4 Best Dark-Horse Super Bowl MVP Bets for Bengals vs Rams on FanDuel Sportsbook (Updated)
Super Bowl LVI is officially just a week away, and bettors are already locked in searching for value on the numerous props and odds available on FanDuel Sportsbook. The Super Bowl MVP is one such prop, and it's one of the most classic and fun Super Bowl bets to make.
This year, there's plenty of value on some of the dark-horse candidates. Let's take a look at the four best dark-horse values (ranked outside the top five in the odds) to bet on FanDuel Sportsbook.
Super Bowl MVP Odds
4. Eric Weddle, S, Los Angeles Rams (+30000)
This is about as big of a long shot as it gets. Eric Weddle came out of retirement to join the Rams in the Wild Card Round, and the cerebral safety has immediately become an integral part of this defense, playing 100% of the snaps last round. He backed that up with some legit production, too, tallying a team-high 9 tackles and a TFL. The thinking here is pretty simple. The odds suggest Cincinnati will be playing from behind, meaning Joe Burrow should be throwing early and often. Playing hero ball against a pass-rush this good could mean he throws a few passes up for grabs. Weddle would have a legit shot at taking home MVP honors if he can capitalize on that with some INTs or manages to take one to the house. Narratively, watching Weddle come off his couch and win Super Bowl MVP feels like it's just crazy enough to work. You'll struggle to find a better value than Weddle at 470-to-1.
3. Tee Higgins, WR, Cincinnati Bengals (+6000)
Tee Higgins has stepped up when the Bengals needed him most. He's turned 19 targets into 13 catches for 199 yards over his last two games. The second-year WR is taking advantage of one-on-one matchups as defenses key in on his teammate Ja'Marr Chase. Don't be surprised to see the Rams double Chase and dare Cincinnati to beat them with secondary options like Higgins and the man who tops this list, Tyler Boyd. As a WR, Higgins would obviously need a massive game to have any shot at winning this. But few players can get as hot as Higgins. He's had 5 100-yard days this season, two games with 135-plus yards, and he even put up 194 yards and 2 TDs back in Week 16. He's red-hot right now and will likely draw a lot of one-on-one matchups, making him an excellent value at 40-to-1 odds.
2. Von Miller (+3900) & Leonard Floyd (+13000), EDGE, Los Angeles Rams
If you're going to bet a defender, Aaron Donald is the way to go. But he's got the fifth-best odds, and referring to the best player in football as a "dark horse" is a bit of a stretch. Instead, we'll go with two Rams edge rushers in Von Miller and Leonard Floyd. We're not exactly breaking news here, but this Rams' pass-rush is an absolute mismatch for the Bengals' OL. LA racked up the third-most sacks in the league this year (50), while the Bengals allowed the third-most sacks. Miller and Floyd should both see plenty of right tackle Isaiah Prince, who graded out as the seventh-worst tackle in the league (55.4), per PFF. That might be the single biggest mismatch in this game. Miller has 2.0 sacks through three postseason games and has 7.0 in his last seven games, while Floyd has just 1.0 playoff sack but generated the 15th-most pressures during the regular season (37). Miller, who already has a Super Bowl MVP to his name, is the safer of the two and still pays out at 40-to-1 odds. But Floyd is a tremendous value at 150-to-1. He has a legit shot to win if he can turn those pressures into sacks, but somehow you can get him for the same price as Bengals' DE Sam Hubbard – a far-less productive player with a much-tougher matchup.
1. Tyler Boyd, WR, Cincinnati Bengals (+10000)
Tyler Boyd has become something of a forgotten man in the Bengals' offense, as Chase and Higgins draw most of the attention. But that all might change on Sunday. Boyd is Burrow's go-to guy on shorter, quick-hitting throws, and Cincinnati is likely going to use plenty of those to try to neutralize LA's ferocious pass-rush. You can bet the Bengals are going to do everything in their power to get Boyd matched up with LA's linebackers in the slot, as that's the weakest position group on this defense. It also wouldn't be a shock to see LA double Chase and stick shutdown CB Jalen Ramsey on Higgins, which would likely thrust Boyd into a huge role. It's possible we're looking at a Julian Edelman-type performance, as he took home MVP honors after putting up 10 catches for 141 yards against the Rams in Super Bowl LIII. Boyd winning Super Bowl MVP feels a lot more realistic than his 80-to-1 odds would lead you to believe.
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