WR Curtis Samuel - Carolina Panthers
|5-11, 196||Born: 8-11-1996||College: Ohio State||Drafted: Round 2, pick 2017|
Week 14: at Atlanta Falcons - $4900
FBG says: Good matchup. The talented Carolina receivers are truly blossoming before our eyes. D.J. Moore, in particular, has turned heads: over the past 9 weeks, he's produced the league's fourth-most catches (54) and yards (719). Speedy Curtis Samuel has been less productive as the clear-out deep threat, but still finds an opening or two a week to exploit. And Christian McCaffrey remains the league's most dangerous threat out of the backfield, routinely side-stepping and stiff-arming his way into splash plays. Unfortunately, they're still handcuffed to a degree by the play of quarterback Kyle Allen, who just doesn't look like an ideal NFL starter. Since his impressive Week 3 debut, Allen has produced just 6.5 yards per attempt and 244 a game despite hefty volume (37.8 attempts). Over that span he's devolved into a mess of misfires and gaffes, with 10 interceptions and 8 fumbles, and last week he nearly threw a back-breaking interception just one play before coughing up the game-sealing fumble. It's tantalizing to imagine what Moore, Samuel, McCaffrey, and the peripheral targets could do with stronger quarterbacking. For now, they're all high-floor guys on talent alone, but rarely do we see more than one erupt at a time. This attack now has big volume on its side, but very little efficiency. The Atlanta defense has made great strides against the run, but none of that success has spilled over into the pass-game unit. Only four teams have allowed more net yardage per attempt, and only six have given up more touchdowns. On Thanksgiving, Drew Brees would have easily been the eighth opposing passer to throw multiple scores against them, had he not had a pair of easy ones dropped. If nothing else, top cornerback Desmond Trufant has rebounded nicely from an awful start to the year. He's been in shutdown form over the past few weeks as the dominant force in stifling Michael Thomas (48 yards) and Mike Evans (50). Even so, D.J. Moore pieced together 95 yards on 8 catches when these teams faced off 3 weeks ago. There are still big holes across from Trufant, where Isaiah Oliver and Kendall Sheffield have been beaten frequently, and free safety Ricardo Allen has taken a big step backward here in 2019. This remains one of fantasy's most targetable matchups, and even Kyle Allen takes on a nice boost against it.
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Weekly Performance vs WR 1, WR 12, WR 24, WR 36
Curtis Samuel's percentile rank in each category, among WR with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2019 Week 13 vs WAS (7 / 4 / 65 / 1 rec - 16.5 points, $4800)
Things started off swimmingly for Curtis Samuel, who made a beautiful leaping touchdown catch on a corner route in the end zone for a touchdown. Kyle Allen threw the ball intentionally high and 'above the rim', with Samuel bouncing up above the defensive back to secure it before tapping both feet in bounds. Allen and Samuel hooked up soon after on a deep crossing route, with the receiver turning on the speed and leaving the coverage in the dust. However, the next target sent Samuel's way was left a yard too far in front on what should have been a touchdown; the Washington defender had fallen over on the play and Samuel had nothing but green grass in front of him. Samuel dropped a well-thrown pass on a deep out in the second half, a symptom of the team's offensive woes. With the offense struggling, Samuel was not much of a factor in the closing stages, though he made a nice reception as he absorbed a hit in the two-minute drill at the end of the game.
2019 Week 12 vs NO (4 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec, 4 / 40 / 0 rush - 5.9 points, $5400)
Curtis Samuel played second fiddle to the unstoppable D.J. Moore among the Carolina receivers in this game, but his impact was very much felt. Knowing that the Saints' front seven was likely to win the battle up front, the Panthers handed Samuel the ball on jet sweeps to keep the defense honest. It worked a charm, with the zippy Samuel breaking off six- and seven-yard gains on each carry. When Kyle Allen tried to get the ball to Samuel as a receiver, often the pass was slightly off, or pressure had forced the quarterback into a rushed throw. Samuel had the ball clang off his hands on a quick slant, with the ball tipped up and almost intercepted as a result. Allen targeted Samuel on a deep ball in the end zone late in the game, with the play resulting in a defensive pass interference penalty.
2019 Week 11 vs ATL (7 / 4 / 25 / 0 rec - 6.5 points, $5300)
Like most of the Carolina offensive players, Curtis Samuel endured a torrid day against an Atlanta defense that was revitalised and played with spirit and verve. A quick screen into the right flat was snuffed out early, with Samuel unable to manoeuvre through the traffic. Samuel had to feed on scraps, catching only a handful of short passes. His lone deep target on a fade pattern in the end zone was too high to be hauled in.
