Samuel hauled in five of nine targets for 39 yards and carried the ball three times for 53 yards during Sunday's 31-20 Super Bowl loss to the Chiefs. Not only did Samuel set a new record for rushing yards by a wide receiver in Super Bowl history, but his 32-yard scamper during the 49ers' opening drive was also the single longest run by a wideout on the big stage. The versatile rookie's strong Super Bowl performance is a small consolation for the 49ers following the loss, but combined with his impressive regular season (961 combined yards and six touchdowns over a full 16-game stretch), there's plenty of reason to be optimistic about the dynamic receiver's future fantasy prospects. With Emmanuel Sanders set to become an unrestricted free agent in March, there's a realistic path for Samuel to emerge as San Francisco's No. 1 receiver as early as 2020.
Samuel caught two passes (three targets) for 46 yards and rushed twice for 43 yards in Sunday's NFC Championship Game victory over Green Bay. Samuel's two-catch performance led all San Francisco receivers in a game where the team threw the ball just eight times. The dynamic rookie was able to bolster his final stat line with a couple of big end around rushes as he has done at times this season. The 49ers may be forced to actually pass the ball with regularity if the Chiefs' aerial attack is able to put up some early points in the Super Bowl, which could make Samuel a nice value play after modest receiving outputs in the team's first two playoff wins.
Samuel corralled all five targets for 102 yards while rushing twice for 33 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 26-21 win over Seattle. Samuel made some big plays through the air, but he was able to find the end zone when he deployed a nifty spin move on a 30-yard end around in the first quarter. This was a signature game for the second-round rookie, as he flashed his ability as a wideout with his third 100-yard receiving game while also putting his versatility as a rushing threat on display. Samuel finishes his first pro season with 961 combined yards and six touchdowns over a full 16 games, surpassing receivers with more experience on the depth chart to finish second behind Emmanuel Sanders. The dynamic wideout figures to maintain that role through the playoffs, but he could elevate to the 49ers' top wide receiver option with Sanders set for unrestricted free agency this upcoming offseason.
Samuel (shoulder) won't carry an injury designation into Sunday's game at Seattle, Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com reports. It's not entirely clear if Samuel is battling the same shoulder injury that bothered him throughout November, but he looks like he'll be good to go for the battle for the NFC West crown, despite being limited to non-contact work in practice throughout the week, per Cam Inman of The San Jose Mercury News. The rookie caught eight of 11 targets for 112 yards in his previous matchup with the Seahawks in Week 10, benefiting from extra volume after Emmanuel Sanders suffered a rib injury.
Samuel (shoulder) practiced in a limited fashion Thursday, Jennifer Lee Chan of NBC Sports Bay Area reports. Samuel maintained his listing from Wednesday's estimated injury report as he deals with an undisclosed shoulder issue, which has forced him to wear a blue no-contact jersey on the practice field, per Matt Barrows of The Athletic. Friday's report may give the final word on Samuel's availability for Sunday's contest at Seattle.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|2||09/20||@New York Jets||25||23.50|
|3||09/27||@New York Giants||29||26.00|
|6||10/19||Los Angeles Rams||14||19.63|
|7||10/25||@New England Patriots||1||12.76|
|9||11/06||Green Bay Packers||12||19.22|
|10||11/15||@New Orleans Saints||27||24.71|
|12||11/29||@Los Angeles Rams||14||19.63|
|3 Year Avg||81||57||802||3||32||14.07||131|