2015 NFL Betting: Who Will Lead the League in Tackles?

2015 NFL Betting: Who Will Lead the League in Tackles?

Although we have yet to see any offshore sportsbooks offer NF Defensive Player of the Year odds, Ladbrokes became the first prominent oddsmaker to post a defense-related prop bet. Earlier this week the British based oddsmaker posted odds to lead the league in tackles for 48 of the league’s best defensive players.

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Carolina Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly, who has twice led the league in tackles (153 in 2014, 164 in 2012), opened as the favorite to repeat as the league leader (+350). Lavonte David, who ranked third in football last season with 146 tackles, opened with the second best odds at +550.

This information can also be very valuable to fantasy football managers in leagues with independent defensive players (IDP). Linebackers typically dominate the top of the rankings, and tackles definitely drive this value.

The table below displays the current odds at Ladbrokes and will be updated as more information becomes available.

PlayerLadbrokes (8/19)
Luke Kuechly7/2
Lavonte David11/2
DeAndre Levy10/1
Navarro Bowman12/1
Vontaze Burfict14/1
Bobby Wagner16/1
Paul Posluszny16/1
Kiko Alonso18/1
CJ Mosley20/1
Derrick Johnson20/1
Lawrence Timmons20/1
Jamie Collins25/1
Jerod Mayo33/1
Paul Worrilow33/1
Sean Lee33/1
Brian Cushing40/1
Curtis Lofton40/1
D'Qwell Jackson40/1
Jon Beason40/1
Karlos Dansby40/1
Keenan Robinson40/1
Ryan Shazier40/1
Stephen Tulloch40/1
Alec Ogletree50/1
Anthony Barr50/1
Chad Greenway50/1
Danny Trevathan50/1
Daryl Smith50/1
James Lauinaitis50/1
Jelani Jenkins50/1
Sean Weatherspoon50/1
Clay Matthews66/1
David Harris66/1
Demario Davis66/1
Manti Te'o66/1
Sam Barrington66/1
Telvin Smith66/1
Eric Kendricks80/1
Jerrell Freeman80/1
Stephone Anthony80/1
Benardrick McKinney100/1
DeMeco Ryans100/1
Denzel Perryman100/1
Donald Butler100/1
Jake Ryan100/1
Koa Misi100/1
Nigel Bradham100/1
Thomas Davis100/1

Two potentially undervalued players are Baltimore’s C.J. Mosley (+2000) and Jacksonville’s Paul Posluszny. In his rookie season, Mosley recorded 133 combined tackles which ranked him seventh in the league. With Haloti Ngata getting shipped off to Detroit, don’t be surprised if more teams attempt to run straight up the middle against the Ravens. This should create extra opportunity for a burgeon superstar.

Posluszny, who missed most of the 2014 season due to injury, tallied 791 combined tackles between 2008 and 2013 including a high of 162 during the 2013 season (despite playing in only 15 games). Teams frequently run straight up the middle when nursing large leads, and it seems safe to say that Jacksonville will be on the losing end on a lot of blowouts this season. That additional opportunity should benefit “Poz” if he’s able to stay on the field.

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David Solar is the Content Manager for Sports Insights and can be reached directly at David@sportsinsights.com.


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David was the Content Manager at Sports Insights. He has since moved on to greener pastures.

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