• Sam Darnold

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  • , Carolina Panthers
  • 25
  • 220 lbs
  • 6' 4"
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Scouting report

by Brandon Niles

CAR QB Sam Darnold - Week 17 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 17 at New Orleans Saints

The Panthers are on a horrible slide and look atrocious on offense. Sam Darnold may get the start, but he was used intermittently with Cam Newton last week, making it hard to trust his snaps. Whether Darnold starts or not against a tough Saints defense, leave him on waivers.

by Brandon Niles

CAR QB Sam Darnold - Week 16 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 16 vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

There are rumors of Sam Darnold getting a chance to play in a supplemental role this week. Even if those rumors come to fruition, split touches and the struggling nature of this offense make him hard to trust. No thank you. Leave him on waivers.

by Brandon Niles

CAR QB Sam Darnold - Week 9 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 9 vs. New England Patriots

Sam Darnold had 129 yards passing and 66 yards on the ground last week against the Falcons before leaving with a concussion. His status for next week is up in the air, but regardless of whether or not he’s active, fantasy managers should stay away from the Panthers quarterback situation. Darnold’s been bad over the past several games and the Patriots are seventh in aFPA to opposing quarterbacks. He should be on waivers in most leagues.

by Brandon Niles

CAR QB Sam Darnold - Week 8 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 8 at Atlanta Falcons

Sam Darnold is getting worse every week. He had a woeful 111 yards and a pick against the Giants last week before he was benched in favor of P.J. Walker. After a great start to the season, Darnold has now lost four straight games and thrown seven interceptions in that time. The Panthers’ offense looked completely dysfunctional as the Giants destroyed them 25-3. Even though he has a great matchup against the Falcons this week, counting on him as anything better than a desperation QB2 option is dangerous. Sit him. Drop him.

by Brandon Niles

CAR QB Sam Darnold - Week 7 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 7 at New York Giants

Sam Darnold had 207 yards, a touchdown and a pick last week against the Vikings. It was a forgettable day for Darnold – although he did add 48 yards on the ground – as the Panthers dropped to 3-3 on the season and he was sacked four times. Darnold seems like who we thought he was heading into the season: a matchup option who can’t be trusted as an every-week starter.

The matchup favors him this week against a Giants defense that ranks 23rd in aFPA to opposing quarterbacks. New York is riddled with injuries on both sides of the ball, giving Darnold some upside for this week. We have him ranked as a fringe starter, and he should be considered a viable streaming option for teams with bye week issues.

by Brandon Niles

CAR QB Sam Darnold - Week 6 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 6 vs. Minnesota Vikings

Sam Darnold came crashing back to earth last week against the Eagles, throwing for just 177 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions. After putting up borderline top-five numbers through the first four weeks – heavily aided by five rushing touchdowns – it seemed inevitable Darnold’s numbers would normalize. The real Darnold is likely somewhere in between the dreadful showing we saw last week, and the four previous games.

This week, Darnold faces a hot-and-cold Vikings defense that ranks ninth in aFPA to opposing quarterbacks. The Vikings shut down Jared Goff last week, but that was Jared Goff and the Lions, so it’s hard to figure out exactly how good they are. Likewise, with a shaky Baker Mayfield in Week 4. Expect Darnold to bounce back a bit, but to normalize into a fringe, matchup-based starter. We have him ranked just outside of QB1 territory this week, making him a viable streaming option against Minnesota.

by Brandon Niles

CAR QB Sam Darnold - Week 5 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 5 vs. Philadelphia Eagles

Sam Darnold threw for 301 yards, two touchdowns and two picks last week against the Cowboys. He also ran in his fourth and fifth rushing touchdowns of the season, finishing with 35 rushing yards. Darnold’s rushing touchdowns don’t seem sustainable, but they’ve helped land him at QB5 in fantasy points among quarterbacks so far this year.

This week, Darnold has a tough matchup against an Eagles defense that ranks eighth in aFPA to opposing quarterbacks, but just gave up five touchdown passes to Patrick Mahomes. We have Darnold ranked as a fringe QB1 option, and if he’s still available in your league, he’s worth picking up and starting in case his rushing production continues.

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