Written by Rick Rockwell
As kickoff to the 2023-24 season quickly approaches, it is time to strike it rich with the 2023 NFL future bets before Week 1 begins. In the NFC West, there is a goldmine of 49ers futures bets to take advantage.
After dredging through the 2023-24 49ers props, we have isolated the best 49ers futures for the upcoming season. From Christian McCaffrey OPOY odds to Nick Bosa DPOY odds, we are looking extensively into the best 49ers bets to make in 2023.
For a team that didn’t have a stable quarterback situation entering training camp, the 49ers' futures odds to win the NFC West are outstanding. Currently, the 49ers are -180 to win the NFC West. There aren’t many other teams in the NFL that could enter training camp without an undisputed QB1 and have the best odds to win their division.
Let’s jump straight into the best 49ers futures bets that you should consider for the 2023-24 NFL season.
The Best 49ers Futures Bets for the 2023-24 Season
After evaluating the 49ers' prop bets at California Sportsbooks, we are focusing on the NFL OPOY odds, NFL DPOY odds, and NFC West odds. Additionally, the NFL Comeback Player of the Year odds provide plenty of intrigue with Brock Purdy.
Plenty of Value With McCaffrey OPOY Odds
For the first time, Christian McCaffrey will enter the 2023-24 season as the centerpiece of the 49ers’ offense. Following a trade with the Carolina Panthers, the All-Pro running back made his 49ers debut in Week 7 against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Despite the 49ers losing the football game, 44-23, the 49ers won their next 12 games, including two wins in the playoffs to reach the NFC Championship Game. The 49ers’ record before McCaffrey arrived in San Francisco? A terrible 1-5.
With McCaffrey, the 49ers posted a mark of 10-1 in their final 11 games of the regular season. The 49ers’ offensive game plan and approach changed drastically with McCaffrey in the backfield.
In 11 games with the 49ers, McCaffrey compiled 746 yards on 4.7 yards per carry. Also, the former Stanford Cardinal was instrumental in the passing game. He recorded 52 receptions and 464 yards as a receiver. In total, McCaffrey scored 10 touchdowns for the 49ers.
McCaffrey’s presence in the backfield enables Purdy to lean heavily on the running game and short passes. If there is nothing open downfield, a check-down to McCaffrey can still result in a big gainer.
The fact that the 49ers opened as such a heavy favorite in the NFC West going into training camp with uncertainty at quarterback is a testament to McCaffrey’s ability to lead the offense. In our opinion, that is what makes an Offensive Player of the Year.
We witnessed how the 49ers’ offense evolved once McCaffrey arrived in the Bay Area. With a full season to work with in San Francisco, McCaffrey’s offensive numbers should take off in 2023-24.
Currently, McCaffrey has the third-best 2023-24 NFL OPOY odds at +1200. Only a pair of wide receivers, Cincinnati’s Ja’Marr Chase (+950) and Minnesota’s Justin Jefferson (+1000) are ahead of McCaffrey. Another dynamic 49ers’ playmaker, wide receiver Deebo Samuel, is a longshot to win the OPOY.
The Deebo Samuel OPOY odds are +3500 heading into Week 1. Samuel will be important to the Niners, but the longshot odds are unlikely to hit. However, McCaffrey is a strong bet to win the award for the 2023-24 season.
Bosa Is A Strong Contender for DPOY
Meanwhile, on the defensive side of the football, the 49ers’ Nick Bosa is poised to be in the running for the NFL Defensive Player of the Year award. The Ohio State alum is currently in the midst of a holdout, but he is expected to receive a new contract by Week 1.
When Bosa is healthy, he is one of the most feared pass rushers in the NFL. In 2022, Bosa led the NFL in sacks with 18.5. He had two sacks more than the Eagles’ Haason Reddick’s 16 sacks. Further, Bosa finished third with 19 tackles for a loss.
