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Garoppolo, Rivers Among MVP Sleeper Picks on NFL Odds

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As NFL training camps get into full swing, Patrick Mahomes has cemented his position as a +550 favorite on the NFL odds to claim the Associated Press NFL MVP award for a second straight year. However, with back-to-back MVP wins a rare feat that has been accomplished by only four players in NFL history, it is worthwhile for bettors to search for value among sleepers on the NFL MVP odds.

One of the most intriguing options in NFL betting for the MVP award is San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, who lags well back of the favorites as a +3300 wager.

The 27-year-old arrived in the Bay Area amid great fanfare after being dealt to the 49ers by the New England Patriots midway through the 2017 season. Garoppolo had an immediate impact on the 49ers, leading the squad to victory in five of six starts, and putting the brakes on a dismal 2-23 run that dated back to early in the 2016 campaign.

A season-ending knee injury in a 38-27 Week 3 loss to the Chiefs quickly extinguished any chance of a return to respectability for the Niners last season. However, if Garoppolo can stay healthy, and click with a youthful and underrated Niners receiving corps, the 49ers could quickly emerge as a playoff contender in the NFC West.

Time is running out on Philip Rivers in his bid to claim Super Bowl glory. The 37-year-old has been among the NFL’s elite quarterbacks throughout his 15-year career, and led the Los Angeles Chargers last season to a 12-4 record and a return to playoff action for the first time in five years.

Sharing a division with Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs presents a major challenge for Rivers and the Chargers. However, Los Angeles continues to sport one of the best rosters in the league, on both sides of the ball, including a talented receiving corps led by Keenan Allen.

If the team can somehow avoid some of the inexplicable letdowns that marked their year last season, most notably stunning home losses to Denver and Baltimore, they could emerge as surprising challengers to the Chiefs and New England Patriots in the AFC, making Rivers an intriguing option at +2000 on the NFL MVP odds.

Roethlisberger, Goff, Gurley Round out Picks

Ben Roethlisberger is another pivot with a lot to prove in 2019. The 37-year-old led all passers with 5,129 yards in 2018, but was unable to lead a somewhat dysfunctional Pittsburgh Steelers squad into the playoffs.

Returning to action as a +3000 wager to take home NFL MVP honors, Roethlisberger leads a new-look Steelers team that will be without the talent or melodrama of Antonio Brown or Le’Veon Bell. With opportunity knocking in a somewhat weak AFC North, a healthy and determined Roethlisberger could garner serious MVP consideration by leading the Steelers to a third divisional crown in four years.

And a pair of Los Angeles Rams stars are also among the most attractive sleeper picks on the NFL MVP odds. Jared Goff enjoyed a breakthrough season during the Rams’ march to their first Super Bowl appearance in two decades, piling up 4,688 yards and 32 touchdowns, but looks to the 2019 campaign as a lengthy +4000 NFL MVP bet.

Goff will once again be at the helm of one of the NFL’s top offensive attacks, fueling the Rams’ strong +900 odds to win the Super Bowl. But Goff could face fierce competition for the NFL MVP award from a teammate who is the biggest dark horse on the NFL MVP odds.

The NFL’s rushing touchdown leader in each of the past two years, injury concerns have dumped running back Todd Gurley to a lengthy +5000 bet to win the NFL MVP award. The 24-year-old has been plagued by a wonky knee throughout his entire career, but with the Rams expected to take a load management-type approach with their star rusher this season, Gurley could be surprise contender for MVP honors.

*Odds as of July 24

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