Alex Smith suffered a compound fracture in his right leg back in November 2018, which led to many people thinking his career may be over. A handful of medical experts didn’t think Smith would ever be able to walk again, so it’s a miracle that Smith is preparing to take to the field this season and unsurprising to find his name among the favorites in the Comeback Player Of The Year odds market.
Plenty of football analysts think Alex Smith should be given the award no matter what, and online bettors are tending to agree. In the last seven days, just under 26% of all bets placed in the Comeback Player Of The Year odds market have been on Alex Smith.
Not many even contemplated Alex Smith would be taking the field this season six months ago, which is why his odds were around the +6600 mark in March 2020. However, as his recovery has gained momentum so has his chances of winning Comeback Player Of The Year. Alex Smith is now the third favorite in the betting market at +700, which implies he has a 12.5% chance of winning. However, +700 are the best odds on the market, one bookmaker has him joint-favorite with Ben Roethlisberger at +300.
The Washington man has been the most popular option for online bettors, but is closely followed by Cam Newton. Newton has accounted for 14.3% of all bets in the Comeback Player Of The Year market. We reported earlier in the week that Newton has also been a popular bet in the MVP market.
The third most-back player in the Comeback Player Of The Year market will raise a few eyebrows. Xavien Howard has accounted for just over 14% of bets placed in the market despite being +10000 with most online bookmakers. Reports suggest it might be a while for Howard is fit to play.
Ben Roethlisberger +350 MGM
Cam Newton +450
Alex Smith +700
Matthew Stafford +800
Rob Gronkowski +1100
Comeback Player Of The Year Betting
Alex Smith 29%
Cam Newton 14.3%
Xavien Howard 14%
Ben Roethlisberger 11.4%
Matthew Stafford 8.6%
(% of bets placed in the market over the last 7 days)