NFL Week 6 wraps up tonight with the Dallas Cowboys vs Los Angeles Chargers matchup on Monday Night Football. Before MNF kicks off, let's dive into top NFL Underdog Fantasy picks for the Cowboys vs Chargers game. Our top NFL picks today include Chargers star running back Austin Ekeler as he returns from injury and Cowboys edge rusher Micah Parsons. Enjoy these NFL Underdog top plays and Monday Night Football picks as you watch tonight's games. If you're making more NFL picks tonight or setting NFL DFS lineups, check out our NFL daily projections. Now, let's dive into the top NFL Week 6 MNF picks on Underdog Fantasy for tonight's games.

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Week 6 Monday Night Football Cowboys vs Chargers Predictions

Austin Ekeler, Los Angeles Chargers – HIGHER Than 32.5 Receiving Yards

After missing the past three games, Austin Ekeler is set to return for the Los Angeles Chargers tonight. All signs point to Ekeler taking on his normal workload and not being limited in his first game back from the ankle injury. If you can trust that he is close to 100%, then there’s value in backing some Ekeler stats for Monday Night Football. Let’s specifically look at his receiving yards. 

We all know Ekeler is one of the best pass-catching running backs in the NFL. Getting to 35+ receiving yards isn’t too hard for a guy who averaged 42.4 yards per game last season and 40.4 in 2021. Ekeler had at least 35 receiving yards in 12 of 17 regular-season games a year ago and he has 35+ in 23 of his last 33 regular-season games. That includes his 47 receiving yards back in Week 1 of this season before he got hurt. 

So Ekeler already has a good chance of coming through on his receiving yards line. The added wrinkle, though, is Mike Williams’ season-ending injury. That should result in Ekeler being more involved in the Chargers’ passing game. Last year, Ekeler had at least 35 receiving yards in three of the four games that Williams missed with 60+ yards in two of those. Going back to 2019, Ekeler has 35+ receiving yards in five of the last six games with Williams sidelined – including 60+ in four of those games. It’s clear that when Williams is out, Ekeler’s role as a pass-catcher becomes even more elevated and important. It’s him and Keenan Allen as the two trusted options for Justin Herbert. Plus, we have Joshua Palmer questionable to play tonight with a groin injury. He’s expected to play but could be limited, leading to more Ekeler targets. 

Micah Parsons, Dallas Cowboys – LOWER Than 4.5 Tackles + Assists

First off, it’s always risky rooting against a player with Micah Parsons’ talent. We’re talking about fading the potential Defensive Player of the Year?! Yep, because the numbers point us in that direction. Of course, the Dallas Cowboys’ star edge rusher could sack Justin Herbert three times tonight and has the elite-level skills to disrupt any run or pass play on any given snap. Still, opposing offenses know this and are intentionally scheming plays away from Parsons. We saw some of this last year and it’s continuing this season. Teams would rather have anyone else on the Cowboys defense beat them and avoid having Parsons involved at all. Simply put, that’s resulting in fewer tackle opportunities. 

Parsons only has 18 total tackles this season (10 solo, 8 assists) for an average of 3.6 per game. He also has less than 4.5 tackles+assists in four of five games so far. Last year, Parsons had fewer than 4.5 total tackles in 13 of 19 games, including the playoffs. He averaged 3.8 total tackles per game as well. Keep in mind, Parsons racked up 13.5 sacks last year and already has four this season. Without those sacks, his tackle numbers would look even worse. Expect the Chargers to scheme plays away from him like so many teams are prone to do. We should also see Herbert get the ball out quickly on passing plays more often than not, hurting Parsons’ sack chances. 


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