2019 Week 10 vs GB (8 / 4 / 35 / 1 rec - 13.5 points, $4600)
Curtis Samuel took a backseat to D.J. Moore in this game but managed to assert himself as it wore on. An early third-down connection with Kyle Allen was snuffed out, as Samuel's attempt to spin away and reach the line-to-gain was rebuffed. Samuel got into the end zone soon after, though. Lined up in the slot right, Allen rolled right as Samuel ran a quick out. The two were on the same page and linked up with a simple pitch and catch for the score. Samuel only managed to secure one deep target, but the pass was thrown to his back shoulder and he couldn't manage to use the proper technique to get his hands together to make the play. With the footing growing increasingly unsteady due to the snowy conditions, Samuel could only muster a handful of short catches as the Panthers went into comeback mode.
2019 Week 9 vs TEN (6 / 3 / 64 / 1 rec, 1 / 10 / 0 rush - 16.4 points, $4300)
Curtis Samuel continued to riff with Kyle Allen, with the two linking up on a beautiful deep ball down the right sideline early. The touch on the pass was perfect, flying over a Tennessee defender's outstretched arm and landing perfectly in Samuel's breadbasket. Samuel was targeted on a quick slant in the end zone, but Allen's pass was a little inaccurate in such a tight window and a defender closing on the receiver made the catch a difficult one. Samuel's touchdown came on another red zone opportunity, as Allen showed great toughness against the blitz, floating up the ball for his receiver to attack in the air. Samuel obliged, leaping high above the defender to haul in the football. Samuel could have added a second touchdown catch, but a deep ball thrown his way on a post route was slightly underthrown and allowed a Titans defender to bat it away.
2019 Week 8 vs SF (11 / 4 / 46 / 0 rec - 8.6 points, $4600)
On a day to forget for the Carolina passing game, it proved to be a day of 'almost' for Curtis Samuel. Early in the game, Samuel was the target of a deep ball in the back corner of the end zone, the football just a yard or two out of his reach as he made a despairing attempt to haul it in. Kyle Allen went back to the deep ball well later in the game, but this time a streaking Samuel couldn't catch up to the quarterback's pass, which was thrown too far out in front. Samuel was largely a non-factor despite leading the team in targets, but the 49ers defense marshalled him well and did not give the Panthers a sniff overall.
2019 Week 6 vs TB (6 / 4 / 70 / 1 rec, 1 / 8 / 1 rush - 23.8 points, $4700)
Curtis Samuel produced every time he was called upon in this game, building trust with Kyle Allen and displaying his lightning-quick speed and playmaking ability. A deep target down the left sideline early in the game sailed out of bounds, but Allen came back to Samuel on a deep over route on consecutive targets, laying the ball out for his receiver to run on to for big chunks of yardage. Samuel scored on both rushing and receiving touchdowns, with the former coming on a sweep. The speedy receiver turned on the jets as he raced to the perimeter, beating the chasing defenders for pace. His receiving touchdown came on a beautifully thrown back shoulder pass at the right pylon, with Samuel rising high to use his body and box out the defensive back for the score.
2019 Week 5 vs JAX (6 / 3 / 19 / 0 rec, 2 / 25 / 0 rush - 7.4 points, $4500)
The Panthers featured Curtis Samuel as a runner on a couple of plays in this game, including the very first offensive play. With Jacksonville lined up to stop an inside run, presumably to snuff out the Christian McCaffrey threat, Samuel was handed the ball on an end around, scooting off the left side for a first down carry. Later, offensive coordinator Norv Turner went back to the same play, only this time on a sweep. Samuel's speed proved too much for the Jaguars to contend with. As a receiver, Samuel was targeted on a quick slant in the end zone, but Kyle Allen's pass was too high for the short pass catcher to haul in. Samuel almost got into the end zone on a well-executed end around late in the game but was tackled yards shy. With Carolina trying to seal the game on a late third down play, Allen tossed a looping deep ball up to Samuel deep down the right sideline. The defender had excellent position and appeared to intercept the effort, but it was ruled incomplete after review.
2019 Week 4 vs HOU (7 / 3 / 32 / 0 rec, 1 / 1 / 0 rush - 6.3 points, $4600)
Curtis Samuel popped off the screen multiple times in this game as he continued his strong progression. He and Kyle Allen have a strong connection and it was on display from early on in this game. Allen fired a deep ball in Samuel's direction down the left sideline, with a defensive pass interference flag gaining the offense 40 yards or so as Samuel was bumped. Allen went back to Samuel on another deep target not long after, but it was laid out just a few inches out of his reach. Samuel excelled on timing patterns where the defensive back's cushion allowed him room to work. He made a spectacular toe-tapping catch on the sideline, hauling in the pass as he was already bent over and falling to the turf. Allen continued to pepper him with deep targets, but the two were unable to connect.
