Deebo Samuel

Deebo Samuel

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

2022 Season Outlooks

Samuel is a top-12 Fantasy wide receiver worth a pick as early as the end of Round 2 in most leagues. Samuel's efficiency in 2021 was out of this world. He led the NFL at 18 yards per catch and his 6.2 yards per carry would have been very close to league best if he had enough carries to qualify. He also scored a touchdown on 10% of his touches. You should express some regression when it comes to efficiency, and there's a significant chance his role could change as well. That's why he's not a first-round pick. But he does have No. 1 overall upside if Trey Lance can be above average as a passer.
Samuel is coming off a super productive and, frankly, unbelievable 2021 campaign. He put up huge receiving numbers over the 1st half of the season and huge rushing numbers over the 2nd half. Expect his rushing work to be scaled back in 2022. And Samuel will have trouble matching last year’s efficiency. Throw in what might be an even run-heavier offense with QB Trey Lance and stiff target competition in WR Brandon Aiyuk and TE George Kittle, and Samuel will have trouble matching last year’s fantasy production. Consider him a borderline WR1.
Samuel's 2021 season was one of the most special performances we've ever seen. The 2019 second-round pick worked almost exclusively as a wide receiver through his first eight games and was second at the position in fantasy PPG. He then flipped to a RB/WR hybrid role, with his targets dipping from 10.0 to 4.9 per game and his carries increasing from 0.8 to 6.6 per game. He was fourth in fantasy PPG during the span. Samuel finished no lower than second in yards per reception, yards per target, yards per route run and top-10 fantasy weeks. He is nothing short of an elite playmaker, as he's averaging 6.2 yards per carry and a WR-best 9.7 RAC since he was drafted. Samuel's new role as a ballcarrier raises durability concerns, but the 26-year-old will undoubtedly be an elite fantasy option on a week-to-week basis.
Coming off a dizzying breakout season (1,780 scrimmage yards and 14 touchdowns), Samuel looks poised to return as the 49ers' best and most dynamic weapon. That's high praise, considering he shares a field with George Kittle, but Samuel's game-breaking skillset is just that impressive. Samuel isn't a conventional No. 1 wideout, spending as much time running gadget and option-type plays as winning down the field. But he's developed more and more in his routes, and his ability to dominate on all levels of the field makes him a major fantasy x-factor. There's no question his 2021 brilliance warrants a WR1 selection within the first two rounds, but drafters will need to weigh their expectations of his running-game usage in 2022. It's unlikely he'll see another 59 carries (or score 8 more touchdowns on the ground), so Samuel's volume and downfield production will need to keep soaring upward to hold that value.

2022 Fantasy Football Rankings

Standard

#15

PPR

#20

Half-PPR

#18

Superflex

#29

2022 Fantasy Football Draft Projections

Rush Yds Rush TD Rec Rec Yds Rec TD
67.5 1011.3 4.6

2022 Average Draft Position (ADP)

Standard

#22

Pick 2.10

PPR

#17

Pick 2.05

Half-PPR

#24

Pick 2.12

Superflex

#31

Pick 3.07

Injury Risk

Injury Risk:
Medium

Depth Chart

  • 1. Deebo Samuel

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