Betting predictions for the 2018 rookie class

Saquon Barkley is the betting favorite to be the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year.Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

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With a Supreme Court decision to overturn law against betting on U.S. sports, you can bet that the topic is being discussed in a variety of ways. Odds are strong you would win that bet.

At, senior analysts Rob Rang and Dane Brugler took a look at some of the lines involving 2018 NFL draftees, now NFL rookies, according to

Here is what they saw and how they responded. (Warning, these opinions are for entertainment purposes. takes no responsibility for any actions viewers might take based on these opinions).

2018 Offensive Rookie of the Year -- Odds to Win

Saquon Barkley -- 3/2

Baker Mayfield -- 11/4

Josh Allen -- 8/1

Josh Rosen -- 10/1

Sam Darnold -- 12/1

Rashaad Penny -- 14/1

Derrius Guice -- 18/1

Lamar Jackson -- 20/1

Ronald Jones -- 30/1

Sony Michel -- 30/1

DJ Moore -- 33/1

Calvin Ridley -- 40/1

Dane: The clear favorite is understandably Saquon Barkley. The Giants would not have drafted him No. 2 overall unless they planned for him to be a key part of the offense. But the best value bet of this group is probably Rashaad Penny, the only other first-round running back in this class, at 14-to-1 odds. Seattle will rely on the run game, and Penny is expected to be an every-down option.

Rob: It may have been the year of the quarterback in the 2018 NFL Draft, but history suggests focusing on the running backs for this award. Only one quarterback (Dak Prescott, 2016) has won this award since 2012 with three times as many running backs (Eddie Lacy, 2013; Todd Gurley, 2015; Alvin Kamara, 2017) as receivers (Odell Beckham, Jr., 2014) since. Barkley is the obvious favorite due to his own talent, the Giants' less-than-formidable schedule and an offensive line bolstered by former Patriots' Pro Bowl left tackle Nate Solder ... but run-heavy offenses in Seattle and Washington make Rashaad Penny and Derrius Guice quality bets, as well.

Who will have more receiving yards in the 2018 regular season?

DJ Moore: -145 (20/29)

Calvin Ridley: +105 (21/20)

Dane: Moore. The Panthers' first-round pick steps into a situation where he should see plenty of targets, giving Cam Newton a different dynamic not already on the roster. Moore will help the offense at every level of the field. Ridley should also see plenty of targets as a rookie, but with more mouths to feed in Atlanta, notably Julio Jones (149 targets in 2017) and Mohamed Sanu (97 targets), his rookie stats might not be as gaudy.

Rob: This is all about opportunities, which on the surface points to Moore. It is worth noting, however, that only one receiver (Kelvin Benjamin in 2014) has eclipsed the 1,000-yard receiving mark in Carolina since Smith's hey-day -- and that was rookie running back Christian McCaffrey, who led the team in receptions last season. Targets will also be limited for Moore and may also be for Ridley, where Julio Jones dominates the targets. I'd pass on this bet, expecting that a second-day pick winds up being the most productive pass-catcher in 2018, just like JuJu Smith-Schuster (Steelers) and Michael Thomas (Saints) did the past two years after being drafted sixth among receivers in their respective classes.

Baker Mayfield -- Total Starts in the 2018 Regular Season

Over/Under: 9.5

Dane: Under. The battle between Tyrod Taylor and Mayfield for the Browns starting job will be one of the key storylines this August. I believe Mayfield is ready to see immediate NFL snaps, but Taylor has 43 starts under his belt in this league and the coaches will look to play the passer who gives the team the best chance to win. Mayfield might be that quarterback at some point during his rookie year, but Taylor will be the guy to start.

Rob: Under. Veteran Tyrod Taylor was brought in to bear the brunt of Cleveland's rebuild and he almost surely will be the opening day starter. At some point, the switch to Mayfield will take place, but expect head coach Hue Jackson to push hard for the more experienced quarterback, as he needs to win now to retain his job.

Sam Darnold -- Total Starts in the 2018 Regular Season

Over/Under: 5.5

Dane: Under. The Jets are in a position where they can allow Darnold to sit and develop at his own pace. Yes, the coaching staff and front office are on the hot seat and will be pressured to win. But right now, Josh McCown and Teddy Bridgewater might be better options. Darnold will see the field at some point, but I'll guess it won't be more than five starts.

Rob: Under. Darnold was's top-rated signal-caller (and my personal highest-rated prospect regardless of position), but he faces a tough climb up the depth chart with veterans McCown and Bridgewater ahead of him on the depth chart. The notoriously impatient New York media will push for Darnold, but his time is the future, not the present. Head coach Todd Bowles and general manager Mike Maccagnan just hope they are still around to see it.

Josh Allen -- Total Starts in the 2018 Regular Season

Over/Under: 10.5

Dane: Under. Allen isn't ready to see action from day one and, ideally, he won't see the field until late in the season. The unimpressive quarterback situation (led by AJ McCarron) in Buffalo might force him onto the field before he is ready, but it is tough to see Allen starting 11 or more games.

Rob: Under. Leading the Bills to the playoffs in his first season as head coach effectively bought Sean McDermott time that his peers in Cleveland and New York do not have. Allen has all of the traits to develop into a franchise quarterback, but he is raw and expected to sit (at least initially) behind free agent acquisition AJ McCarron and perhaps even second-year pro Nate Peterman. McDermott showed a quick hook a year ago, benching Tyrod Taylor in favor of Peterman but the rookie struggled mightily -- a lesson the head coach might recall when pressured to call on Allen too early.

Josh Rosen -- Total Starts in the 2018 Regular Season

Over/Under: 8.5

Dane: Over. Sam Bradford and Mike Glennon are experienced veterans, but neither is a proven winner, and Bradford will go down at some point due to injury. It wouldn't be a shock to see Rosen win the job outright during training camp. He is NFL ready and should see more than nine starts as a rookie.

Rob: Under, with a caveat. Rosen is the most polished of this year's rookie quarterbacks and he faces the least imposing depth chart to overcome with the infinitely injured Sam Bradford and ineffective Mike Glennon ahead of him. As such, I expect him to start more games as a rookie than any other passer. However, the Cardinals' schedule is daunting following a Week Nine bye and Rosen struggled with durability at UCLA. Expecting him to be a late season savior is a risky bet, indeed.

Lamar Jackson -- Total Starts in the 2018 Regular Season

Over/Under: 0.5

Dane: Under. This is the most interesting of the quarterback prop bets. Jackson will see the field in certain packages, but starts are doubtful. Flacco has started all 16 games in nine of his 10 NFL seasons and even if he goes down to injury, Robert Griffin III is likely the next man up. Jackson is the future of the team, but I don't think he starts a game in 2018.

Rob: Under. Jackson is such a remarkable athlete that it would be surprising for the Ravens to simply "redshirt" him, but with the ultra-durable Joe Flacco (and Robert Griffin III) ahead of him on the depth chart, the rookie's biggest impact in 2018 is likely to come from exotic packages and special plays rather than a full-time starting quarterback.

Saquon Barkley -- Total Rushing Yards in the 2018 Regular Season

Over/Under: 1,000

Dane: Over. This was probably the easiest prop bet on the list. As long as he stays healthy, Barkley is a near-lock to surpass 1,000-yards rushing as a rookie. He would need to average only 63 rushing yards per game to surpass the 1,000-yard plateau. The Giants didn't draft him No. 2 overall for him to be a complementary piece to the offense. Barkley will see the field early and often.

Rob: Under. Barkley is a remarkable talent who could wind up leading the NFL in rushing yards as a rookie. Before betting the mortgage, though, realize that only nine running backs eclipsed the 1,000-yard rushing mark in 2017. That includes splashy all-purpose back Alvin Kamara, who finished third in all-purpose yardage last season (1,901) behind MVP candidates Todd Gurley (2,093) and Le'Veon Bell (1,946) but ran for "only" 728 came on the ground. The Giants may opt to feature Barkley like the Saints did with Kamara while pounding veteran addition Jonathan Stewart between the tackles in a Mark Ingram-like role.

Saquon Barkley -- Total Rushing Touchdowns in the 2018 Regular Season

Over/Under: 8

Dane: Over. Free agent addition Jonathan Stewart will vulture touchdowns, but I think Barkley will have more than eight end zone trips as a rusher. Ezekiel Elliott scored 15 touchdowns during his rookie season in Dallas and Barkley should be able to threaten double-digits. Factoring in receiving scores and Barkley should finish with 15-plus touchdowns as a rookie.

Rob: Over. As noted previously, expect the Giants to feature Barkley in a variety of roles, including as a receiver out of the backfield. His soft hands, elusiveness and straight-line speed should result in several big-play touchdowns, mitigating the opportunities lost with Stewart likely to steal short yardage carries.

Bradley Chubb -- Total Sacks in the 2018 Regular Season

Over/Under: 5.5

Dane: Over. There isn't much assembly required with Chubb; he is ready right out of the box. He isn't the twitched-up edge rusher like Von Miller, but his technique and power will help him reach six or more sacks as a rookie.

Rob: Over. Chubb was far and away the most pro-ready edge rusher in the 2018 draft and he walks into an ideal situation with Von Miller occupying most opponents' attention. Chubb is further aided by a division largely lacking top offensive tackles and mobile quarterbacks.