Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Sean McVay, Todd Gurley
Betting Odds: Houston Texans (-2) at Los Angeles Rams
- Houston Texans Moneyline: -136
- Los Angeles Rams Moneyline: +115
- Over/Under: 40.5
- Kickoff: Aug. 25, 2018 – 4 p.m. ET
The Texans averaged 34.7 points per game in Deshaun Watson’s six starts last season, and Watson’s dual-threat ability briefly made him the Michael Jordan of fantasy football. Things were even smoother with electric field-stretcher Will Fuller in the fold, as the Texans averaged an absurd 40.5 points per game in four games with a fully-healthy offense last season.
Watson has picked up where he left off as a rookie, completing 6-of-9 passes for 77 yards (8.6 yards per attempt) and a touchdown during his brief time on the field this preseason. And yet sharp money has driven the total down since opening at 43.5, with 33% of public tickets backing the over but 99% of the money on the under.
Los Angeles Rams
Our No. 1 fantasy football option, Todd Gurley won’t suit up on Saturday, and Jared Goff is fully expected to join his running back on the bench. Offensive line stalwarts Rob Havenstein (ankle) and Andrew Whitworth (rest) have also been ruled out.
The Rams have moved from -2 favorites to +2.5 underdogs as a result.
The team could choose to unveil its new-look starting defense for an extended test run. All-world defensive tackle Aaron Donald is still holding out, but Ndamukong Suh is just about the next-best thing at the position. The additions of Marcus Peters and Aqib Talib make the Rams one of only four defenses with multiple cornerbacks to finish among Pro Football Focus’ top 20 last season.