Texans will 'let guys play' in order to determine RB1

For the preseason opener against the Saints, the Texans’ depth chart at running back went like this: Marlon Mack, Rex Burkhead, Dameon Pierce.

On Wednesday, coach Lovie Smith was asked to identify what he’s looking for when determining the regular-season starter.

“I think you let guys play,” Smith told reporters. “They kind of tell you who should start, who should be on the roster, how many plays they should get. We’ve been going through training camp, practice, we’ve seen a lot, but to see guys finish, I thought that was a big game."

Fantasy Impact: 

Reports this week have said it's only a matter of time before the rookie Pierce takes over the starting role. Of course, the team could utilize all three backs and split carries. For what it's worth, we rank Pierce 42nd overall, but tops among the Texan RBs. We think it's only a matter of time before he takes over the top spot, too.

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