Rookie WRs to WATCH: Metcalf vs Samuel | Fantasy Football Today

The 49ers somewhat surprisingly took Samuel with the fourth pick of the second round, making him the third wide receiver off the board in this year’s draft. While his receiving production at the college level doesn’t jump off the page, Samuel did add seven rushing touchdowns in college. The 49ers have an open depth chart at wide receiver and are expected to take a step forward offensively with a healthy Jimmy Garoppolo, so the draft capital invested in Samuel is enough to immediately put him on the Fantasy radar.

Metcalf is going to be a matchup nightmare for NFL defenses — he’s a 6-foot-3 beast with sub-4.4 speed! No doubt he’s not a polished route runner, but he is a physically dominant receiver who can fly. The Seahawks claim they want to push the ball downfield more in 2019, making Metcalf an easy target for Russell Wilson to lock in on. Wilson happens to be one of the league’s top deep-ball passers, ranking among the top six in QB rating on long tosses in three of the past four years according to Pro Football Focus. And you can’t squabble with the late-round price tag on Metcalf, either.

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