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So far through four weeks, 2018 has been the year of the rookie in the NFL. 


After a draft full of potential star quarterbacks, we have four different rookie starting QBs in the NFL in Week 5. Alongside top pick Saquon Barkley, those would seemingly be favorites to win the rookie of the year.


But here are the odds right now:

ROY odds

That's right, Calvin Ridley has crept up to third in odds for Rookie of the Year. He was barely even on the radar to start the season, but after his three-touchdown game against the Saints he shot up the odds into the top five. Now, after a two-touchdown performance against the Bengals, he's surpassed Sam Darnold and is quickly gaining on Saquon Barkley.

Ridley has been unreal for the Falcons so far this year, putting together 15 receptions for 264 yards and six touchdowns in four games. He didn't even catch a pass in Week 1 so all those stats have come in the last three games. 

If he keeps producing like this he has a real chance to win Rookie of the Year, even if it looks like Baker Mayfield is miles ahead of the field right now. Of course, if he continues on this pace he'd set the NFL single-season record for touchdowns. If he does that, he'll win Rookie of the Year by a mile. 


Either way, Ridley was an incredibly high-value bet early in the season. Soon he might even be the favorite to win ROY. 


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