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News: 12 hours agoSamuel (hamstring) returned to practice as a full participant Friday, Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com reports.
Spin: Samuel's ability to take every rep at Friday's session confirms his absence from practice Thursday was precautionary, just as head coach Kyle Shanahan suggested was the case. The second-year wideout shouldn't face any limitations versus the Bills on Monday, when he'll be looking to build on the season-best performance he submitted in the 49ers' Week 12 win over the Rams (11 catches for 133 yards on 13 targets).
ESPN Fantasy Projection: It took Samuel a couple of months to get rolling, but the 2019 second-round pick worked his way to a prominent offensive role right around the midpoint of his rookie season. From Weeks 10-17, the South Carolina product played on 82% of the 49ers' snaps. Powered by 697 yards and four touchdowns, he was fantasy's No. 9 scoring WR. He kept it up in the playoffs with 229 yards on 16 touches. Samuel was primarily used near the line of scrimmage, posting one of the position's lowest aDOTs (7.7), but also the fifth-best catch rate (71%), the seventh-best YPT (10.0) and the second-best RAC (8.1). A weapon as both a receiver and rusher, Samuel shouldn't struggle for touches in Kyle Shanahan's offense once he returns from a foot injury. He's a solid WR3 option with upside once healthy, so take him with a late-round pick.