‘Thursday Night Football’ doesn’t feel like another shootout this week, as the Panthers and their top defense travel to the highly cohesive and back-up Texans of the AFC South to play (8:20 pm ET, NFL Network). This matchup has a lower total than other contests under 43.5 overs /, but like the Giants-Washington last week, it may come as a bit of a surprise with two well-planned offenses. There are some easy “starts” for your Week 3 fantasy football lineup and a few players bubble their ‘sit’ at the start.
With that in mind, here’s a look at who you’ll deploy and avoid in TNF, as well as some DFS picks for Fanduel and Draftkings single-game slate:
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Panthers: Who will start or sit in fantasy football on Thursday night
Start: QB Sam Darnald
Darnald shouldn’t be forced into a one-QB starting league with plenty of juicy matchup across the board, but he certainly has superflex and two-QB appeal. He’s playing well, and the matchup is tough because of the number of times Trevor Lawrence and Baker Mayfield have both been dropped in the Texans ’defense.
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Beginning: Arabic Christian McCaffrey.
She baaaack. While we’re worried about using Carolina in the long run, we’ll take 59 touches in two games at 324 yards and a TD. This is a run CMC game all the way.
Start: WR DJ Moore
Moore is back in his groin as McCaffrey’s primary assistant playmaker, scoring 14 of 19 goals with 159 yards and a TD. He added a 14-yard rush. Unlike most John Luke, he will get a consistent look from Darnald.
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Start: WR Robbie Anderson
Anderson has seen only targets in two games, four for 955 yards, including a 5-yard TD for 1 week. Anderson can surpass the Texans’ defense for a home-run shot, but he may not need too much either. The big game threat is probably worth a deep-league WR3 game, in terms of standard-leaning compared to PPR.
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Start: TE Dan Arnold
Arnold saw seven goals, took five catches in y1 yards and showed good athletes and kept the seam down. There will be a chance of damage in the middle against the Texans, who have not been able to handle the tight ends of the Jaguars or the Browns well.
Week 3 Standard Ranking:
Quarterback | Run backwards Wide receiver | Tight end D / ST | Kicker
Sit down: Jane Gonzalez
Without Johnny Sly (now kicking for the Texans) the Panthers are starting to have problems.
Week 3 PPR Ranking:
Quarterback | Run backwards Wide receiver | Tight end | D / ST | Kicker
Start: Panthers DST
The Panthers lead the league in total defense, run defense, pass defense and sack (including 10). Hassan Reddick and Brian Burns have teamed up for half of the edge. They have an offensive, e big toy defense and also three obstacles they will spend the night at Rookie Davis Mills for the first time in Texas.
Texans: Who will start or sit in fantasy football on Thursday night
Sit down: QB Davis Mills
Despite the big problem of a knee injury at Stanford, Mills has shown enough pro-style passing commitment to earn himself a third-round pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. But Mills was meant to be a developmental rookie behind Desan Watson and Tired Taylor. Now he has entered the starting role in a short week. While it may come as a bit of a surprise to find a few pictures on it, the Panthers should be better than him when calculating the game. You can do better for garbage production in season-long leagues.
Sit: RBs Mark Ingram and Philip Lindsay
They are more “running back” in this ugly committee. They need volume and / or touchdowns to save the quality of any fantasy football. Either is less likely to happen.
Getting Started (Desperate for PPR): Arabic David Johnson
Johnson has a TD of his own this year, and he should be used more in the passing game with extensive receiver injuries from Danny Amandola (hamstring) and Rookie Nico Collins (shoulder). He has hit six targets in y0 yards so far, so he should be a frequent dump-off target / safety blanket for Mills in the second half. He can be flexed into deep PPR-risky leagues.
Start: WR Brandin Cooks
Cooks was in four teams. He has played with a lot of quarterbacks. Although Drew Bryce, Tom Brady, Jared Goff, Watson and Taylor all have considerable contrasts with Mills, he has proven that he can do the job anywhere in any way. He will do it with volume on Thursday night. If you produce enough WR3, expect about seven catches for 75 yards
Sit down: K Joey Slay
Slye Ka’imi is met for Fairbairn (leg) and a former Panther kicks a revenge game. He could return to Carolina while Fairburn is healthy. That said, you can’t trust him about low scoring for his team.
Sit down: Texans DST
While the Panthers are tied for DST3 to score so far this season, it may surprise you that the Texans are tied for DST15 with the Riders. They will end well below this week when the Panthers can shoot at No.1.
Panther 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 7,500
We had to run with CMC as MVP. The Mills-Cooks stack follows that the Texans will face a negative game script. Anderson has a good chance of playing a big scoring game, while Arnold should be more involved for Darnald after he took effect last week.
Panther vs. Texans: Draftkings showdown lineup
- Captain (1.5x): Arabic Christian McCaffrey 20,100
- Flex: WR Brandin Cooks $ 10,000
- FLEX: WR Robbie Anderson $ 7,800
- Flex: Arabic David Johnson 5,400
- Flex: TE Dan Arnold $ 4,800
- FLEX: WR Anthony Miller 1,000
The same philosophy applies here to McCaffrey, Cooks, Anderson and Arnold. Miller will get more opportunities cheaper with collar and amandola unavailable. Should Johnson catch a small number of passes from Mills, he should be priced for this full-point PPR format.