2015 NFL Preview: Which Player Will Lead the League in Sacks?

Since the NBA season ended several weeks ago, sportsbooks have had to rely almost solely on baseball to generate revenue. In order to offset this lull in the sports calendar, many offshore oddsmakers have started rolling out NFL related betting opportunities.

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In the past week alone we’ve seen betting opportunities posted for the MVP AwardCoach of the Year, Comeback Player of the Year, Playoff Odds and a number of additional prop bets — including a handful involving the ever-divisive Tim Tebow.

On Monday morning, the offshore sportsbook BetOnline posted a unique prop bet regarding which player will lead the league in sacks this season. For years there have been number of oddsmakers that have posted over/under for sack totals, but it’s tough to recall seeing a sack leader prop bet posted.

The table below displays the odds for 41 different defensive players to lead the league in sacks. Dead heat rules apply, meaning if two players tie for the lead you would only receive half of your stake.

Player (Team) BetOnline (7/21)
Justin Houston (KC) +350
J.J. Watt (HOU) +350
Elvis Dumervil (BAL) +800
Robert Quinn (STL) +800
Von Miller (DEN) +800
Mario Williams (BUF) +1400
Everson Griffin (MIN) +1600
Ryan Kerrigan (WSH) +1600
Clay Matthews (GB) +1600
Connor Barwin (PHI) +2000
Terrell Suggs (BAL) +2000
Charles Johnson (CAR) +2000
Chandler Jones (NE) +2000
Cameron Wake (MIA) +2000
Aldon Smith (SF) +2000
Carlos Dunlap (CIN) +3300
Ezekiel Ansah (DET) +3300
Brandon Graham (PHI) +3300
Gerald McCoy (TB) +3300
Jadeveon Clowney (HOU) +4000
Jerry Hughes (BUF) +5000
Cameron Jordan (NO) +5000
DeMarcus Ware (DEN) +5000
Greg Hardy (DAL) +5000
Junior Galette (NO) +5000
Damontre Moore (NYG) +5000
Paul Kruger (CLE) +5000
Chris Long (STL) +6600
Chris Clemons (JAX) +6600
Aaron Donald (STL) +6600
Ndamukong Suh (MIA) +6600
Jarvis Jones (PIT) +6600
Rob Ninkovich (NE) +6600
Jacquies Smith (TB) +6600
Randy Gregory (DAL) +8000
Julius Peppers (GB) +8000
Geno Atkins (CIN) +8000
Vic Beasley (ATL) +8000
Brian Orakpo (TEN) +8000
Quinton Coples (NYJ) +8000
Marcell Dareus (BUF) +8000

Last season Chiefs linebacker Justin Houston led the league with 22 sacks while Texans defensive end J.J. Watt ranked second with 20.5 sacks. These two players opened as +350 co-favorites to record the most sacks in 2015.

It’s tough to point out any players that are offering value but Bills DE Mario Williams should benefit from the hiring of Rex Ryan and the improved play of his young defensive teammates. Currently listed at +1400, Williams recorded a career-high 14.5 sacks last season and could seek to improve on that number.

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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 Solar

David Solar has been the Content Manager at Sports Insights for over four years. He specializes in sports betting analytics and has created several popular data-driven betting systems. He can be reached directly at david@sportsinsights.com or on twitter at @TheDavidSolar.

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