With a week and a half to go until the biggest game of the NFL season, our first batch of tips come from the game’s MVP market
The NFL Playoffs has reached its feature event – as the Chiefs and the 49ers face off in this year’s big game.
In the first of five articles on the NFL Championship game, we have taken a look at the Super Bowl MVP markets – naming three interesting selections for the showdown in Las Vegas.
Here are the three MVP picks for this year’s Super Bowl.
READY FOR IT?
The quarterback is the likeliest position on the field to win the MVP award – but where’s the fun in that?
Patrick Mahomes won the MVP award back in 2020 – and to this day, I still feel that Damien Williams was robbed. In 2023, Mahomes won it again – but this time, there wasn’t a real standout member of the KC offense.
So, if the Chiefs win and it is a high scoring matchup, it likely will take a spectacular performance from a member of their offense to claim the award over Mahomes.
Step forward Travis Kelce.
A tight end has never won the award, but Kelce is not your normal tight end – as most of you already know.
The NFL veteran has already broken the all-time postseason reception record this campaign – and he has recorded at least 70+ receiving yards in each of his playoff starts in 2024.
Kelce has the capabilities of putting up another big show on the biggest stage of them all – as he did a register a 10-reception, 133-yard outing in the Chiefs’ loss to Tampa Bay in Super Bowl LV.
His price to claim the award at +1700 looks a steal at this stage – and it will likely get shorter in the coming week.
TIP: Travis Kelce Super Bowl MVP (+1700, FanDuel)
PUT THE KITTLE ON
Another tight end gets the nod here – but this time, it’s on the
His line from San Francisco’s loss to the Chiefs in Super Bowl LV has gone viral – as the Iowa graduate simply stated “I will be back here. And I will be back with a vengeance. You will not get the best of me, no sir.”
The 49ers TE has already put up three 100-yard games this campaign, with arguably his most impressive showing coming up against a stout Ravens defense in Week 16 – recording seven receptions for 126 yards.
The Chiefs secondary will be a tough nut to crack, so it wouldn’t be the biggest of surprises to see Brock Purdy constantly target Kittle throughout this matchup.
If he can break 100 receiving yards and maybe find the endzone on a couple occasions, Kittle could easily be in the running for the award.
TIP: George Kittle Super Bowl MVP (+7000, FanDuel)
CHAR WARS: REVENGE OF THE NINER
A complete dart of a selection here, but there’s some thinking behind this.
Both teams have relied on their defenses to help them get here – and this year’s Super Bowl could easily play out to be a defensive matchup.
Sixth-year cornerback Charvarius Ward has been one of the more underappreciated assets of the San Fran defense this season – and he could benefit massively from a defensive game here.
Both the 49ers and the Chiefs have solid contenders for this award if that situation plays out – and that makes Ward an interesting option at a huge price.
Firstly, Ward is a former Chief. He won Super Bowl LV with the AFC West franchise before joining the 49ers as an unrestricted free agent back in March 2022.
He will have first-hand knowledge on how the KC offense works, as he would have worked with many of these guys on the training field day in, day out.
Secondly, Ward has arguably had the season of his career. He recorded a career high of five interceptions this season and he led the league in deflected passes (23 in total). He even scored his first career touchdown from a 66-yard interception against the Cardinals in Week 15.
That makes the 49ers CB a genuine threat to the Chiefs passing attack, and if he can get his hands on the ball – he could punish Mahomes & co.
It’s an outside pick without doubt, but Ward’s price is hugely appealing on paper.