The rookie’s multidimensional deployment and voluminous snap count has him climbing the fantasy ladder. Trotting out on 88.2% of the Niners’ snaps through two games, he tallied 104 yards and a touchdown on 10 receptions. Whether on jet sweeps, quick slot hits or downfield connections, Samuel has displayed show-stopping speed and excellent break-tackle ability. His 12.1 YAC per reception ranks No. 3 at the position. He’s one of many examples why this season is quickly becoming the Year of the Rookie Wide Receiver. This week, matched against a reeling Steelers secondary, Samuel is worth your WR3 consideration.
Look for Shanahan to creatively shift him about to maximize matchups, primarily working him away from Joe Haden. Assuming he does mostly square off against Mike Hilton (158.3 passer rating allowed) or Steven Nelson (100.4), he’s destined to accumulate chunk gains. It may not be Friday, but Deebo knocks the (bleep) out of the competition.
Fearless Forecast: 4 receptions, 62 receiving yards, 1 touchdown, 14.2 fantasy points