Sam Darnold

QB · San Francisco 49ers

Height 6'3" Weight 225
DOB 1997-06-05 Age 26.3
College USC

2023 Fantasy Rankings

QB # 35 (Tier 7) · ADP (12-team PPR): 34.07, 403rd

Position Rankings

Tier 6
33Joshua Dobbs, ARI1428.631.0815.5
Tier 7
34Taylor Heinicke, ATL1130.538.0516.7
35Sam Darnold, SF926.334.0717.5
36Mike White, MIA1028.434.0318.6
37Aidan O'Connell, LV1325.034.04
1 NFFC (12-team PPR)
2 2022 season, Half PPR scoring

Fantasy News Last 90 Days

  • Ian Book Working Out For 49ers

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    The San Francisco 49ers are working out free-agent quarterback Ian Book on Tuesday, according to a source. Book found himself on the open market when he was cut by the Philadelphia Eagles during training camp. The 25-year-old former fourth-round pick by the New Orleans Saints in 2021 out of Notre Dame has made just one start (in his rookie season) with the Saints and went 12-for-20 for 135 yards, no touchdowns and two interceptions. If he lands in San Francisco, he'll join the team's practice squad and serve as QB depth behind Brock Purdy, Sam Darnold and Brandon Allen.

    Sep 12 · Source via 49ers Brandon Allen Ian Book Sam Darnold
  • Offseason In Review: San Francisco 49ers

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    The 49ers have managed to field top-flight rosters — outside of the quarterback position — over the past two seasons. That talent, along with Kyle Shanahan‘s play-calling acumen, powered San Francisco to consecutive NFC championship games. Neither going the 49ers’ way applies some pressure for the otherwise well-built team to come up with a viable […]

    Sep 9 · Pro Football Rumors Offseason 49ers Brandon Aiyuk Brandon Allen Arik Armstead Robert Beal Ronnie Bell Nick Bosa Sam Darnold Ross Dwelley Clelin Ferrell Tashaun Gipson Kevin Givens Robbie Gould Jalen Graham Dre Greenlaw Javon Hargrave Talanoa Hufanga Kerry Hyder Drake Jackson Kyle Juszczyk Javon Kinlaw George Kittle Trey Lance Cameron Latu Deommodore Lenoir Darrell Luter Jr. Jordan Matthews Christian McCaffrey Jake Moody Isaiah Oliver Taybor Pepper Brock Purdy Deebo Samuel Jason Verrett Charvarius Ward Fred Warner Brayden Willis Dee Winters
  • Cowboys Acquire Trey Lance From 49ers

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    The Dallas Cowboys acquired former third overall pick, quarterback Trey Lance, from the San Francisco 49ers on Friday in exchange for a fourth-round draft pick, according to sources. The writing was on the wall for Lance to find a new home after the Niners announced Sam Darnold as Brock Purdy's backup earlier this week. The Cowboys have Dak Prescott locked in as their starter under center, but the presence of Lance will put some pressure on him to bounce back from a frustrating season in 2022. For now, the 23-year-old Lance will try to continue improving while battling with Cooper Rush for the backup job in his new digs. Until further notice, Lance remains off the fantasy radar in redraft leagues, and his long-term appeal may have only slightly improved with the move to Dallas.

    Aug 25 · Source via 49ers Cowboys Sam Darnold Trey Lance Dak Prescott Brock Purdy Cooper Rush
  • Sam Darnold Named No. 2 Quarterback For 49ers

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    San Francisco 49ers quarterback Sam Darnold has been named the No. 2 quarterback behind starter Brock Purdy. The No. 3 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft struggled in his three seasons with the New York Jets and one season with the Carolina Panthers -- throwing 61 touchdowns to 55 interceptions en route to a 21-34 record as a starter. He'll now be a high-value "handcuff" quarterback for Purdy in superflex and two-quarterback formats. Trey Lance is now the team's third-string quarterback and his future is uncertain moving forward. It'll be interesting to see if teams call about trading for him before or during the 2023 campaign.

    Aug 23 · Source via 49ers Sam Darnold
  • Latest On 49ers QB Brock Purdy

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    With Brock Purdy well into his recovery from UCL surgery, optimism is high that the 49ers will have their preferred starting quarterback in Week 1. Further progress in his rehab schedule was recently made. [RELATED: 49ers Planned To Sign Philip Rivers For Super Bowl] When Purdy was initially cleared to participate in team drills, he was understandably […]

    Aug 20 · Pro Football Rumors 49ers Sam Darnold Trey Lance Brock Purdy
  • Sam Darnold To Play In First Half Saturday

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    It's still unclear if San Francisco 49ers quarterback Brock Purdy (elbow) will play a couple series with the starting offense in the team's second preseason game on Saturday against the Denver Broncos, but Sam Darnold will play the rest of the first half. Trey Lance will play in the second half. Darnold played in the second half in the preseason opener, so it's a role reversal from the first game, which means Darnold and Lance are still in a competition for the backup job to Purdy once the regular season kicks off. The Niners have been impressed with both Darnold and Lance this offseason, but neither signal-caller will have any real fantasy value if Purdy stays healthy and plays well enough to keep the starting job all year.

    Aug 18 · Source via 49ers Sam Darnold
  • Brock Purdy Won't Play In Preseason Opener

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    San Francisco 49ers quarterback Brock Purdy (elbow) won't suit up for Sunday's preseason opener versus the Las Vegas Raiders. This doesn't come as a surprise considering Purdy is still working his way back from injury. The organization is hopeful that Purdy is ready for the beginning of the regular season. In the meantime, Trey Lance is scheduled to start on Sunday. Sam Darnold figures to play a majority of the second half after Lance departs from the contest.

