Austin Ekeler has quietly had one of the most productive seasons by a running back in recent memory ahead of his Sunday Night Football clash against the Raiders. Ekeler leads all running backs in receiving yards (612) and receiving touchdowns (7), while also ranking second in the NFL in total TDs (18). The shifty back also is second amongst running backs in NFL DFS points on both DraftKings and FanDuel. Sunday's Chargers vs. Raiders matchup is a win-and-in scenario for the playoffs, so Ekeler is looking highly attractive for NFL DFS lineups.
Ekeler is just one player and you'll need the perfect strategy to optimize your NFL DFS lineups. Should you go with his counterpart in Josh Jacobs, who's recorded 15 or more carries in each of his last three games? Or should you stack Ekeler with his backup, Justin Jackson, who has averaged over 100 scrimmage yards over his last three contests? Before setting your NFL DFS lineups for Raiders vs. Chargers, be sure to check out the NFL DFS advice, strategy and stacks from SportsLine daily Fantasy expert Mike McClure.
McClure is a legendary professional DFS player with almost $2 million in career winnings. His methodology has led to enormous cashes on FanDuel and DraftKings. He took down two high-stakes tournaments on FanDuel in 2020 and recorded a pair top-10 finishes in tournaments with over 130,000 entrants on DraftKings. His lineups also finished inside the top 1 percent in more than a dozen other tournaments last season.
He uses a powerful prediction model that simulates every snap of NFL action, taking factors such as matchups, statistical trends and injuries into account. This allows him to find the best DFS values that he shares only with members at SportsLine.
Top NFL DFS picks for Raiders vs. Chargers
One of McClure's top NFL DFS picks for Sunday Night Football is Chargers QB Justin Herbert. He is coming off one of his most efficient games of the season as he completed over 70 percent of his passes for 237 yards and two touchdowns against Denver. That performance came against the Broncos' No. 3 defense and now he gets to face Las Vegas' No. 24 defense on Sunday night.
The 2020 Offensive Rookie of the Year shredded the Raiders when he last saw them in Week 4. Herbert had three touchdowns and 222 passing yards as he's been flawless in his career vs. the divisional rival. In three career games against the Raiders, Herbert has eight total TDs (seven passing, one rushing) with zero turnovers. He's also averaged over 287 passing yards per game, and with the stakes in play on Sunday Night Football, you can expect another stellar performance from Los Angeles' signal caller.
Another part of McClure's NFL DFS strategy for Sunday night includes rostering Raiders wide receiver Zay Jones. The fifth-year wideout certainly rewarded daily Fantasy players who took a chance on him last week as Jones had a career high of 120 yards on eight receptions. It was the first 100-yard game of his career and the eight grabs also matched a career-best.
That wasn't an outlier performance for Jones as he's become one of Derek Carr's favorite targets in recent weeks. In fact, Jones is averaging 5.5 receptions for 57 yards over his last six games and has just four fewer targets than Hunter Renfrow over that stretch. The Chargers have allowed eight passing TDs over the last four games and Jones' emergence gives him a great chance at finding the end zone on Sunday Night Football.
How to set NFL DFS lineups for Chargers vs. Raiders
McClure is also targeting an undervalued player who is set to explode for huge numbers on Sunday night. This pick could be the difference between winning your tournaments and cash games or going home with nothing. You can only see who it is here.
So who is Mike McClure putting in his optimal NFL DFS lineups for Sunday Night Football? Visit SportsLine now to see optimal NFL DFS picks, rankings, advice, and stacks, all from a daily Fantasy expert with nearly $2 million in winnings, and find out.