Best Bets for Saquon Barkley to Win NFL MVP
After a tumultuous offseason that included the trade of Odell Beckham Jr. to Cleveland and the heavily criticized selection of former Duke Blue Devils QB Daniel Jones with the sixth-overall selection in the 2019 NFL Draft, the immediate future doesn’t necessarily look all that bright for the New York Giants. Jones is expected to watch from the sidelines for at least a season while the receiving corps appear to be utterly decimated with Sterling Shepard, Corey Coleman, and Golden Tate all either injured or under suspension. Throw in the fact that QB Eli Manning hasn’t had a Pro Football Focus (PFF) overall player grade higher than 70.0 since 2014 and that he recorded a league-worst 25 turnover-worthy plays in 2018-19 and there isn’t really all that much to get excited about in terms of the Giants passing offense. Despite all of that, all signs are pointing to another monster statistical year for RB Saquon Barkley, who racked up 1,307 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns during his jaw-dropping rookie season. Oddsmakers are predicting more big things for Barkley in his second full season in the NFL, as he is currently the favorite to take down the rushing crown heading into the 2019-20 regular season at +340.
Even though the Giants will most likely continue to be a below average football team as a whole in 2019, that doesn’t mean that Barkley won’t offer bettors some value in New York Giant prop bets markets. His closest competition for the rushing title is currently Ezekiel Elliott (+550), who is still in the midst of a huge contract dispute with the Dallas Cowboys. With Beckham Jr. gone and Eli Manning still under center Saquon Barkley’s odds of at least matching his 1,300+ yard season last year appear to be good.
The over under Giants game rushing yardage for Barkley is set at 80.97 yards per game, which is the equivalent of 1295.5 yards over a full sixteen game season. Since there is absolutely no doubt that he will continue to be the main catalyst on offense for the Giants, Barkely should be able to record over 10.5 touchdowns as well after finding he found the end zone a team-high 11 times in 2018-19.
While the NFL MVP award has historically been awarded most often to quarterbacks, Barkley currently has the best odds of any non-QB player at +3400. If he can find a way to help the G-Men stay at least within striking distance of a .500 record by the end of December, there is a decent chance that he can legitimately catapult himself into the MVP conversation with the likes of Mahomes, Luck, Rodgers, Brady, and Brees. Even though it will most likely be yet another long regular season for Giants fans, Barkley should consistently provide them with a large number of highlight reel moments and spectacular plays out of the backfield.