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Jan 7, 2024 189 1 0 96.5 18
Dec 31, 2023 0 0 0 0
Dec 25, 2023 81 1 1 67.9 7
Dec 17, 2023 20 0 0 85.4
Dec 3, 2023 0 0 0 0
Player Outlook
Darnold beat out Trey Lance to be the No. 2 quarterback in San Francisco, and that could lead to Darnold making starts for a team with a great supporting cast should Brock Purdy suffer another injury. Although Darnold struggled to find any kind of Fantasy consistency in 2022 in the games he started for the Panthers, anyone who steps into that Kyle Shanahan offense seems to find success both in real life and Fantasy. It's easy to find production with a dominant offensive line, Christian McCaffrey, Brandon Aiyuk, Deebo Samuel and George Kittle. If Darnold starts games, he has back-end QB1 upside in this offense.

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2023 297 2 1 15 1 252.5
2022 1143 7 3 106 2 9616
2021 2527 9 13 222 5 16613.8
3y Avg. 1959 8 9 182 3 12212.2
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  • 49ers' Sam Darnold: Solid as backup in 2023

    Darnold completed 61 percent of his pass attempts for 297 yards, two touchdowns and one interception across 10 games (one start) with San Francisco in 2023. Darnold spent the majority of the campaign backing up MVP candidate Brock Purdy, with the veteran's lone start coming in the last game of the regular season with many starters resting for the playoffs. The third overall pick from the 2018 Draft appeared to be more comfortable under center while playing in head coach Kyle Shanahan's system. Darnold's high draft pedigree and improved polish should produce several suitors for the unrestricted free agent this upcoming offseason.
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  • 49ers' Sam Darnold: Scores twice in first start for SF

    Darnold completed 16 of 26 pass attempts for 189 yards and a touchdown while rushing seven times for 19 yards and another score in Sunday's 21-20 loss to the Rams. He also lost a fumble. The 49ers decided to rest starting quarterback Brock Purdy along with a handful of other key players Sunday, affording Darnold the opportunity to make his first start as a member of the team. The third overall pick from the 2018 Draft looked more polished and decisive in the pocket, even showing off his arm strength on a couple of deep completions in the face of pressure. That brief showcase will help Darnold's efforts to seek a new contract this offseason as an unrestricted free agent. Until then, the 26-year-old will continue backing up Purdy for San Francisco's upcoming playoff run.
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  • 49ers' Sam Darnold: Starting regular-season finale

    Head coach Kyle Shanahan confirmed Wednesday that Darnold will serve as the 49ers' starting quarterback for Sunday's regular-season finale versus the Rams, Matt Barrows of The Athletic reports. The 49ers have already clinched the No. 1 seed in the NFC with a 12-4 record, so they will give starting quarterback Brock Purdy a breather before the playoffs. Star running back Christian McCaffrey (calf) has already been ruled out, and it's possible that Darnold won't have Brandon Aiyuk, Deebo Samuel or George Kittle at his disposal either against a Rams team that's also in rest mode prior to the postseason and will start Carson Wentz at quarterback.
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  • 49ers' Sam Darnold: Mops up in blowout win

    Darnold carried once for minus-one yard while playing four of the 49ers' 59 snaps on offense in Sunday's 42-19 win over the Eagles. Darnold looked like a candidate to get his first extended playing time of the season back in late October while Brock Purdy was in concussion protocol, but Purdy ended up being cleared ahead of the 49ers' Week 8 game against the Bengals and hasn't missed out on any starts ever since. As such, most of Darnold's opportunities are likely to come in mop-up scenarios such as this past Sunday, when he took the field for the 49ers' final possession with 2:07 remaining in the fourth quarter with the outcome already in hand. Over his six appearances off the bench this season, Darnold has completed two of three passes for seven yards.
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  • 49ers' Sam Darnold: Could get Week 8 start

    Darnold may be in line to start Sunday's game against the Bengals after teammate Brock Purdy entered the concussion protocol earlier this week, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. While not officially ruled out, Purdy faces a challenge to clear the five-step protocol on a short week after sustaining the head injury during Monday's loss at Minnesota. Darnold has taken 18 snaps and attempted one pass so far this season, strictly subbing in for Purdy in the late stages of blowout wins. The 26-year-old last served as a starter for Carolina over the final six weeks of last season, a stretch in which he won four games and completed 58.6 percent of his passes for 8.2 yards per attempt while accounting for nine touchdowns (seven passing, two rushing) and five turnovers (three interceptions, two lost fumbles).
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  • 49ers' Sam Darnold: Gets extended look Saturday

    Darnold completed 11 of 14 pass attempts for 109 yards, one touchdown and one interception in Saturday's preseason win over Denver. Darnold entered the game after starter Brock Purdy (elbow) returned from injury and ran San Francisco's opening drive, coming in ahead of Trey Lance as planned. However, Darnold remained in the game after halftime to presumably make up for the drive lost to Purdy. When that drive was shortened by an interception that was no fault of his own, Darnold trotted back out to end his day on a positive note with a touchdown pass. Lance also had a touchdown pass and a pick Saturday, keeping the competition for the backup job in San Francisco a dead heat heading into the final week of the preseason.
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  • 49ers' Sam Darnold: Getting a real shot in San Fran?

