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Week 18 Sunday Night Showdown DFS Primer (Chargers at Raiders)

by Josh Shepardson | @BChad50 | Featured Writer
Jan 8, 2022
Justin Herbert

This week, the Chargers and Raiders close the regular season with a win-and-in contest — or tie-and-in game if the Colts are upset by the Jaguars in the afternoon window. Thus, there won’t be any funny business with either team resting players. Below, I highlight the top daily fantasy options, narrowing down the pool a bit further in the team-by-team analysis.

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Game: Los Angeles Chargers at Las Vegas Raiders

Spread: LAC -3.0 Points

Over/Under: 49.5 Points

Chargers Analysis: Austin Ekeler is the most expensive player to use on the Chargers. He's a do-it-all back, averaging 97.3 scrimmage yards and 4.3 receptions per game and scoring 18 touchdowns, per Pro-Football-Reference. However, I'm not crazy about paying his sizable salary, with the emergence of Justin Jackson lately. Ekeler played banged up in Week 15, sharing the backfield with Jackson. Then, he missed Week 16 on the Reserve/COVID-19 list. He returned last week, playing only 58% of the offensive snaps, with Jackson playing 37% of the offensive snaps. Regardless, Ekeler amassed 112 scrimmage yards and a touchdown. So, obviously, he can deliver for gamers that use him. Still, I prefer to turn to the Chargers' passing attack instead.


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