Our NFL expert's best player prop bet picks for Dallas Cowboys vs Los Angeles Chargers on Monday Night Football

Oct 1, 2023; Arlington, Texas, USA; Dallas Cowboys tight end Jake Ferguson (87) runs with the ball as New England Patriots cornerback Jalen Mills (2) defends during the first quarter at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
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We should be in for plenty of entertainment on Monday Night Football as the Cowboys take on the Chargers in a matchup of teams whose games are rarely lacking in drama. The Cowboys can look great in one game and awful in the next, while the Chargers can do the same but pretty much from play to play.

Dallas is 3-2 while LA is 2-2 coming off its early bye week and I’ve picked out a pair of player props for the game which you can read below. We are 6-1 on our NFL player prop bets this week, so let’s round off Week 6 in style! Be sure to also check out our full Cowboys vs Chargers predictions for the game.

Jake Ferguson (DAL) over 35.5 receiving yards (-114)

Line available at FanDuel Sportsbook at the time of publishing.

The Cowboys may well be regretting letting go of Amari Cooper as they have struggled to replace the wide receiver adequately since trading him to the Browns, but they shouldn’t have any similar regrets about allowing tight end Dalton Schultz to leave after 5 years with the team. Schultz has made a decent start after making the short move to Houston, but the Cowboys can be happy with the way his replacement as the team’s leading TE, Jake Ferguson, has stepped into the role.

The second-season player has already exceeded the 174 receiving yards he posted in his rookie season, with 20 receptions for 175 yards in 5 games this year and he should be a reliable target for Dak Prescott on Monday night. Ferguson had only 28 receiving yards in the blowout loss to the 49ers last week but should find the Chargers’ defense to be much more welcoming. He caught all 7 of his targets for 77 yards against the Patriots in Week 4, a week after going for 48 yards against Arizona. The Chargers gave up 8 catches and 78 yards to Minnesota’s TJ Hockenson and 44 to Durham Smythe of the Dolphins, and Ferguson should be in the mix to have another strong game on MNF.

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Josh Palmer (LAC) longest reception over 20.5 yards (-120)

Line available on DraftKings Sportsbook at the time of publishing.

The Chargers’ props for the game have to be approached with an element of caution as RB Austin Ekeler is set to return from injury. It sounds like he should be at full capacity — and there’s certainly no incentive to give Joshua Kelley any more carries than are absolutely necessary — but until we’ve seen him back on the field it may be better to look elsewhere. And with Mike Williams out for the season, that should mean more chances for Josh Palmer to connect with QB Justin Herbert when the Chargers need to go deep.

That’s not something they shy away from anyway, and Palmer has had a catch longer than this line in each of the last 2 games, grabbing a 30-yarder against the Vikings when Williams was still around and the Chargers had 445 total passing yards. He also had a 51-yard catch — the longest of the game by 26 yards — in the Week 4 win over the Raiders. I’m expecting there to be plenty of offense in this game and Palmer should be able to make a big play when his team needs it.

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