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Super Bowl MVP Odds: History and Betting Tips Ahead of 2023

What player will shine at Super Bowl 57? Get odds, insights, tips, and strategies to make a smart pick for your Super Bowl MVP bets.

Last Updated: Sep 1, 2022 8:12 AM ET Read Time: 4 min
Cooper Kupp Los Angeles Rams NFL
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The Super Bowl is the biggest sporting event of the year and only the elite will shine brightest on that global stage. Of course, we’re talking about the Most Valuable Player award. 

Betting on the MVP is a massively popular prop market and, become available as soon as the NFL Playoffs begin.

Closing Super Bowl LVI MVP odds

Odds for the MVP of Super Bowl LVI hit the board last January and quarterbacks Matthew Stafford and Joe Burrow were the front runners to win Most Valuable Player.

Los Angeles Rams receiver Cooper Kupp took home the hardware in 2022 and was one of the most popular picks to win MVP, according to WynnBet sportsbooks. He drew more than 11% of ticket count and over 10% of the total handle on the Super Bowl MVP market. Kupp is just the eighth receiver to win Most Valuable Player in Super Bowl history and just the 25th non-quarterback to earn Big Game MVP honors.

Player Position Odds
Matthew Stafford  Quarterback +100
Joe Burrow Quarterback +225
Cooper Kupp Wide receiver +600
Aaron Donald Defensive tackle +1,400
Ja'Marr Chase Wide receiver +1,800
Odell Beckham Jr. Wide receiver +2,800
Cam Akers Running back +3,500
Von Miller Linebacker +4,000
Tee Higgins  Wide Receiver +4,500
Joe Mixon Running back +4,500
Sony Michel Running back +8,000
Tyler Boyd  Wide Receiver +9,000
Trent Taylor Wide Receiver +10,000
C. J. Uzomah Tight end +10,000
Van Jefferson Wide receiver +10,000
Trey Hendrickson Defensive end +10,000
Jalen Ramsey Cornerback +10,000
Kendall Blanton Tight end +10,000
Evan McPherson Kicker +10,000
Leonard Floyd Linebacker +15,000
Drew Sample Tight end +15,000
Sam Hubbard Defensive end +15,000
Mike Hilton Cornerback +15,000

Odds courtesy of DraftKings as of Feb. 13, 2022.

How is the Super Bowl MVP decided?

The Super Bowl MVP is decided after the conclusion of the game by a panel of 16 NFL journalists (writers and broadcasters) as well as a fan vote (online and mobile), which was added in 2001. 

The panel makes up 80% of the voting while the fan vote makes up the remaining 20%. The player voted as having the most significant impact on their team’s success will be honored as the Most Valuable Player of the Super Bowl.

How to read Super Bowl MVP odds

When learning how to bet on the Super Bowl, bettors must first understand how the odds display and how to read them. The Super Bowl MVP odds are displayed in a list format with corresponding odds for each player considered an MVP candidate. The odds will reflect the implied probability of that player winning MVP.

Some sportsbooks will have a very long and detailed list with plenty of players available. Other books will list just the skill positions and key defensive contributors while adding a “field” or “other” option which includes any player not officially listed. 

Most sportsbooks in North America will list Super Bowl MVP odds in American format:

  • Patrick Mahomes -120
  • Tom Brady +187

This means that a $100 bet on Mahomes would have profited $83 (or a $120 bet would win $100), or a $100 bet on Brady would have profited $187. Use our odds converter to switch American odds to decimal or fractional and to see how much you could win using different odds.

Super Bowl MVP betting history

A Super Bowl MVP has been named in all 56 championship games going back to 1967 when Green Bay Packers quarterback Bart Starr was named the very first Super Bowl Most Valuable Player. 

Starr is one of the 31 quarterbacks to be named Super Bowl MVP. Running backs and wide receivers have each won MVP eighth times while a defensive player has been named MVP five times and a special teams player (kick returner) has won the award once. 

