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38 Jaylen Samuels RB

Pittsburgh Steelers

Fantasy Stats
Own%Start%
87%57%
Key Stats
GPAttYdsAvgTDsFum
14562564.601

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Steelers' Jaylen Samuels: Locked into Bell-free backfield
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert mentioned Samuels as one of the reasons the team is comfortable letting Le'Veon Bell leave, Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

James Conner is also a big part of the equation, not to mention the financial aspect and Bell's fractured relationship with the team. There was never a realistic scenario for Bell to rejoin the Steelers after sitting out an entire season, especially after the team saw what Conner and Samuels are capable of doing. The former should enter training camp unchallenged as a starter, while the latter made a strong case to replace Conner in passing situations, hauling in 26 of 29 targets for 199 yards and three touchdowns as a rookie. Conner was also productive in the passing game, but he doesn't have comparable receiving upside to Samuels, who often lined up as a tight end and H-back at NC State.

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Steelers' Jaylen Samuels: Cedes carries to returning teammate
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Samuels ran twice for two yards and caught seven of eight targets for 40 yards during Sunday's 16-13 win over Cincinnati.

Pittsburgh struggled on offense the first half, managing just 27 yards on the ground, and it was no surprise that Samuels was used more as a pass receiving back than a rusher with the return of James Conner (ankle) after a three-game absence. Samuels finishes his rookie season with 56 carries for 256 yards (4.6 average) and 26 catches (on 29 targets) for 199 yards and three touchdowns in 14 games. He has three years remaining on his current contract -- and with Le'Veon Bell (held out) likely to be playing elsewhere next season -- Samuels is the clear backup to James Conner heading in to the 2019 season.

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Steelers' Jaylen Samuels: Delivering in fantasy playoffs
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Samuels ran for 53 yards on 12 attempts, adding three receptions for 11 yards and one touchdown during Sunday's 31-28 loss to New Orleans.

His eligibility as a tight end on some fantasy outlets will be discussed for generations, but Samuels' production over the past three weeks has resembled that of a low-end RB1 -- 109.3 total yards per game, with 12 receptions and one touchdown during that span. If James Conner (ankle) is ruled out for a fourth consecutive contest in Week 17, Samuels will likely garner double-digit carries once again, while providing the benefit of a pass-catching high floor in PPR formats. Opposing running backs have tortured Cincinnati all season, as the Bengals have allowed 20 total touchdowns to the position in 2018 (second most to only the Bills).

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Steelers' Jaylen Samuels: Filling in for Conner again
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Samuels is slated to head the Pittsburgh backfield Sunday against the Saints with James Conner (ankle) sidelined for a third straight game, Ray Fittipaldo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Samuels, who racked up 172 total yards against the Patriots last weekend, is expected to dominate the backfield snaps, leaving Stevan Ridley to handle only a light complementary role. The rookie will take aim at a Saints run defense that has allowed a league-low average of 79.1 rushing yards per game. Still, with double-digit carries and involvement in the passing game presumably on tap, Samuels represents a viable Week 16 fantasy lineup option.

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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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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
1612/23/18NO1253160
1712/30/18CIN2240
WeekDateOpponentTime/Result
Rushing
YearTeamGGSAttYdsAvgLgTD20+1st
2018Pittsburgh Steelers143562564.6250113
TOTAL143562564.6250113
Receiving
YearTeamGGSRecYdsAvgLgTD20+40+1st
2018Pittsburgh Steelers143261997.72332010
TOTAL143261997.72332010
Kick Returns
YearTeamGNoYdsAvgLgTD40+
2018Pittsburgh Steelers14100.0000
TOTAL14100.0000
Punt Returns
YearTeamGRetFCRet YdsAvgLgTD20+
2018Pittsburgh Steelers141000.0000
TOTAL141000.0000
Fumbles
YearTeamGFumLostFum ForcedOwn RecOpp RecYdsTot RecTD
2018Pittsburgh Steelers1410000000
TOTAL1410000000
 
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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:
2
Awards: