2020 Heisman Trophy Futures: Early Heisman Trophy Value Bets and Sleepers
With the majority of the sporting world still on hold, we have to look ahead a bit when looking for some betting action. Nothing is a sure thing at this point, but early Heisman Trophy odds are posted for a 2020 season that will hopefully be able to be held. I already took a look at some of the front runners for the award, and now it is time to take a closer look at some of the player getting longer odds who could be worth your time. Check out my favorite value bets and top sleepers to take home the 2020 Heisman Memorial Trophy.
2020 Heisman Trophy Futures
Chuba Hubbard, RB, Oklahoma State Cowboys (+1600)
Fair or foul, a big part of winning the Heisman Trophy is having the attention of the voters, and after a monster 2019 campaign, Hubbard has name recognition working in his favor. He led the country with 2,094 rushing yards last year, topping 100 yards in 12 of his 13 games and delivering four efforts of 200-plus yards. Hubbard also found the end zone 21 times, and while he did shoulder a heavy workload, he also averaged a stout 6.4 yards per carry. Oklahoma State probably won’t be in the College Football Playoff mix, but Hubbard should be able to deliver another season of 2,000-plus rushing yards. Among non-quarterbacks, Hubbard is probably the best bet to be in the Heisman conversation.
Kedon Slovis, QB, USC Trojans (+2500)
Slovis wasn’t expected to be the starter last season, but injuries forced the freshman into the fire, and he responded in a big way. He ended up throwing for 3,502 yards and 30 touchdowns to just nine interceptions, and he completed 71.9 percent of his passes. Slovis also improved as the year went on, and he tossed multiple touchdowns in each of his final eight games, throwing three or more scores in five of his final six and at least four scores in three of his last four outings. The Trojans are going to lose some talent in their receiving corps, but USC never has a shortage of athletes, and Slovis should only improve. If he can guide the Trojans to the top of a wide open Pac-12 while throwing for around 4,000 yards and 40 scores, he could emerge as a serious Heisman contender.
Najee Harris, RB, Alabama Crimson Tide (+4000)
After electing to forgo the 2020 NFL Draft, Harris will return to lead the Crimson Tide backfield for another season. He led the team in rushing a year ago, piling up 1,224 yards and 13 touchdowns while averaging 5.9 yards per carry. He was also effective as a receiver, topping 300 yards and scoring seven times. We’ve seen Alabama adopt a more pass-happy style in recent years, but with the departures of quarterback Tua Tagovailoa and receivers Jerry Jeudy and Henry Ruggs to the NFL, don’t be surprised if Nick Saban leans more on Harris and the power running attack in 2020. We have seen Mark Ingram and Derrick Henry run their way to the Heisman as the headliners of Alabama’s offense, and Harris could have a chance to do the same. He is in a premier position for someone listed at +4000.
Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama Crimson Tide (+6600)
Between the injury to Tua Tagovailoa and the incredible amount of talent in Alabama’s passing attack, Waddle’s receiving numbers took a dip in 2019. He still managed to haul in six touchdowns, averaging 17.0 yards per reception. Waddle also emerged as the most electrifying return man in the country, taking both a punt and a kickoff to the house while averaging a ridiculous 24.4 yards per punt return. With Jerry Jeudy and Henry Ruggs off the to the NFL, Waddle should enjoy a more featured role in the air attack for a Crimson Tide program that always seems to be in the national title picture, and he has the speed to provide plenty of big plays. If he throws in some big returns in key moments, he could pile up enough highlight reel plays and Heisman moments to put himself in the mix. I like him as a lottery ticket at +6600.
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