Sunday, December 5

Panthers vs. Texans Fantasy Football Start ‘Em Sit’ Em for Week 3 ‘Thursday Night Football’

‘Thursday Night Football’ this week doesn’t have the feel of another shootout as the Panthers and their top-ranked defense travel to take on the beaten and beaten Texans of the AFC South (8:20 pm ET, NFL Network). This matchup has a low total relative to other contests at 43.5 over / under, but like the Giants-Washington last week, it could surprise a bit with two well-planned offenses. There are some easy “starts” to their Week 3 fantasy football rosters and some players are squarely in the start ’em, sit’ em bubble.

With that in mind, here’s a look at who you should implement and avoid in TNF, plus some DFS picks for FanDuel and DraftKings single-game boards:

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Panthers: who to start or sit in in fantasy football on Thursday night

Start: QB Sam Darnold

Darnold shouldn’t be forced into starting leagues from a quarterback with plenty of juicy matchups across the board, but he definitely has superflex appeal and two quarterbacks. He’s playing well and the matchup is solid given the digits Trevor Lawrence and Baker Mayfield pulled off the Texans defense.

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Start: RB Christian McCaffrey.

It’s baaaack. While we’re concerned Carolina will overuse him in the long run, we’ll take all 59 touches in two games for 324 yards and a TD. It’s a Run CMC game to the end.

Start: WR DJ Moore

Moore is back on track as McCaffrey’s main supporting playmaker, catching 14 of 19 targets for 159 yards and TD. He also added a 14-yard run. You will get consistent looks from Darnold against most zone looks.

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Start: WR Robby Anderson

Anderson has seen just nine goals in two games, catching for four for 95 yards, including a 57-yard TD in Week 1. So it’s back to bounce or drop as a fantasy play after meeting with Darnold. . Anderson can outmaneuver the Texans defense for a home run, but they may not need it much, either. The big play threat is probably worth a deep league WR3 play, more on standard incline than PPR.

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Start: TE Dan Arnold

Arnold has seen seven goals, catching five for 61 yards and showing good athleticism and no question. There will be opportunities to do damage in the middle against the Texans, who did not handle either the Jaguars or the Browns well.

Field marshal | Running backwards | Wide receiver | Tight end | D / ST | Kicker

Sit: K Zane Gonzalez

The Panthers are having a kicking problem early on without Joey Slye (now kicking for the Texans).

Field marshal | Running backwards | Wide receiver | Tight end | D / ST | Kicker

Start: Panthers DST

The Panthers lead the league in total defense, run defense, pass defense and sacks (with 10). Haason Reddick and Brian Burns have combined for the offside half. He’s an aggressive defense, great play and also has three interceptions. They’ll make the night tough for Texans first-time starting rookie Davis Mills.

Texans: who to start or sit on in fantasy football on Thursday night

Sit: QB Davis Mills

Mills, despite severe knee injury issues at Stanford, showed enough promise of professional-style passing to earn a third-round pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. But Mills was destined to be a developing rookie behind Deshaun Watson and Tyrod Taylor. Now he’s eager to take on the starting role in a short week. While there may be some little movie surprises available about him, the Panthers should beat him when the game counts. It can improve garbage production in seasonal leagues.

Sit: RBs Mark Ingram and Phillip Lindsay

There are more “runners” in this ugly committee. They need volume and / or touchdown to salvage any fantasy football value. There is little chance of this happening.

Start (if desperate on PPR): RB David Johnson

Johnson has a TD this year, and he should be used more in the passing game with wide receiver injuries to Danny Amendola (hamstring) and rookie Nico Collins (shoulder). He’s caught five of six targets so far for 40 yards, so he should be a frequent target / safety blanket for Mills in the second half. Can flex into deep PPR incline garters.

Start: WR Brandin Cooks

Cooks has been on four teams. He has played with many quarterbacks. Although Drew Brees, Tom Brady, Jared Goff, Watson and Taylor are all considerable contrasts to Mills, he has shown that he can get the job done anywhere in some way. It will do it with volume on Thursday night. Expect around seven sacks for 75 yards if that’s enough WR3 production for you

Sit: K Joey Slye

Slye is replacing Ka’imi Fairbairn (leg) and is a former Panthers kicking in a game of revenge. He could end up back at Carolina given his kicking mess when Fairbairn is healthy. That said, you can’t trust him on a low-scoring matter for his team.

Sit: Texans DST

While the Panthers are tied at DST3 in scoring so far this season, it might surprise you to learn that the Texans are tied at DST15 with the Raiders. They will finish well below that this week, while the Panthers could skyrocket to No. 1.

Panthers vs. Texans: FanDuel Single Game Lineup

  • MVP (1.5X): RB Chrisitan McCaffrey $ 17,500
  • AnyFLEX: WR Brandin Cooks $ 13,000
  • AnyFLEX: QB Davis Mills $ 12,000
  • AnyFLEX: WR Robby Anderson $ 10,000
  • AnyFLEX: TE Dan Arnold $ 7500

We had to run with CMC as MVP. The Mills-Cooks stack follows that the Texans would face a negative play script. There’s a good chance Anderson will make a great scoring play, while Arnold should be more involved for Darnold after being effective last week.

Panthers vs. Texans: DraftKings Showdown lineup

  • Captain (1.5x): RB Christian McCaffrey $ 20,100
  • FLEX: WR Brandin Cooks $ 10,000
  • FLEX: WR Robby Anderson $ 7,800
  • FLEX: RB David Johnson $ 5,400
  • FLEX: TE Dan Arnold $ 4,800
  • FLEX: WR Anthony Miller $ 1,000

Here, too, the same philosophy applies to McCaffrey, Cooks, Anderson, and Arnold. Miller should have more low-priced opportunities with Collins and Amendola unavailable. Johnson should be getting a lot of short passes from Mills, which he does well for the price in this full-point PPR format.

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