    Coach Kyle Shanahan said Thursday that Darnold, Brock Purdy (elbow) and Trey Lance are "all capable of being franchise-like quarterbacks," David Lombardi of The Athletic reports. Shanahan mentioned Purdy's eight starts last year as an example of "franchise-like" play, also noting that Lance is the "best we've had him right now" (after some injury struggles) while Darnold "hasn't been in the best situations" prior to San Francisco. Comments from both Shanahan and John Lynch hint at Purdy being the favorite to start once he's healthy, but his ongoing rehab from UCL surgery leaves Lance and Darnold to compete for first-team reps this spring/summer, giving both opportunities to make an impression in one of the league's more fluid QB rooms. Darnold turns 26 in June and is signed to a one-year, $4.5 million contract that includes $3.5 million guaranteed.
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  • 49ers' Sam Darnold: Heads to 49ers on one-year pact

    Darnold and the 49ers agreed to terms on a one-year contract Monday, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. The No. 3 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft will be joining his third team in six years after making just six starts for the Panthers last season. Carolina preferred Baker Mayfield over Darnold to begin 2022, and the two sides were always headed for a split. In San Francisco, Darnold gives the 49ers a veteran arm while both Trey Lance (ankle) and Brock Purdy (elbow) rehab significant injuries.
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  • Panthers' Sam Darnold: Adds/Streamers (QB Preview)

    Darnold has been a borderline QB1 over the past five weeks since he took over the starting job for the Carolina Panthers. He's averaging an elite 8.8 yards per attempt and putting up career-best efficiency numbers across the board.
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  • Panthers' Sam Darnold: Impressive numbers in win

    Darnold completed 15 of 22 passes for 250 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions in the Panthers' 37-23 win over the Lions on Saturday. He also rushed six times for 19 yards and another score. Darnold averaged an impressive 11.4 yards per attempt while turning in his fourth straight interception-free effort. The 2018 third overall pick also upped his completion percentage for the fourth consecutive contest, and although the ground game took center stage Saturday, Darnold impressively connected with seven different pass catchers overall. With the Panthers firmly in the mix for the NFC South crown, Darnold will have an opportunity to play a pivotal role once again in what will be a critical Week 17 road matchup against the Buccaneers on Sunday, Jan. 1.
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  • Panthers' Sam Darnold: Sleeper QBs

    Darnold has started the past three games for the Panthers, but he's been at 18 Fantasy points or less in each outing. He hasn't attempted more than 24 passes in any game. But this could be his best game to date against the Lions, who allow the most Fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks for the season. Carolina will struggle to run against Detroit since the Lions run defense has been amazing for the past two months. That should force Darnold to throw, and five of the past six quarterbacks against Detroit have scored at least 22 Fantasy points, with the lone exception when Trevor Lawrence had 18 points in Week 13. Darnold should score at least 18 Fantasy points, but hopefully he has a higher ceiling. He's worth trusting in deeper leagues in Week 16.
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  • Panthers' Sam Darnold: Week 14 Waiver Priority List

    I don't have much faith in Darnold, but he did score 18 Fantasy points in his lone start against Denver in Week 12. And now he has a favorable matchup in Week 14 at Seattle, and four of the past six quarterbacks against the Seahawks have scored at least 20 Fantasy points. In Superflex and two-quarterback leagues where available, Darnold is worth at least 10 percent of your remaining FAB. And he's worth a flier in deeper, one-quarterback leagues for 1 percent.
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  • Panthers' Sam Darnold: Week 12 Waiver Priority List

    Darnold will start for the Panthers in Week 12 against the Broncos, and he's worth adding in all Superflex and two-quarterback leagues. Hopefully, he can provide some stability at the position with Baker Mayfield struggling and P.J. Walker (ankle) hurt. In 2021, Darnold got off to a hot start in Carolina and scored at least 21 Fantasy points in each of his first four games, including three outings with at least 301 passing yards. The best thing he can do is get D.J. Moore going, but Darnold is worth adding in Superflex and two-quarterback leagues for at least 10 percent of your remaining FAB.
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  • Panthers' Sam Darnold: Comes off IR

