There are a variety of ways to place bets on NFL futures. We cover everything from the conference championship and division winners, the MVP race, who will lead the NFL in passing yards, and more options relevant to the 2018 NFL regular season. If a futures bet can be placed, the odds chart from the most trusted and best sportsbooks can be found here.
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2018 NFL Season Future Betting Odds – Conference Championships
The AFC and NFC Conference Championships will both be held on January 20, 2019, and will feature two teams from both conferences vying for a spot in the Super Bowl LIII. Leading sportsbooks currently have the New England Patriots as the favorite to win the AFC Championship at +285 and the Philadelphia Eagles as the favorite to win the NFC Championship at +600
AFC: It’s no surprise to see the Patriots as the favorites to win the AFC Championship again this year. The Patriots have won the AFC Championship an unprecedented 8 times since 2001. The Steelers at +450 are one of the most balanced teams in the league and could give them a run for their money.
Avoid the Jacksonville Jaguars at +850, since teams not named the Patriots rarely make conference championships in back-to-back years. The Los Angeles Chargers at +1000 boasted the 3rd best passing defense last year and could give playoff quarterbacks some trouble when January comes around.
* The odds listed on this page are from Bovada, we will update the odds to reflect current odds every Friday.
AFC Championship Odds
|New England Patriots||
|Kansas City Chiefs||
NFC: There is no clear-cut favorite to win the NFC Championship this year. The defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles +600 take the top spot just barely ahead of the Los Angeles Rams at +550.
Avoid the Green Bay Packers at +650 until Aaron Rodgers shows he’s back 100% healthy. The Packers live and die with Rodgers, and they died last year due to his broken collarbone injury. However, the New Orleans Saints at +900 have a good payout and have a great all-around team led by one of the best quarterbacks of all time in Drew Brees.
NFC Championship Odds
|Los Angeles Rams||
|New Orleans Saints||
2018 NFL Season Future Betting Odds – Divisions
A division winner isn’t crown until the other 3 teams in the division have all been eliminated. For this reason, division races can end well before the 2018 regular season ends on December 30, 2018. Below are the odds for every team vying to win their division.
NFC West: The Los Angeles Rams at -155 come in as the heavy favorite to win the NFC West. They have arguably the two best defensive tackles in the NFL with Aaron Donald and Ndamukong Suh, which will give opposing offensive coordinators nightmares this coming season. But don’t sleep on the San Francisco 49ers at +300.
After learning under Tom Brady and being traded by the Patriots, QB Jimmy Garoppolo came into 1-10 49ers team in complete disarray. The 49ers would go on to win 5 straight games to end the 2017 season and give 49ers hope for the future. The Seattle Seahawks and Arizona Cardinals are both rebuilding, so avoid them for 2018.
NFC West Odds
|Los Angeles Rams||
NFC South: In what has historically been one of the most competitive divisions in the NFL for the past two decades, 2018 looks to be no different. The New Orleans Saints at +155 just barely edge the Atlanta Falcons at +185 as favorites to win the division. Even the Carolina Panthers at +275 are good candidates to win.
All three of these teams made the playoffs last year and are all contenders to make the playoffs this year. Don’t bet on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at +950 because the team is a dumpster fire.
NFC South Odds
|New Orleans Saints||
NFC North: The Minnesota Vikings at +125 and the Green Bay Packers at +140 are in a neck-and-neck race for the top spot. However, both teams have a lot of questions surrounding them. Will Kirk Cousins finally the QB the Vikings need to push them over the top? Has Aaron Rodgers fully recovered from his broken collarbone injury?
These questions likely won’t be answered until the 2018 season starts. However, the Detroit Lions at +650 might be an interesting bet with former Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia taking the Lions head coaching job in the offseason. If he can fix the Lions putrid defense, then they could contend for the top spot in the division. The Chicago Bears at +800 are rebuilding, so avoid betting on them for 2018.
NFC North Odds
NFC East: The defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles at -155 take the top spot here and this should be a surprise to no one. However, the health of Carson Wentz shouldn’t be overlooked after his season-ending ACL injury last year. With that said, the rest of the team is so good that they won a Super Bowl without one of the best young QB’s in the league.
