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vs. PHI, Sun 1pm EDT
Sam Darnold
QB - CAR
Sam Darnold
Sam Darnold
QB - CAR
vs. LV, Sun 1pm EDT
 
 
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Updated: Sep 29th, 2020
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Rankings 
    
ECR# 30# 32-
Best Rank# 18# 24-
Worst Rank# 32# 32-
    
Matchup 
    
Opponent vs. PHI vs. LV-
Matchup RatingThis is a 3 star matchup. QBs perform close to their average vs PHIThis is a 0 star matchup. QBs perform worse than their average vs LV-
    
    
Stats Allowed   
Pass Comp22.8INF
Pass Yds237.4INF
Pass TD1.7INF
    
Fantasy Points 
    
Season Total160.7145.0-
Avg Game16.112.1-
2019 Average16.112.1-
    
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09/13
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09/13
#27#25-
    
Nathan JahnkeN. Jahnke
Pro Football Focus
09/13
#28#32-
    
Joe BondJ. Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
09/13
#29#32-
    
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Bruno Boys
09/13
#30#32-
    
Patrick ThormanP. Thorman
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09/10
#29#32-
    
Justin GeorgeJ. George
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09/10
#30#31-
    
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09/13
#31#32-
    
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09/10
#28#32-
    
Michael HauffM. Hauff
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09/13
#30#32-
    
Raju ByfieldR. Byfield
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09/13
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Mike WrightM. Wright
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09/13
#29#32-
    
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09/13
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09/13
#30#32-
    
Andy HollowayA. Holl...
The Fantasy Footballers
09/13
#29#32-
    
Anthony CervinoA. Cervino
Gridiron Experts
09/13
#30#32-
    
Jason MooreJ. Moore
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09/13
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09/09
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09/13
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09/10
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09/13
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08/10
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09/13
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09/13
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09/13
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09/13
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09/09
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09/13
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09/13
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09/13
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09/13
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09/10
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09/13
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09/13
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09/10
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09/10
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09/09
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09/10
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09/13
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09/13
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09/13
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09/12
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Jonathan StoneJ. Stone
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09/13
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09/13
#30#32-
    
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09/10
#32#31-
    
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09/12
#26#32-
    
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FTN
09/13
#30#32-
    
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FTLS Fantasy Football
09/13
#26#29-
    
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The Fantasy Scout
09/13
#27#30-
    
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Sports Illustrated
09/13
#29#32-
    
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09/13
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09/08
#30#32-
    
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09/10
#31#32-
    
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Gridiron Experts
09/13
#30#32-
    
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FullTime Fantasy
09/13
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09/13
#31#32-
    
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The Action Network
09/10
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09/09
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09/12
#30#32-
    
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09/10
#29#32-
    
Christopher DellC. Dell
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09/13
#23-
    
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09/13
#30#32-
    
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09/13
#29#31-
    
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09/13
#31#32-
    
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09/11
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09/13
#28#32-
    
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09/13
#29#32-
    
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09/09
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09/13
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09/13
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09/12
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09/13
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09/13
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FantasyPros
09/13
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The Undroppables
09/09
#29#31-
    
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FantasyPros
09/11
#21#32-
    
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Real GM
09/09
#30#32-
    
Andy SingletonA. Sing...
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09/13
#30#32-
    
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09/13
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09/09
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09/13
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09/13
#26#32-
    
Clayton CadieuxC. Cadieux
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09/12
#29#32-
    
Chris KennedyC. Kennedy
The Fantasy Headliners
09/13
#30#32-
    
Jacob HubmanJ. Hubman
The Fantasy Headliners
09/13
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09/10
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09/07
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Justin SablichJ. Sablich
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09/13
#30#32-
    
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QB List
09/12
#31#30-
    
Nick ZylakN. Zylak
Fantasy Football Advice
09/13
#31#32-
    
Matt SchaufM. Schauf
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09/10
#30#32-
    
Michael PetropoulosM. Petr...
BRoto Fantasy
09/09
#31#28-
    
Jared SmolaJ. Smola
Draft Sharks
09/13
#30#32-
    
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09/10
#30#31-
    
Richard SavillR. Savill
Fantasy Six Pack
09/12
#26#28-
    
Derek LoflandD. Lofland
FantasyPros
09/09
#32#31-
    
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RotoBaller
09/13
#28#32-
    
Mike RandleM. Randle
BettingPros
09/10
#29#31-
    
Scott SmithS. Smith
RotoViz
09/13
#30#32-
    
Doug NorrieD. Norrie
Daily Fantasy Sports Rankings
09/13
#30#31-
    
Mike HarmonM. Harmon
Swollen Dome
09/13
#30#31-
    
Chet GreshamC. Gresham
DK Nation
09/10
#30#32-
    
Matthew BetzM. Betz
BallBlast
09/13
#30#32-
    
Dan HarrisD. Harris
FantasyPros
09/13
#30#32-
    
Jordan RainsJ. Rains
Expand The Boxscore
09/13
#31#29-
    
Ken ZalisK. Zalis
Pressbox
09/08
#29-
    
Kelly SmelserK. Smelser
Punch Drunk Wonderland
09/13
#30#32-
    
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The Fantasy Stock Exchange
09/13
#31#32-
    