Bosa’s outstanding campaign resulted in him winning the 2022 DPOY award, three years after he received NFL DROY honors. On the heels of a DPOY season, Bosa wants to get a lucrative contract. Under his current deal, Bosa is scheduled to make $17,859,000 in the final year of his rookie deal, and then become a UFA next year.
Coming off an ACL tear in 2020, Bosa and T.J. Watt tied for the most TFLs (tackles for loss) at 21 in the 2021 campaign. He was also fourth in sacks despite having ACL surgery only months earlier. In leading form last season, the 25-year-old grew as a player even more last season.
For an elite defensive end in his prime, Bosa has plenty of leverage in contract negotiations. The All-Pro edge rusher has the potential to lead the NFL in sacks for the foreseeable future. Bosa’s engine and determination to get to the quarterback doesn’t stop when he’s on the football field.
Bosa is not the type of player that you expect to slow down after signing a big deal. There is only one gear in Bosa’s repertoire. We do not expect any significant regression in his numbers following a career-high season.
The Fort Lauderdale native helped lead the 49ers to the highest-ranked defense in 2022. With 300.6 yards and 16.3 points allowed per game, the 49ers led the NFL in both key metrics. They will bring back another first-class defensive unit this season.
In addition to Bosa, the Fred Warner DPOY odds are worth considering. The sixth-year linebacker is well behind the favorites. Currently, Warner has DPOY odds of +5500 to win the prestigious NFL award. With an implied probability of 1.8 percent, it’s going to be difficult to upend the top contenders.
Nevertheless, if you want a longshot pick to win the DPOY, Warner might be worth a sprinkle at +5500. Bosa’s +1200 NFL DPOY odds — the fourth shortest in the NFL — provide value and a much stronger chance of winning, though. Cowboys’ linebacker, Micah Parsons, enters the regular season as the betting favorite for the DPOY at +450.
49ers To Win The NFC West
The 49ers' schedule is set up nicely to be the top contenders in the NFC West. In fact, many pundits have inserted the 49ers as the team to beat in the division. As we draw closer to kickoff, the 49ers have -180 odds to win the NFC West.
Additionally, the 49ers have the second-best odds to win the NFC Championship Game. With +340 odds, the Philadelphia Eagles are favored to win the NFC Championship. The 49ers’ NFC Championship odds of +400 indicate that the most likely scenario is a rematch in the conference title game.
If the 49ers reach the 2023-24 NFC Championship Game, it will be on the backs of a strong defense and a budding star in Brock Purdy.
The 49ers shipped out Trey Lance to the Dallas Cowboys and have signaled that this team belongs to Purdy. There is really no argument to this decision. Purdy has shown that he can lead the team to the top of the NFC Conference. Last year, the 49ers were a UCL injury away from going to Super Bowl 57.
Purdy’s Comeback Player of the Year odds aren’t available as of yet. He only came on late last season after replacing an injured Jimmy Garoppolo, so there could be an argument that Purdy should be included in the 2023-24 NFL Comeback Player of the Year race.
In any event, if Purdy stays healthy, the 49ers should be in control of the NFC West and the NFC Conference as well.
In 2022, Purdy passed for 1,374 yards, 13 touchdowns, and four interceptions. An intelligent quarterback who knows to take what the defense gives him, Purdy completed 67.1 percent of his passes. With McCaffrey, Samuel, Brandon Aiyuk, and George Kittle at his disposal, a wise quarterback such as Purdy should produce solid numbers.
The Niners’ schedule is favorable, as the Seattle Seahawks appear as their only real threat. The LA Rams and Arizona Cardinals certainly aren’t in a position to win the NFC West. Geno Smith had one great season, but it’s questionable if he can maintain his exemplary form in Seattle.
The offense doesn’t have the bells and whistles of a team like the Kansas City Chiefs or Cincinnati Bengals. However, the 49ers possess a multi-pronged attack that is dangerous from several angles. Coupled with one of the best defenses in the NFL, the 49ers are still the team to beat in the NFC West.