News: 4 days agoSamuel secured both of his targets for 13 yards and added four rushes for 26 yards in the Panthers' 31-17 loss to the Buccaneers on Sunday.
Spin: The speedy wideout put together a modest receiving day for the second time in as many games to open the campaign, but he saw an uptick in rushing work. That's partly the byproduct of offensive coordinator Joe Brady looking for different ways to get the ball in the talented Samuel's hands, but it also stemmed from Christian McCaffrey's early exit due to an ankle injury. The fact the third-year pro has been only a minimal subject of quarterback Teddy Bridgewater's attention through their first pair of games together has to be disappointing to fantasy managers, however, and Samuel will look to up his involvement in the passing game in a Week 3 inter-conference road tilt against the Chargers.
ESPN Fantasy Projection: Samuel's career advanced another step last season as the 2017 second-round pick appeared in 16 games for the first time in his career and posted career-high totals in receptions, receiving yards and touchdowns. His efficiency wasn't good (51% catch rate, 5.9 YPT), although some of that can be blamed on a 28% off-target rate (eighth highest in the NFL). Samuel did finish as 2019's No. 26 fantasy WR, thanks in part to his also being a factor as a rusher (19-130-1 on the ground). He is sure to sustain a significant role in Matt Rhule's new-look offense, but Carolina's signing of Robby Anderson is sure to cost Samuel targets. As such, he's only a flex option in deeper leagues.