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Every NFL week starts with a Thursday Night Football game for most of the remainder of the 2021 season, and these are our favorite slates to play Daily Fantasy Football. The TNF showdown slate allows you a smaller crop of players to choose from, and if your cheap sleeper pick hits, you can cash big in your tournaments or easily win your head-to-head DFS matchups. 

Every week, I'll get the Thursday Night DFS picks from our experts and we'll feature them below. But first, let's preview the matchup and what we might expect.

Last week we got a high scoring affair that few expected between Washington and the Giants. Based on everything the Texans have shown on defense last season and through the first two weeks, we might expect the same this Thursday, but the Tyrod Taylor injury could throw a wrench in that. Rookie quarterback Davis Mills will replace Taylor for Houston and he didn't look all that ready for NFL action last week against the Browns. Of course, now, with a few more days to prepare, things could improve, but Mills' profile as a dropback quarterback with limited mobility against a Panthers defense that currently ranks No. 1 in Football Outsiders DVOA and No. 1 in quarterback pressures leads us to believe the Carolina D/ST might just sneakily be the best play on the entire slate. I'd be worried about playing any Texans skill players -- even Brandin Cooks.

On the flip side, Sam Darnold looks like a reinvented player now that he has escaped the grasp of Adam Gase and found his match with Carolina offensive coordinator Joe Brady. Heading into 2021, Darnold failed to eclipse 270 passing yards in 17 straight games with the Jets. He's eclipsed that mark twice now in his first two games with the Panthers. Leaning heavily on Christian McCaffrey in the passing game has been a huge boon to Darnold's success. Also, from the early look of it, D.J. Moore has emerged as Darnold's first read and key cog. This is a change from what we grew accustomed to last year with Robby Anderson leading the way.

Without further ado, here's a look at who are experts are picking on this DFS Thursday Night Football slate:

Dave Richard

CAPTAIN/MVP Christian McCaffrey
FLEX Sam Darnold
FLEX Brandin Cooks
FLEX Terrace Marshal
FLEX Chuba Hubbard
FLEX Anthony Miller

Jamey Eisenberg

CAPTAIN/MVP Panthers DST 
FLEX Christian McCaffrey 
FLEX Sam Darnold
FLEX D.J. Moore 
FLEX Zane Gonzalez 
FLEX Chris Conley

Heath Cummings

CAPTAIN/MVP Christian McCaffrey 
FLEX D.J. Moore 
FLEX Sam Darnold 
FLEX Phillip Lindsay
FLEX Pharaoh Brown 

Frank Stampfl

CAPTAIN/MVP Sam Darnold
FLEX Christian McCaffrey
FLEX Robby Anderson 
FLEX David Johnson
FLEX Pharaoh Brown 
FLEX Terrace Marshall

Chris Towers

MVP/CAPTAIN Christian McCaffrey
FLEX Sam Darnold
FLEX Terrace Marshall
FLEX Robby Anderson
FLEX David Johnson