Samuel caught one pass for 15 yards on two targets while running for 79 yards and one touchdown on eight carries against Jacksonville on Sunday.
Analysis: A substantial part of Samuel's fantasy appeal was always his ability to contribute as a runner in games where his pass-catching production might lag otherwise, and this box score is maybe the most extreme example of that in Samuel's career to this point. He was almost a zero through the air -- a byproduct of the fact that the 49ers attempted only 22 passes -- but his big rushing output made him a solid start for his fantasy investors anyway. Samuel won't stay quiet as a pass catcher forever, so he should be busier in that capacity against Minnesota in Week 12.
Nov 21, 2021 1:33 PM EST
Samuel (shin) has been removed from the injury report for Sunday's game in Jacksonville, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
Analysis: He was a limited practice participant Wednesday and Thursday but never seemed in much danger of missing the game. A season-low five targets was no deterrent for Samuel in Monday's 31-10 win over the Rams, as he caught all five for 97 yards and a touchdown and also took a season-high four carries for 36 yards and another score. There may be some concern about his target share slipping a little with both Brandon Aiyuk and George Kittle healthy and handling full workloads, but Samuel has been the best of the three this year, and he might just add more rushing work to make up for it if he does end up losing some of the receiving looks.
Nov 19, 2021 12:50 PM EST
Samuel (shin) practiced in a limited capacity Thursday, Jennifer Lee Chan of NBC Sports Bay Area
Analysis: Through nine games this season, Samuel has six outings with at least 100 yards from scrimmage and seven total touchdowns. He was especially on point Monday versus the Rams on his way to 10 touches for 133 total yards and a pair of scores. Coach Kyle Shanahan told Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area on Tuesday that Samuel is considered day-to-day this week due to a bruised shin, and the wide receiver's subsequent activity level in practice has backed that up. Samuel has one more chance to get back to full before the 49ers are required to lock in a designation or remove it entirely ahead of Sunday's game in Jacksonville.
Nov 18, 2021 4:16 PM EST
Samuel (shin) was a limited practice participant Wednesday, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
Analysis: Participation in any capacity to start the week puts Samuel on track to play in Sunday's game at Jacksonville. His dominant target share may be slipping a little with Brandon Aiyuk and now George Kittle more involved, but Samuel continues to put up big numbers and needs just 21 more receiving yards to reach 1,000 in a season for the first time. He also had five carries for 36 yards and a TD in Monday's 31-10 win over the Rams, his first rushing contributions since Week 5.
Nov 17, 2021 12:45 PM EST
Coach Kyle Shanahan indicated Tuesday that Samuel is considered day-to-day with a shin bruise, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
Analysis: There's nothing at this point to suggest Samuel is in danger of missing Sunday's game against the Jaguars, but it will still be worth monitoring his practice status in the coming days. Samuel is looking to build off of another big effort Monday, turning in five grabs for 97 yards and a score to go along with his five carries for another 36 yards and a second touchdown. If he3 can't go, that could leave more looks for Brandon Aiyuk and George Kittle in the passing attack.
Nov 16, 2021 12:58 PM EST
Samuel caught all five of his targets for 97 yards and a touchdown in Monday night's 31-10 win over the Rams. He also rushed five times for 36 yards and another score.
Analysis: Samuel was outstanding, again proving to be one of the league's best wide receivers and hardest players to tackle. His 40-yard touchdown on a fourth-and-five play to begin the fourth quarter capped off a performance in which he punished the Rams consistently. Samuel even did so out of the backfield, where he was San Francisco's most efficient runner and scored an eight-yard touchdown during the first half. Overall, his full complement of skills were on display in another excellent outing and Week 11's matchup versus the Jaguars could prove similarly fruitful.
Nov 15, 2021 8:09 PM EST
Samuel (calf) wasn't listed on the 49ers' injury report Thursday.
Analysis: Prior to Thursday's practice, coach Kyle Shanahan included Samuel among 49ers that were slated to be limited, according to Cam Inman of The San Jose Mercury News. But Samuel bucked those expectations and handled every rep presented to him and his fellow wide receivers. With his calf injury behind him, he'll ramp up for Monday's matchup against a Rams defense that has surrendered the third-most catches (130) to wide receivers so far this season.
Nov 11, 2021 4:00 PM EST
Samuel (calf) will be limited at Thursday's practice, Cam Inman of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
Analysis: Samuel put up a modest five catches (on nine targets) for 63 yards this past Sunday versus the Cardinals, at least for his standards this season. His calf issue may have been a hindrance, but more likely it was the presence of George Kittle, who was playing for the first time since Week 4 and had a 6-101-1 line on eight targets. Fellow wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk also busted out for 6-89-1 on eight targets, so Samuel suddenly has some competition for looks from Jimmy Garoppolo in the passing game. Samuel will attempt to rid himself of a designation in advance of Monday's contest against the Rams.
Nov 11, 2021 1:31 PM EST
Samuel caught five of nine targets for 63 yards in Sunday's 31-17 loss to the Cardinals.
Analysis: While the second-year receiver led the 49ers in targets, Samuel saw both Brandon Aiyuk and the returning George Kittle surpass him in receptions and yards on the afternoon, with each of the latter also finding the end zone. Samuel still hasn't seen fewer than eight targets in a game all season, and Sunday was only the second time in eight contests he didn't either score a TD or reach 100 scrimmage yards. He'll look to get back on track in Week 10 against the Rams.
Nov 7, 2021 10:51 PM EST
Samuel (calf) is listed as active Sunday versus the Cardinals, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
Analysis: Samuel didn't log as many practice reps this week as he did during Week 8 prep, following a DNP/LP/LP practice regimen. He thus went into the weekend as questionable, and while Adam Schefter of ESPN reported earlier Sunday that Samuel was on pace to suit up, the wide receiver may not be afforded his typical workload. In seven games this season, Samuel has garnered at least 81 percent of offensive snaps six times, churned out 100-plus receiving yards on four occasions and scored five total touchdowns.
