Who Will Lead the League in Sacks in 2017?

Who Will Lead the League in Sacks in 2017?

Ladbrokes…the gift that keeps on giving. While the other offshore books are slacking, this British book keeps pumping out NFL props. Last week, they posted odds on which quarterback would be sacked the most. This week, they’ve post odds on who will be doing the sacking. It’s like clockwork. Their knowledge of the NFL is probably through the roof, too, since we send a couple of crappy teams across the pond to play at Wembley each season.

Player8/1 (Ladbrokes)
JJ Watt+250
Joey Bosa+350
Khalil Mack+600
Justin Houston+800
Von MIller+900
Vic Beasley+1200
Ezekiel Ansah+1600
Jadeveon Clowney+2000
Myles Garrett+2000
Aaron Donald+2500
Chandler Jones+2500
Dannielle Hunter+2500
Everson Griffen+2500
Olivier Vernon+3300
Robert Quinn+3300
Cameron Wake+4000
Clay Matthews+4000
Connor Barwin+4000
Jason Pierre-Paul+4000
Markus Golden+4000
Nick Perry+4000
Carlos Dunlap+5000
Cliff Avril+5000
Geno Atkins+5000
Melvin Ingram+5000
Whitney Mercilus+5000
Brandon Graham+6600
Brian Orakpo+6600
Calais Campbell+6600
Cameron Jordan+6600
Julius Peppers+6600
Kawann Short+6600
Lorenzo Alexander+6600
Michael Bennett+6600
Noah Spence +6600
Ryan Kerrigan+6600
Shane Ray +10000

After missing most of last year with a back injury, JJ Watt is hoping to top the sack leaderboard for the third time in his career. Since he is coming back from such a serious injury, I think +250 is too steep of a price. Even if there were no health concerns, the payout is not good enough for a prop like this one.

Joey Bosa is not too far behind Watt. The rookie finished with 10.5 sacks in just 12 games last season, which would have put him on pace for 13-14 if he was healthy. Will he take the next step and be able to put up 16-18 sacks this year or will he have a sophomore slump in Los Angeles?

Last year’s leader, Vic Beasley, is listed sixth on the list at 12/1. He wasn’t even listed on last year’s preseason odds list which goes to show the fickleness of this statistic.  The 15.5 sacks he recorded were tied for the least that a league leader has posted this century.

The Browns’ number one overall pick Myles Garrett is listed at 20/1 and is the only rookie to have odds posted. Also at 20/1 is former number one pick Jadeveon Clowney. He has yet to put up a great season statistically, but at just 24-years-old, Clowney may be due for a breakout season.

If you are looking for a name further down the list, perhaps take a ganders at Danielle Hunter of the Vikings at 25/1. Hunter, going into his third season, posted six sacks as a rookie in 2015 and 12.5 last season. If he continues to improve, he could put up around a sack a game this year.

Any names stick out to you? Any names not listed that you think could be the next Vic Beasley? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section.

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Mark Gallant

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