Sam Darnold

QB · Carolina Panthers

Height 6'3" Weight 225
DOB 1997-06-05 Age 25.6
College USC

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  • Sam Darnold Struggles In Week 18 Win

    Carolina Panthers quarterback Sam Darnold completed five of his 15 pass attempts for 43 yards and two interceptions in a 10-7 win over the New Orleans Saints. He added 32 rushing yards on six carries. This was by far the worst performance of the year for Darnold, who finished as a top-10 fantasy quarterback in each of his last two games. Still, he managed to do just enough to end the season with a victory, leading Carolina down the field to set up a game-winning field goal from Eddy Pineiro. Darnold will finish with a respectable 4-2 record during his time as a starter this season, but Sunday's contest may have been his last as a Panther with the 25-year-old entering unrestricted free agency this offseason.

    Jan 8 · Source via Panthers Sam Darnold
  • Sam Darnold Draws Tough Matchup In Week 18

    Carolina Panthers quarterback Sam Darnold has finished as a top-10 fantasy option in two consecutive weeks and will hope to carry this momentum into his final contest of the 2022-2023 campaign. Unfortunately, he will have to do so against a New Orleans Saints defense that has surrendered the fourth-fewest passing yards in the league this season. Both the Panthers and Saints have been eliminated from playoff contention, but these NFC South division rivals will likely be competitive on Sunday. On a week where many teams could choose to rest their starters, Darnold should be viewed as a mid-range QB2 for fantasy purposes.

    Jan 7 · Source via Panthers Sam Darnold
  • Sam Darnold Tosses Three Touchdowns In Week 17 Loss

    Carolina Panthers quarterback Sam Darnold completed 23 of 37 pass attempts for 341 yards, three touchdowns, and one interception in a 30-24 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He also added 20 rushing yards on five carries but lost two fumbles. Despite his three turnovers, this was still the best fantasy showing of the year for Darnold, who hadn't thrown for more than one touchdown pass in a contest since Week 18 of last season. His efforts got the Panthers out to an early lead that they carried into the fourth quarter, but Tom Brady and the Buccaneers were able to mount a comeback that eliminated Carolina from playoff contention. Darnold's last game of the 2022 campaign will come against the New Orleans Saints in Week 18.

    Jan 1 · Source via Panthers Sam Darnold
  • Sam Darnold A Low-End QB2 In Week 17

    Carolina Panthers quarterback Sam Darnold is 3-1 as a starter this season and will look to continue his success in a crucial matchup against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. With the Panthers and Buccaneers fighting for the NFC South division title, this contest is viewed as a must-win for both teams. Although Darnold has been efficient, his fantasy scoring has been far from prolific as Carolina has focused on establishing the run. Because of this, he's an uninspiring option in Week 17 and should only be considered in superflex and two-quarterback fantasy leagues.

    Dec 30 · Source via Panthers Sam Darnold
  • Panthers Expected To Pursue QB Addition This Offseason

    The 2022 season has seen plenty of turbulence for the Panthers with a coaching change taking place and the team being wrought with uncertainty at the quarterback position. The encouraging play from the team under interim head coach Steve Wilks is unlikely to change their aggressiveness in finding a long-term signal-caller in the coming offseason, […]

    Dec 25 · Pro Football Rumors Panthers Matt Corral Sam Darnold
  • Sam Darnold Scores Twice In Week 16 Victory

    Carolina Panthers quarterback Sam Darnold completed 15 of 22 pass attempts for 250 yards and one passing touchdown in a Week 16 win over the Detroit Lions. Darnold also added 19 yards and a touchdown on the ground. The Panthers dominated the Lions through the running game on Saturday, totaling 320 total rushing yards in the contest, but Darnold was still efficient through the air. He connected with DJ Moore for a 5-yard score early in the third quarter. This was by far Darnold's best performance of the season, and he will hope to find similar success next week against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

    Dec 25 · Source via Panthers Sam Darnold
  • Sam Darnold To Start Against Lions

    Carolina Panthers interim head coach Steve Wilks on Monday confirmed that quarterback Sam Darnold will make another start in Week 16 against the Detroit Lions on Saturday for his fourth start of the year. In the Week 15 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, Darnold went 14-for-23 for a season-high 225 yards and a touchdown. The former first-round pick hasn't been outstanding in his three starts with the Panthers relying mostly on their ground game, but he also hasn't turned the ball over at all. Carolina isn't asking the 25-year-old to be much more than a game manager down the stretch, and although the matchup against Detroit in Week 16 is a good one, fantasy managers should still consider Darnold more of a low-upside, low-end QB2 option.

