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38 Jaylen Samuels RB

Pittsburgh Steelers

Fantasy Stats
Own%Start%
90%63%
Key Stats
GPAttYdsAvgTDsFum
12422014.801

Player Updates

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Steelers' Jaylen Samuels: Breaks out for stellar effort
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Samuels rushed 19 times for 142 yards and brought in both of his targets for 30 yards in the Steelers' 17-10 win over the Patriots on Sunday.

Frequently bottled up in Week 14 by a Raiders run defense that was among the worst in the league coming in, Samuels played like a man unleashed Sunday. The rookie frequently found expansive running lanes against an over-matched Patriots front, and he particularly enjoyed success on counter plays that frequently seemed to catch New England defenders off balance. Samuels also appeared to run much more decisively than he had in his starting debut versus the Raiders, and his performance certainly has to give Steelers coaches confidence in his ability to fill for James Conner (ankle) in Week 16 against the Saints if necessary. Conner's outlook for that contest isn't likely to be known until late in the week, so owners of either player will have to monitor the situation frequently heading into the showdown against New Orleans.

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Steelers' Jaylen Samuels: Expected to start once again
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Samuels is expected to retain his starting role in the Steelers' backfield with James Conner (ankle) likely unavailable Sunday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Samuels should get the majority of the work out of the backfield, similar to Week 14 when the rookie compiled 92 total yards off of 18 touches, but Stevan Ridley wound up vulturing a late red zone touchdown in that contest, mitigating Samuels' fantasy value. With James Conner (ankle) expected to return to the field in Week 16, Sunday's contest against the Patriots might be one of the last opportunities for Samuels to showcase his versatile skillset this season.

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Steelers' Jaylen Samuels: Status in limbo with Conner questionable
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Samuels' role in the Steelers offense could take a hit with James Conner (ankle) questionable for Sunday's game versus the Patriots, Teresa Varley of the team's official site reports.

With Conner out of the lineup last Sunday in Oakland, Samuels earned the majority of the snaps (48 of on offense) among active Pittsburgh running backs. Samuels also outpaced Stevan Ridley in touches (18 to five) and yards from scrimmage (92 to four), but the latter did score a touchdown. If Conner returns this weekend, all bets are off as to how much work Samuels and Ridley reasonably can expect to see. However, the above breakdown may be the reality if Conner sits out again, helping Samuels maintain relevance for another week.

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Steelers' Jaylen Samuels: Mixed bag in starting opportunity
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Samuels rushed 11 times for 28 yards and brought in all seven of his targets for 64 yards in the Steelers' 24-21 loss to the Raiders on Sunday.

Samuels couldn't deliver much on the ground, but he did offer a pretty decent James Conner (knee) impression through the air. The rookie seemed to lack explosiveness on many of his runs, although he also appeared to have precious little in terms of rushing lanes on some of his carries. Samuels could be in line for another starting opportunity in a critical Week 15 matchup versus the Patriots if Conner remains sidelined, although it's possible that veteran Stevan Ridley also logs more than the five carries he saw Sunday.

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Steelers' Jaylen Samuels: Likely to share work
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Samuels, who will start Sunday's game against the Raiders, said he received more first-team work than fellow running back Stevan Ridley during the Steelers' practices this week, but only by a small margin, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com reports.

The Steelers are without James Conner (ankle) for the first time all season, leaving Samuels, a rookie fifth-round pick, as the next man up on the depth chart to fill the backfield void. Though his skills as a pass catcher make him a more viable fantasy option in Week 14 than Ridley, Samuels' comments point to the Steelers making use of both players rather than just handing Samuels the lead role outright. Even so, Samuels' status as a tight end-eligible player in certain fantasy formats makes him worthy of including in lineups at least in those leagues, with the North Carolina State also offering some decent upside in leagues where he's only usable at running back or in a flex spot.

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Schedule
WeekDateOpp.AttYdsLgTD
19/9/18CLE0000
29/16/18KC0000
39/24/18TB0000
49/30/18BAL0000
510/7/18ATL0000
610/14/18CIN0000
810/28/18CLE41770
911/4/18BAL1220
1011/8/18CAR5750
1111/18/18JAC0000
1211/25/18DEN0000
1312/2/18LAC2540
1412/9/18OAK112890
1512/16/18NE19142250
WeekDateOpponentTime/Result
1612/23/18@ NO4:25 pm
1712/30/18CIN1:00 pm
Rushing
YearTeamGGSAttYdsAvgLgTD20+1st
2018Pittsburgh Steelers122422014.8250110
TOTAL122422014.8250110
Receiving
YearTeamGGSRecYdsAvgLgTD20+40+1st
2018Pittsburgh Steelers122161489.3232208
TOTAL122161489.3232208
Punt Returns
YearTeamGRetFCRet YdsAvgLgTD20+
2018Pittsburgh Steelers121000.0000
TOTAL121000.0000
Fumbles
YearTeamGFumLostFum ForcedOwn RecOpp RecYdsTot RecTD
2018Pittsburgh Steelers1210000000
TOTAL1210000000
 
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Player Info

Height/Weight:
6-0/225
Birthdate:
7/20/1996
Age:
22
Hometown:
Baton Rouge, LA, USA
School:
NC State
NFL Experience:
0
Awards: