NFL Comeback Player of the Year Odds Feature Tight Race Toward the Top

Dan Israeli
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Last season, Andrew Luck took home the NFL Comeback Player of the Year award, having thrown for 4,593 passing yards and 39 touchdowns and leading the Indianapolis Colts to a playoff victory after missing the entire previous season due to shoulder surgery.

Of course, Luck's comeback was short-lived, now that he is retired from football. Still, there is no shortage of intriguing candidates this season, including another QB coming off serious injury.

Jimmy Garoppolo currently has the best odds to win the 2019 NFL Comeback Player of the Year award, according to FanDuel Sportsbook. Garoppolo, who tore his ACL in Week 3 last season, is +340 to take home the award. Jimmy G is on track to play in Week 1 against at Tampa Bay, and bounced back in his final preseason game after struggling earlier in training camp.

After Garoppolo, New York Jets' running back Le'Veon Bell has the next best odds to win Comeback Player of the Year at +500. Bell missed all of last season due to a contract holdout, but he returns to the NFL in 2019 with a new franchise in the Jets. Bell should have fresh legs following a season removed from football, and there have been some promising signs from the Jets this preseason, which could result in Bell producing numbers similar to his glory days with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Carson Wentz is +700, as the former No. 2 overall pick from the 2016 NFL Draft is coming off two injury-plagued seasons. Wentz tore his ACL in 2017 and then dealt with back issues last year that cut short his first attempt at a comeback season. He is looking healthy and ready heading into a Week 1 clash with the Washington Redskins.

Arizona Cardinals' RB David Johnson is +1000 to win the award, even though he played in all 16 games last season. He is followed by Redskins' second-year RB Derrius Guice (+1300) and Carolina Panthers' QB Cam Newton (+1700), who was shelved for the final two weeks of last season with a shoulder injury.

An intriguing dark horse candidate for Comeback Player of the Year is Cooper Kupp (+1700), who tore his ACL in Week 10 last season. Despite the injury occurring fairly late in the season, Kupp has made a miraculous recovery and is testing better in a lot of athletic metrics compared to his pre-ACL tear scores.

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