• Curtis Samuel

  • WR
  • , Washington Football Team
  • 26
  • 196 lbs
  • 5' 11"
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Scouting report

by Jordan Heck

WAS WR Curtis Samuel - Week 14 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 14 vs. Dallas Cowboys

We expected big things from Curtis Samuel this year, but he's really failed in his first year at Washington. His season has mostly been sidetracked with injuries, but now that he's healthy and playing he's not doing much. Last week he went backward on his only catch and went backward on two total carries, totaling -2 yards on three touches. He's also not playing much, playing 30% or below the past two weeks. Samuel can be sidelined until he either starts playing more, or at least finishes with positive yardage.

by Jordan Heck

WAS WR Curtis Samuel - Week 13 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 13 at Las Vegas Raiders

Curtis Samuel returned from injury last week, his first appearance since Week 5. Although Samuel was eased back into things, playing on just 24% of the offensive snaps. He saw just one target, which he caught for nine yards, and had one carry, which he ran for four yards. We liked Samuel heading into the year, but we need to see him be more productive before we can recommend playing him in fantasy. Even though he's active, he's not playing enough at this point.

by Jordan Heck

WAS WR Curtis Samuel - Week 5 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 5 vs. New Orleans Saints

Curtis Samuel's debut game for Washington was a bit of a dud as he finished 4-19 on four targets. While he did return, he still seems to be recovering from his groin injury as he played on just 37% of the offensive snaps. He's also been held out of practice so far this week. Samuel should be a good play when healthy, but it's hard to trust a receiver who could be on a snap count. He gets a good matchup against the Saints this week, but his health is concerning. He's not much more than a WR5 play this week.

by Jordan Heck

WAS WR Curtis Samuel - Week 4 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 4 at Atlanta Falcons

Curtis Samuel was activated off injured reserve this week, so he'll be making his Washington debut in Week 4. It's a little tough to predict how Samuel will perform in his first game back. He'll be playing with a different quarterback, he's returning from injury, and it's his first game with his new team. Samuel has a lot of question marks, which is why he should be viewed as a WR4 this week against the Falcons.

by Jordan Heck

WAS WR Curtis Samuel - 2021 Fantasy Football Outlook

Fantasy Upside
Curtis Samuel is coming off a career season where he finished with 1,051 scrimmage yards (851 receiving, 200 rushing). Despite seeing fewer targets in 2020 than in 2019, he upped his production by converting more of his targets into receptions, setting a career-high with 77 catches. This offseason he joined Washington where he’ll reunite with OC Scott Turner and HC Ron Rivera. He gets an upgrade at quarterback, going from Teddy Bridgewater to Ryan Fitzpatrick. We’d expect Washington to continue to use Samuel as an offensive weapon, giving him carries in addition to receptions, which will boost his floor.

Fantasy Downside
Samuel reuniting with Turner and Rivera may actually not be great as the receiver’s numbers were worse when being in that offense. Samuel had a 51.4 catch percentage in 2019, and that jumped to 79.4% in 2020 as he was used in a more efficient way in Joe Brady’s system. Plus, Washington has other playmakers in Antonio Gibson and J.D. McKissic who can eat up those shorter passes that Samuel excelled at in his 2020 role, which led to his breakout season. Samuel also began training camp on the physically unable to perform list AND the COVID-19/Reserve list. So he’ll be off to a slower start in his new environment.

2021 Bottom Line
Expect a much different role for Samuel in 2021 than we saw in 2020. Last year Samuel saw a lot of volume, finishing with 118 total touches which ranked second among all wideouts behind only Stefon Diggs. We’d expect him to be used more as a deep threat in Washington, which would pair well with Fitzpatrick’s deep throw accuracy, but will certainly affect Samuel in half or full PPR formats. We like Samuel as a strong WR3 this year and expect him to finish in the top 40 WRs.

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.

by Brandon Niles

CAR WR Curtis Samuel - Week 16 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 16 at Washington Football Team

Curtis Samuel caught only four balls for 42 yards last week, but he led the team with nine targets and now has at least nine targets in four of his past six games. The team is using Samuel, even if his yardage hasn’t been consistent. He’s had more than 100 yards just once all season, and he’s hit 70 yards just three times.

This week, Samuel faces a Washington defense that ranks ninth in aFPA to opposing wide receivers. Despite the bad matchup, his targets give him upside and he should be active as a slightly risky WR3 option in most leagues, with a little bump in full PPR formats.

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