- Saquon Barkley (-175) could run away with the Comeback Player of the Year award if he stays healthy
- Geno Smith (+300) is enjoying an incredible season for the Seattle Seahawks
- Christian McCaffrey (+800) may get a boost after a midseason trade to the San Francisco 49ers
Saquon Barkley won Offensive Rookie of the Year back in 2018, racking up a league-leading 2,028 total yards. But after tearing his ACL in 2020, New York’s star running back looked nothing like his former self last year, running for just 593 yards in 13 games.
Through only seven contests this season, the 25-year-old’s 726 rushing yards trails only Nick Chubb (740). He’s also contributed four touchdowns and an additional 180 yards receiving for the 6-1 Giants.
Before we check the latest odds for NFL Comeback Player of the Year heading into Week 8, here’s where you can find the the top betting sites for NFL football in 2022 as well as the Best NFL Prop Bets on players and teams.
Comeback Player of the Year
Can anyone catch Saquon?
Saquon Barkley (-175) is a lock for NFL Comeback Player of the Year if he continues on his current pace. Playing for a winning team in America’s biggest market, the only thing that could derail his candidacy is another injury. However, since running backs seemingly go down every week, Derrick Henry (+700) is a decent value.
King Henry was well on his way to a third-straight league rushing title in 2021 when a foot injury cost him the final nine games of the season. The six-foot-three, 247-pound monster of a man currently sits fourth in the NFL in rushing yards (536) and has five TDs. While he’s played one less game than Saquon, the Titans offensive center piece is also averaging fewer yards per carry (4.0 vs 5.1) and fewer rushing yards per game (89.3 vs 105.7).
Most 100-yard rushing games over last 3 seasons:
Derrick Henry* 18
Nick Chubb 15
Jonathan Taylor 14
Dalvin Cook 12
*missed 9 games in 2021 pic.twitter.com/URKW7hgZSP
— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) October 24, 2022
CMC in San Francisco
In 2019, Christian McCaffrey (+1100) became just the third player in NFL history with at least 1,000 rushing yards and 1,000 receiving yards in the same season. After missing the past two years with an assortment of injuries, the 26-year-old has stayed healthy in 2022.
Through his first six games with Carolina, CMC was averaging 65.5 rushing yards and 46.2 receiving yards per game with three total touchdowns. However, McCaffrey could take off in Kyle Shanahan’s high-powered 49ers offense over the final two thirds of the season.
Saquon’s teammate a contender?
Because of the nebulous criteria for NFL Comeback Player of the Year, Geno Smith (+450) and Daniel Jones (+1200) are squarely in the mix. While Joe Burrow won the award in 2021 following his return from a catastrophic knee injury, Philip Rivers simply rebounded from a mediocre season before his 2013 win. And, Ryan Tannehill claimed the 2019 trophy after taking his level of play to new heights.
Displaying toughness and tenacity, Jones has become a dual-threat in Brian Daboll’s offense, rushing for over 100 yards in Sunday’s win over the Jaguars. The fourth-year starter has also only thrown two interceptions and fumbled once in 2022 after fumbling 36 times in his first 37 career starts.
"Happy and appreciative, but understand that's a team award"
Daniel Jones on winning NFC Offensive Player of the Week: pic.twitter.com/1jTXWcj1Ny
— Giants Videos (@SNYGiants) October 26, 2022
JuJu Smith-Schuster (+6000) has finally emerged over the past two weeks, with consecutive games over 100 receiving yards and a touchdown. Tied to Patrick Mahomes in a dynamic Chiefs offense lacking weapons outside of Travis Kelce, the 25-year-old has a chance to register his most productive season since 2018.
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