picks; the last was Alvin Kamara (2017).
  • Three were fourth-round picks; the last was Dak Prescott (2016).
  • Mike Thomas was the only fifth-round pick (1975).
  • Two sixth-rounders have won; Mike Anderson (2000) and Don Woods (1974).
  • No seventh-round selection has ever won.
  • An undrafted free agent has never won.

OROY Winners Not Exclusive to Winning Teams

It’s natural to want to gravitate toward players on better teams. But losing teams pick first in the draft giving them access to better players. That does not mean those guys will thrive, but they are more likely to start in Week 1, giving them the whole season to make a case for OROY honors.

As it turns out, five of the last 10 OROY winners played for teams with sub .500 records. But if you go factor in another decade, 12 of the last 20 winners came from teams with records above .500.

What does this tell us? Easy—don’t overlook someone just because they play for a cellar dweller.

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Offensive Rookie of the Year Odds — FAQs

Who is the current favorite to win the NFL's Offensive Rookie of the Year award?

Steelers quarterback Kenny Pickett is the betting favorite to win OROY in 2022.

Who won Offensive Rookie of the Year last season?

Bengals wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase won OROY for the 2021 NFL season.

Has an offensive lineman ever won OROY?

An offensive lineman has never won OROY. Three votes did go to linemen last year, and six have gotten votes since 2010.

Has a kicker ever won OROY?

The AP has never awarded OROY to a kicker, but the PFWA awarded the honor to Lions kicker Jason Hanson in 1992.

Can I bet on the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year?

If you are in a state where sports betting is legal then you can bet on OROY at your favorite sportsbook. For a list of the states where sports betting is legal, check out a section on our Super Bowl 57 page.

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Travis Pulver

Travis Pulver

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Travis Pulver is a senior writer for Gaming Today and a lifelong football fan, something he says comes naturally having been born in the football-crazy state of Texas. Through the years, Pulver's love of sports has extended into baseball, basketball, golf, and rugby. Life currently finds him in Indiana with his wife and two kids.

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