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Curtis Samuel start or sit: Week 12 fantasy football advice

We break down the fantasy football outlook of Curtis Samuel ahead of the Commanders Week 12 matchup against the Cowboys.

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For an offense that throws the ball as much as the Washington Commanders, it’s awfully difficult to answer the question of who’s their No. 2 wide receiver. Though he’s not always second on the team in targets from week to week, it looks like that role belongs to Curtis Samuel. Whether or not he’s a reliable fantasy footbal option is another question entirely.

The Commanders have a tough matchup on Thanksgiving Day against the Dallas Cowboys, with one of the NFL’s top three pass defenses.

Fantasy Football analysis: Commanders WR Curtis Samuel

Samuel played his way out of last week’s game against the Giants, getting ejected in the second quarter after a sideline scuffle with an opposing player. He left with one catch on two targets for five yards. The week before that he had two catches on six targets for six yards. Though the targets have been there, he hasn’t had more than 25 yards in a game since Week 6, which was also the last time he scored.

Dallas is ranked the third best defense in fantasy against opposing wide receivers, holding that position to less than 1,100 yards all season so far.

Start or sit in Week 12 PPR leagues?

I recommend sitting Samuel in all but the largest PPR leagues. The good thing is that he’s seeing the target volume, but the downside is that the production just isn’t there.

Start or sit in Week 12 standard leagues?

Sit Samuel in standard leagues. This is a tough matchup and the production just hasn’t been there for him enough to trust him in fantasy lineups.

Player(s) you would start ahead of Curtis Samuel

Zay Jones of the Jaguars is a better flex option this week than Samuel, thanks to greater upside.