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Curtis Samuel start or sit: Week 13 fantasy football advice

We break down the fantasy football outlook of Curtis Samuel ahead of the Commanders Week 13 matchup against the Dolphins.

ARLINGTON, TX - NOVEMBER 23: Curtis Samuel #4 of the Washington Commanders smiles prior to an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium on November 23, 2023 in Arlington, Texas. Photo by Kevin Sabitus/Getty Images

The Washington Commanders will look to erase the memory of their Thanksgiving blowout loss, but the task remains tall against a well-oiled machine in the Miami Dolphins offense. Wide receiver Curtis Samuel could be a name to keep an eye on when these two teams go head to head, but is last week’s explosive performance enough to justify starting him in Week 13?

Fantasy Football analysis: Commanders WR Curtis Samuel

Heading into Week 13, Samuel ranks as WR43 in PPR scoring formats with an average of 10.1 fantasy points per game this season. He’s caught 47 of 63 targets for 443 yards and two touchdowns as he’s quietly become a go-to target for Sam Howell in Washington.

Start or sit in Week 13 PPR leagues?

Start. After totaling 19.0 PPR fantasy points last week, Samuel has now had five games with double-digit fantasy points (PPR) on the season, making him an intriguing option week to week. He won’t consistently put up those numbers, but last week’s blowout game script clearly worked in his favor. The same could happen this week against a high-octane Dolphins offense, which means he’ll once again be on the radar as a starter.

Given the subtle risk, he remains a low-end WR3/flex option in PPR-scoring leagues.

Start or sit in Week 13 standard leagues?

Start. Samuel boasts a career average of 9.6 yards per reception, which is indicative of his ability to connect with his quarterback downfield. That’s an incredibly valuable trait in standard leagues, where all it takes is one big yardage play to salvage an otherwise meager fantasy day. While he remains a low-end flex option, he should be plugged into starting lineups this week as Washington could potentially be forced to match a high-powered Dolphins offense, while playing from behind.

Player(s) you would start ahead of Curtis Samuel

Fantasy managers could look to the opposite side of the field and consider starting Jaylen Waddle over Samuel this week. The Commanders are allowing 29.0 fantasy points per game to opposing receivers, which is the second-most in the NFL. Tyreek Hill may command most of the attention, but it only opens up more space for Waddle to operate and leverage.