The Washington Commanders showed a lot on Sunday, as they went toe-to-toe with the defending NFC champion Philadelphia Eagles. It took a late field goal by Jake Elliott in overtime to give the Eagles a 34-31 win.
The loss dropped the Commanders to 2-2, but the offense has shown a lot of potential. Quarterback Sam Howell threw for 294 yards and one touchdown in the loss.
Howell threw it to a lot of different receivers, but Curtis Samuel saw the ball frequently on Sunday. He had seven catches for 51 yards, and is that type of performance enough for fantasy football managers to look at Samuel on the waiver wire?
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Should Curtis Samuel Be a Fantasy Waiver Wire Add in Week 5?
Samuel is coming off his best game of the season for the Commanders, as he finished with those seven catches for 51 yards. However, despite that being his best day, he still had only 12.1 PPR points. While that is not a bad day, it is going to be tough to count on him to do that consistently.
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In the previous two games, he had 6.2 and 7.4 PPR points. Samuel is a solid player who is capable of making the big play, but is he truly worth going after him on the waiver wire?
No, he is not. The inconsistencies of him from game to game make it difficult for fantasy managers to count on him. The Commanders have a lot of receivers who are similar to him. Guys like Jahan Dotson and Terry McLaurin can do all of the things that Samuel can and have gotten more targets this year than Samuel.
Another thing that is tough for Samuel is he won’t get a ton of those targets in the red zone. Both of those aforementioned receivers are better targets inside the 20, while tight end Logan Thomas is also a go-to red-zone target.
So far this season, it has been tough to count on any Commanders wide receiver, as Howell has shared the ball around with all his receivers. McLaurin is the primary wide receiver as of now, but even he is averaging 4.3 catches and 53 yards per game. If that is what the top receiver on the team is averaging, it’ll be hard to count on any other receiver.
There are definitely guys on the waiver who figure to be more involved with their offense, so right now, hold off on signing Samuel.
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