    Dec 19 · Source via Panthers Sam Darnold
  • Sam Darnold Has Solid Showing In Week 15 Loss

    Carolina Panthers quarterback Sam Darnold completed 14 of 23 pass attempts for 225 yards and a touchdown in a Week 15 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Panthers' running game, which had led them to two straight victories heading into this week, was completely shut down by the Steelers' defense, but Darnold was able to find some success through the air to keep the game close. He connected with DJ Moore for a 5-yard touchdown early in the second quarter and led the offense on three field-goal-scoring drives in the fourth quarter. The 25-year-old still isn't a very interesting fantasy option, but he could produce as a decent QB2 next week against the Detroit Lions.

    Dec 18 · Source via Panthers Sam Darnold
  • Sam Darnold A Desperation QB2 In Week 15

    Carolina Panthers quarterback Sam Darnold is 2-0 as a starter this season and will hope to keep his winning streak alive against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 15. The Steelers' defense has been a soft matchup for fantasy quarterbacks in 2022, but Carolina has relied heavily on the running game with 46 rush attempts in each of its past two games. Darnold cannot be considered anything more than a last-resort low-end QB2 on Sunday and should remain on waiver wires in all single-quarterback leagues.

    Dec 16 · Source via Panthers Sam Darnold
  • Sam Darnold Leads Panthers To Second Straight Win

    Carolina Panthers quarterback Sam Darnold completed 14 of 24 pass attempts for 120 yards and a touchdown in a Week 14 victory over the Seattle Seahawks. He added 30 rushing yards on four carries. The Panthers, who had a bye in Week 13, have now won two consecutive contests with Darnold under center and find themselves just one game back from the NFC South lead. Although Darnold has an appealing schedule for the next two weeks, it's unlikely he'll be prolific for fantasy purposes and thus remains a low-end QB2 option in superflex and two-quarterback leagues.

    Dec 11 · Source via Panthers Sam Darnold
  • Seattle Seahawks DEF Allows 30 Points In Week 14 Loss

    Seattle Seahawks defense had a rough outing this week against the Carolina Panthers. Seattle allowed 105 yards and a touchdown through the air and got picked apart on the ground allowing 223 rush yards and two touchdowns. Seattle did rack up two sacks but couldn't get any interceptions on Sam Darnold. The Seahawks DEF may be one to bench next week against the red-hot 49ers on Thursday night.

    Dec 11 · Source via Panthers Sam Darnold
  • DJ Moore Will Hope To Continue Success With Sam Darnold

    Carolina Panthers wide receiver DJ Moore enjoyed a return to fantasy relevance in Week 12 and should remain the favorite target of quarterback Sam Darnold in a Week 14 matchup with the Seattle Seahawks. Seattle has been much more vulnerable to running backs than wideouts this season, but with the Seahawks averaging over 26 points per game, the Panthers may be forced to pass more than they would like. Moore, who has found great success with Darnold over the past two seasons, can re-enter starting fantasy lineups as a low-end WR2 on Sunday.

    Dec 9 · Source via Panthers Sam Darnold DJ Moore
  • Sam Darnold A Low-End QB2 In Week 14

    Carolina Panthers quarterback Sam Darnold led the team to a win in Week 12 and will hope to continue his success in a Week 14 contest against the Seattle Seahawks. Seattle is allowing 21 fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks, so this is a matchup Darnold can look to take advantage of. Given that the Seahawks' defense has been even worse against running backs, though, the Panthers could very well choose to give D'Onta Foreman and Chuba Hubbard over 40 carries combined, just as they did two weeks ago. Darnold is best left on fantasy waiver wires for now and should only be viewed as a desperation start in superflex and two-quarterback leagues.

    Dec 9 · Source via Panthers Sam Darnold
  • Sam Darnold To Start In Week 14 Against Seattle

    Carolina Panthers quarterback Sam Darnold will get the start in Week 14 against the Seattle Seahawks, with P.J. Walker serving as his backup. The move was essentially in the cards when Darnold replaced the now waived Baker Mayfield in the starting lineup in the Week 12 win over the Denver Broncos before the Week 13 bye. Darnold threw for 164 yards with no turnovers and a touchdown before the bye. It wasn't anything spectacular, but it wasn't a disaster either. The Panthers will likely try to continue relying on their ground game with Darnold under center, which makes him nothing more than a low-end QB2 option in superflex leagues as long as he keeps the starting job in Carolina.

    Dec 5 · Source via Panthers Sam Darnold
  • Panthers Not Committing To Sam Darnold, Baker Mayfield

    Carolina Panthers interim head coach Steve Wilks won't commit to quarterback Sam Darnold beyond saying he'll start in Week 14 against the Seattle Seahawks after the team's bye in Week 13. Wilks also isn't committing to Baker Mayfield as the backup QB in Week 14. Darnold started his first game of the 2022 season in the Week 12 win over the Denver Broncos and went 11-for-19 for 164 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions. He also had three carries for three yards and another score. The 25-year-old wasn't great by any means as the team leaned on the ground game against a solid defense, but the fact that Darnold didn't shoot himself in the foot has to be considered a positive. Darnold earned another start after the bye, where he'll once again be a low-end QB2 consideration for those in superflex leagues.

