WR - CAR
Carolina offensive coordinator Joe Brady spoke highly of WR Curtis Samuel, saying, “Curtis is a playmaker. He fits the mold of what we’re looking for.”
Samuel has improved each season from his rookie year in 2017 through last season, when he caught 54 balls for 627 and six touchdowns. He’ll be operating with a new coaching staff and a new quarterback in Teddy Bridgewater in his fourth-year with the Panthers. Brady’s praise of Samuel is certainly something to take note of, however, the Panthers now have a relatively crowded wide receiver room with the addition of former Jets WR Robby Anderson. He’ll also be competing with Christian McCaffrey and D.J. Moore for targets from Bridgewater this season. Samuel enters into the final year of his contract looking to prove his worth as a former 2nd-round pick out of Ohio State. He’s currently ranked WR59 in the FantasyPros ECR, but could be a sleeper in fantasy leagues this season with a lower price tag than in years past.
Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports teams have been "consistently calling" the Panthers about wideout Curtis Samuel.
Samuel could theoretically be on the block after Carolina signed Robby Anderson this off-season. However, it also wouldn't hurt to have a three-wide set of D.J. Moore, Samuel, and Anderson. Perhaps the Panthers receive an offer they can't refuse as draft weekend continues.
Panthers WR Curtis Samuel caught 2-of-4 targets for 13 yards in Sunday's Week 17 loss to the Saints.
Another week with a similar recap -- if Samuel does not score, he does not return fantasy value. Failing to total 100 yards in a single game in 2019, Samuel's most-productive outing yardage-wise occurred back in Week 2 when he totaled 93 yards. He had fewer than 74 total yards in every other game. Samuel will look to bounce back in 2020 but the Panthers need to find a quarterback if that's going to happen.
Panthers WR Curtis Samuel caught 2-of-5 targets for 17 yards while rushing two times for four yards in Sunday's Week 16 loss to the Colts.
The narrative continues. If Samuel does not score, he does not return fantasy value. Even if D.J. Moore misses Week 17 against the Saints and Samuel is an expanded role, it will be hard to trust him in fantasy with Will Grier under center.
Curtis Samuel (knee) is active for Sunday's game against the Colts.
Samuel will suit up despite missing Friday's practice due to a knee injury. There has been no indication that he will be limited, but this will be Samuel's first game with new starting quarterback Will Grier. With the knee injury and new quarterback, Samuel is a risky option in Week 16 and should only be started in deep-league formats.
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