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The best and worst bets in DraftKings updated Heisman odds

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As crazy as it sounds, we are officially under 100 days until the start of the 2022 college football season - and boy oh boy, the season can't get here fast enough.

But while the season still feels like a ways off, it's never too early to look ahead to what could happen on the field. That's exactly what happened this week, as DraftKings has updated their 2022 Heisman odds.

DraftKings Heisman Trophy Odds Top 10:

CJ Stroud, QB, Ohio State (+250)

Bryce Young, QB, Alabama (+350)

Caleb Williams, QB, USC (+900)

Bijan Robinson, RB, Texas (+2000)

DJ Uiagalelei, QB, Clemson (+2800)

Dillon Gabriel, QB, Oklahoma (+3000)

Jaxson Smith-Njigba, WR, Ohio State (+3000)

Tyler Van Dyke, QB, Miami (+3500)

Jaxson Dart, QB, Ole Miss (+3500)

Treyveon Henderson, RB, Ohio State (+4000)

Spencer Rattler, QB, South Carolina (+4000)

Will Anderson, DE, Alabama (+4000)

But because we love you, we decided to give a look at what we believe are the best, and worst bets on the board!

Best Bets

Bijan Robinson, Junior RB for Texas (+2000): Robinson comes into the 2022 College Football season as the most electrifying non-QB in the entire country. Last season, Robinson finished with over 1,400 total yards and had 15 total touchdowns last year, as well. Texas should be better than they were last year, and the biggest reason why will be because of Robinson. Robinson will also thrive in the Steve Sarkisian offense even more because after a year getting used to the system, the offense should be better with Quinn Ewers at quarterback as well. I would also expect Robinson to lead the country in touches overall, with him running, receiving, and returning. That workload could be a lot, but if you want a good bet outside the top quarterbacks, Robinson is it.

Jaxon Smith-Njigba, Junior WR for Ohio State (+3000): Smith-Njigba, was seen as the third guy on a loaded wide receiving corps for Ohio State, and now he is the go-to receiver after Garrett Wilson and Chris Olave both left for the NFL. The world was introduced to Smith-Njigba after he had an electrifying performance against Utah in the Rose Bowl, with 15 receptions and 347 receiving yards. He is also a part of an Ohio State team that will be one of a few teams favored to win the national title, which means he will have a bunch of attention on him. Wide receivers are not usually a good bet for a Heisman trophy, but Smith-Njigba is good enough to win it.

Will Anderson Jr., Junior EDGE for Alabama (+4000): Anderson terrorized quarterbacks in all of the FBS last year to the point where he led all defenders in the country with 17.5 sacks. Anderson comes into the 2022 season as the unanimous best defensive player in the country and is seen as maybe the top prospect in the 2023 NFL Draft. The bad side of this is that defensive players normally don’t get a lot of love in Heisman voting, but Anderson is so dominant that he can beat that trend. It may seem off-base but take Anderson because all signs point to him having a dominant year for the Crimson Tide.

Worst Bets

Bryce Young, Junior QB for Alabama (+350): Last year’s Heisman winner should have another stellar season this year, and Alabama should be a better team as well with a lot of the team being a year older after being a game short of winning the title last year. The reason why this is not a good bet is that previous Heisman winners have had trouble winning it again, and it has not happened since Archie Griffin in 1974 and 1975. Lamar Jackson arguably had a better season, the year after he won the Heisman, but voters still did not pay as much attention to it. Another reason why this is a bad bet is because it’s the second lowest odds of any of the candidates.

DJ Uiagalelei, Junior QB for Clemson (+2800): Uiagalelei struggled last year, and it was an odd year because Clemson struggled more than they have in the recent past, they still won 10 games, but the offense struggled for most of the year. Clemson lost both of its offensive and defensive coordinators before this year as well. I do expect that Clemson should be better than they were last year, but I just don’t see Uiagalelei improving to Heisman level, and that’s why I think it’s a bad bet.

Jaxson Dart, Sophomore QB for Ole Miss (+3500): Dart stepped in for an injured Kedon Slovis at USC the last six games of the year and performed decently well. He won his first two starts but lost his last four. He finished the season with a quarterback rating of 67.7, which is actually pretty good. He threw for over 1,300 yards, nine touchdowns, and five interceptions as well. Dart left USC and transferred to Ole Miss and will be Lane Kiffin’s starter next year. The reason why I don’t love these odds is because Dart’s sample size is relatively small, and he really only performed okay, so to say he’s going to make a Heisman level leap also seems to be a big overestimation.

For full DraftKings Heisman Odds, click here


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