• Deebo Samuel

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

by Bob Harris

SF WR Deebo Samuel - 2020 Fantasy Football Outlook

Fantasy Upside
Deebo Samuel emerged down the stretch of the 49ers' Super Bowl season, but won't be available to help start another. The promising second-year receiver had surgery in June to repair a broken foot and was expected to miss 12-16 weeks. It's a big blow for a team that figures to contend for the league crown again, and for a player who battled injuries throughout his college career. Samuel proved to be a vital piece in just his first NFL season as All-Pro TE George Kittle was the only Niner posting higher receiving totals. The rookie's 14.1 yards per catch led all 49ers receivers with at least 15 receptions. His contribution in the run game was comparably valuable to the league's No. 2 scoring offense, as he carried the ball 14 times for 159 yards and three touchdowns.

Fantasy Downside
A 12-week rehab would last until early September, while 16 weeks pushes him out until October. Samuel himself believes he will be ready well before that. The second-year pro tweeted that he will be back in 10 weeks, and be better than ever. If only it were that simple. Jones fractures are oftentimes seen as one of the worst possible injuries for a football player to get and GM John Lynch told reporters on Jul. 28 that Samuels is likely to miss some games.

2020 Bottom Line
Given all that, Samuel's progress bears watching before drafting, although this could lead to buy-low situations and offer Dynasty owners looking to deal for him a chance to leverage the injury into a better deal.

by Brandon Niles

SF WR Deebo Samuel - Week 17 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 17 at Seattle Seahawks

Deebo Samuel was held to just 31 yards on four receptions last week against the Rams, but he scored a touchdown on the ground, turning in a decent fantasy effort overall. It was a nice rebound for the rookie after struggling against the Falcons two weeks ago, with the just one catch and one carry for 37 total yards. Samuel’s rushing production is a nice little bonus, however, with at least 20 yards on the ground in three of his past four games.

This week, Samuel faces a Seahawks defense that ranks 21st in aFPA to opposing wide receivers this season and gave up eight catches and 112 yards to Samuel the last time the teams met. This will be an intense matchup with two teams vying for the division title, and Samuel should be considered a viable WR3 option in most leagues.

by Brandon Niles

SF WR Deebo Samuel - Week 16 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 16 vs. Los Angeles Rams

Deebo Samuel had his worst game since late October last week against the Falcons, catching just one of the three balls thrown his way for 29 yards. He added an eight-yard rush, but it was a bitterly disappointing day for the entire 49ers offense as they were surprisingly defeated by Atlanta. Samuel has been a target hog for much of the second half of the season, however, and he still has value in good matchups.

This week may not be the best time to go back to him however. We have Samuel ranked as a very low-end WR3 option against a Rams defense that ranks seventh in aFPA to opposing wide receivers. This could be a game where the rushing attack is featured heavily, and fantasy owners should steer clear of the 49ers’ passing game – outside of George Kittle – if possible.

by Brandon Niles

SF WR Deebo Samuel - Week 15 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 15 vs. Atlanta Falcons

Deebo Samuel didn’t find the end zone last week after scoring in each of his previous two games, but he did catch five of the eight balls thrown his way for 76 yards, adding another 33 yards on the ground. Samuel has been very productive over the second half of the season with double-digit PPR fantasy points in each of his last five games. Only Emmanuel Sanders is seeing more snaps than him over the past two weeks and he’s clearly a vital part of the 49ers’ offense.

This week, Samuel faces a Falcons’ team that played better over the second half of the season on the defensive side of the ball. They rank 14th in aFPA to opposing wide receivers. That being said, Samuel has a reasonably high floor and considerable upside as a key target with excellent run-after-the-catch ability, making him a fringe WR2 option in all league formats.

by Brandon Niles

SF WR Deebo Samuel - Week 14 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 14 at New Orleans Saints

Deebo Samuel was held to just 41 yards on two catches last week against a tough Baltimore defense, but he caught his second touchdown in as many games and added a 20-yard run. Samuel only has six targets in his last two games with Emmanuel Sanders back in the lineup, but it looks like he’s finding his place in the offense and he has a lot of upside for the future.

This week, Samuel is a WR3 option against a tough Saints defense. New Orleans ranks sixth in aFPA to opposing wide receivers this year and the 49ers may struggle to move the ball against them. Samuel’s big-play ability gives him upside, but temper expectations this week in a difficult matchup.

by Brandon Niles

SF WR Deebo Samuel - Week 13 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 13 at Baltimore Ravens

Deebo Samuel only had two targets last week against the Packers as the 49ers trounced Green Bay 37-8 and only attempted 20 passes. Luckily he caught both passes for 50 yards, including a 42-yard touchdown. Samuel has three straight games with double-digit PPR points and led all 49ers receivers in snaps last week. He’s definitely emerging as a go-to target for quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo.

This week, Samuel has a tough matchup against a Ravens defense that ranks 11th in aFPA to opposing wide receivers. Samuel is risky to trust against a tough defense, but he has upside due to his recent production and the fact that someone is going to have to be productive in this offense for the 49ers to compete. It can’t all be George Kittle. Still, fantasy owners should view him as a low-end WR3 option at best in a difficult matchup.

by Brandon Niles

SF WR Deebo Samuel - Week 12 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 12 vs. Green Bay Packers

Deebo Samuel has been excellent for the past two weeks. He’s caught 16 of the 21 balls thrown his way and had over 100 yards in each game. Samuel is demonstrating the tough, playmaking ability he showed at South Carolina that made him a second-round pick. He’s nicked up with a shoulder right now, but early indications are that he should fine to play this week.

The Packers rank 17th in aFPA to opposing wide receivers this season, so Samuel should find room to work. Also, the Packers should put up enough points to keep the 49ers throwing the ball, which bodes well for Samuel to keep up his double-digit targets from the past two games. He should be active as a borderline WR2 in most leagues, especially in PPR formats.

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