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Deebo Samuel
WR - SF
 
 
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Rankings 
    
ECR# 33# 36-
Best Rank# 18# 28-
Worst Rank# 60# 69-
    
Fantasy Points 
    
Season Total47.7137.1-
Avg Game6.88.6-
Avg Projection139.8131.7-
    
Schedule 
    
SOS Rank116-
    
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Player Game Logs Comparison
 
Deebo Samuel
WR - SF
2021 Schedule 
Week 1 at DET at BUF
Week 2 at PHI vs. LV
Week 3 vs. GB vs. CIN
Week 4 vs. SEA at GB
Week 5 at ARI vs. DEN
Week 6BYE WEEK vs. SEA
Week 7 vs. INDBYE WEEK
Week 8 at CHI at CLE
Week 9 vs. ARI vs. CHI
Week 10 vs. LAR vs. DET
Week 11 at JAC at LAC
Week 12 vs. MIN at CIN
Week 13 at SEA vs. BAL
Week 14 at CIN at MIN
Week 15 vs. ATL vs. TEN
Week 16 at TEN at KC
Week 17 vs. HOU vs. CLE
Week 18 at LAR at BAL
Player Projections Comparison
 
Deebo Samuel
WR - SF
Receiving
   
Receptions73.996.3
Rec Yards927.8932.5
Rec TDs4.36.7
   
Rushing
   
Rush Attempts16.90.0
Rush Yards146.00.0
Rush TDs1.30.0
   
Points
   
Fantasy Points139.8131.7
   
Player Fantasy Points Comparison
 
Deebo Samuel
WR - SF
2020 Points 
Week 118.9
Week 24.8
Week 312.3
Week 44.5
Week 52.22.8
Week 612.00.6
Week 77.28.5
Week 86.7
Week 915.3
Week 1013.7
Week 111.9
Week 1213.39.7
Week 137.62.8
Week 140.911.5
Week 15-0.5
Week 1615.6
Week 1712.5
Week 18
Total47.7137.1
Average6.88.6
Player Targets Comparison
 
Deebo Samuel
WR - SF
2020 Targets 
Week 16
Week 28
Week 35
Week 43
Week 585
Week 664
Week 7514
Week 88
Week 97
Week 1013
Week 115
Week 12139
Week 13910
Week 1407
Week 156
Week 1613
Week 178
Week 18
Notes for Player Combination
 
Deebo Samuel
WR - SF
Expert 
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
Samuel's average depth of target of 2.2 yards wasn't just the lowest among wide receivers, it was so comically low that it's difficult to believe it's not a typo. To be fair, it's hard to criticize anything Samuel did last year, given that he was limited to seven games because of a Jones fracture in his foot and a hamstring injury. But still, the fact that he was targeted closer to the line than most running backs isn't a great sign for his long-term value. Worse still is that between George Kittle's dominance, Brandon Aiyuk's emergence, and a quarterback position in flux, it's difficult to see a scenario where Samuel turns into a safe fantasy option. There will be weeks where Samuel will probably be worth starting, but if you draft him as anything but a bench option then you're taking unnecessary risk. 
Tim Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
 The Good: JuJu's role in the offense is undeniable and the Steelers know how to utilize his strengths. Among all WRs last season, Juju played the most snaps from the slot (711) and ran the most routes (629) on a team that had the second most pass plays per game (42). His 128 targets were 15th most in the NFL despite playing with two other fantasy viable WRs, Diontae Johnson and Chase Claypool, and one of the better No. 4 WRs in football, James Washington. The Bad: JuJu's role, even with all that attention, is extremely limited because of his skill set. JuJu is known for his inability to get open and create yards after the catch, and the numbers prove that reputation right. Last season, he averaged -0.4 Yards After Catch Over Expected (YACOE) per reception, good for 124th in the NFL. This is not an anomaly. Juju hasn't been able to top 1.0 YACOE/Rec since his rookie season. To put that into perspective, 38 players eclipsed the 1.0 YACOE/Rec mark in 2020, with Deebo Samuel leading the way (4.6). In addition, JuJu had a dreadful average depth of target (aDoT) from the ghost of Ben Roethlisberger who turned into a checkdown machine last season. JuJu's 5.49 aDOT was good for 151st in the NFL. Numbers like this explain how a receiver with the 15th most targets in the NFL fails to break 850 yards.
Mark Ringo
Sleepers and Busts
Samuel is probably the third option on a team that might not pass it as much as fantasy owners would like. Kittle is #1, and Aiyuk is #2. Unless you think Jimmy Garoppolo or Trey Lance are passing for 4,000 yards and 35 TDs (I don't). It's hard to see Samuel's having much upside.For some reason JuJu Smith Schuster chose to return to Pittsburgh. Not meant to be a knock on the city. Instead it's a knock on an offense that's in rapid decline. The Steelers line was horrible in 2020 and it might be even worse this year. Big Ben looks washed. If he makes it through the season it will be a major accomplishment. There's not much upside with Smith-Schuster. He should have gone to a team with more offensive firepower. Let someone else curse at the tv when the Steelers are on offense. Avoid
Mike Tagliere
FantasyPros
Something tells me that Samuel is going to become the Jarvis Landry of the 2020's. What do I mean by that? Well, he's probably going to finish better than where I have him ranked at the end of the season, but just because he finishes as the WR24 (hypothetically), it doesn't necessarily mean he's the 24th best receiver to roster. Through 22 career games, Samuel has never hit the "boom" mark of 25 PPR points. On top of that, there are suddenly a lot of mouths to feed in the 49ers pass attack. He's a solid player with a decent floor, but he won't be the reason you win a fantasy championship. You can take him as a stable WR3, or shoot for someone with a higher ceiling/lower floor.Though it was better than his 2019 season, there were plenty of ups and downs from Smith-Schuster in 2020. Part of the reason for inconsistency is due to Ben Roethlisberger's volatile performance, but even if he rights the ship in 2021, the bigger part of the problem for Smith-Schuster is the competition he has for targets. Chase Claypool will be entering his sophomore season, Diontae Johnson seemed to figure out his drops as the year went on, and they added Najee Harris and Pat Freiermuth in the first two rounds of the draft. Suddenly, Smith-Schuster might be third in line for targets in this offense. He'll probably finish as a WR3, but I just don't see the upside to drafting him as anything more than a low-end WR3.
Wolf of Roto Street
Roto Street Journal
 Unideal spot returning home in crowded WRs corps