The Duel

Biggest Winners in 2019 Heisman Trophy Race After Week 1

David Hayes
Texas A&M v Mississippi State
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With only two games remaining on this weekend's slate, we've already seen quite a few surprises and impressive performances through our first full Saturday of the 2019 college football season.

However, the bookmakers didn't need to wait until the end of Week 1 to reflect some massive changes in the latest odds to win this year's Heisman Trophy, according to FanDuel Sportsbook. Here's a look at the three biggest winners in the 2019 Heisman race from Week 1.

All 2019 Heisman Trophy odds are available on FanDuel Sportsbook.

3. Jonathan Taylor, RB, Wisconsin (+1400)

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While the Heisman has become all but a quarterback award in recent seasons, Wisconsin's Jonathan Taylor is already making another great case to bring running backs back into the forefront of that conversation. Averaging 8.4 yards per carry in the Badgers' 49-0 rout of USF, Taylor totaled 136 yards and two touchdowns on the ground with two more TDs and 48 yards through the air. Despite his 29 touchdowns and 4,326 yards from scrimmage over his two-year collegiate career, Taylor had never caught a TD pass for the Badgers prior to last Friday night. However, Taylor updated that stat column with a statement in Week 1, scoring a touchdown on both of his receptions against the Bulls. Following last Friday's result, Taylor now leads all RBs in the latest Heisman odds, improving from +2500 to +1400.

2. Joe Burrow, QB, LSU (+2500)

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After transferring from Ohio State and starting for the Tigers in 2018, Joe Burrow brought more life to an LSU offense that has struggled with explosiveness in recent seasons. However, while his efficiency was impressive last season, Burrow just didn't ignite the Tigers' offensive attack to the degree that most were hoping for. But by the looks of his Week 1 performance against Georgia State, things might finally look a little different in Baton Rouge on that side of the ball this year. Burrow completed 23-of-27 passes for 278 yards and five touchdowns and a QBR of 97.2, leading LSU's offense to the most points the Tigers have scored in regulation since Dec. 29, 2015. Burrow's Heisman odds have now jumped from +4000 to +2500.

1. Kellen Mond, QB, Texas A&M (+4000)

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While Texas A&M's performance against Texas State wasn't quite as dominating as that of LSU or Wisconsin in Week 1, Aggies' QB Kellen Mond actually saw the single largest improvement in odds to win the Heisman among all of this year's contenders. Going back to August 13, Mond was staring at +15000 odds to win this year's Heisman, before climbing to +10000 prior to his team's 41-7 win over the Bobcats on Saturday. Yet, after Mond completed 19-of-27 passes for 194 yards and three touchdowns through the air with one interception and one rushing touchdown in that game, his Heisman odds have now skyrocketed to +4000.


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David Hayes is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, David Hayes also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username DavidWHayes. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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