Samuel was limited Week 4 and played one snap in Week 14. When those games are excluded, he averaged 6.0 receptions for 71 yards and 0.20 touchdowns. The resulting 11.5 PPG (half-PPR), which includes some rushing production, would equate to midrange WR2-type numbers. It’s a five game sample, and Brandon Aiyuk was active for four of them, while George Kittle was active for only three. In the four games where all four players were active, Samuel saw a higher target share (16.9%) and reception share (18.2%) than Aiyuk, though Aiyuk had a higher share of receiving yards (21.9% to 18.2%). Since 2019, Samuel has averaged 9.5 PPG in 17 games with Kittle and 12.6 PPG in the five games without him, and the target difference (8.6 vs. 4.8) is stark. Kittle might impact Samuel’s usage more than Aiyuk.
Jan 03 · 2:58 PM EST