Deebo Samuel Fantasy Football News 2020

49ers WR Deebo Samuel (foot) is expected to return to practice this coming week and then make his 2020 debut in Week 5 against the Dolphins, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. The Niners have wisely taken it slowly with Samuel's recovery from his Jones Fracture. If he can avoid a setback, he should quickly re-emerge as a weekly fantasy starter. He's worth grabbing now if he's available in your fantasy league.

The 49ers on Tuesday reached a deal with WR Mohamed Sanu. The former Falcon spent 2016 with Niners HC Kyle Shanahan as his OC in Atlanta. Sanu failed to make the Patriots' regular-season roster this year, though, just months after New England traded a 2nd-round pick to acquire him. That suggests we shouldn't expect a whole lot from the veteran wideout. His signing follows WR Deebo Samuel landing on IR. Shanahan has said, however, that he'll "be surprised" if rookie WR Brandon Aiyuk isn't ready to play in Week 2.

49ers HC Kyle Shanahan revealed on Monday that WR Deebo Samuel recently suffered a setback with his surgically repaired foot. Samuel reportedly experienced soreness after running one day and was placed on IR over the weekend. He's eligible to return for Week 4, and Shanahan said the goal is to get Samuel ready for that one. We'll continue to keep an eye on him. Samuel is worth keeping stashed on fantasy benches in the meantime.

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The 49ers have placed WR Deebo Samuel (foot) on IR. It's a bit surprising after Samuel was seemingly trending in the right direction -- and potentially even being ready for Week 1. We haven't heard of a setback, but Samuel is now out for at least the first 3 weeks. With WR Brandon Aiyuk (hamstring) questionable for Sunday's opener vs. Arizona, Kendrick Bourne and Trent Taylor figure to operate as San Francisco's top 2 WRs.

49ers WR Deebo Samuel (foot) didn't practice all week and is out for Sunday's opener vs. the Cardinals. HC Kyle Shanahan said Friday that Samuel will be "day-to-day" next week, but we'd consider him no better than 50/50 for Week 2.

49ers WRs Deebo Samuel (foot) and Brandon Aiyuk (hamstring) missed practice on Wednesday. Fantasy owners shouldn't be counting on either guy to play against the Cardinals this weekend. Their absences would leave Kendrick Bourne and Trent Taylor as San Francisco's top 2 WRs. TE George Kittle should dominate targets.

49ers GM John Lynch is "hopeful" to have WR Deebo Samuel (foot) for Sunday's opener against the Cardinals. Samuel has been trending in the right direction for the past few weeks and will be examined by team doctors again on Tuesday. We'll monitor his practice participation this week. Fantasy owners shouldn't plan on using him in Week 1 lineups -- but he might be an option as early as Week 2.

The 49ers are expected to activate WR Deebo Samuel from the non-football injury list and include him on the initial 53-man active roster. That will make him eligible to play in Week 1. We'll certainly still keep an eye on his participation to make sure he's actually on track to play in the opener. But this is a good sign for Samuel's early-season outlook.

The 49ers are hopeful that WR Deebo Samuel (foot) will be able to return to practice next week, HC Kyle Shanahan said Wednesday. Samuel remains a long shot to play in the opener against Arizona. But it looks like he has a shot to return for Week 2 or 3, barring a setback. Samuel is well worth a shot if you can get him in Round 9 or 10.

49ers WR Deebo Samuel (foot) was sprinting off to the side of Wednesday's practice, according to The Athletic's Matt Barrows. "He had his most intense workout thus far with change-of-direction exercises, etc.," Barrows added. "He's pushing to be ready on Sept. 13." The 49ers have seemingly become more optimistic about Samuel's chances of playing in the opener. At minimum, it looks like he'll avoid the reserve PUP list and be back by October.

Niners HC Kyle Shanahan hopes to have WR Deebo Samuel available for the regular-season opener, but says it's too early to tell, according to the team website. "I think we're hoping for Week 1. Not counting on it, but I think that's kind of the area that these injuries usually heal by. But a lot of that has to do with: are you ready to play? Has it fully healed by that time? Are you in football shape?" Shanahan acknowledged that it'll be tough to know how ready Samuel might be before he actually returns to the field. We'll certainly keep an eye on the 2nd-year wideout's status as the regular season draws nearer. In the meantime, his uncertainty adds upside to the late-round price tags on WRs Brandon Aiyuk and Jalen Hurd.

49ers GM John Lynch admitted on Tuesday that WR Deebo Samuel, who broke his foot in mid-June, is not expected to be ready for Week 1. “I’m not going to put an exact timeline on it, but it’s fair to say he may well miss some games early in the year,” Lynch said. “I know his rehab is going very well and he’s working very diligently and still intent on having a really big year for us.” Initial reports had Samuel expected to miss 12-16 weeks, which would keep him out until sometime between early September and early October. It sounds like might be trending toward the longer end of that timetable. We just knocked another game off of Samuel's projections.

49ers WR Deebo Samuel suffered a Jones Fracture in his foot during a throwing session with teammates on Tuesday, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Samuel is undergoing surgery on Thursday and is expected to be sidelined for 12-16 weeks, per Rapoport. That timeline would have Samuel out until sometime between early September and early October. And Jones Fractures are tricky. We often see the injury aggravated or cause compensatory issues. Samuel just sunk down our WR rankings. His injury creates even more opportunity for 1st-round rookie WR Brandon Aiyuk.

The 49ers traded up to select Arizona State WR Brandon Aiyuk with the 25th overall pick of the 2020 NFL Draft. Aiyuk is coming off a big 2019 campaign: 65 catches for 1,192 yards and 8 TDs. He ranked 15th in the country in receiving yards and 13th among players with 40+ grabs with 18.3 yards per catch. Aiyuk’s 3.04 yards per route run was good for 7th among 30 of this year’s top WR prospects. The concern is that 2019 qualified as his breakout season — and it came as a 21-year-old senior. Aiyuk spent his first 2 college seasons in JUCO and caught just 33 balls playing behind N’Keal Harry in 2018. Aiyuk did help his cause by earning an 89th percentile SPARQ score at 6’0, 205 pounds at the Combine. Quickness, burst and speed shows up on tape — especially after the catch, where Aiyuk averaged 10.9 yards last year. “He has ranginess to him, yet he’s compact enough where his change of direction is great,” an anonymous scout told The Athletic’s Bob McGinn. “He’s really explosive on tape.” With Deebo Samuel the only locked-in WR in San Francisco, Aiyuk will have every opportunity to capture a big rookie-year role.

 
 
 

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