2020 Heisman Trophy Odds: QBs Fields, Lawrence Pace The Pack

Posted By Danny Cross on January 11, 2020 - Last Updated on February 19, 2020

DraftKings Sportsbook has posted its 2020 Heisman Trophy odds, and a couple familiar names are favored — for good reason.

Ohio State’s Justin Fields (+300) and Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence (+400) are the only returning quarterbacks who finished top 10 in the 2019 Heisman voting. Each will command a high-powered offense expected to compete for a National Championship in the 2020-21 season.

Five other quarterbacks round out the top seven players favored at DraftKings. And why not? Quarterbacks have won nine of the last 10 Heisman trophies — only three non-QBs have taken home the award in the last 20 years. You have to go back to Ricky Williams in 1998 and Ron Dayne in ’99 to find back-to-back non-QB winners.

In this early breakdown at the 2020 Heisman favorites, we’ll take a look at the quarterbacks leading the field, along with a longshot QB who has a chance to make Joe Burrow-esque gains during the upcoming season.

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Will Fields do it again?

The Ohio State star is favored to win the 2020 Heisman Trophy after a stellar sophomore season that landed him third in the 2019 voting behind Burrow and Jalen Hurts. Fields threw 41 touchdown passes and only three interceptions in leading the Buckeyes to a College Football Playoff appearance as a true sophomore.

There’s no reason to think his junior year will be any different — even if Fields can’t overtake Lawrence for the top overall pick in 2021, he has a real shot at the Heisman.

Lawrence returns for finale

As of this writing, Lawrence has yet to lose a college football game. The 6-foot-6 sophomore gunslinger is fresh off a seventh-place Heisman finish, having thrown for 3,431 yards and 36 TDs against eight interceptions for the defending national champs.

Lawrence is listed at a reasonable +400 to win the 2020 Heisman as Clemson goes after its third national title in four years Monday night. This season, Lawrence opened as the co-favorite with Tua Tagovailoa but fell out of the race after a slow start. His junior season of college ball will more than likely be his last before he takes off for the NFL.

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Sooners to introduce five-star weapon?

Bettors clearly believe the hype surrounding Oklahoma redshirt freshman Spencer Rattler, who checks in at +600 even though Sooners head coach Lincoln Riley has yet to name him the starter next season. Rattler was the No. 1 quarterback recruit in the country in 2019, and he could step into a system that produced two of the past three Heisman winners (Kyler Murray and Baker Mayfield), along with this year’s No. 2 finisher in Hurts.

Rattler will have to beat out redshirt sophomore Tanner Mordecai for the starting job this spring, but Riley says there won’t be another big-time transfer like Hurts entering the mix.

“I’m absolutely not planning on doing something like we did last year and bringing in somebody like that, which I think speaks to how good I feel about Tanner and Spencer,” Riley told reporters after the team’s Peach Bowl loss to LSU.

Where will D’Eriq King land?

Houston’s D’Eriq King at +900 offers a chance to get in on one of college football’s top talents before he potentially transfers to a juggernaut and sees his Heisman odds plummet. The dual-threat Houston QB totaled 50 touchdowns (36 passing, 14 rushing) as a junior in 2018 but abruptly redshirted after the Cougars’ 1-3 start this season, fueling speculation that he’d transfer for 2020.

Today a change of scenery seems likely, and the list of potential landing spots for the dynamic playmaker — LSU, Georgia, Arkansas, Florida State — makes for an intriguing early wager.

More SEC QBs, please

LSU’s Myles Brennan (+1000), Alabama’s Mac Jones (+1000) and Auburn’s Bo Nix (+1200) round out the top seven quarterbacks favored at DraftKings Sportsbook.

Jones, a redshirt sophomore, played well in place of Tua Tagovailoa but should face competition from Tua’s younger brother, Taulia Tagovailoa, along with incoming five-star freshman Bryce Young, who enrolled early and will have a chance to show Nick Saban he’s ready for the job this spring.

Tagovialoa (+4000) and Young (+5000) are also available Heisman plays.

Upside in Minnesota?

Last winter, Joe Burrow opened at +20000 to win the Heisman before meteorically rising after his early-season rampage over Texas. DraftKings doesn’t currently offer anyone higher than +10000, but that’s where you’ll find Minnesota QB Tanner Morgan.

As a sophomore, Morgan finished fourth in the nation with 10.2 yards per pass attempt, and he finished the season second only to Fields in passing yards (3,253) and touchdowns (30) in the Big Ten.

Morgan fueled Minnesota’s push for a College Football Playoff bid down the stretch, eventually finishing 11-2 with a convincing win over Auburn in the Outback Bowl. The Golden Gophers look like a top 20 team entering 2020.

2020 Heisman betting odds (June 4, 2020)

2020 Heisman Winner

Game
12/14/2019
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(EST)
Justin Fields
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+300
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+175
Trevor Lawrence
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+400
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+430
Spencer Rattler
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+600
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+1200
D'Eriq King
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+900
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+1600
Myles Brennan
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+1000
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+2500
Mac Jones
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+1000
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+2500
Bo Nix
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+1200
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+2000
Clyde Edwards-Helaire
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+2000
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+10000
Sam Ehlinger
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+2000
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+2000
Jamie Newman
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+2000
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+1600
Travis Etienne
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+2500
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Chuba Hubbard
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+2500
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+5000
KJ Costello
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+2500
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+5000
Sam Howell
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+2500
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+4000
Stetson Bennett
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+3300
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+10000
Spencer Sanders
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+3300
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+8000
Tyler Shough
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+3300
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+10000
Kedon Slovis
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+3300
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+2000
Jaylen Waddle
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+3300
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+6000
Adrian Martinez
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+4000
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+2000
Taulia Tagovailoa
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+4000
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+6000
Ian Book
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+5000
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+4000
Ja'Marr Chase
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+5000
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+8000
Kenneth Gainwell
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+5000
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+15000
Najee Harris
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+5000
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+5000
Tee Higgins
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+5000
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+10000
Justin Jefferson
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+5000
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Kellen Mond
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+5000
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+4000
Rondale Moore
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+5000
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Justyn Ross
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Tylan Wallace
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+8000
Zamir White
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Pooka Williams
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+20000
Seth Williams
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+10000
Bryce Young
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Danny Cross has been writing about DFS and fantasy sports since 2017. He spent a decade at a newsmagazine in Cincinnati called CityBeat as a reporter, editor and columnist. He is currently an adjunct journalism instructor at the University of Cincinnati and a member of the Fantasy Sports & Gaming Association. 

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