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Jaire Alexander Being Disrespected by Defensive Player of the Year Odds

Max Staley
Jaire Alexander's odds to win the Defensive Player of the Year are disrespectful.
Jaire Alexander's odds to win the Defensive Player of the Year are disrespectful. / Hannah Foslien/Getty Images
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Jaire Alexander is playing like the best cornerback in football. The 23-year-old has been erasing opposing No. 1 wideouts all year long, going up against the likes of Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, Will Fuller, Calvin Ridley, Julio Jones, and Adam Thielen, just to name a few.

But the Louisville product just isn't getting the respect he deserves. In fact, he's barely even in the running to win the Defensive Player of the Year award, according to odds provided by FanDuel Sportsbook.

Alexander currently has the fifth-best odds to take home the hardware, which seems pretty good at first glance. However, there's a massive gap between Alexander (+3200) and Khalil Mack, who has the fourth-best odds at +750.

There's no way Alexander should be that far back.

He's currently Pro Football Focus' highest-graded cornerback at 90.8 overall. The second-place corner in that regard is Jamel Dean, who is a full 2.0 points below him at 88.8. And among defenders who have played at least 300 snaps, Alexander has the fourth-best PFF grade.

While it's generally tougher for a cornerback to win the DPOY, we just saw Stephon Gilmore do it in 2019. And Alexander's stats are even better than what Gilmore did last season.

Gilmore was targeted 101 times, allowing 5.9 yards per target and 11.7 yards per completion with 6 interceptions and a passer rating of 44.1. Alexander has seen 41 targets through 6 games, allowing 4.9 yards per target, 8.9 yards per completion with 1 interception and a passer rating of 65.4. If he had a little more interception luck, Alexander would be blowing him out of the water.

It could be hard for him to top the raw production coming from the top-two players in the odds, Myles Garrett (+300) and Aaron Donald (+300), but Alexander simply has no business being this far behind in the race.

If he makes a few flashy plays against the Minnesota Vikings this Sunday, hopefully the oddsmakers will start paying Alexander the respect he deserves.


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Max Staley is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Max Staley also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username mstaley1212. 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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