Dak Prescott is the Comeback Player of the Year favorite

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Among the many things on which you can now wager (in the places where you can legally wager) is the NFL’s Comeback Player of the Year award.

DraftKings has one player as the clear favorite for 2021: Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott.

Prescott, who suffered a season-ending ankle fracture in Week Five of the 2020 season, has +175 odds to win the award.

The next three candidates all have +600 odds: Giants running back Saquon Barkley, Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow, and Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey. Each missed significant time last year due to injury.

Ditto for 49ers defensive end Nick Bosa. He’s at +700 after suffering a torn ACL in Week Two of the 2020 season.

Others on the list due to injury include Chargers safety Derwin James (+1600), Broncos linebacker Von Miller (+1600), Bengals running back Joe Mixon (+2000), Browns receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (+2500), Vikings defensive end Danielle Hunter (+3300), Falcons receiver Julio Jones (+3300), and 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (+5000).

Saints receiver Michael Thomas isn’t listed, but should be.

On the list for what Charean Williams would call “coming back from sucking” are Colts quarterback Carson Wentz (+900), Panthers quarterback Sam Darnold (+1600), and Saints quarterback Jameis Winston (+3300).

The odds include players who are coming back from opting out: Bears running back Damien Williams (+8000), Patriots linebacker Dont'a Hightower (+10000), and Jets linebacker CJ Mosley (+10000).

Also on the list are two players coming back from retirement and/or exile: Potential Jaguars tight end Tim Tebow (+3300) and Chiefs tackle Kyle Long (+15000).

The fact that Tebow has the same odds as Hunter, Jones, and Winston is amazing; Tebow isn’t even on a team. And even if the Jaguars sign him (the silence is becoming deafening), he has to make the game-day roster before having a chance to do anything that would justify voting for him.

Personally, I like Wentz at +900. I’d also like another guy who, like Thomas, didn’t make the list. New Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford, despite starting 16 games and throwing for more than 4,000 yards last year, will get votes if he has a huge first year in L.A.

39 responses to “Dak Prescott is the Comeback Player of the Year favorite

  1. I expect Dak to have a pro-bowl season and lead the Cowboys on a deep playoff run.

  2. Cowboys season should be exciting this year. Cannot go 8-8 anymore, 8-9, 9-8 who knows! Something has gotta give!

  3. This is getting ridiculous. The season still is over three months away, and the end of the regular season is over seven months away.

  4. To all those giving the bad mouth to Prescott, remember this: at the time of his injury he lead all quarterbacks in most categories.

  5. As a life long Dallas Cowboys fan I have faith in a red hot Dak Prescott leading us to a great 8-9 season.

  6. Can we like actually let the guy comeback and perform before we start bestowing odds on him? Sheesh, give him some room to be his best without people betting money on him.

  7. Kinda scary that only 3 of the past 10 are still in the league… Stafford, Tannehil and Gronk.

  8. Im taking barkley. Even though isnt great, they got aome big play wrs. No 8 in the box on the giants this year. He is gonna have a monster year.

    Dak should look good. His weapons are among the best in the game.

  9. If the award is “Comeback and Destroy the Salary Cap”, then Dak’s a lock. No way he plays anywhere close to his 40 M$ salary. The result is that the Cowboys can’t afford the other talent needed to get them into the playoffs. P.S.: Softie Amari isn’t going to get them there, either.

  10. wish him the best but maybe they should play the season first. if I was betting I’m betting on Wentz

  11. The Boys will win maybe 5 games again Dak isnt very good and the defense is the worst!

  12. In Texas, Dallas was already the betting favorite for the super bowl. Of course Dak would have to win the comeback player of the year on the way to the Cowboys destiny.

    Now if only they didn’t have to play all those games against the other teams, the state of Texas could live in it’s fantasy.

  13. Giants circling the the cowboys game due to trade. How’s that Leg Dak.

  14. Wentz would seem to be a in a great position and he’s not coming back from a serious injury. And if injuries don’t bother you there’s Burrow to consider.

  15. 1st Micah Parsons is going to be defensive rookie of the year and now Dak is going to be come back player of the year….Everybody Loves Dallas!!!….Its gonna very unfortunate when they fall flat on their faces again!

  16. itoldyouso says:
    May 19, 2021 at 9:05 pm

    To all those giving the bad mouth to Prescott, remember this: at the time of his injury he lead all quarterbacks in most categories.


    Yep. And was 1-3.

  17. Prediction – Dak throws for 4500 yds, 37 TDs 10 picks, and 8 wins.

    Bosa gets 14 sacks, 29 QB pressures, 2 FF, 1 fumble recovery. SF gets 10 wins.

    Dak gets comeback player of the year while sitting on his couch watching the playoffs and the 9ers make it to the post season.

    Cowboys fans rejoice and tell everyone “told ya he was good”

  18. To be considered a “comeback player” , shouldn’t you have already accomplished something first?

  19. acemagee45 says:
    May 19, 2021 at 7:08 pm
    Cowboys season should be exciting this year. Cannot go 8-8 anymore, 8-9, 9-8 who knows! Something has gotta give!


    Wrong. 8-8-1

  20. His injury last season was gross. I am surprised they could fix that in a year.

  21. It obviously won’t be Tebow. He could catch 100 passes for 1200 yards and still be graded “terrible.” He’s considered a failure for taking a 1-4 team to the playoffs and then beating the 12-4 Steelers in his only stint as a starter. It must be especially irksome to John Elway (but also to Peyton Manning) that Tebow holds the Broncos’ franchise record for best passer rating in a playoff game. I said PASSER rating.

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