Nov 7, 2021 12:06 PM EST
Samuel (calf), who is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Cardinals, is expected to play but the 49ers are uncertain how long he'll be able to go, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Analysis: Samuel was able to practice on a limited basis Friday for the second day in a row after previously sitting out Wednesday's session. Despite this report, fantasy managers will need to confirm he's avoided the inactive list ahead of Sunday's 4:25 p.m. ET kickoff.
Nov 7, 2021 12:13 AM EST
The 49ers list Samuel (calf) as questionable for Sunday's game against the Cardinals, Jennifer Lee Chan of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
Analysis: Though Samuel was able to practice on a limited basis Friday for the second day in a row after previously sitting out Wednesday's session, he admitted that his calf injury is feeling worse this week than it did heading into the 49ers' Week 8 win over the Bears, per Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com. Samuel still proceeded to churn out six receptions for 171 yards on nine targets last week, so even if he's at less than 100 percent heading into the matchup with the Cardinals, fantasy mangers should still feel good about including him in lineups. To that end, David Lombardi of The Athletic relays that Samuel seemingly has a "solid chance" to play, though fantasy managers will need to confirm he's avoided the inactive list ahead of Sunday's 4:25 p.m. ET kickoff.
Nov 5, 2021 1:47 PM EST
Samuel (calf) practiced in a limited capacity Thursday, Jennifer Lee Chan of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
Analysis: Samuel is under the same practice routine so far from last week, when he didn't practice Wednesday before returning to the field Thursday with a cap on his reps. If he ends Week 9 prep as a full participant, he again should enter the weekend without a designation. Friday's injury report may reveal as much.
Nov 4, 2021 3:40 PM EST
Samuel (calf) won't practice Wednesday, Chris Biderman of The Sacramento Bee reports.
Analysis: Samuel sat out last Wednesday, too, due to a calf injury before returning in a limited capacity Thursday and practicing in full Friday. He was able to suit up this past Sunday in Chicago and churn out 171 yards on six catches, but coach Kyle Shanahan relayed Samuel aggravated the issue in that contest. Shanahan expects him to return to drills Thursday and also play Week 9 against the Cardinals, per David Lombardi of The Athletic, but the wide receiver's status bears watching as this week goes on.
Nov 3, 2021 12:50 PM EST
Samuel is expected to be limited in practice this week due to a calf injury, Cam Inman of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
Analysis: Last week, Samuel kicked it off with no practice Wednesday, but he proceeded to log a limited session Thursday before returning in full Friday. It didn't stop him from ripping off six catches (on nine targets) for 171 yards against the Bears on Sunday, which included a career-best 83-yard catch and run. Samuel may operate under a similar set of practice restrictions this week, but the NFL's second-leading receiver (819 yards) doesn't appear as if his availability for game day is in question.
Nov 1, 2021 4:20 PM EST
Samuel had six receptions (nine targets) for 171 yards in Sunday's 33-22 victory over the Bears.
Analysis: Samuel ripped off a career high 83-yard catch and run in the third quarter to cement another strong fantasy outing, narrowly missing his fifth receiving touchdown due to an official review. The 25-year-old now has four 100-plus yard games this season, despite getting inconsistent play from his quarterbacks. The 49ers are on track to get George Kittle (calf) back from IR in Week 9, which may cut into Samuel's targets slightly, but the budding star wideout has performed well both with and without his fellow fantasy standout this year. The 49ers will take on the NFC West-leading Cardinals in Week 9.
Oct 31, 2021 1:26 PM EST
Samuel (calf) will play in Sunday's game against the Bears, Cam Inman of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
Analysis: Samuel was removed from the final injury report after missing practice Wednesday and logging a limited session Thursday. He's been a breakout star for the otherwise disappointing 49ers, averaging 6.3 catches for 108.0 receiving yards per game, with five total touchdowns in six contests.
Oct 29, 2021 1:32 PM EST
Samuel (calf) was limited in practice Thursday, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
Analysis: The 49ers are taking a cautious approach with Samuel's calf issue, which didn't allow him to get on the practice field to begin Week 8 prep. But, as coach Kyle Shanahan told Cam Inman of The San Jose Mercury News, he expressed optimism Wednesday about the wide receiver being active Sunday in Chicago. Thursday's development is a step in the right direction, but there's still a chance he heads into the weekend with a designation if he isn't a full participant Friday.
Oct 28, 2021 2:51 PM EST
Coach Kyle Shanahan said Samuel won't practice Wednesday due to a calf injury, Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Shanahan noted Samuel looked "OK" during Wednesday's walkthrough, per Cam Inman of The San Jose Mercury News, and also relayed optimism that the wide receiver will be available for Sunday's game at Chicago, according to Wagoner. Samuel still has a pair of practices this week to get back on the field and prove the health of his quad, but his status now bears watching as the weekend approaches.
Oct 27, 2021 12:40 PM EST
Samuel had seven receptions (11 targets) for 100 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 30-18 loss to the Colts.
Analysis: Samuel did not record a rushing attempt for the first time since Week 1, and also lost a fumble in the heavy rain at Levi's Stadium. That's where the bad news ends, as the dynamic wideout posted his third 100-yard game with a score through six games this year. The 49ers' offense looked lost for extended periods Sunday, but Samuel is proving to be an asset that can produce regardless of the situation surrounding him. The third-year wideout is about as must-start as they come for next week's tilt against the Bears.
Oct 24, 2021 8:51 PM EST
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