Purdy is for sure not still in the clear to start in Week 8, but a Thursday practice swings the probability positively. Players in the confusion protocol have been historically unlikely to play the following week, but it's still in the cards. Friday's practice should give us more insight.
SF QB Sam Darnold - Week 8 Fantasy Football Outlook
Week 8 vs. Cincinnati Bengals
With Brock Purdy in concussion protocol, Sam Darnold is set to make his first start for the 49ers. Darnold had some moderate success in Carolina and New York, but was never consistent enough to stick. He has the best supporting cast he’s ever had now, however, so the 49ers are hoping he can get the offense back on track after a couple of disappointing losses.
This week, Darnold has a nice matchup against a Cincinnati defense that ranks 22nd in aFPA to opposing quarterbacks. Darnold should find success in what could be a shootout. Darnold is no stranger to fantasy success in the past, and with the weapons he has at his disposal, we have him ranked as a low-end QB1 option in fantasy leagues.
Update: Looks like Brock Purdy is ready to go, so make sure Darnold is no longer in your lineup.