It was announced on Wednesday that Deebo Samuel suffered a Jones fracture in his foot, and he will need to undergo surgery. That's expected to sideline him for 12 to 16 weeks, meaning he's not a guarantee to be ready for Week 1 of the 2020 NFL season.
That is a crushing blow to his fantasy football outlook for the upcoming season.
Deebo Samuel Fractured Foot News
Samuel had become the San Francisco 49ers' go-to receiver down the stretch of his rookie season, seeing targets on 31 percent of Jimmy Garoppolo's pass attempts in the playoffs.
FantasyPros' average draft position (ADP) data shows that Samuel was being drafted as the 26th wide receiver off the board, at an average pick of 55.0. He should no longer be considered in this range, as even if he suffers no setbacks it could take two or three games before he's really up to speed.
The downside of a potential re-injury or setback makes him even riskier. We saw that last year when Trent Taylor underwent foot injury in the offseason and ended up missing the entire 2019 campaign.
This does boost the fantasy outlook for the rest of San Francisco's wideouts though. Between Samuel and the departed Emmanuel Sanders, 44.8 percent of the targets from the Niners' playoff run are unaccounted for.
This means rookie first-round pick Brandon Aiyuk and even presumed backups like Jalen Hurd, Dante Pettis and Kendrick Bourne could start to offer some value if they crack the starting lineup in Samuel's absence.
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