Texans vs. 49ers Preseason Betting Odds: Deshaun Watson, Starters Won’t Play Much

Aug 17, 2018 07:32 PM EDT

Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Deshaun Watson

Betting Odds: San Francisco 49ers at Houston Texans (-2.5)

  • San Francisco 49ers Moneyline: +121
  • Houston Texans Moneyline: -142
  • Over/Under: 41
  • Kickoff: Aug. 18, 2018 — 8 p.m. ET

San Francisco 49ers

Jerick McKinnon (knee) and Matt Breida (shoulder) are both sidelined, leaving plenty of preseason opportunities available in Kyle Shanahan’s notoriously fantasy-friendly offense.  Neither running back’s injury is expected to carry into Week 1, but Alfred Morris and Joe Williams have a non-0% chance of leading the 49ers in carries (per the Oddsmaker).

Shanahan’s No. 1 back has scored seven-plus touchdowns in six straight seasons.

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Houston Texans

Coach Bill O’Brien has already revealed the starters won’t play much Saturday night. Still, Deshaun Watson didn’t need many snaps to make an impact with a healthy supporting cast in 2017, as the Texans averaged a preposterous 40.5 points per game with Watson, DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller each healthy.

The public surely hasn’t forgotten, as 65% of tickets and 84% of the money have come in on the Texans spread.

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