Dalton Del DonD. Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
09/13
#31#32-
    
Kyle AugustK. August
Fantasy Football Smackdown
09/13
#25#32-
    
Lawrence JacksonL. Jackson
Fantasy Football Lord
09/13
#27#32-
    
Des BielerD. Bieler
The Washington Post
09/13
#30#32-
    
Francisco (Chato) RomeroF. (Cha...
Estadio Fantasy
09/13
#29#32-
    
Scott PianowskiS. Pian...
Yahoo! Sports
09/13
#29#32-
    
Scott WhitfieldS. Whit...
Roto Rankings
09/13
#30#31-
    
Frank StampflF. Stampfl
CBS Sports
09/13
#30#32-
    
Mike MacGregorM. MacG...
Draft Buddy
09/12
#28#31-
    
Andrew EricksonA. Eric...
Pro Football Focus
09/13
#26#30-
    
Davis MattekD. Mattek
RotoExperts
09/13
#30#32-
    
Jacob WayneJ. Wayne
Lineups
09/09
#27#32-
    
Liz LozaL. Loza
Yahoo! Sports
09/13
#31#32-
    
Gerson AguirreG. Aguirre
Going For 2
09/07
#30#31-
    
Alex BlickleA. Blickle
Fantasy Team Advice
09/13
#23#25-
    
09/13
#30#32-
    
Justin WeigalJ. Weigal
FantasySharks
09/13
#30#32-
    
Matt CampM. Camp
Bleacher Report
09/13
#29#32-
    
Kyle YatesK. Yates
FantasyPros
09/09
#21#32-
    
Dan ClasgensD. Clas...
Get Sports Info
09/13
#29#32-
    
Andy BehrensA. Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
09/12
#30#32-
    
Drew DeLucaD. DeLuca
NFL Spinzone
09/13
#30#28-
    
Michelle MagdziukM. Magd...
BallBlast
09/10
#26#32-
    
Ben WasleyB. Wasley
The Fantasy First Down
09/13
#29#32-
    
Kyle EnglishK. English
Reality Sports
09/10
#30#32-
    
Scott EngelS. Engel
RotoBaller
09/12
#19#26-
    
DailyRotoD.
DailyRoto
09/13
#29#32-
    
Aaron LarsonA. Larson
FantasyPros
09/09
#28#32-
    
John PaulsenJ. Paulsen
4for4.com
09/13
#30#32-
    
Jason SablichJ. Sablich
5th Down Fantasy
09/04
#32#31-
    
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numberFire
09/13
#31#30-
    
Elliot Berkovits E. Berk...
Packer Report
09/13
#30#32-
    
Ellis JohnsonE. Johnson
True North Fantasy Football
09/13
#19#30-
    
Huseyin AksuH. Aksu
Fantasy Couch
09/13
#30#31-
    
Richard KingR. King
King Fantasy Sports
09/10
#31#29-
    
Chris MeaneyC. Meaney
FTN
09/09
#31#32-
    
Walter CherepinskyW. Cher...
WalterFootball
09/01
#29#32-
    
Mike KruegerM. Krueger
FFToday
09/09
#28#32-
    
Pierre CamusP. Camus
RotoBaller
09/10
#29#32-
    
Geoff LambertG. Lambert
Going For 2
09/13
#31#29-
    
John HestermanJ. Hest...
Dynasty League Football
09/10
#31#30-
    
Matt HarmonM. Harmon
Yahoo! Sports
09/08
#30#32-
    
Tim PetropoulosT. Petr...
BRoto Fantasy
09/12
#30#24-
    
Nicholas YouN. You
The Undroppables
09/11
#30#32-
    
Chris RaybonC. Raybon
The Action Network
09/13
#28#32-
    
Justin BooneJ. Boone
theScore
09/10
#29#32-
    
Dariyan MayburyD. Maybury
Fantasy Football Advice
09/10
#30#32-
    
The FFGhostT. FFGhost
Dynasty League Football
09/10
#30#32-
    
Jonathan HaysJ. Hays
Fantasy Foresight
09/10
#22#27-
    
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The Intersecting
09/10
#24#32-
    
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09/10
#21#30-
    
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09/09
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Fantasy Football Cafe
09/09
#30#32-
    
Morgan ColbyM. Colby
The Fantasy Champions
09/08
#31#30-
    
SmittyS.
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Player Game Logs Comparison
 
