• Deebo Samuel

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  • , San Francisco 49ers
  • 25
  • 214 lbs
  • 5' 11"
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Scouting report

by Brandon Niles

SF WR Deebo Samuel - Week 14 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 14 vs. Washington Football Team

Deebo Samuel had six catches on nine targets last week against the Bills, gaining 73 yards. He has been held to just one touchdown in his six active games this season, but he’s had 22 targets over his last two, and seems to be a security blanket for quarterback Nick Mullens.

Samuel has a tough matchup this week against a Washington defense that ranks sixth in aFPA to opposing wide receivers. Samuel should be downgraded because of the matchup, but he still has a nice floor as WR3 option, particularly in PPR formats, where his volume of targets should translate nicely into fantasy points.

by Brandon Niles

SF WR Deebo Samuel - Week 13 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 13 vs. Buffalo Bills

Deebo Samuel had a great game last week against the Rams after missing more than a month of time with injury. He caught 11 of the 13 balls thrown his way for 133 yards. Samuel has been a target-hog when healthy through his first two seasons in the league, and expect that to continue.

This week, it’s another tough assignment against the Bills, who rank eighth in aFPA to opposing wide receivers. With Brandon Aiyuk possibly back off the COVID list, there may be fewer targets to go around compared to last week’s onslaught. Still, Samuel should continue to be targeted heavily and we have him ranked as a WR2 option this week.

by Brandon Niles

SF WR Deebo Samuel - Week 12 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 12 at Los Angeles Rams

Deebo Samuel may return this week, and the 49ers sure need him. If he starts, he’s worth considering as the only healthy starting WR for the team, but it’s a really tough matchup. The Rams rank number one in the league in aFPA to opposing wide receivers. Fantasy owners should look elsewhere if possible for at least another week.

by Brandon Niles

SF WR Deebo Samuel - Week 7 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 7 at New England Patriots

Deebo Samuel caught his first touchdown of the season last week in a victory over the Rams, along with six receptions for 66 yards. He caught every ball thrown his way in a better game for quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, and he was second on the team in targets behind George Kittle. Samuel has been working his way back from an offseason injury, and he’s starting to look more like the productive receiver we saw as a rookie.

This week, Samuel faces a Patriots defense that ranks 15th in aFPA to opposing wide receivers, so they’re a little easier to throw on than they were last year. Samuel should be considered a risky WR3 option, and fantasy owners should be a little concerned he lines up against Stephon Gilmore, considering Samuel has taken 70% of his snaps out wide this year.

by Brandon Niles

SF WR Deebo Samuel - Week 6 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 6 vs. Los Angeles Rams

Deebo Samuel was active again last week but held to just two catches and 19 yards. He was tied with George Kittle for the team lead with eight targets, but his lack of production in a lopsided loss was concerning. Samuel was facing a tough secondary however, giving optimism for better performances moving forward, particularly if the 49ers can get better quarterback play. Jimmy Garoppolo completed just 41% of his passes before being replaced with C.J. Beathard, who completed only 50%. Against the Rams this week, Samuel could have more success, depending on how often he draws Jalen Ramsey in coverage, but he’s too risky to insert in lineups right now. Leave him on the bench until the 49ers passing game looks a little more enticing.

by Brandon Niles

SF WR Deebo Samuel - Week 5 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 5 vs. Miami Dolphins

Deebo Samuel returned to the field last week and gained 45 yards on three receptions and a carry, but he’s still limited in practice and fantasy owners should be cautious with him. Besides, the Dolphins actually rank seventh in aFPA to opposing wide receivers this season behind the strength of a quality secondary. Give Samuel another week to make sure he’s healthy before putting him in your lineup.

by Brandon Niles

SF WR Deebo Samuel - Week 1 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 1 vs. Arizona Cardinals

Deebo Samuel had a nice rookie season last year with 802 yards and three touchdowns on 57 receptions. He should see an uptick from his 81 targets with Emmanuel Sanders off the roster and some natural progression from him and quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. Samuel is fierce after the catch, and while he suffered an offseason injury, rumors are he’ll play in Week 1. Tough kid.

He should have a nice matchup against the Cardinals, who ranked 24th in aFPA to opposing wide receivers last year. Watch the inactives list closely to make sure he’s going to play though. Even if he’s active, having the question marks this late in the game makes fantasy owners uneasy. If you can look elsewhere until we see him healthy and productive, that might be the right approach. We have him ranked as a low-end WR3 to start the season with the question marks.

UPDATE: Deebo is out, so adjust your lineups accordingly. Brandon Aiyuk and Kendrick Bourne should benefit and become long-shot WR3 options.

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