Curtis Samuel Fantasy Value Climbs in Week 6 Rematch With Buccaneers

Jacksonville Jaguars v Carolina Panthers
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In the first rematch of the season, the Carolina Panthers and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will travel across the pond to London to face off in an NFC South battle. One player that surely has been awaiting this game is Panthers wide receiver Curtis Samuel, who had one of his best games of the season in the first matchup, giving him a great fantasy football outlook on Sunday.

In the Week 2 loss, Samuel posted season-high marks in both targets (13) and receiving yards (91), also tying his best mark with five receptions on those targets from Cam Newton.

Samuel will hope to replicate the same type of workload with Kyle Allen after having a pair of disappointing fantasy games in a row. He has totaled just six catches for 51 yards over the past two weeks, with his struggles tied to a pair of down performances for the quarterback fill-in Allen.

Despite being two quiet games, his target share has remained relatively high, with him seeing 20 percent of his team's targets during that time. That makes Samuel a possible buy-low candidate ahead of Week 6.

Running back Christian McCaffrey has essentially been the entire offense for the Panthers lately, scoring four of their last five touchdowns. However, he has been dealing with some back soreness this week, likely from carrying his team. It's possible that he sees a little reduction in his workload, especially against a Tampa defense that has been surprisingly stout against the run, allowing a league-low 3.1 yards per attempt. That could lead to some increased passing volume on Sunday.

Already seeing solid opportunity, with 13 targets and three carries in his last two games, an uptick in attempts from Allen could bring Samuel back up near those Week 2 numbers. He's a solid WR3 option this week, and we have him sitting 27th at the position in our Week 6 fantasy football PPR rankings.

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