Samuel’s stock has taken a hit since news broke that he needed to have surgery for a Jones fracture in his foot. He’s expected to miss 10-16 weeks, depending on whose reports you believe, but the 49ers are likely to be careful with Samuel after dealing with Trent Taylor’s Jones fracture last season. He had surgery on June 18, so 10 weeks would put him back on August 27 while 16 weeks would pencil in his return before Week 5. Current projections assume that he’ll miss four games, and that’s on the conservative side of things. He’s a player to monitor in August to see how his recovery is going. As a WR4 he could pay dividends down the stretch. He started seeing 70% or more of the snaps in Week 10 and from that point on, he averaged 4.1 catches for 64 yards and 0.18 touchdowns (on 6.1 targets per game), while adding 20.4 yards and another 0.18 touchdown as a runner. (This includes three playoff games.) The resulting 12.6 fantasy points per game (half-PPR) equate to high-end WR2 numbers.
Oct 09 · 7:14 PM EDT