It’s Week 3 and time to talk best captains for Panthers vs. Texans Showdown Slate!

In last week’s article for the Giants vs. Football Team Showdown Slate, I pretty much nailed the game script by fading the main running backs of Antonio Gibson and Saquon Barkley, but did not have nearly enough of J.D. McKissic who ended up scoring 20 DK points. Now we move on to Week 3 where Thursday Night Football is featuring potentially the biggest surprise so far, the Carolina Panthers, and the team many expected to be the NFL’s worst, Houston Texans.

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Best Captains for Panthers vs. Texans Showdown Slate

Best Captains for Panthers vs. Texans Showdown Slate

Top Priority: Christian McCaffrey

This man is EXPENSIVE, eating up 20% of your overall budget, but if a player in the NFL is worth it, it is Christian McCaffrey. The man is a cheat code in fantasy. An RB1 + WR1 combo player that when healthy rarely lets us down. You are not only getting a really high floor, but there is always a double bonus upside with McCaffrey in any single game.

What allows us to get to Christian McCaffrey is the immense value that you can get, especially on the Houston side. When looking at this game, I want to be heavier on the Panthers for obvious reasons. Houston will be going into this game with Davis Mills at QB and that is a scary proposition vs. a Panthers team that has been solid on defense and great vs. the pass. So if I am spending on that side of the ball, I don’t mind taking cheap flyers on certain players. We will talk about those later.

Next Up: D.J. Moore

D.J. Moore has quietly put together a solid start to the season. Through two games he has seen 19 targets (8,11) and hauled in 14 receptions (6,8) for 159 yards and 1 TD that came in Week 2 vs. the Saints. That is good enough for 15.4 and 21.9 points each week.

There is always the potential for the Panthers to shut down the passing game early as the Browns did in Week 2 with only 21 total pass attempts. Even if that happens, it is likely because of efficient numbers in the passing game. Baker Mayfield was 19 of 21 on those attempts and Sam Darnold is capable of the same. I still expect at least 30 attempts and for D.J. Moore to be the commanding target leader out of the WR.

Moore isn’t as safe as CMC, but he has serious upside in this matchup.

Off-The-Wall: Anthony Miller

Our “Off-The-Wall” options are slim this week. Terrace Marshall could be an option, but he is a little more expensive than I like at $6,000 in the CPT spot. I don’t think Robby Anderson is really too far out there. I wanted to look at the Houston side and see what we could find, thus a $1,500 Anthony Miller that has been a healthy scratch during the first two weeks.

I know, those that know me know that I was an Anthony Miller truther. I still believe the kid has talent, but now it isn’t even as much about that as it is about the situation he finds himself in. Last Sunday, Brandin Cooks had 15 targets and NOBODY else on the team had more than 2. Houston NEEDS another wide receiver to step up. In a game that I expect to be faster-paced than the Cleveland game, I also expect Davis Mills to have to throw and throw often in this one. He had to throw on 18 of his 33 snaps after taking over for Tyrod.

This is one way you can get multiple big names in your lineup, and if Miller even puts up 15 fantasy points, that will be alright.

Best Captains for Panthers vs. Texans Showdown Slate

Captain Fades: Brandin Cooks

I will have exposure to Cooks in my FLEX, but I think I am going to completely fade him in my CPT spot. I wouldn’t blame anyone for taking a couple of shots, but through two weeks the Panthers have been stout against the pass–so much so that they have currently given up the fewest passing yards (143.5/game) in the NFL. They have faced Zach Wilson and Jameis Winston so far, but I think we would consider them both better than Davis Mills at the current time. That doesn’t bode well for the rookie.

Davis Mills is also a hard fade in the captain spot for me for all of the reasons mentioned above.

FLEX Plays

There are no specific players that I will be fading in the FLEX for this game, though I will be light on the Texans DST. Outside of that, I think lower-priced Panthers could get action because of a lead, and who-the-heck knows what Houston players could get more action than expected. This is one of those slates where a sub-$2,000 player could end up getting two touchdowns to the surprise of everyone.

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