NFL betting picks: 5 best player props for Week 2
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Week 2 kicked off with yet another exciting Thursday Night Football game. Hopefully it is a sign of things to come in the second weekend of the football season, and there are plenty of interesting matchups on this slate. If you are looking to bet on more than a winner or against the spread, you can also dive into player props and bet on player performances.
Here are five of the best NFL player props for Week 2.
Mike Williams Receiving Yards: Over 56.5 (-115)
This week, the Chargers face off against a Cowboys defense that just lost their top pass rusher, DeMarcus Lawrence. Clearly, this is good for the Chargers' passing offense, and this game currently is tied for the highest projected total of the week — 54.5.
Last week, Mike Williams finished the game catching 8-of-12 targets for 82 yards and a touchdown. Over the course of his career, Williams has averaged 9.41 yards per target. At the prop line of 56.5 yards, this means he needs about six targets to hit our goal.
Considering that is half of what Williams saw last week, this seems like one of the safer picks of this Week 2 slate.
Mike Evans Receiving Yards: Over 56.5 (-110)
Those who own Mike Evans in fantasy leagues were disappointed last week, since he finished with only 24 yards. Evans had some tough games early last season as well. In fact, he posted just two yards in his first and third games in 2020.
What did he do in games two and four? He had receiving totals of 104 and 122, respectively. Tom Brady will look to keep him involved this week in a great matchup.
Evans has also done quite well against the Atlanta Falcons in his career, going over this yardage prop in eight of his last 10 games against them.
James Conner Rushing Yards: Over 34.5 (-110)
Last week, the Cardinals dominated the Titans, so they took a run-heavy approach to end the game. While the defense knew what was coming, James Conner still took 16 carries for 53 yards.
This week, they play a Vikings team that gave up a ton of yards to Joe Mixon in Week 1. The Cardinals are favored to win once again, though the game should be closer than their last matchup.
The Minnesota defense will have to play more honest and Conner should be more efficient with his touches, going over this total.
Dalvin Cook Receiving Yards: Over 22.5 (-115)
In that same game, we have Dalvin Cook, who is one of the best running backs in the league. We talked about how the Cardinals are favored, so the Vikings are projected to be chasing points once again this week, leading to them passing a bit more often.
Cook is a major part of their passing offense. He had 43 receiving yards last week, and he has averaged 29.9 receiving yards per game for his entire career.
Austin Ekeler Anytime Touchdown (-110)
In Week 1, Austin Ekeler led the entire NFL in red zone usage, seeing seven looks. This is something that appears to be new this year, after the change at offensive coordinator.
We know how Ekeler can be a dangerous weapon as a receiver, but it appears the team is willing to use him as a rusher in these scoring situations as well. This makes him a massive threat to score.
Given the high game total of 54.5, Ekeler should find the end zone on Sunday.