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How to handle Emmanuel Sanders, Deebo Samuel in Week 13 fantasy football

In a matchup between the two top teams in the NFL, can you trust either 49ers wideout? We break down whether you should play or fade them on Sunday.

San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Deebo Samuel is tackled by Arizona Cardinals cornerback Kevin Peterson during the third quarter at Levi’s Stadium. Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

It’s been a tale of two different performances by San Francisco 49ers WRs Emmanuel Sanders and Deebo Samuel over the past three weeks. Sanders, who was acquired from the Denver Broncos earlier in the season, has been used scarcely with six catches on 10 targets for 72 yards over the past three games. Samuel has been one of the hottest WRs in the NFL, racking up 18 catches for 296 yards over his past three games. Sanders’ snap count has dropped off a bit, while Samuel had been seeing plenty of snaps until Week 12 — but didn’t need many last week to return value.

Fantasy Football Analysis: San Francisco 49ers wide receivers

So over that same stretch of time (three games), both the 49ers and Ravens rank 1-2 in terms of passing yards allowed per game. So both secondaries enter this matchup in top form. I’ve mentioned this before, but it’s tough to tell if this game will be all defense or all offense. We’ve seen the Ravens more vulnerable to offense, however, so I think the 49ers WRs aren’t in a bad spot this week. Samuel shouldn’t see the double-digit target volume he was getting before Week 12, but has home-run potential. Sanders would need a high volume of targets to return value, so I’m not sure he’s a safe play. Both are decent FLEX options in PPR, but are likely benchable in shallow leagues.

Start/Sit Recommendation

Sanders: Start in deep PPR leagues as FLEX.
Samuel: Start as FLEX in most formats.