Sam Darnold
QB - CAR
Sam Darnold
Sam Darnold
QB - CAR
2020 Schedule 
Week 1 vs. PHI vs. LV
Week 2 at ARI at TB
Week 3 at CLE at LAC
Week 4 vs. BAL vs. ARI
Week 5 vs. LAR at ATL
Week 6 at NYG vs. CHI
Week 7 vs. DAL at NO
Week 8BYE WEEK vs. ATL
Week 9 vs. NYG at KC
Week 10 at DET vs. TB
Week 11 vs. CIN vs. DET
Week 12 at DAL at MIN
Week 13 at PITBYE WEEK
Week 14 at SF vs. DEN
Week 15 vs. SEA at GB
Week 16 vs. CAR at WAS
Week 17 at PHI vs. NO
Player Fantasy Points Comparison
 
Sam Darnold
QB - CAR
Sam Darnold
Sam Darnold
QB - CAR
2020 Points 
Week 18.412.2
Week 224.311.9
Week 324.29.7
Week 423.323.6
Week 527.6
Week 618.0
Week 72.8
Week 87.4
Week 9
Week 10
Week 114.3
Week 1219.36.8
Week 1321.0
Week 140.05.6
Week 1514.1
Week 1611.317.0
Week 1712.9
Total160.7145.0
Average16.112.1
Notes for Player Combination
 
vs. PHI, Sun 1pm EDT
Sam Darnold
QB - CAR
Sam Darnold
Sam Darnold
QB - CAR
vs. LV, Sun 1pm EDT
Expert 
Isaiah Sirois
FantasyPros
Ryan Fitzpatrick posted fantasy point totals of -1.8 and 24.3 against New England last year. I think that he'll score closer to the second number this week, as New England's defense lost a bunch of key pieces to free agency or opt-outs. He's a high-risk play in 2QB/superflex leagues.Darnold scored 13 and 9.8 points against the Bills last season. Tre'Davious White, Micah Hyde, and Jordan Poyer make for some scary opposition in the secondary, so it's no surprise that Darnold struggled against Buffalo last year. The tough matchup means that Darnold should ride the pine even in 2QB/superflex leagues.
Mike Tagliere
FantasyPros
It was always going to be Fitzpatrick for Week 1. Going against the Patriots, it made even more sense. The Patriots aren't going to be the same defense they were last year, as they lost interior lineman Danny Shelton, edge rusher Kyle Van Noy, as well as linebackers Jamie Collins and Elandon Roberts to new teams. That's not it, either. They also had linebacker Dont'a Hightower and safety Patrick Chung opt out for the season. With that being said, Fitzpatrick is now behind an offensive line with what might be five new starters. The Dolphins are also in a new offense this year, though Fitzpatrick has experience with Chan Gailey from back in his Bills/Jets days. The Patriots defense was the best in the league last year, allowing just 10.97 fantasy points per game to quarterbacks (no other team allowed less than 12.02), but again, there are so many changes for both teams, you don't want to rely on anything that was done last year. But looking at the last time Fitzpatrick and Gailey played Bill Belichick's defense (2015), Fitzpatrick did throw for 591 yards and five touchdowns in two games. There are safer options to stream this week, though Fitzpatrick might not be as bad as some think given all the losses to the Patriots defense.Through two years of Darnold's young career, he's posted 18-plus fantasy points on eight separate occasions. None of them have come against top-tier defenses. Four of those games came in 2019, which were against the Raiders (7th-most points to quarterbacks), Washington (9th-most), Giants (3rd-most), and Cowboys (20th-most). The Bills allowed the third-fewest fantasy points to quarterbacks last year. In fact, there wasn't a single quarterback who finished better than the QB10 against them, so it wasn't a fluke. You can also go back to the 2018 season where they allowed just 7.58 points per game to quarterbacks. Over the last 32 games, they've allowed just 30 passing touchdowns while intercepting 36 passes. That's a big sample size, and they added talent to their defense this offseason. He played against them twice last year and threw 77 passes that netted just 374 yards (4.86 YPA) and two touchdowns. When you also factor in that Darnold will have two new starting wide receivers with no game experience together, he's an easy fade in Week 1.
Jacob Wayne
Lineups
The Patriots' defense isn't going to be nearly the same elite juggernaut we saw last year after their free agency losses and player opt-outs, but I'm still not touching Ryan Fitzpatrick in this one. Bill Belichick's defense led the NFL in interceptions and allowed the least fantasy points to quarterbacks last season and Fitz finished with negative fantasy points in one of his starts against them. Fitz should be a stream-worthy QB in the right matchups with the improvements the Dolphins made this offseason, but this will be a tough spot for him.In two matchups against the Bills last season, Sam Darnold averaged just 11.3 fantasy points per game. The Bills defense continues to be one of the best overall units in the NFL and while the Jets did bring in Breshad Perriman and Denzel Mims, the Bills added Josh Norman and A.J. Epenesa, arguably more impactful acquisitions. Adam Gase and the Jets' front office haven't done Darnold any favors as he continues to be stuck in a situation that holds him back.