Deebo Samuel

Deebo Samuel

WR - SF
Height: 6-0
Weight: 215 lbs
Age: 26
College: South Carolina
San Francisco 49ers

2021 Season Outlooks

After an exciting 2019 (15.5 PPR points per game in his final eight), Deebo Samuel played at less than full health over seven games in 2020 (10.9 PPR points per game). Worse yet, Samuel was exposed as a short-area target, complete with a paltry 2.2 average depth of target and 5.4 average throw depth. No wonder he caught 75% of his targets. Sharing the field with George Kittle and Brandon Aiyuk further dilutes his potential, and an expected quarterback change to rookie Trey Lance could sting. Third in the receiving pecking order and void of deep-ball opportunities paints a rather sad picture for Samuel's outlook. If you think he can rebound to his late-2019 form, then a selection before 100th overall is in order. If you don't think he's up to it, then chances are someone else will take him before you'd be tempted to.
: Samuel’s injuries -- especially to his hamstring -- are a legitimate worry. Volume is also a concern in 2021 with TE George Kittle back, WR Brandon Aiyuk a candidate to take a step forward in his 2nd season and the ‘Niners likely to be a run-leaning offense. But Samuel has been super efficient through 2 NFL seasons and scored as a WR3 in both. Generally available outside of WR3 territory in fantasy drafts, he should return solid value as long as he’s on the field.  
Samuel is entering his third NFL season after suffering through an injury-plagued 2020. Samuel managed five full games, averaging a hefty 25% target share (8.2 per game) while also handling 4% of the team's carries. His 30-356-1 receiving line was good enough for the 17th-most fantasy points among WRs. As a second-round rookie in 2019, Samuel put up 697 yards and four TDs from Week 10-17 and was WR9 in fantasy during that stretch. He kept it up in the playoffs with 229 yards on 16 touches. Samuel is primarily used near the line of scrimmage (7.7 aDOT in 2019, 2.4 in 2020) and is a terror with the ball in his hands (career 9.5 RAC). A weapon as both a receiver and rusher, Samuel shouldn't struggle for touches in Kyle Shanahan's offense. He's a good flex target.
Samuel suffered through a truncated second season, losing nine full games and most of a tenth to a foot fracture and a hamstring strain. Lower-body injuries have been a theme dating back to college, but when healthy, he's a dynamic force in an offense that appreciates his many gifts. Samuel is a Swiss Army knife for Kyle Shanahan, who manufactures ways to get him the ball all over the field. His volume is consistent if not dazzling: over his six full 2020 games, Samuel cleared 65 receiving yards in four of them. He showed unmistakably that he can take over a game with 11 catches and 133 yards against the Rams' stifling defense. Samuel may always be a shaky week-to-week proposition as he works through injuries and a crowded offense, but he'll also boast that WR1 upside anytime he's active.

2021 Fantasy Football Rankings

Standard

#77

PPR

#81

Half-PPR

#71

Superflex

#96

2021 Fantasy Football Draft Projections

Rush Yds Rush TD Rec Rec Yds Rec TD
66.6 828.7 3.9

2021 Average Draft Position (ADP)

Standard

#87

Pick 8.03

PPR

#88

Pick 8.04

Half-PPR

#79

Pick 7.07

Superflex

#100

Pick 9.04

Injury Risk

Injury Risk:
High

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