We’re now 50 days away from the NFL season and our friends at Locked On Sports are releasing a unique NFL Top 50 Player Ranking this week.
LOS ANGELES — With just 50 days from the start of the 2022-23 NFL season, the Locked On Podcast Network brings out a unique NFL Top 50 for the week of July 18-22.
Locked On has partnered with bookmaker BetOnline to rank and rank the top 50 NFL players based on how they affect the spread or betting line for their team when not playing.
BetOnline took the top 50 players moving those lines the most. To explain further, Cowboys CB Trevon Diggs comes in at number 50 on the list because BetOnline said his absence would shift the betting line for the Cowboys by 0.5 points. That means if Dallas were hypothetically preferred over another team by 3 points and Diggs were eliminated, BetOnline now says they would move that line 0.5 points, meaning the Cowboys would now be preferred by 2.5 points.
So they took the top 50 players who would move the lines and ranked them out. We’ll roll them out over the course of the week.
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50. Trevon Diggs, CB, Dallas Cowboys | Spread value: 0.5 points
Statistics 2021-22: (16 games) 52 tackles, 11 interceptions, 2 defensive TDs
Locked On Cowboys host Marcus Mosher: “What we do know is that he is one of the most groundbreaking defenders out there. With his ability to play the ball in the air, he can take over a game at any time. He’s a playing cornerback who mostly manages big splash plays. The Cowboys were #1 diner last year.”
49. Jalen Ramsey, CB, Los Angeles Rams | Spread value: 0.5 points
Statistics 2021-22: (16 games) 77 tackles, 4 interceptions
Locked On Rams host Travis Rodgers: “This sounds about right, the best cornerback in the league in the top 50 most valuable, no question… He’s a lockdown corner who can do anything you want him to do. He can take away your best player, ask DeAndre Hopkins. He can go into the slot, ask George Kittle and take that player completely out of the game.”
48. Aaron Donald, DT, Los Angeles Rams | Spread value: 1 point
Statistics 2021-22: (17 games) 38 tackles, 14.5 sacks
Locked On Rams host Travis Rodgers: “Aaron Donald already off the board? How on earth did we get here? I have no idea how Aaron Donald checks in where he is. Last I checked if you are the best player in the league. If you’re one of the best in league history, you should be somewhere higher. When Aaron plays Donald, they have a chance to win every game they play in.”
47. Myles Garrett, DE, Cleveland Browns | Spread value: 1 point
Statistics 2021-22: (17 games) 33 tackles, 16 sacks
Locked On Browns host Jeff Lloyd: “I understand that in an attacking league it’s harder for a defensive player to win the MVP. But we’re talking about a player who has had 28 sacks and five forced fumbles over the last two seasons… Myles Garrett should be ranked much higher. In October, he becomes the all-time frontrunner for the sacks for the Browns.”
46. TJ Watt, DE, Pittsburgh Steelers | Spread value: 1 point
Statistics 2021-22: (15 games) 48 tackles, 22.5 sacks
Locked On Steelers host Christopher Carter: “TJ Watt comes on this list because it’s obvious people have recognized his influence on games, but is 46 too low? Steelers fan probably says yes. If you look at last year, in games where Watt got a sack, the Steelers were 8-2-1. When he didn’t, they were 1-5. When the Steelers played their best, TJ Watt played his best.”
45. Micah Parsons, LB, Dallas Cowboys | Spread value: 1 point
Statistics 2021-22: (16 games) 64 tackles, 13 sacks
Locked On Cowboys host Marcus Mosher: “Micah Parsons was almost Defensive Player of the Year last year, he won the Rookie of the Year award, but is he already one of the top defenders in the league? According to BetOnline, that puts him ahead of the likes of Aaron Donald and TJ Watt. It’s not too surprising. He’s one of the most dominant defenders we’ve seen. And it wouldn’t be a shock if he wins the Defender of the Year award next year.”
44. CeeDee Lamb, WR, Dallas Cowboys| Spread value: 1 point
Statistics 2021-22: (16 games) 79 receptions, 1,102 yards, 6 TDs
Locked On Cowboys host Marcus Mosher: “CeeDee Lamb has a huge year ahead of him with the Cowboys following the sale of Amari Cooper. Cedric Wilson is leaving free agency, Michael Gallup is expected to be out for a while. If the Cowboys want a playoff shot, they need CeeDee Lamb as a superstar.”
43. Tyreek Hill, WR, Miami Dolphins | Spread value: 1 point
Statistics 2021-22: (16 games) 111 receptions, 1,239 yards, 9 TDs
Locked On Dolphins host Kyle Crabbs: “Tyreek Hill gives the Dolphins their most influential, highest-profile elite player they’ve had in a long time. He will impose a very difficult decision on the defensive coordinators of opposing teams. Get your popcorn ready because Tyreek Hill will show that it wasn’t just that Kansas City offense that gave him his value.
42. Travis Kelce, TE, Kansas City Chiefs | Spread value: 1 point
Statistics 2021-22: (16 games) 92 receptions, 1,125 yards, 9 TDs
Locked On Chiefs host Chris Clark: “Travis Kelce is absolutely the best tight end in the NFL. You see how valuable he’s been to Kansas City over the past few years. Next season without Tyreek Hill, you’ll really see how valuable he is to Kansas City. He completely changed the game of tight end position during his time in the NFL.”
41. Deebo Samuel, WR, San Francisco 49ers | Spread value: 1 point
Statistics 2021-22: (16 games) 77 receptions, 1,405 yards, 6 TDs, 8 rush TDs
Locked On 49ers host Eric Crocker: “I know the NFL is QB-driven and quarterbacks are being driven up in terms of importance and betting line value. But Deebo Samuel was more important than the 49ers quarterback last season in Jimmy Garoppolo. This guy wore the 49s to the NFC championship game, and you don’t normally tell that in a receiver.”
Keep checking back with the Locked On NFL podcast feed or YouTube channel throughout the week as we post the rest of the list each morning!
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