Former Panthers’ WR Curtis Samuel is signing a three-year, $34.5 million deal with Washington, per source.
Samuel is reunited with his old head coach, Ron Rivera, who apparently tried to trade for him last season. He'll form a potent 1-2 punch with Terry McLaurin and give new QB Ryan Fitzpatrick one of the fastest receiving duos to throw to. Samuel's new OC, Scott Turner, was the quarterbacks coach in Carolina from 2018 to 2019, so he's very familiar with Samuel's skillset. Usage-wise, Samuel should see 100-plus targets as Washington's No. 2 weapon in the passing game. That should put him in the WR3/WR4 range, fantasy-wise. He could finish higher if the team utilizes his running ability as well.
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.