• Curtis Samuel

  • WR
  • , Carolina Panthers
  • 25
  • 196 lbs
  • 5' 11"
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Draft note
by John Paulsen
Samuel had terrible luck on his deep balls last season. Just five of his 27 deep ball targets (20+ yards downfield) were deemed catchable (per PFF), and he caught all five. Of the 49 receivers with at least 15 deep ball targets last year, Samuel was 49th in catchable target rate. Had he enjoyed league-average accuracy, he would project to catch an additional 6.7 passes for another 218 receiving yards. That would have put him at 60-845 instead of 54-627. Assuming he didn’t catch any more touchdowns, which is being conservative, he would have finished as the No. 25 receiver instead of his actual No. 36 finish (half-PPR). Throw in two more touchdowns and he would have outscored Stefon Diggs as last year’s No. 21 receiver. The Saints didn’t ask Teddy Bridgewater to throw deep very often, but when they did, he usually delivered. Per Sports Info Solutions, nine of Bridgewater’s 14 deep ball attempts were on target, which was No. 5 among the 44 quarterbacks with at least 11 deep ball attempts. Bridgewater wasn’t particularly accurate the last time he saw significant playing time in 2015, but his performance in 2019 gives Samuel some hope in 2020.

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Scouting report

by Brandon Niles

CAR WR Curtis Samuel - Week 17 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 17 vs. New Orleans Saints

Curtis Samuel was active in the run game last week against Washington, rushing seven times for 52 yards. He also caught all five of his targets for 106 yards, giving him a strong fantasy outing, despite not finding the end zone. Samuel had a great run of five touchdowns over five games in the middle of the season, but has been scoreless in his last four. Still, he has 70 catches on 86 targets this year and is clearly an active part of the offense.

This week, Samuel faces a Saints defense that ranks seventh in aFPA to opposing wide receivers this year. Expect another busy day of targets, giving him upside, despite a difficult matchup. We have him ranked as a WR2 option this week, with a high floor in PPR formats.

2020 Strength of Schedule - CAR

W1W2W3W4W5W6W7W8W9W10W11W12W13W14W15W16W17
23
LV
24
@TB
11
@LAC
14
ARI
31
@ATL
12
CHI
4
@NO
31
ATL
10
@KC
24
TB
30
DET
16
@MIN
BYE9
DEN
2
@GB
13
@WAS
4
NO

Schedule difficulty based on schedule-adjusted, positional defensive ranking. Top DEF = 1, bottom DEF = 32.

Game Stats

WeekOppRecRecYdsRecTDTgtsYPRRuAttRuYdsRuTDFumYPCSTDPPRSnaps%
1LV538087.6015005.004.39.350/6774.6%
2@TB213026.50426006.503.95.951/7369.9%
3@LAC4450411.2547001.755.29.233/5164.7%
4ARI3510417.002-300-1.504.87.836/7746.8%
5@ATL536057.20428007.006.411.448/6573.8%
6CHI--------------
7@NO648068.0015105.0011.317.322/4647.8%
8ATL431157.75323107.6717.421.441/5475.9%
9@KC91051911.67313004.3317.826.860/8372.3%
10TB38052.6734001.331.24.234/4870.8%
11DET8701108.7514004.0013.421.448/7167.6%
12@MIN5720514.4015005.007.712.742/6564.6%
13BYE--------------
14DEN768099.712220011.009.016.053/6779.1%
15@GB4420910.5026003.004.88.858/6984.1%
16@WAS51060521.20752007.4315.820.838/6855.9%
17NO711801116.8633001.0012.119.144/6271.0%
Per game5.1356.730.206.4711.052.7313.330.1304.889.0114.1443.87/64.4067.93%
Totals7785139711.0541200204.88135.1212.1658/96667.93%
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