Every Friday during the 2022 NFL and Fantasy Football season, Eric Carabelle will offer his always-sensible point of view to cover the most important fantasy football storylines approaching the weekend’s games.

Everyone loves San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Deebo Samuel, and for good reason. Drafted No. 17 by Sportzshala in the live draft this season (and No. 7 WR), Samuel is big and physical, and the 49ers are using him creatively as he scores imagination points as a traditional wide receiver but also as a running back. back.

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The problem with this narrative is that Samuel hasn’t been accumulating Fantasy Points lately as he struggles with injuries and team depth, and while no one should be doing something as drastic as Samuel’s bench press (yet), one might ask, remains whether it is automatic. weekly fantasy game. Hey, we’re just throwing it in there!

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After all, Samuel comes into play on Monday against the Arizona Cardinals in Mexico City, ranking 29th among wide receivers in fantasy points this season behind injured Cardinal Marquise Brown, occasional Green Bay Packers supplier Allen Lazard and to his teammate Brandon Aiyuk. Samuel scored double-figure PPR points in each of the first six games of the season, although he scored 16 points in just one game.

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The problem is that he’s been single digits in the last two games, while Aiyuk and recent acquisition of running back Christian McCaffrey play around him and handle a lot of volume.

To begin with, the 49ers aren’t exactly an offensive juggernaut, relying on great defense, efficiency, and loss prevention from quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo to get them back in the playoffs, which seems eminently plausible. Fantasy managers have a habit of playing with their most popular players they’ve drafted before, rather than the potential top picks. We sin with this in the rating of players. Samuel was incredible last season. He caught passes for 1,405 yards on an NFL-best 18.2 yards per catch, rushed for 365 yards, and threw for 14 touchdowns.