Last Updated Sep 15, 2022, 8:21 PM

Los Angeles Chargers vs. Kansas City Chiefs Player Prop Picks, Predictions, Odds

Prop betting expert Stuart Durst is back on the gridiron to give out his top play for the Los Angeles Chargers vs Kansas City Chiefs for Thursday, September 15. Check out his prediction below, along with other VI Expert Picks!

Chargers vs. Chiefs Player Prop Pick

  • JuJu Schuster-Smith (KNC) Over 53.5 Receiving Yards

After a pleasantly surprising Broncos vs Seahawks MNF game, we now have a tremendous Chiefs vs Chargers primetime matchup. Both of these teams ended up taking care of business in Week 1, with the Chiefs crushing the Cardinals, and the Chargers taking care of business vs the Raiders.

These are two of the most popular teams bet in the futures market, and I’m expecting sparks to fly in this matchup. While I’m looking forward to diving deep into this matchup, this play jumped off the page at first glance.

Last week, we played JuJu Smith-Schuster at an alarmingly low 44.5 receiving yards, and I still don't think the books have adjusted enough (my line would have been 60.5). Before Week 1, all the popular speculation was that JuJu would take over the No. 1 role, with MVS and Hardman possessing significantly less advanced routes.

Now we have a week of tape in the books, and it was clear JuJu will work as this teams No. 1 receiver, with Travis Kelce still dominating at TE. There’s even more good news, Smith-Schuster can actually run downfield routes now that he’s not playing with a “noodle-arm” quarterback! He ended the day going 6-79 on eight targets, and while that’s a good start, it would have been much better in a neutral game script.

Juju jumped out as the clear No. 1 weapon, catching five passes for 60 yards on the first three drives of the game. As they pulled ahead, they opened up the offense more and he wasn't needed as much, but in closer game situations (like vs the Chargers) he should stay involved. 

He recorded a 9.7 average depth of target in his first two seasons with the Steelers, before being used more in the slot (with noodle-arm Ben) and it decreased to 6.7. In Week 1, he recorded a 10.3 average depth of target, finally running those downfield routes that made him successful in the first place. Being the wide receiver No. 1 in the Chiefs offense is a gift from above, I think he continues to take advantage of that this week.

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