The Houston Texans will take on the Carolina Panthers in week one of the NFL preseason. The game will be played at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, NC. After what was a disasterous experiment with Brock Osweiller at the helm for the Texans last season, Houston decided to take Deshaun Watson in the first round of the draft. While he won’t get the job handed to him, Tom Savage isn’t exactly the toughest of competition to beat out. Both may see a decent number of snaps in week one as the Texans will need to figure out who will be their true number one. Savage has only 5 NFL games played to go with 568 passing yards, no TDS and 1 INT. Watson is just coming off of a National Championship with Clemson and is turning heads in training camp. He has gotten praise from coach Bill O’Brien and should see a good amount of snaps. The other QB who would see snaps is Brandon Weeden. J.J Watt, Houston’s superstar defensive end who missed 13 games last season, will likely be held out of this contest and even if he does play it would only be a few snaps. He has stated that he is feeling good. Another thing to note is that sophomore wide receiver Will Fuller broke his collarbone in training camp and will miss 2-3 months which should open up some opportunities for Houston’s depth wide outs to see who will take on the WR 2 role beside DeAndre Hopkins. On the other side of the field, the Carolina Panthers are coming off a highly disappointing season in which they could only muster 6 wins. Many things are to blame for their huge drop off from 2015 to 2016 but a huge factor was the drop off of play from their QB Cam Newton, Newton manged only 3500 passing yards with 19 TDs and 14 INTs after gathering 35 TDs in the previous season. Newton is fresh off of rotator cuff surgery and will not suit up for week one of the preseason. Derek Anderson will see a lot of snaps in this one. He struggled last season with only 2 TDs and 5 INTs last season but is still considered to be one of the better backups in the league. Joe Webb will join him as the Panthers third stringer. Carolina will be counting on big seasons from Kelvin Benjamin and Devin Funchess this year. Benjamin had 971 receiving yards while Funchess only managed 371. The latter has been reported as looking good in training camp so this should be encouraging for season long and DFS players alike. Perhaps the most intriguing player on the Panthers side in this one is rookie running back Christian McCaffrey, who is the Panthers RB of the future. He should see a lot of playing time in week one. The NFL preseason is always a toss up as one huge play could either vault you in to winning big money or completely ruin your chances. Good luck!
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Michael Liegghio has been a sports fan for as long as he can remember and has been following hockey and baseball intently for all that time. For the past 2 years he has enjoyed playing fantasy sports on a daily basis and has many wins to show for it. With a love of research into advanced and non-conventional stats, Michael can consistently pick the winners. His mantra? “You have to trust the process!”