2019 Week 3 vs ARI (7 / 5 / 53 / 1 rec - 16.3 points, $4800)
The Arizona defensive backs afforded speedster Curtis Samuel a generous cushion in the early stages, allowing the receiver to get open on quick slants and hitches - and giving Kyle Allen some easy throws to settle him down. Samuel showed dynamism throughout the game and bailed his quarterback out on his first touchdown pass, sprinting to the back-right pylon as Allen rolled out that direction, throwing Samuel a perfect pass. Samuel could have hit pay dirt a second time, but Allen's attempted pass was batted down at the line of scrimmage, with the receiver ready to accept the ball into his hands at the back of the end zone. Samuel had a concentration drop at the end of the game as the Panthers ran a jailbreak screen off to the trips receiver set on the right side. Had he caught the football, he would have had nothing but green grass ahead of him - and likely another touchdown - as the Cardinals had sent a house blitz.
2019 Week 2 vs TB (13 / 5 / 91 / 0 rec, 1 / 2 / 0 rush - 14.3 points, $4800)
Curtis Samuel announced himself in this game with a deep 44-yard reception against man coverage, executing a beautiful double move to beat the defensive back. Samuel had plenty of room to work with, but with the ball thrown a little shy of where it needed to be, he had to wait on it and got tackled. A subsequent deep target right sailed out of bounds. In the short game, Samuel had less success than his counterpart D.J. Moore, but he showed more variation in his routes. Samuel showed good understanding on a hitch route, running just past the sticks before planting his foot and turning back to Cam Newton. Samuel was unable to haul in a pass on a shallow crossing route from Newton on third down, with the ball thrown behind him. With the Bucs blitzing on the play, it appeared Samuel would have had room to work with. Samuel stayed involved as the game reached its climax, managing to catch a pass even as his facemask was being yanked.
2019 Week 1 vs LAR (4 / 3 / 32 / 0 rec - 6.2 points, $4200)
Curtis Samuel was unable to carry forward his momentum from the preseason into the first live game action. He slipped and fell on his first catch, preventing him from turning up the field. After that Samuel came alive, adjusting well on a comeback route near the sideline and showing off his trademark speed on a shallow crossing route catch and run. Samuel put on a move Neo from the Matrix would have been proud of later, securing a pass before ducking under a would-be tackler and scooting up the field for bonus yardage. Samuel was wide open on a streak pattern down the right sideline on a crucial third down in the second half, but Cam Newton's pass was too far in front to be hauled in.
Latest NewsPanthers | Curtis Samuel finds the end zone (Sun Dec 1, 08:21 PM) - Carolina Panthers WR Curtis Samuel posted four grabs for 65 yards and a touchdown in Week 13 against the Washington Redskins. link to story Panthers | Curtis Samuel not on injury report (Fri Nov 29, 03:08 PM) - Carolina Panthers WR Curtis Samuel (knee) fully participated in practice Friday, Nov. 29, and is not on the injury report for Week 13. link to story Panthers | Week 13 injury report for Carolina (Fri Nov 29, 02:07 PM) - Carolina Panthers RB Jordan Scarlett (knee, ankle) did not practice all week and has been ruled out for Week 13 against the Washington Redskins. OT Greg Little (ankle) also did not practice all week and is listed as doubtful. S Eric Reid (ankle) did not practice Friday, Nov. 29, and is listed as questionable. OT Taylor Moton (knee) was limited in practice all week and is also listed as questionable. LB/DEs Mario Addison (rest) and Bruce Irvin (rest) did not practice Friday but have been removed from the injury report. DT Gerald McCoy (knee, quad), LB Shaq Thompson (ankle), RB Christian McCaffrey (rest), WR Curtis Samuel (knee), D.J. Moore (ankle, non-injury) and CB Ross Cockrell (quad) practiced in full Friday and also no longer appear on the injury report. Our View: Reid has been an IDP force this year, but continues to struggle to get off of the injury report. You might need a replacement if you have been counting on him this year.
link to story Panthers | Curtis Samuel fully practices (Thu Nov 28, 03:19 PM) - Carolina Panthers WR Curtis Samuel (knee) fully participated in practice Thursday, Nov. 28. link to story Panthers | Thursday's practice report for Carolina (Thu Nov 28, 02:06 PM) - Carolina Panthers OT Greg Little (ankle) and RB Jordan Scarlett (knee, ankle) did not practice for a second straight day Thursday, Nov. 28. LB Shaq Thompson (ankle), S Eric Reid (ankle) and OT Taylor Moton (knee) were limited. DT Gerald McCoy (knee, quad), RB Christian McCaffrey (rest), WR Curtis Samuel (knee), WR D.J. Moore (ankle, non-injury) and CB Ross Cockrell (quad) practiced in full. link to story More News
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