    Nov 28 · Source via Panthers Baker Mayfield Sam Darnold
  • Sam Darnold Will Remain The Starting Quarterback

    Carolina Panthers quarterback Sam Darnold will remain the starter, at least for the team's Week 14 matchup against the Seahawks. Darnold finished the Week 12 win over the Broncos with 164 yards and a touchdown off 11-for-19 passing. While it wasn't the most productive showing, the signal-caller played well enough to maintain his grasp on the No. 1 position on the depth chart. That said, Darnold has a way to go before he's labeled a starting fantasy quarterback. At the same time, desperate fantasy managers who still have Baker Mayfield on the roster should hang on to him for now, especially since there's a chance he may be back under center before the end of the 2022-23 campaign.

    Nov 27 · Source via Panthers Sam Darnold
  • Sam Darnold Leads Panthers To Week 12 Win

    In his first start of the season, Carolina Panthers quarterback Sam Darnold completed 11 of 19 pass attempts for 164 yards and one touchdown in a 23-10 victory over the Denver Broncos. Despite a tough matchup, Darnold got the job done and displayed pre-existing chemistry with DJ Moore, who was on the receiving end of a five-yard score in the first quarter. The Panthers could choose to go back to PJ Walker (ankle) when healthy, but for the time being, Darnold seems like an upgrade for Carolina's offensive weapons. The team will head into a Week 13 bye before returning to a matchup with the Seattle Seahawks in Week 14.

    Nov 27 · Source via Panthers Sam Darnold
  • Sam Darnold Not On Fantasy Radar For First Start Of Season

    Carolina Panthers quarterback Sam Darnold will make his first start of the 2022 campaign in a Week 12 matchup with the Denver Broncos. Darnold was named the starter earlier in the week after another underwhelming performance from Baker Mayfield last Sunday. It's unclear at this point if PJ Walker (ankle) will regain QB1 duties when healthy, but Darnold will need to exceed expectations to become fantasy relevant in the meantime. The Broncos have been the most difficult opponent for fantasy quarterbacks this season, making Darnold an extremely risky low-end QB2 in superflex and two-quarterback formats this week.

    Nov 26 · Source via Panthers Sam Darnold
  • Sam Darnold Named Starting Quarterback

    Carolina Panthers quarterback Sam Darnold has been named the starter for the Week 12 matchup against the Denver Broncos. The 25-year-old will be making his first start of the season this weekend. It's uncertain if this is going to be for one week or the rest of the regular season. The team will likely wait and see how Darnold plays before making a final decision. Fellow quarterback PJ Walker (ankle) is still sidelined, so Baker Mayfield is expected to serve as the primary backup on Sunday. Darnold won't be a recommended streaming option against the tough Broncos defense.

    Nov 22 · Source via Panthers Sam Darnold
  • Sam Darnold Could Make A Start This Year

    Carolina Panthers quarterback Baker Mayfield will start in Week 11 against the Baltimore Ravens with PJ Walker (ankle) hurt, but some with the team would like to see Sam Darnold at some point this year since he hasn't shown what he can do in offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo's offense yet. Darnold will serve as Mayfield's backup this weekend, but he has yet to play in 2022 after starting the year on Injured Reserve due to a high-ankle sprain. The Panthers already benched Mayfield earlier this year for poor play, so there's a decent chance we'll see Darnold at some point down the stretch. The 25-year-old looked awful in his first year in Carolina, though, so fantasy managers in deep two-QB leagues shouldn't be expecting much if he gets in there.

    Nov 16 · Source via Panthers Sam Darnold
  • Sam Darnold Officially Activated

    Carolina Panthers quarterback Sam Darnold (ankle) has been activated from the injured reserve on Monday. The 25-year-old hasn't played in a game since last year, but head coach Steve Wilks says that Darnold has looked good. Quarterback P.J. Walker recently took over as the starter, but was benched in favor of Baker Mayfield during their Week 9 loss. The Panthers don't have much to lose at this point, so it wouldn't be surprising to see them give Darnold a chance under center. Regardless, none of the quarterbacks in Carolina are going to have much fantasy value this season.

