The Washington Football team has been active this free-agent period
with the addition of journeyman quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick signing
a bridge, one-year deal to presumably be the team’s starting
quarterback in 2021.
The team also made a splash with the addition of wide receiver
Curtis Samuel to a three-year deal, reuniting Samuel with his
former head coach Ron Rivera and college teammate Terry McLaurin.
With Samuel and McLaurin working alongside tight end Logan Thomas
in the passing game and Antonio Gibson and J.D. McKissic sharing
time in the backfield, the Football Team has some nice fantasy
pieces that could bring value to rosters this fall.
Offensive coordinator Scott Turner and head coach Ron Rivera
know Samuel well and should have a good idea of how to maximize
The problem is a decent percentage of Samuel’s value came
running the ball (41-200-2), as only Robert Woods has more rushing
yards by a wide receiver over the past two seasons. Will Samuel
get enough work on the ground to supplement not being the number
one or even number two target in the passing game?
Also, the Panthers' new coaching staff in 2020 made the correct
move to make Samuel the team’s primary slot weapon, with
just over 70% of his targets coming from the slot.
If Samuel is used in the slot and Cam Sims or Antonio Gandy-Golden
line up outside, Samuel’s projected value will be much higher
than as an outside receiver.
Last season Samuel caught 77 passes for 851 yards and three touchdowns
for the Panthers while adding 200 yards and two rushing touchdowns
on the ground. 1,051 total yards and five touchdowns is an excellent
stat line for a high-end No.3 fantasy wide receiver.
The only question is will Samuel get 41 carries in the new offense,
and if not, will his touchdown production in the passing game
offset his loss of rushing stats? That answer lies in the pass
attempts Ryan Fitzpatrick has and if he continues to target Thomas
at the same rate as Alex Smith and Dwayne Haskins.
As of now, Samuel projects to be more of a nice upgrade to Washington’s
passing offense than someone who may take a considerable leap
in production for fantasy managers.