3 Bold Austin Ekeler Predictions for Monday Night Football

Sep 19, 2021; Inglewood, California, USA; Los Angeles Chargers running back Austin Ekeler (30)
Sep 19, 2021; Inglewood, California, USA; Los Angeles Chargers running back Austin Ekeler (30) / Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles Chargers running back Austin Ekeler is one of the most versatile weapons in the NFL. As one of the most heavily targeted running backs, Ekeler effects the game in so many ways, making him a great player to invest in in the player prop market. 

In an AFC West showdown against the undefeated Las Vegas Raiders, Ekeler is going to be used often on Monday Night Football.

Here are three different ways to bet on him, using odds from WynnBET Sportsbook.

Austin Ekeler Over Five Receptions (Over -115/Under -115)

This may look like a big number, but not for Ekeler. After not receiving a target in Week 1 (only played 58% of snaps while dealing with a hamstring injury), he has caught all 15 in the following two weeks. 

Ekeler is a fantastic safety valve for Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert and with a game that is lined as a high scoring affair (52 at WynnBET), I expect a lot of targets his way. 

Austin Ekeler Over 37.5 Receiving Yards (Over -115/Under -115) 

Well, this goes right with my receptions handicap. Ekeler has cleared this total in his past two games when he has looked much more spry, averaging more than 56 yards per game through the air. 

He has incredible hands, and is a capable vertical threat as well. Check out this downfield catch in Week 2.

Austin Ekeler Under 57.5 Rushing Yards (Over -115/Under -115)

Oh, you thought I’d just take every over? 

This game doesn’t set up for the Chargers to establish the run against the Raiders, who are top five in defensive rush success rate, per SharpFootballStats. 

This is just shy of his season average of 54.5 rushing yards per game, but Ekeler is only averaging 10 rushes through three weeks. He’s not a high volume rusher and I’m expecting the ball to be with Herbert more often than not, so I’ll side with Ekeler having more receiving yards than rushing yards. 

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