News: 1 day agoSamuel (knee) is expected to practice Wednesday, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
Spin: Coach Kyle Shanahan noted after Saturday's divisional-round win at Green Bay that Samuel suffered an ankle injury late in the contest. However, Shanahan clarified Monday that Samuel took a helmet to his right knee or leg. Samuel was his usual versatile self in tough weather conditions this past weekend, taking 10 carries for 39 yards and reeling in three of four passes for 44 yards. His first chance to mix into drills this week arrives Wednesday, after which the 49ers will relay his activity level, if any.
ESPN Fantasy Projection: Samuel is entering his third NFL season after suffering through an injury-plagued 2020. Samuel managed five full games, averaging a hefty 25% target share (8.2 per game) while also handling 4% of the team's carries. His 30-356-1 receiving line was good enough for the 17th-most fantasy points among WRs. As a second-round rookie in 2019, Samuel put up 697 yards and four TDs from Week 10-17 and was WR9 in fantasy during that stretch. He kept it up in the playoffs with 229 yards on 16 touches. Samuel is primarily used near the line of scrimmage (7.7 aDOT in 2019, 2.4 in 2020) and is a terror with the ball in his hands (career 9.5 RAC). A weapon as both a receiver and rusher, Samuel shouldn't struggle for touches in Kyle Shanahan's offense. He's a good flex target.