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Sam Darnold
ADP: 26.6
Bye: 13
Experience: 4 Yr(s)
Age: 25.3
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 225
40 Time: 4.85
SPARQx (Rank): 82.90 (25%)
Burst Score (Rank): 98.90 (7%)
Agility Score (Rank): 11.36 (64%)

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Sam Darnold's 2022 Projections & Outlook


#38 Quarterback

31.6 Projected Points

ADP Comp/Att P Yds P TD INT Att R Yds Fum
26.6 42.2/69 464.5 2.7 2 7.5 33.8 0.2

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What You Need to Know:

  • New team, same result: Darnold isn’t very good.
  • He started 2021 solidly, completing 67.8% of passes at 8.1 yards per attempt with 5 TDs (and 3 INTs) and tallying 3 games of more than 300 yards. But he didn’t reach 220 yards again in 8 more appearances, averaging just 167.3 per game the rest of the way.
  • Carolina tried some P.J. Walker and Cam Newton, but neither fared much better. The team then drafted Matt Corral in Round 3. Rumors now have a Baker Mayfield trade nearing.

Draft Sharks Bottom Line:

It’s not worth digging further into Darnold’s numbers. He’s had 4 years with 2 teams to show he doesn’t stink, but his TD rate and yards per attempt have fallen vs. the beginning of his career. The only reason to draft Darnold is to take a chance at stacking him with a Panthers pass-catcher as the 3rd QB on your best-ball roster. Even that move has a shot to leave you with a dead roster spot.

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Sam Darnold, QB CAR

9:57pm EDT 8/26/22

Darnold hurts left ankle

Panthers QB Sam Darnold suffered a nasty looking left ankle injury in Friday night's preseason game vs. the Bills. He was quickly ruled out for the game. We'll pass along an update on Darnold when we get one, but this had the look of a long-term injury. Darnold, of course, had already lost the starting job to QB Baker Mayfield.

Update: It's a high-ankle sprain, per multiple reports.

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The Panthers officially named QB Baker Mayfield their starter. This was expected since Carolina swung a trade for Mayfield in early July. He started the preseason opener over QB Sam Darnold, going 4-of-7 for 45 yards on 1 series. Mayfield is just a lower-end QB2 for fantasy squads, but we expect him to be an upgrade over Darnold for RB Christian McCaffrey, WR D.J. Moore and the rest of the Panthers offense.

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ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler tweeted Friday that Baker Mayfield and Sam Darnold “are still in a QB battle” for the starting job. Mayfield is believed to be the heavy favorite, but HC Matt Rhule hasn’t announced who’ll get the Week 1 nod vs. Cleveland.

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The Panthers have announced that QB Baker Mayfield will start Saturday's preseason opener. This doesn't necessarily mean he's THE starter, but it sure seems like a signal that Mayfield holds at least a slight lead over incumbent Sam Darnold. And it comes less than a week after Ian Rapoport reported that Mayfield has the "inside track" to the gig. Mayfield is certainly our bet in this competition, and he's still going late enough to be a value in best-ball and superflex drafts.

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Panthers OC Ben McAdoo said Tuesday that rookie QB Matt Corral is "slowly and quietly improving," according to Darin Gantt of the team website. "He has a unique skill set," the coach added. "He has some juice to him, personality wise." The trade for QB Baker Mayfield likely killed any shot Corral might have had at starting early in his rookie year. And this sounds like a coach offering measured optimism. Corral still makes for an interesting dynasty stash, with neither Mayfield nor Sam Darnold signed beyond this season.

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Sam Darnold, QB CAR
Dynasty MVP 24.6
Position Rank #61 QB
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