3 Best Prop Bets for 49ers vs. Rams (Back Elijah Mitchell in NFC Championship)

Jan 17, 2022; Inglewood, California, USA; Cam Akers runs onto the field.
Jan 17, 2022; Inglewood, California, USA; Cam Akers runs onto the field. / Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The NFC West has two representatives in the NFC Championship Game, with one of them set to make it to the Super Bowl.

The L.A. Rams remain a 3.5-point favorite over the San Francisco 49ers with a total of 46.5 points. These two teams have plenty of stars on both sides of the ball, so let’s break down a few prop bets worth placing on WynnBET.

NFC Championship Game Prop Bets for 49ers vs. Rams

Elijah Mitchell Over 70.5 rushing yards (-125)

Elijah Mitchell is a bell cow running back by any definition. He sees a heavy workload in his offense, averaging 23.1 carries per game over their last seven contests. In those seven games, he has gone over 70 rushing yards five times, including two games with over 100 yards. Mitchell rushed for 85 yards and 91 yards in his two prior meetings with the Rams this year, and I expect that he’ll see similar results in this one. The best way to beat the Rams is to keep their offense off the field. The 49ers will run it early and often.

Cam Akers Over 18.5 receiving yards (-125)

Cam Akers is back to being the lead back and a key part of the Rams offensive game plan. This line being set at only 18.5 yards is a very attainable prop for Akers, who has more receiving yards than that in each of his last two games. The San Francisco defense got torched for 129 receiving yards by Packers running back Aaron Jones last week, and I could see the Rams looking to slow down the 49ers defense with a few designed passes to Akers as well. This is a very winnable prop.

Brandon Aiyuk Over 3.5 receptions (-145)

Aiyuk was shut out against the Green Bay Packers last week, which was pretty weird. He had one target, but couldn’t haul it in. I don’t expect that trend to continue. Aiyuk had logged at least four receptions in each of his prior four games, and had at least three receptions in all but one game since Week 8. After his early-season struggles, he rebounded and became a key part of the 49ers offense. The last time these two teams met, Aiyuk had six receptions for 107 yards. I would pencil him in for a heavy target share while working as the second receiving option on the team behind Deebo Samuel. 

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