• Sam Darnold

  • QB
  • , Carolina Panthers
  • 24
  • 220 lbs
  • 6' 4"
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Draft note
by John Paulsen
In three seasons, Darnold has never ranked higher than 24th in total fantasy points or per game production. He posted reasonable numbers as a rookie (220 yards and 1.31 touchdowns per game, 6.9 yards per attempt) under HC Todd Bowles/OC Jeremy Bates and even improved in his first season under Adam Gase (233 yards and 1.46 touchdowns per game, 6.9 yards per attempt) before a dreadful third season. Carolina HC Matt Rhule and OC Joe Brady decided to trade for Darnold this offseason, giving up a future second-rounder in the process, as opposed to finding a quarterback in the draft. They ultimately passed on Justin Fields and Mac Jones, so they must feel pretty good about Darnold. In Carolina, he’ll have a better receiving corps–D.J. Moore, Robby Anderson, Christian McCaffrey and Terrace Marshall–than he ever had in New York. Fantasy QB2 numbers are not out of the question.

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Scouting report

by Brandon Niles

CAR QB Sam Darnold - Week 3 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 3 at Houston Texans

Sam Darnold had a very solid game against the Saints last week, putting up 305 yards, two touchdowns and a pick in a 26-7 lopsided victory. The Panthers are 2-0 to start the season and looked solid all-around against the Saints, giving hope for the offensive weapons in Carolina, including Darnold.

This week, Darnold faces a Texans defense that has played better than expected through two weeks, but still seems prime for picking apart. They allowed 31 points to the Browns last week, giving Darnold some potential. We have him ranked as a solid QB2 option this week, and he has fringe QB1 upside.

2021 Strength of Schedule - CAR

W1W2W3W4W5W6W7W8W9W10W11W12W13W14W15W16W17
27
NYJ
5
NO
24
@HOU
25
@DAL
21
PHI
10
MIN
9
@NYG
31
@ATL
2
NE
23
@ARI
7
WAS
11
@MIA
BYE31
ATL
17
@BUF
16
TB
5
@NO

Schedule difficulty based on schedule-adjusted, positional defensive ranking. Top DEF = 1, bottom DEF = 32.

Game Stats

WkOppCompAttPaYdsPaTDIntYPAYPRRuAttYdsTDFumYPCPtsSnaps%
1NYJ2435279107.9711.625-111-0.2019.164/64100.0%
2NO2638305218.0311.7317007.0018.976/76100.0%
Per game25.0036.50292.001.500.508.0011.683.003.000.500.501.0018.9870.00/70.00100.00%
Totals5073584318.0011.6866111.0037.96140/140100.00%

Previous Games vs. HOU

SeasonWkOppCompAttPaYdsPaTDIntYPAYPRRuAttYdsTDFumYPCPtsSnaps%
201815HOU2438253206.6610.54635005.8321.675/75100.00%
Average24.0038.00253.002.000.006.6610.546.0035.000.000.005.8321.6275.00/75.00100.00%