2022-23 NFL Defensive Player of the Year Award Odds: Parsons Keeps Surging

Pass rusher Micah Parsons has crept ahead of Myles Garrett for the odds lead with three weeks of NFL action now in the books. Find out who else is a current contender as we check out the Defensive Player of the Year odds.

Last Updated: Sep 29, 2022 4:01 PM ET Read Time: 4 min
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Last year's Defensive Rookie of the Year — Micah Parsons — is the current Defensive Player of the Year frontrunner at +200, followed by Myles Garrett and Nick Bosa. 

Los Angeles Chargers' defensive end Joey Bosa is no longer on the odds board following a groin injury that will force him to undergo surgery

Find out where the rest of the top defenders stand enter Week 4 in our updated NFL Defensive Player of the Year betting odds.

NFL Defensive Player of the Year odds

Player Odds
Micah Parsons +200
Myles Garrett +600
Nick Bosa +1,100
Aaron Donald +1,100
T.J. Watt +2,500
Von Miller +2,500
Khalil Mack +3,000
Rashan Gary +4,000
Bradley Chubb +5,000
Trey Hendrickson +5,000
Maxx Crosby +5,000
Jeffrey Simmons +5,000
Shaquille Leonard +5,000

Odds courtesy of Fanduel Sportsbook on September 28, 2022.

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Favorites to win the NFL Defensive Player of the Year award

Micah Parsons (+200)

After winning Defensive Rookie of the Year last season, Micah Parsons is already tied for second in league sacks with four.

Parsons finished with 13 sacks in his rookie campaign with the Dallas Cowboys, resulting in the former Penn State star being named first-team All-Pro. With what we saw in the first three games, the 23-year-old is as good a bet for Defensive Player of the year honors as anyone else in 2022.

Myles Garrett (+600)

The former No. 1 pick was one of the lone bright spots for the Cleveland Browns in 2021, accumulating an impressive 16 sacks in his fifth NFL season.

Myles Garrett picked up two sacks in the Browns' Week 1 road win in Carolina and added one more in Week 2.

Garrett was involved in a car accident on Monday and his status for Week 4 against Atlanta is currently up in the air. However, for now, Garrett still remains second on the odds board behind Parsons. 

Nick Bosa, Aaron Donald (+1,100)

Nick Bosa is tied with Aaron Donald for the Top 3 following an accumulation of three sacks over his last two games. 

The 2019 Defensive Rookie of the Year will need to play a large role in helping get the San Francisco 49ers back atop the NFC West, as the 49ers have already lost starting QB Trey Lance for the remainder of the season. 

Bosa recorded 15.5 sacks last season after tearing his ACL in Week 2 of the 2020 campaign. 

Donald, a former three-time winner of this award, continues to put forth strong numbers, with two sacks and 10 tackles through three games thus far for the defending Super Bowl champs. 

NFL Defensive Player of the Year betting trends

• Since this award was first given out in 1974, seven defensive players have claimed this award more than once. However, no defensive back has ever won it multiple times. 

• The NFL DPOY odds board is filled with pass rushers for 2021, which is little surprise given that eight of the last 10 winners of the award totaled at least 11 sacks.

• While voters for the NFL MVP Award seem to take team success into the equation, the same hasn't necessarily been true for DPOY accolades. Four of the last seven winners of the DPOY award were on defenses that ranked outside the Top 10.

NFL Defensive Player of the Year history

A quick look at the NFL DPOY winners since 2000 and the position they played.

Year NFL DPOY Award Winner Position
2021 T.J. Watt  Edge 
2020 Aaron Donald DT
2019 Stephon Gilmore CB
2018 Aaron Donald DT
2017 Aaron Donald DT
2016 Khalil Mack Edge
2015 J.J. Watt DE
2014 J.J. Watt DE
2013 Luke Kuechly LB
2012 J.J. Watt DE
2011 Terrell Suggs  Edge
2010 Troy Polamalu S
2009 Charles Woodson DB
2008 James Harrison Edge
2007 Bob Sanders S
2006 Jason Taylor Edge
2005 Brian Urlacher LB
2004 Ed Reed S
2003 Ray Lewis LB
2002 Derrick Brooks LB
2001 Michael Strahan DE
2000 Ray Lewis LB


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