The Eagles should be a sure bet to win this division as the Dallas Cowboys +375, New York Giants +500, and the Washington Redskins +750 all have unanswered questions right now or are currently rebuilding their teams.
NFC East Odds
AFC West: Maybe the toughest division to call for the 2018 season is the AFC West. The Los Angeles Chargers +155 are probably the safest bet since they didn’t have any major changes and only got better through the draft. Both the Kansas City Chiefs at +260 and the Denver Broncos at +400 boast a top 10 defense, but both have a new starting QB with Patrick Mahomes for the Chiefs and free agent QB Case Keenum for the Broncos.
The Oakland Raiders at +325 have a great offense led by QB Derek Carr, but whether new head coach Jon Gruden can rebuild the defense is something we’ll have to wait and see when the 2018 season begins.
AFC West Odds
|Kansas City Chiefs||
AFC South: Current odds have Jacksonville Jaguars at +170 and the Houston Texans at +190 to win the AFC South in 2018, and it really shouldn’t be that close. The Jaguars had the best defensive unit in the NFL during 2017 and narrowly lost to the Patriots in the AFC Championship.
The Houston Texans were terrible last year, finishing the season 4-12. But to be fair, QB Deshaun Watson was unquestionably the front-runner for Rookie of the Year before tearing his ACL at practice in Week 9. Also, J.J. Watt will also be returning after missing most of the 2017 season.
If these two players stay healthy, the Texans can contend, but the Jaguar just have too much talent on defense and is unlikely they won’t be the AFC South champ for 2018. The Tennessee Titans are too inconsistent, and the Indianapolis Colts are rebuilding, making these two teams unlikely to challenge for the top spot.
AFC South Odds
AFC North: The Pittsburgh Steelers at -260 come into the 2018 regular season way ahead of the Baltimore Ravens +400, Cincinnati Bengals +1000, and Cleveland Browns +1000. The bet should be a no-brainer as the Steelers are the most likely team to challenge the Patriots in the playoffs come January. Every other team has myriad issues across the board, but the Steelers are easily one of the, if not the, most well-rounded football teams coming into the 2018 regular season.
AFC North Odds
AFC East: The New England Patriots at -800 are even more of a lock to win their division than the Steelers are currently. Betting on anyone other than the Patriots to win the AFC East is just wanting to lose their bet. Since 2001, the Patriots have won the AFC East 15 out of 17 years. 2002 was only Tom Brady’s 2nd full season as starter and 2008 saw Brady suffer a season-ending ACL injury in Week 1.
However, with the Miami Dolphins +1100, Buffalo Bills +1400, and the New York Jets +1500 being laughingstocks for almost two decades now and the Patriots -800 line being so bad in term of betting returns, it’s probably not worth betting on the AFC East in 2018.
AFC East Odds
|New England Patriots||
2018 NFL Season Future Betting Odds – 2018 Regular Season MVP
The 2018 Regular Season MVP Award will be voted on by writers of the Associated Press and presented to the player deemed most valuable to his team during the NFL Honors ceremony. While no date has been officially announced, it has traditionally taken place on the night before the Super Bowl and in the same city. This means the award will most likely be given out on February 2, 2019, in Atlanta, Georgia. We will update this if anything changes.
Aaron Rodgers at +500 is the favorite to win the 2018 Regular Season MVP award with Carson Wentz at +700 and Tom Brady at +850 closely behind. Rodgers and Wentz have health concerns and need to prove they are 100% healthy.
And while one would think last year’s recipient Tom Brady would a great bet, then not so fast. Since 2000, the NFL Regular Season MVP Award has been awarded to the same player in back-to-back years twice (Peyton Manning 2003,2004;2008, 2009) and only five times total throughout all of NFL history, dating back to 1957 when the award was first given.
So, when it comes to football futures betting, who would be a decent pick? If the Saints show they are the top team in the NFC South, then Drew Brees at +1600 would get a lot of action. If Deshaun Watson at +1500 has fully recovered from his injury and helps the Texans into the playoffs, then this one could a lock.
