The Super Bowl is almost upon us and at OddsChecker we've seen some unusal betting on the Super Bowl MVP market. You'd expect to see stars like Tyreek Hill, Travis Kelce or Mike Evans amongst the most backed players, but instead we've found that OddsChecker users are backing defensive players. Will the strength of the Bucs defense being so impressive, and the incredible odds on offer, it's perhaps no surprise that sharp bettors are backing the longer shots.
Here are the top 5 most backed players since January 25:
1. Patrick Mahomes - 20.38% of bets
Best Odds: +100 (Click To Bet)
He's the best player in the league, in the most important position, on the best team in the league and the bookies favorites to win the Super Bowl. It makes sense why Patrick Mahomes is the most backed player even if it isn't the most exciting selection. He won the Super Bowl MVP last year when it arguably should have gone to Damian Williams
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2. Jason Pierre Paul - 18.01% of bets
Best Odds: +8500 (Click To Bet)
The 32-year old has been incredible during the postseason. He's had 2 sacks and 10 tackles, to go alongside the 55 tackles and 9.5 sacks he racked up during the regular season. Because of the strength of the Bucs interior defensive linemen he is often left one-on-one, which is where he truly excels. He's been heavily bet in to win the Super Bowl MVP, now available at +8500 when he was as long as +15000 just days ago!
3. Shaquil Barrett - 11.85% of bets
Best Odds: +6600 (Click To Bet)
This season Barrett hasn't quite performed at level that he did last year, when he was one of the best defensive performers in the league. Despite that he still had 57 tackles and 8 sacks during the regulr season in addition to 2 forced fumbles. He's been very impressive in the postseason too, iwith 8 tackles and 3 sacks.
4. Devin White - 10.43% of bets
Best Odds: +8000 (Click To Bet)
Devin White has been immense this season. He managed 140 total tackles and 9 sacks in the regular season and continued that red hot form into the playoffs where he's already accumulated 26 total sacks in three games. He's an integral piece of this Bucs defense and his speed in the middle could be key to locking down Travis Kelce.
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5. Tom Brady - 7.11% of bets
Best Odds: +210 (Click To Bet)
Tom Brady, what more do we need to say? He's looking to add to his six rings and he's been in this position nine times previously. He looks to have lost some of his arm strength this year but there is no doubting his will to win and his ability to manage games.