Often, I find myself scrolling through fantasy rankings. They seem to change every virtually every single day. However, there’s one I keep coming back to that I don’t quite understand. Fantasy rankers move players with injuries down in their ranks. I get it, but Deebo Samuel is not receiving the respect he deserves!
Deebo broke his foot in mid-June and had surgery right away. Fantasy rankers downgraded after Samuel after the news. Nobody was sure how many weeks Samuel would miss. If the 49ers were nervous, he would miss the first six weeks of the season; they wouldn’t have activated him off the non-football injury list.
We still don’t have an exact timetable. Here’s what we know:
Best case: Deebo plays week 1
Worst case: Deebo misses 3 weeks?
We don’t know for sure, but the reports are that San Francisco is optimistic the former South Carolina product can play in week one. If that’s the case, why is Deebo consistently ranked so low after a dominant rookie season?
Fantasy Pros has Deebo ranked as WR 38! He’s ranked ONE spot ahead of John Brown. I’m a John Brown fan but come on now. Deebo is a superstar in the making, and I can have him in fantasy for almost free. Oh, and he’s healthy or should be soon.
There’s also basically no competition on the roster. First-round pick Brandon Aiyuk is dealing with a hamstring injury. I’m also not sure he’s any good. San Francisco is desperate for wideouts right now. Jalen Hurd, Tavon Austin, and J.J. Nelson are on the injured reserve (IR). Travis Benjamin opted out of the season. We’re at the point where Kendrick Bourne has moved into a more important role.
As a rookie, when wide receivers usually get factored into the offense later in the season, Deebo notched 57 catches for 802 yards and three touchdowns. The 2019 second-round pick also brings rushing potential as well, scoring three touchdowns on the ground. Deebo is an extremely talented player and proved he was worthy of my predraft praise.
You can snag Deebo as WR 38, which is basically for free. He is one of the best wide receivers in football. If that ranking holds out, I won’t leave a draft without Deebo Samuel. I can promise you that.