    Nov 7 · Source via Panthers Sam Darnold
  • Quarterback Stats

    SeasonTeamGFPtsFP/GSnpSnp%MS%Opp/GPaCmpPaAttCmpPctPaYdPaTDPaINTSackedRuAttRuYdRuAvgRuTDFL
    2018NYJ13216.116.681099.656.335.223941457.72865171530441383.1412
    2019NYJ13232.417.985399.555.336.527344161.930241913433621.8823
    2020NYJ12169.114.173999.554.033.421736459.6220891135372175.8622
    2021CAR12201.516.877193.154.837.824340659.9252691336482224.6354
    2022CAR6104.817.5377100.044.027.78214058.611437310261064.0822

    2022

    WkVsScoreFPtsSnpSnp%MS%OppPaCmpPaAttCmpPctPaYdPaTDPaINTSackedRuAttRuYdRuAvgRuTDFL
    12DENW 23-1018.566100.033.322111957.9164100331.0010
    14@SEAW 30-2413.072100.038.928142458.31201024307.5000
    15PITL 16-2415.546100.054.325142360.9225104221.0000
    16DETW 37-2324.468100.041.228152268.22501006193.1710
    17@TBL 24-3030.166100.063.642233762.23413125204.0002
    18@NOW 10-73.459100.035.62151533.3430226325.3300

    2021

    WkVsScoreFPtsSnpSnp%MS%OppPaCmpPaAttCmpPctPaYdPaTDPaINTSackedRuAttRuYdRuAvgRuTDFL
    1NYJW 19-1423.964100.062.540243568.62791015-1-0.2011
    2NOW 26-723.076100.051.339263868.4305212177.0000
    3@HOUW 24-928.373100.057.542233467.63040038111.3820
    4@DALL 28-3636.670100.064.345263966.73012256355.8320
    5PHIL 18-2110.971100.054.939213756.81771332105.0000
    6MINL 28-3418.274100.060.845174141.520711544812.0001
    7@NYGL 3-254.64570.339.125162564.011101300-00
    8@ATLW 19-1313.16486.543.232132454.21290008668.2500
    9NEL 6-246.559100.061.036163348.5172031393.0000
    16TBL 6-3210.64462.947.133153246.919000411111.0000
    17@NOL 10-186.36098.445.928172665.4132017273.5001
    18@TBL 17-4119.97198.669.450294269.02192128192.3801

    Touchdown Distances
    Passing: 57, 20, 2, 6, 8, 5, 7, 2, 19
    Rushing: 5, 5, 1, 1, 11

    2020

    WkVsScoreFPtsSnpSnp%MS%OppPaCmpPaAttCmpPctPaYdPaTDPaINTSackedRuAttRuYdRuAvgRuTDFL
    1@BUFL 17-2714.456100.064.336213560.0215113166.0000
    2SFL 13-3113.765100.052.334213265.6179101273.5000
    3@INDL 7-3611.464100.053.134172958.61681325204.0000
    4DENL 28-3725.97394.862.348234254.823000668414.0010
    7BUFL 10-184.057100.040.423122352.212002600-00
    8@KCL 9-358.857100.059.634183060.01330014215.2500
    12MIAL 3-208.855100.052.729162759.3197023294.5000
    13LVL 28-3124.962100.041.926142360.91862133268.6712
    14@SEAL 3-406.953100.050.927142653.8132003133.0000
    15@LARW 23-2016.265100.055.436223171.02071025183.6000
    16CLEW 23-1618.869100.056.539163250.01752027202.8600
    17@NEL 14-2815.663100.055.635233467.6266123133.0000

    Touchdown Distances
    Passing: 69, 30, 16, 3, 6, 18, 11, 30, 21
    Rushing: 46, 4

    2019

    WkVsScoreFPtsSnpSnp%MS%OppPaCmpPaAttCmpPctPaYdPaTDPaINTSackedRuAttRuYdRuAvgRuTDFL
    1BUFL 16-1712.872100.058.342284168.3175104100.0000
    6DALW 24-2224.062100.059.737233271.9338210510.2000
    7NEL 0-330.261100.055.734113234.4860402-1-0.5001
    8@JACL 15-2915.861100.050.831213070.02182301-1-1.0000
    9@MIAL 18-2616.170100.058.641273969.2260110210.5000
    10NYGW 34-2724.065100.050.833193063.32301003258.3310
    11@WASW 34-1729.471100.045.132193063.32934102-3-1.5000
    12OAKW 34-331.45993.752.433202969.03152004164.0010
    13@CINL 6-2212.974100.067.650284858.3239000294.5000
    14MIAW 22-2120.871100.054.939203655.6270210331.0000
    15@BALL 21-4219.059100.055.933183256.321821011111.0001
    16PITW 16-1013.561100.049.230162661.5183100430.7501
    17@BUFW 13-612.867100.058.239233663.91991103-2-0.6700

    Touchdown Distances
    Passing: 9, 92, 5, 24, 3, 12, 23, 20, 6, 16, 29, 1, 1, 26, 14, 4, 18, 23, 1
    Rushing: 2, 4

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