Saquon Barkley Odds: Are There Any Awards Within His Grasp?

Sportsbooks are modestly optimistic about Saquon Barkley's progress ahead of the 2021 NFL season. However, bettors should still avoid Saquon Barkley for MVP and look towards other betting markets that Nikki Adams breaks down below for better value.
Nikki Adams
Mon, August 30, 9:45 AM EDT

New York Giants RB Saquon Barkley Odds and Props

Player Prop Odds
MVP +12000
NFL Rushing Leader +1600
NFL Rushing TDs Leader +2000
Rushing Yards Total 1,185.5 (Over +100 / Under -130)
Rushing TDs Total 9.0 (Over/Under -115)

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Saquon Barkley Odds

Saquon Barkley is exciting, highly talented, but injury-prone. Since entering the league in 2018, the New York Giants running back has struggled to stay healthy for an entire NFL seasonHe's missed a total of 17 games over the last two seasons due to injury, with his 2020 campaign ending abruptly in Week 2 after he tore his ACL.

Bookmakers, therefore, install Barkley as a longshot bet in just about every single betting market, including his MVP odds, where he's listed at +12000.

Barkley was 19 carries and 34 yards into the Giants' 2020 campaign before being carted off the field after tearing his ACL and MCL in Week 2 against the Chicago Bears. The previous year, he missed three games early in the season with an ankle injury. But he did return to rush for 1,003 yards and 6 touchdowns. 

Recovering from an ankle injury is one thing but recovering from an ACL injury is quite another. Barkley has youth on his side, which helps make the recovery process a lot easier and faster. Whether the 24-year-old's rehab is going smoothly, only time will tell.

The Giants kept Barkley under wraps in the preseason, so until he sets foot on a field and plays competitive football, buying into him is difficult, regardless of how tempting or attractive the back's odds are. Add in an expectation that the Giants won't be competitive in 2021 adds another layer to an already dark picture. New York is massive underdogs in the NFC East, the NFC Conference, and Super Bowl LVI.

Saquon Barkley Rushing Yards Odds

Barkley has played 31 games and rushed for 2,344 yards in three seasons. His rookie season was impressive, as he scampered for 1,307 yards, and it's been his best season to date too. In fact, Barkley's 1,307 rushing yards were the eighth-most by a rookie since 2000.

The Giants coaching staff seems mindful of Barkley's recovery, holding him back in this month's exhibition schedule. As a result, Barkley's game fitness will rest entirely on the team's weekly practice sessions. Nevertheless, Saquon's Rushing Yards Odds are competitive. At +1600, he's the sixth-best bet to lead the league in rushing behind Derrick Henry (+400), Dalvin Cook (+600)Nick Chubb (+850)Johnathan Taylor (+1100), and Christian McCaffrey (+1200). Barkley's Rushing Yards Prop is also set at a healthy 1,185.5 yards.

Saquon Barkley Total Rushing Yards: 1,185.5 (Over +100 / Under -130)

Barkley To Lead In Rushing Yards: +1600

Saquon Barkley Rushing Touchdowns Odds

Saquon Barkley Odds are impacted heavily by a limited available body of work. After a promising rookie season in which he finished with 11 scores, the sky was the limit. Nobody can predict injuries happening, but when they do, they're devastating.

In the bid to finish with the most rushing touchdowns this season, Barkley faces stiff competition. The fourth-year back is listed at +2000 with all Henry, Cook, McCaffrey, Chubb, Taylor, Ezekiel Elliot, Alvin Kamara, and Aaron Jones ahead in the pecking order. Additionally, books have his rushing touchdowns set at 9.0. If those aren't low expectations, what is?

Saquon Barkley Rushing Touchdowns: 9.0 (Over/Under -115)

Barkley to Lead NFL In Rushing Touchdowns: +2000

Saquon Barkley Award Odds

Considering just how long Barkley's odds are across the board, he's the quintessential longshot bet, especially in the MVP category. There are 50-plus players, in other words, an entire football team, that appear to have a better shot at winning the MVP than Barkley does. Barkley is priced at +12000 to bring home the hardware.

If there's any award that Barkley has an excellent shot to emerge triumphantly, it is in the Comeback Player of the Year category. Barkley's Comeback Player of the Year odds are +800, making him the third-best bet after Dak Prescott (+210) and Joe Burrow (+750), and has him tied with fellow running back Christian McCaffrey.

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New York Giants Team Odds

Futures Bet Odds
Super Bowl +8000
To Win NFC +4000
To Win Division +450
To Make Playoffs Yes (+245) / No (-280)

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