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Sam Darnold

Sam Darnold


Height: 6' 3"Weight: 225 lbsAge: 24College: Southern California

Week 3 Outlook

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Week Rank (ECR) QB #16
Projection 17.9 pts

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Sam Darnold looked purely like a game manager in week one against the Jets, but he was able to open things up a bit more in week two and actually put together a solid performance against the defense that had just completely shut down Aaron Rodgers. Darnold was able to hit the 300-yard benchmark while averaging 8.0 Yards Per Attempt and found the end zone twice. Looking forward to week three, Houston's allowing an average of two passing touchdowns per game so far and Darnold could easily return value as a streaming option in this matchup. There are some better options you can pivot to this week, but if you're in a pinch, Darnold should be available on your waiver wire to scoop up and play.

Here's an example of how Panthers head coach Matt Rhule and offensive coordinator Joe Brady are setting up Darnold for success. Playing under Adam Gase in his rookie year with the Jets, Darnold's average depth of target was 9.5 yards. This year it's 7.5 yards. Easier throws, easier completions, better results. Darnold ranks QB15 in fantasy scoring. He's completed 68.5% of this throws for 584 yards, with three touchdowns and one interception. Granted, he got to pick on an inexperienced group of Jets cornerbacks in Week 1, then faced a Saints defense that was without CB Marshon Lattimore and edge rusher Marcus Davenport. The Houston defense that Darnold will be facing this week held up well against rookie QB Trevor Lawrence in Week 1, but Baker Mayfield completed 19 of 21 throws against the Texans in Week 2, averaging 10.1 yards per pass attempt. This is not a defense to fear. Darnold is my QB12 this week.

Darnold is averaging 19.48 fantasy points over the first two weeks of the year, Darnold is a QB2 on a short week on the road.

Ask yourself, "Would I be happier with a change of scenery? A better manager? More skilled co-workers? A less pressure-packed environment?" Sam Darnold got all of those things this season in Carolina, and he's looked good through his first two games. Carolina sits 2-0 and faces a well-below-average Texans team on TNF. Darnold is a solid streamer for Week 3 but has some merit for the rest of the season, too.

The former No. 3 overall draft pick has now thrown for 250+ yards in each of his first two games with the Panthers. Darnold accomplished this feat just once in 2020. He still isn't a streaming option in 1QB formats, but he makes for a perfectly serviceable QB2 in Superflex leagues. A tasty Week 3 matchup with the Texans is on deck.

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