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Super Bowl 53 MVP Draft: Ranking the Best Bets to Win


USA Today Sports. Pictured: Sony Michel, Aaron Donald, Rob Gronkowski

  • Our experts ranked the best bets to win Super Bowl 53 MVP by drafting 16 players based on value of their odds.
  • See how Sony Michel, Aaron Donald, Rob Gronkowski and more stack up.

Tom Brady won Most Valuable Player in his past two Super Bowl victories. But is another Patriots player primed to win the award if New England beats Los Angeles? Who would earn the honors for the Rams?

Our NFL experts did a snake draft of the best Super Bowl 53 MVP bets based on the value of players’ odds to win. See how they ranked the odds of Brady, Todd Gurley and 14 others taking home the additional hardware.

The panel of eight included BlackJack Fletcher, Chad Millman, Chris Raybon, Ian Hartitz, Ken Barkley, Matthew Freedman, Sean Koerner and Stuckey.

Jump to: Full Super Bowl 53 MVP Draft Order

1. Sean Koerner: Sony Michel +2000

There’s arguably no higher correlation between a player having a big game and their team winning than Michel and a Patriots win.

Michel has averaged 94.2 rushing yards in wins, but only 46.2 yards in losses. They limited the rookie during the regular season due to a nagging knee injury, but have shown a desire to give him as many carries as possible in their first two playoff wins: 24 against the Chargers then 29 against the Chiefs.

He likely would have won the MVP award in both performances, so I’m willing to spend my first overall pick on him at 20-1 odds.

2. Ken Barkley: Tom Brady +110

So this is where I had done a whole elaborate draft board with notes assuming Brady would be picked first and I’d be faced with the prospect of Goff vs. a skill/defensive player.

But here we are.

Sure, I’ll take the person who wins more than 50% of the time.

The Patriots are the betting favorite at -2.5 as of writing (see live odds here), and the likelihood of a Patriots player not named Brady winning this are slim. So even at +110, I like the price.

Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12).

I was a ticket holder for James White to win it against Atlanta in Super Bowl 51, so I know all too well the pain of having a deserving candidate only to watch Brady snatch the award away.

3. BlackJack Fletcher: Todd Gurley (+1350)

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