    Aug 11 · Source via 49ers Sam Darnold Trey Lance Brock Purdy
  • Sam Darnold Discusses 49ers Signing

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    A starter for most of the past five seasons, Sam Darnold is now in position to play a backup role. Of course, that is contingent on Brock Purdy both returning to full strength and sustaining the surprising form he showed during his 49ers rookie season. But Darnold may already be looming as the 49ers’ top […]

    Jul 12 · Pro Football Rumors 49ers Sam Darnold Trey Lance Brock Purdy
  • Sam Darnold Still Learning The Offense

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    San Francisco 49ers quarterback Sam Darnold, who will be competing for a backup role with Trey Lance in training camp this summer, has received positive reviews during offseason workouts. The former third overall pick by the New York Jets recently said that he's still learning the offense. "It's been a work in progress," Darnold said. "I thought I got better throughout (mini) camp and just got more comfortable with the system, so I still got to study and go through the process of continuing to learn the system. But I'm excited for it, and it's been really fun so far." The 26-year-old is looking to revitalize his career in San Francisco under offensive mastermind Kyle Shanahan, but even if he beats out Lance this summer, there's a good chance Darnold will be holding a clipboard on the sideline on Sundays.

    Jul 5 · Source via 49ers Sam Darnold
  • 49ers Still High On Trey Lance?

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    The 49ers’ quarterback depth chart (if fully healthy) will be much clearer when the regular season starts than it is now, as questions abound regarding the availability of starter Brock Purdy and the pecking order of Sam Darnold and Trey Lance. The latter in particular has become the focus of considerable speculation recently. Lance has gone from […]

    Jul 5 · Pro Football Rumors 49ers Sam Darnold Trey Lance Brock Purdy
  • Latest On 49ers' Quarterback Situation

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    A year after spending the summer trying to trade Jimmy Garoppolo and then pivoting to a compromise that allowed the longtime starter to stay, the 49ers are late in another offseason headlined by an unusual quarterback situation. Brock Purdy has resumed throwing, and’s Tom Pelissero notes (via Twitter) the Mr. Irrelevant-turned-starter remains on track […]

    Jun 26 · Pro Football Rumors 49ers Brandon Allen Sam Darnold Jimmy Garoppolo Josh Johnson Trey Lance Brock Purdy
  • Quarterback Stats



    WkVsScoreFPtsQB RankSnpSnp%MS%OppPaCmpPaAttCmpPctPaYdPaTDPaINTSackedRuAttRuYdRuAvgRuTDFL
    1@PITW 30-7-0.2-22.92.9200-00002-2-1.0000
    2@LARW 30-230.0-----------------
    3NYGW 30-12-0.1----100-00001-1-1.0000


    WkVsScoreFPtsQB RankSnpSnp%MS%OppPaCmpPaAttCmpPctPaYdPaTDPaINTSackedRuAttRuYdRuAvgRuTDFL
    10ATLW 25-150.0-----------------
    11@BALL 3-130.0--0.00.0-00-000000-00
    12DENW 23-1018.51666100.033.322111957.9164100331.0010
    14@SEAW 30-2413.02072100.038.928142458.31201024307.5000
    15PITL 16-2415.52046100.054.325142360.9225104221.0000
    16DETW 37-2324.4868100.041.228152268.22501006193.1710
    17@TBL 24-3030.1666100.063.642233762.23413125204.0002
    18@NOW 10-73.43559100.035.62151533.3430226325.3300

    Touchdown Distances
    Passing: 5, 0, 13, 5, 5, 17, 24, 19
    Rushing: 3


    WkVsScoreFPtsQB RankSnpSnp%MS%OppPaCmpPaAttCmpPctPaYdPaTDPaINTSackedRuAttRuYdRuAvgRuTDFL
    1NYJW 19-1423.91664100.062.540243568.62791015-1-0.2011
    2NOW 26-723.01376100.051.339263868.4305212177.0000
    3@HOUW 24-928.3573100.057.542233467.63040038111.3820
    4@DALL 28-3636.6170100.064.345263966.73012256355.8320
    5PHIL 18-2110.92971100.054.939213756.81771332105.0000
    6MINL 28-3418.21774100.060.845174141.520711444812.0001
    7@NYGL 3-254.6264570.339.125162564.011201300-00
    8@ATLW 19-1313.1236486.543.232132454.21290008668.2500
    9NEL 6-246.52959100.061.036163348.5172031393.0000
    16TBL 6-3210.6264462.947.133153246.919000411111.0000
    17@NOL 10-186.3306098.445.928172665.4132017273.5001
    18@TBL 17-4119.9167198.669.450294269.02192128192.3801

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


    WkVsScoreFPtsQB RankSnpSnp%MS%OppPaCmpPaAttCmpPctPaYdPaTDPaINTSackedRuAttRuYdRuAvgRuTDFL
    1@BUFL 17-2714.42856100.064.336213560.0215113166.0000
    2SFL 13-3113.72665100.052.334213265.6179101273.5000
    3@INDL 7-3611.43264100.053.134172958.61681325204.0000
    4DENL 28-3725.987394.862.348234254.823000668414.0010
    7BUFL 10-184.02957100.040.423122352.212002600-00
    8@KCL 9-358.82657100.059.634183060.01330014215.2500
    12MIAL 3-208.82855100.052.729162759.3197023294.5000
    13LVL 28-3124.91662100.041.926142360.91862133268.6712
    14@SEAL 3-406.92853100.050.927142653.8132003133.0000
    15@LARW 23-2016.22665100.055.436223171.02071025183.6000
    16CLEW 23-1618.81869100.056.539163250.01752027202.8600
    17@NEL 14-2815.62663100.055.635233467.6266123133.0000

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

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