Betting on the Super Bowl MVP odds was made popular in the late 1990s, as online sports betting began to boom, but has only recently been allowed in regulated land-based sportsbooks (such as Las Vegas/Nevada) since 2016.

Super Bowl MVP winner MVP odds Position
56 Cooper Kupp +600 WR
55 Tom Brady +187 QB
54 Patrick Mahomes  +110 QB
53 Julian Edelman +2,000 WR
52 Nick Foles +325 QB
51 Tom Brady +150 QB
50 Von Miller +2,200 LB
49 Tom Brady +160 QB
48 Malcolm Smith +2,000 LB
47 Joe Flacco +250 QB
46 Eli Manning +210 QB
45 Aaron Rodgers +175 QB
44 Drew Brees +180 QB
43 Santonio Holmes NA WR
42 Eli Manning NA QB
41 Peyton Manning NA QB
40 Hines Ward NA WR
39 Deion Branch NA WR
38 Tom Brady NA QB
37 Dexter Jackson NA CB
36 Tom Brady NA QB
35 Ray Lewis NA LB
34 Kurt Warner NA QB
33 John Elway NA QB
32 Terrell Davis NA QB
31 Desmond Howard NA KR
30 Larry Brown NA CB
29 Steve Young NA QB
28 Emmitt Smith NA RB
27 Troy Aikman NA QB
26 Mark Rypien NA QB
25 Ottis Anderson NA RB
24 Joe Montana NA QB
23 Jerry Rice NA QB
22 Doug Williams NA QB
21 Phil Simms NA QB
20 Richard Dent NA DE
19 Joe Montana NA QB
18 Marcus Allen NA RB
17 John Riggins NA RB
16 Joe Montana NA QB
15 Jim Plunkett NA QB
14 Terry Bradshaw NA QB
13 Terry Bradshaw NA QB
12 Harvey Martin & Randy White NA DE/DT
11 Fred Biletnikoff NA WR
10 Lynn Swann NA WR
9 Franco Harris NA RB
8 Larry Csonka NA FB
7 Jake Scott NA S
6 Roger Staubach NA QB
5 Chuck Howley NA LB
4 Len Dawson NA QB
3 Joe Namath NA QB
2 Bart Starr NA QB
1 Bart Starr NA QB

Super Bowl MVP betting tips & strategies

Like betting on any Super Bowl odds, there is some strategy involved when learning how to bet on the Super Bowl MVP prop. 

Set a narrative

When it comes to all of your Super Bowl bets – moneylines, spreads, totals, props – you should set a narrative for how you see the game playing out and what has to happen in order to follow that path. If you’re betting on the team with the explosive passing game, you know the receivers will need to be a big part of that success. Therefore, you may want to look at the quarterback or wide receivers in the Super Bowl MVP odds.

Bet early

The Super Bowl is the biggest betting event of the year and the odds are drum-tight across the board. That means any hidden value is sniffed out quickly and bet hard, forcing bookmakers to adjust those numbers. The Super Bowl MVP odds often see major line movement between opening and closing, so don’t wait too long to get in your MVP bets. 

Risk vs reward

The quarterback for the Super Bowl favorite is most often the frontrunner to win MVP. And while that team’s moneyline odds (odds to win the game) may not pose the biggest return, you can often get a better bang for your buck by betting the QB’s MVP odds instead. 

While there is a risk that the quarterback may not win MVP, that position has earned Big Game honors over 56% of the time and in nine of the past 12 Super Bowls. 

As an example, Kansas City was a -130 favorite to win Super Bowl LIV and Patrick Mahomes was +110 to win MVP. A $100 bet on Kansas City -130 would win just under $77. But a $100 bet on Patrick Mahomes to win MVP at +110 would win $110.

Which sportsbooks offer Super Bowl MVP odds?

All of the best Super Bowl betting sites will offer Super Bowl MVP odds. However, the players listed as well as their respective odds will vary slightly from book to book, so it’s a good idea to shop around for the best odds before making your bet.

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