    Darnold (ankle) was activated from injured reserve Monday, Darin Gantt of the Panthers' official site reports. Now that he's made a full recovery from the left high-ankle sprain he sustained in late August, Darnold will join a Carolina quarterback room that became even more unsettled during Sunday's 42-21 loss to Cincinnati. While making his fourth consecutive start, PJ Walker threw two interceptions and completed just three of 10 pass attempts before being benched at halftime. Baker Mayfield performed reasonably well in relief over the final two quarters, but he completed only 54.9 percent of his throws for 6.3 yards per attempt while starting the Panthers' first five games before losing the job due to injury. The addition of Darnold, who turned in 11 mostly underwhelming starts for Carolina in 2021, further complicates the picture. Interim head coach Steve Wilks named Walker the starter for the team's Week 10 game against the Falcons on Thursday, so one of Mayfield or Darnold will serve as the top backup signal-caller.
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  • Panthers' Sam Darnold: Drawing close to full health

    Darnold said Wednesday that he's "close to 100 percent" following the high left-ankle sprain he suffered in the Panthers' preseason finale, Steve Reed of the Associated Press reports. Carolina designated Darnold for return from injured reserve Oct. 19, so the team has until next Tuesday to get him back on the active roster. Still, even if he's available this Sunday at Cincinnati, he won't be an option to start under center.PJ Walker will draw a start for a fourth consecutive contest, with Baker Mayfield serving as his backup. As a result, there's no telling when (or if) Darnold will have a chance to receive in-game reps.
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  • Panthers' Sam Darnold: Won't start if activated

    Panthers interim head coach Steve Wilks said that PJ Walker will start Sunday's game in Atlanta, regardless of the health of Darnold (ankle) and Baker Mayfield (ankle), Joe Person of The Athletic reports. Darnold hasn't been available for the Panthers' first seven games while recovering from the left ankle sprain he suffered in the team's preseason finale, but he appeared to be a candidate for the starting gig once he was deemed ready to return from injured reserve. The 25-year-old has a week of practice under his belt and could be activated from IR before the Week 8 contest if his ankle responds well to the Panthers' upcoming workouts, but even in that scenario, Darnold won't be available in anything more than a No. 2 capacity with Wilks handing Walker a third straight start after Walker played mistake-free football while guiding Carolina to a 21-3 upset over Tampa Bay in Week 7. Walker likely won't have a long leash on the starting role, and Mayfield was one of the NFL's worst-performing starters through the first five weeks of the campaign before missing the last two contests with his own injury, so the door isn't closed on Darnold getting a chance to run the Carolina offense before season's end.
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  • Panthers' Sam Darnold: Won't play this week

    Interim head coach Steve Wilks said Darnold (ankle) looked good in his return to practice Wednesday but won't be activated from injured reserve ahead of Sunday's game against Tampa Bay, Joe Person of The Athletic reports. Darnold's return to practice opened a 21-day window to be moved back to the active roster or remain on IR for the rest of the season. It'll almost certainly be the first outcome, and there's even potential for Darnold to make starts soon given that Baker Mayfield has played poorly and now is dealing with an ankle injury. Wilks named PJ Walker as his Week 7 starter and Jacob Eason as the backup quarterback.
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  • Panthers' Sam Darnold: Likely out 4-to-6 weeks

    Darnold is expected to be out 4-to-6 weeks after reportedly suffering a high-ankle sprain in Friday's preseason contest, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Darnold appeared to have his ankle rolled up on during Friday's preseason game against the Bills, and the 25-year-old, who lost the starting quarterback job to Baker Mayfield earlier in the week, came away from the injury with a high-ankle sprain. With Matt Corral (foot) also sidelined for an extended period of time, P.J. Walker is expected to back up Mayfield for however long Darnold is out.
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  • Panthers' Sam Darnold: Gets ruled out with ankle injury

    Darnold won't return to Friday's preseason game against the Bills due to a left ankle injury, Darin Gantt of the Panthers' official site reports. In the same week in which he lost Carolina's quarterback battle to Baker Mayfield, Darnold now may be in danger of missing the start of the coming campaign after having his left ankle roll to the inside as he was taken to the ground by a Buffalo defender in the third quarter. Darnold required a cart to go to the locker room, while P.J. Walker replaced him on the team's next possession. With rookie third-rounder Matt Corral (foot) out for the season, Walker is the only healthy signal-caller on the roster behind Mayfield.
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  • Panthers' Sam Darnold: Leaves Friday's game

    Darnold needed a cart to go to the locker room after suffering an apparent left ankle injury during Friday's preseason contest versus the Bills, Schuyler Callihan of SI.com reports. While throwing an incompletion, Darnold's left ankle rolled to the inside as he was taken the ground by a Bills defender. He attempted to get to his feet but was unable to put any weight on his left leg, and after trainers checked him out he went to the locker room. In a week in which he lost the Panthers' quarterback battle to Baker Mayfield, Darnold now is in danger of beginning the upcoming season in street clothes instead of in uniform and at the ready if called upon by coach Matt Rhule. With rookie third-round pick Matt Corral (foot) already out for the season, P.J. Walker is the only healthy QB currently on Carolina's roster aside from Mayfield.
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