Curtis Samuel: Seventh Round Gem
Despite Cam Newton’s shoulder injury, the Carolina pass catchers continued to flex their talent in 2018. DJ Moore and Curtis Samuel found themselves very hit or miss (I guess they never miss, huh?). When they hit, they were great, but they missed when you needed them the most. In the second week of the fantasy playoffs Samuel posted a nice 3.5 fantasy points. He wasn’t a league winner, but him in your line would provide a nice floor in PPR.
Curtis Samuel missed the last 13 games of his rookie year, plus had to learn a new offense in the off season under Norv Turner. After the bye week he came into his own as a solid flex play, or just a plug-in play receiver. He is also involved in the running game, averaging 10.5 yards a carry on 8 carries throughout the season. On top of that he had 2 rushing touchdowns prior to Christian McCaffery’s break out as a workhorse. I do not expect his involvement in the running game to go up, but his shot at a touchdown is a very nice topping to his talent.
Samuel's ADP (according to https://fantasyfootballcalculator.com/adp/) is the 7.10. Currently being drafted around other WR2/3s with WR1 upside, potential break out tight ends (David Njoku and OJ Howard), and a lump of handcuff running backs. If you want to draft a guy like Tyler Lockett, Corey Davis, Marvin Jones, or Robby Anderson over Samuel I can’t blame you, but as we learned with the LA Rams this season, sometimes the number 2 receiver on a team is better than the number 1 on another team. If you want to take a shot on a potential break out year for OJ Howard or David Njoku I don’t blame you with the position being so hard to fill. You cannot convince me that a handcuff running back like Austin Ekeler or Matt Breida is better value than a WR who provides you with a solid floor and whose ceiling is only going to go up. Curtis Samuel is worth a seventh-round pick, and in some drafts, he’s falling to the ninth round. This is crazy good value and you should look to draft him in 2019.