News: 1 day agoCoach Kyle Shanahan noted Monday that Samuel (knee/ribs) is viewed as day-to-day as Sunday night's game against the Cowboys approaches, Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com reports.
Spin: In the 49ers' 35-16 win over the Cardinals in Week 4, Samuel (who had been listed as questionable for the contest) logged 48 of a possible 55 snaps on offense en route to recording three carries for six yards while not being targeted as a receiver. While there's been no reported setbacks for Samuel, Shanahan's comments suggest that the WR's practice reps could be managed ahead of Week 5 action.
ESPN Fantasy Projection: Samuel had a bit of a setback last season, posting 864 yards and five TDs on 98 touches in 13 games. This after the versatile playmaker racked up 1,770 yards and 14 TDs on 136 touches in 2021. Samuel fell from third to 28th at wide receiver in fantasy PPG, and his season was horrifically inefficient; despite a position-low 4.0 aDOT, he caught only 61% of his targets and averaged 6.1 yards per target. Samuel's dual-threat role is not ideal for durability (he's yet to complete a full regular season in four years), but it is great for generating touches (7.75 per game last season). Even in a crowded offense, the heavy usage is enough to keep the 27 year old in the WR2 mix.