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RB Jaylen Samuels - Pittsburgh Steelers

5-11, 223Born: 7-20-1996College: NC StateDrafted: Round 5, pick

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Dec 10): Samuels dominated the touches in the Steelers backfield in Week 14 despite talk of a committee. He didn't get the rushing score, but he was a strong presence in the passing game and has a high ceiling against the Patriots with a James Conner return looking like a remote possibility.

Week 15: vs New England Patriots

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Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumLPts
11 at JAX 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
12 at DEN 4 0 0 0 2 1 12 0 0 1.2
13 vs LAC 17 2 5 0 3 3 20 1 0 7.5
14 at OAK 48 11 28 0 7 7 64 0 0 9.2
15 vs NE PROJ-Dodds * 7 * * 3 * * * *
15 vs NE PROJ-Tremblay * 7 * * 4 * * * *

Weekly Performance vs RB 1, RB 12, RB 24, RB 36

Percentile ranks

Jaylen Samuels's percentile rank in each category, among RB with more than 50 fantasy points.

Recent Game Summaries

2018 Week 13 vs LAC (2 / 5 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 20 / 1 rec)

Samuels came up for the Steelers in the most crucial situation of the game. James Conner injured his ankle and the Steelers needed a big play to tie the game. Samuels ran a shallow crossing route and broke the defender's angle on him. Samuels has stepped out as the next man up for the Steelers in the backfield.

2018 Week 10 vs CAR (5 / 7 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 22 / 1 rec)

One of the most important takeaways from this blowout victory was a better understanding of what happens if James Conner misses any time and Le'Veon Bell doesn't report back to the Steelers. Samuels is the clear second running back for the Steelers and can do some of the same things Conner can do. Samuels came in when things were well out of hand and stepped right in to Conner/Bell type of usage. Samuels' touchdown, in the fourth quarter when the game was out of hand, showed exactly when the Steelers drafted him. Samuels made a big target for Roethlisberger and got to top speed quickly to give himself of momentum to leap into the endzone.

2018 Week 9 vs BAL (1 / 2 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

The back-up running back situation is starting to shift for the Steelers. Samuels was seeing snaps to spell James Conner during pivotal moments of the game. Samuels only saw one rush attempt, but he also ran at least one other route while he was on the field.

2018 Week 8 vs CLE (4 / 17 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Late in the fourth quarter James Conner was spelled for almost an entire series. Samuels was inserted in the offense and was find good space to run. Samuels displayed on a seven-yard run good acceleration through the hole and leg drive at the end of the run. Stevan Ridley did not receive any rushing work and only two targets through the entire game.

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Latest News

Steelers | Jaylen Samuels busy in passing game (Sun Dec 9, 11:04 PM) - Pittsburgh Steelers RB Jaylen Samuels rushed 11 times for 28 yards and caught seven passes for 64 yards in a 24-21 loss to the Oakland Raiders in Week 14.

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Steelers | Jaylen Samuels, Stevan Ridley to split time (Wed Dec 5, 10:06 PM) - Pittsburgh Steelers RB Jaylen Samuels said he will be the starting running back for the Week 14 game but will split playing time with RB Stevan Ridley.

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Steelers | Jaylen Samuels likely to start (Tue Dec 4, 12:18 PM) - Pittsburgh Steelers RB Jaylen Samuels is the front-runner to start in Week 14 after it was announced Tuesday, Dec. 4, that starting RB James Conner (ankle) will be sidelined with an ankle sprain. RBs Stevan Ridley and Trey Edmunds figure to be the backups.

Our View: Samuels is a big back with a swift running style and the versatility to line up all over the formation (even outside as a receiver) on offense. He doesn't have to come off the field due to his pass-catching ability but it sounds like the Steelers will use some form of RBBC with Samuels as the lead back.
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Footballguys Articles

Projecting the Pros on DraftKings: Week 14
  Danny Tuccitto - December 6
The Best of Week 14 - Footballguys
  Matt Waldman - December 6
The Sharp Report Week 14
  Ryan Zamichieli - December 5
Cutting the Cord: Week 15 - Footballguys
  Chad Parsons - December 11
Waivers of the Future: Week 15 - Footballguys
  Daniel Simpkins - December 11
Vegas Value Chart: Week 15
  John Lee - December 11
The Top 10 Week 15
  Matt Waldman - December 10
Cracking FanDuel: Week 14
  David Dodds - December 8
TipAndPick's: Tips and Picks, DK Edition
  John Lee - December 8
DraftKings GPP Domination: Week 14 - Footballguys
  Phil Alexander - December 7

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Steelers Fantasy Preview
  Evan Silva - July 15

Schedule

15vs New England Patriots
16@ New Orleans Saints
17vs Cincinnati Bengals