DFS Week 3: Thursday night picks for Panthers-Texans

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There's a lot of different ways to tackle TNF's matchup between the Panthers and Texans. Here's a DFS cheat sheet.
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Nothing says Thursday Night Football like a rookie making his first start on a short week ... with one legitimate receiver ... against a good defense.

Davis Mills and the Houston Texans host the Carolina Panthers, a true Week 3 treat that may be the "Grand Opening" and "Grand Closing" of the Davis Mills era. Fun fact about rookie quarterbacks starting for Houston: They are 3-1 in their debuts.

It is vital to remember that single-game slates are not simply a "max salary, play as many big names as possible, and submit" format, especially in larger tournament fields. We need to identify players who can be pieces in their offense's success, whether in the lead or trailing, as well as the players who could be focal points in a neutral game script. The ability to then take those players and identify which will succeed in the single-game format will put us in a better position to succeed as daily fantasy players.

Vegas Total and Spread

The Carolina Panthers are eight-point road favorites with an Over/Under of 43 points. Carolina has an implied team total of 25.5 points, while Houston's implied team total is 17.5 points.

Potential Game Flow Scenarios

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The Texans have a lot of concerns offensively after two positive outings to open 2021. QB Tyrod Taylor and WR Nico Collins are on IR, forcing rookie Davis Mills ($20) to start. He has Brandin Cooks ($21) to help him push the ball down the field, and that is about it. Chris Conley ($10) is fine as a depth receiver and Anthony Miller ($10) is expected to make his Texans debut after…
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