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Thursday Night Football for Week 3 may be our first dud of a prime time game this season. This will hopefully not be a sign of things to come. It shouldn’t be, with a packed NFL Week 3 slate that is filled with many interesting matchups.

Looking at the NFL betting odds, there are also many games with projected high point totals. If we see more offensive fireworks this week, it could turn into one of the best weekends for NFL player props, given all of the exciting individual performances.

Here are my five best NFL player props for Week 3.

Saquon Barkley Receiving Yards: Over 19.5 -120

The Giants wanted to ease Saquon Barkley into the game in Week 1, then they had a quick turnaround to play on Thursday Night Football. Now, Barkley has had extra days off to rest and he faces a weak Falcons defense.

Barkley is a dynamic runner, but he is also a strong receiver. For his career, he has averaged 37.3 receiving yards per game. We should expect him to look closer to this version of Saquon than the one we have seen to begin this season.

Justin Fields Passing Yards: Over 205.5 -110

Justin Fields is making his first NFL start, and how fitting is it that he will do it just down the road from where he played his college ball? He is going to be juiced and ready to go, and I don’t believe too much stock should be put into his poor play last week.

Fields has now had a full week of practice as a starter. Not only was he not prepared to be thrust into action last week, but he also has a very different style of play from Andy Dalton.

Now, the game plan in place will suit his strengths, and he will be able to air it out against a defense that has allowed the ninth-most passing yards per attempt (8.4), despite facing another rookie that wasn’t prepared last week.

Austin Ekeler Rushing Yards: Over 54.5 -110

It doesn’t take a genius to understand the Chargers abandoned the run too soon last week in their three-point loss to the Cowboys. Austin Ekeler carried the ball nine times for 54 yards after he totaled 15 carries in Week 1.

Facing the Chiefs, look for the Chargers to run the ball early and often, hoping to go on long scoring drives and keep the Kansas City offense off the field.

This is also attacking a weakness for the Chiefs. Kansas City has surrendered the most yards per rushing attempt in the league, at 6.0. Yes, Lamar Jackson is a big reason for this. However, the Chiefs still give up 5.65 yards per attempt to running backs so far this season, which Ekeler should be able to exploit.

Tyler Lockett Anytime Touchdown -115

Much like last year, Tyler Lockett is off to a fast start to this season. There’s no reason to think that changes this week, as the Seahawks face a horrendous Vikings secondary. The Vikings give up a league-worst 77.8 per cent completion rate, fifth-worst yards per pass attempt (9.3), and they have surrendered the second-most touchdowns to wide receivers (5).

With DK Metcalf drawing so much attention, Lockett should continue to thrive. He has three touchdowns to begin the season, and he should add at least one more on Sunday in what is expected to be a high-scoring game.

K.J. Osborn Receptions: Over 3.5 -105

If you haven’t heard the name K.J. Osborn yet this season, it’s time to pay a bit more attention since he has been balling for the Minnesota Vikings. He played nearly 60 percent of the snaps last week as the third receiver, and he has averaged more touches per game than Justin Jefferson.

Osborn caught seven passes in Week 1 and five last week. In a game with a projected total of 55, there will be a lot of passing by both teams, leading to Osborn hitting the over yet again.