One player who is getting insane odds now is Le’Veon Bell at +4000. Bell is one of the best running backs in the league and one of the main reasons the Steelers are Super Bowl contenders. However, Bell and the Steelers cannot agree on a new contract as of now and is likely the reason for the low odds, but if they can come to an agreement then this could have a huge payoff since Bell is almost always an MVP contender.
Regular Season MVP Odds
Individual NFL Player Season Leader Future Bets
*Future betting on individual player final regular season stats end before kickoff on December 30, 2018.
2018 NFL Season Future Betting Odds – Most Passing Yards in 2018 Regular Season
Last year, Tom Brady led the NFL with 4,577 passing yards, and the odds have him at +400 to lead the NFL in passing again.
It’s hard to argue or bet against Brady and Patriots pass-focused offense that has been a nightmare for opposing defenses for nearly two decades. However, Philip Rivers at +750 and Matthew Stafford at +1200 finished 2nd and 3rd in total passing yards last season, and they’re likely going to be asked to carry the load even more if their teams in 2018. Not to mention, the payout is nearly double for Rivers and almost triple for Stafford when all three are just as likely to have the most passing yards when the season ends.
Most Passing Yards Odds
2018 NFL Season Future Betting Odds – Most Rushing Yards in 2018 Regular Season
Kareem Hunt led the NFL in 2017 with 1,327 rushing yards, but Ezekiel Elliot at +285 is the current favorite to lead the NFL in rushing yards for the 2018 regular season.
Ezekiel Elliot is a safe bet, considering he would have likely led the NFL in rushing yards last season if it hadn’t been for his untimely suspension. Two players to avoid are David Johnson +1200 and Dalvin Cook at +900. Both are talented players, but they are also both coming off season-ending injuries just a year ago.
Leonard Fournette +850 is likely to get a ton of carries in his second NFL season and Squon Barkley at +1000 will likely get a vast number of carries even though he’s a rookie.
Most Rushing Yards Odds
2018 NFL Season Future Betting Odds – Most Receiving Yards in 2018 Regular Season
In 2017, Antonio Brown had a chance to break the all-time NFL receiving yards record before his calf injury in Week 14. He finished the 2017 regular season with 1,533 receiving yards in just 14 games, so it’s clear why he’s the favorite to lead the NFL in receiving for 2018 at +255.
Antonio Brown is the definition of consistency when it comes to the wide receiver position. Since 2013, he’s been in the top 5 for most receiving yards each year and has led the league in receiving twice (2014, 2017) during that time span.
However, one player to watch is Keenan Allen at +1200. He finished with 3rd in receiving yards last year and will likely get more targets in 2018. He has had injury problem plague him before last year, but if he’s healthy again in 2018 then he could challenge Brown for the most receiving yards this year.
Most Receiving Yards Odds
2018 NFL Season Future Betting Odds – Most Passing Touchdowns in 2018 Regular Season
Russell Wilson led the NFL in passing touchdowns for 2017, but Aaron Rodgers is the current favorite at +350 to lead the NFL in this category for 2018.
The Seattle Seahawks are expected to be a much worse team next season, so expect Wilson’s numbers to drop significantly. Rodgers is a decent bet if he stays healthy. Carson Wentz was leading the NFL in passing touchdowns before his injury last season and still finished 2nd despite only playing 13 games. Wentz is at +900 currently, which would be a decent payout if he can return to the same dominant form last season.
Most Passing Touchdown Odds
2018 NFL Season Future Betting Odds – Most Interceptions Thrown in the 2018 Regular Season
Last year, QB DeShone Kizer of the Cleveland Browns led the NFL with 22 interceptions thrown. Bovada currently has DeShaun Watson at +500 and the favorite to throw the most inceptions during the 2018 NFL Regular Season.
Kizer is a backup with the Packers now, so go ahead and rule him out. As mentioned above, the odds seem to favor Watson, but if he gets hurt again then he likely won’t throw the most interceptions. The key to this futures bet is to find someone who throws a lot, isn’t the most accurate passer, and can stay healthy.
One name sticks out: Joe Flacco at +2000. Flacco had 13 interceptions last year (tied for 7th worst), but that was with a decent Ravens team. Expect the Ravens to be worse and Flacco’s interceptions to be higher.
Most Interceptions Thrown Odds