The 2 Chargers vs. Chiefs Player Props You Must Play (NFL Week 2)

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The Los Angeles Chargers and Kansas City Chiefs go into a crucial preseason clash with 1-0 records each. Now the two will battle it out for sole possession of first place on Thursday Night Football in what is expected to be a highly competitive AFC West.

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With Patrick Mahomes taking on Justin Herbert and plenty of explosive offensive weapons on both sides, Chargers chiefs’ player props are becoming popular pre-kick plays. However, here are two markets that stand out from the rest at DraftKings Sportsbook.

Chargers vs. Chiefs player props

Anytime touchdown scorer: Austin Ekeler (-140)

Austin Ekeler was kept out of the end zone during the Chargers’ Week 1 win, a rarity that happened just three times last season. Notably, he scored in each of his subsequent games while averaging 95.7 yards per game. In other words, Ekeler didn’t start back-to-back without crossing the goal line.

One of the three bounceback scoring results came at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium. Ekeler rushed for 104 total yards and a score on 17 touches in that matchup. He also scored on one of his 16 touches during the Chargers’ other game with Kansas City a season ago.

Ekeler averaged over 17 touches per game in 2021 and is sure to maintain a similar level of commitment this season. After the 18 touches he had in Week 1 against the Raiders, he has now managed at least 14 touches in 11 straight games.

Ekeler scored 20 goals in 13 of 16 games and reached the end zone. Only Cooper Kupp hit more touchdowns and achieved paydirt in more games than Ekeler. Equally dangerous in both the running and passing games, the West Colorado University retreat has 12 goals on the ground and eight goals in the air.

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The sixth-year player scored in all six Chargers division competitions last season. He’s racked up 40 percent of his scoring contests alone.

The Chiefs allowed Cardinals running back James Connor to score in Week 1 after allowing just 11 goals from opposing defensemen in 20 games last season (including playoffs). However, it was Ekeler who scored two of those touchdowns, crediting him with 18.2 percent of all back scores against the Chiefs last season.

In other words, while the Chiefs do a fine job taking away opposing backs around the goal line, Ekeler was a clear exception — and it’s not as if Kansas City has an impenetrable defensive unit.

Despite reaching the AFC championship game, the Chiefs still allowed the 14th most touchdowns per game in the league (2.7). They also gave up 10 touchdowns in three playoff games.

After allowing three touchdowns a week ago, it’s hard to imagine a strong offense like the Chargers’ not putting up at least three touchdowns of their own. If the device can pull off this feat, it’s hard to imagine Ekeler not getting at least one.

Mike Williams for 64.5 yards (-115)

Mike Williams’ season got off to a slow start against the Raiders a week ago. He caught two of his modest four goals for just 10 yards, his worst performance since mid-2020 campaign. Still, Williams averaged 71.6 yards per game last season, which is good for a top-15 performance. So we’re expecting a great response to the Clemson product this week.

Last season, Williams rebounded strongly after each of his four worst yardage totals. Look at these four game averages: 8.5 goals, five catches, 132.5 yards and .75 touchdowns.

It’s worth noting that Williams’ best yardage play of the past year came right after his worst. He caught one of the four balls thrown to him just 11 yards when the Chargers hosted the Raiders in Week 4 last season, but he responded forcefully, scoring eight of 16 goals for 165 yards and two goals in Week 5 against Cleveland caught. Interestingly, last week’s poor performance also came at home against Las Vegas, prompting Williams to force history to repeat itself against the Chiefs.

Williams also has a prolific history against the Chiefs. Since 2018, he has rushed for at least 76 yards in five of his eight appearances against the Chiefs. Williams has crossed that prop’s threshold in three of his last four in Kansas City.

In fact, on his last two visits to Kansas City, he’s caught at least six passes for 108 and 122 yards, respectively.

The other meeting between these teams last season also took place on a Thursday evening. Quarterback Justin Herbert has targeted Williams nine times in this competition and it’s reasonable to expect him to be similarly active in this matchup.

Despite last week’s slow start, there’s ample reason for optimism about Williams. Coming from last season, he was averaging over 10 goals per game and had at least seven catches in all three games last September. He easily topped that prop’s total on each of those outings, notching yardage exits of 82, 91, and 122, respectively.

With teammate and starting mate Keenan Allen likely to be sidelined for that event, look for Williams to own the lion’s share of receiver targets and easily eclipse that mileage.

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