Sam Darnold

QB · Minnesota Vikings

Height 6'3" Weight 225
DOB 1997-06-05 Age 26.8
College USC

2023 Fantasy Rankings

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

Position Rankings

RankNameByeAgeADP1PPG2
Tier 6
33Joshua Dobbs, ARI1429.231.0813.5
Tier 7
34Taylor Heinicke, ATL1131.138.0515.6
35Sam Darnold, SF926.834.0716.8
36Mike White, MIA1029.034.0318.1
37Aidan O'Connell, LV1325.634.04
1 NFFC (12-team PPR)
2 2022 season, Half PPR scoring

Fantasy News Last 90 Days

  • Latest On Vikings’ Quarterback Plans

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    Making their intentions fairly clear via the March trade with the Texans, the Vikings are in position to present an intriguing offer to a team willing to trade out of this draft's prime QB real estate. A path that would make Sam Darnold a bridge (at best) is firmly in play for Minnesota. Third-year GM [...]

    Apr 11 · Pro Football Rumors Minnesota Vikings Sam Darnold
  • Kevin O'Connell Praises Sam Darnold

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    Minnesota Vikings head coach Kevin O'Connell said that he's happy to have veteran quarterback Sam Darnold on the team this year. "I think his best football is ahead of him because of how he handled the last couple of years," O'Connell said. The Vikings head coach points out that he saw growth with Darnold's fundamentals as he worked as Brock Purdy's backup in San Francisco last year, and he's excited to get to work with him in Minnesota. The Vikings signed the former first-rounder to a one-year, $10 million deal this offseason, and depending on what the team does in the upcoming NFL draft, Darnold could open the year as the starter under center in Week 1. He'll have one of the best receivers in the game in Justin Jefferson to work with if he's starting, but Darnold will still be a midrange QB2, at best, in fantasy.

    Mar 25 · Source via Minnesota Vikings Sam Darnold
  • Vikings Looking To Draft Drake Maye?

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    NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah said on Thursday that he thinks the Minnesota Vikings "will put forth a strong effort to try and get up to get Drake Maye" in the upcoming NFL draft in April. The Vikings sit with the No. 11 pick in the first round of the draft, but they just made a trade on Friday with the Houston Texans to add another first-round selection (23rd overall), giving them more draft capital to potentially make a leap into the first five picks in order to acquire a franchise signal-caller like Maye. The Vikings started down this path of trying to trade up for a QB after Kirk Cousins left for the Atlanta Falcons in free agency. Minnesota signed former first-rounder Sam Darnold earlier this week, but he will almost certainly serve as a bridge QB for whichever signal-caller the Vikings take in this year's draft.

    Mar 15 · Source via NFL Draft Minnesota Vikings Sam Darnold Drake Maye
  • Vikings Moving Up In 2024 NFL Draft

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    The Minnesota Vikings acquired the 23rd and 232nd overall picks in the upcoming 2024 NFL draft from the Houston Texans on Friday in exchange for the 42nd and 188th overall picks in this year's draft and a second-rounder next year. In addition to the 23rd pick in the first round, the Vikings also have the 11th overall pick. The move to acquire a second first-round pick is expected to be about the Vikings gaining enough draft capital for a move into the top 10 in order to take a franchise signal-caller after Kirk Cousins signed with the Atlanta Falcons in free agency. Minnesota also signed former first-rounder Sam Darnold in free agency, but he will almost certainly serve as a bridge quarterback to the incoming rookie QB that the Vikings choose to take in this year's draft.

    Mar 15 · Source via NFL Draft Minnesota Vikings Sam Darnold
  • Sam Darnold Expected To Sign With Vikings

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    Free-agent quarterback Sam Darnold is expected to sign with the Minnesota Vikings when the new league year begins on Wednesday, according to NFL Insider Ian Rapoport. He will ink a one-year, $10 million deal. The Vikings just lost veteran franchise quarterback Kirk Cousins to the Atlanta Falcons, so Darnold could have the chance to earn a few starts in 2024. Minnesota could be eyeing a rookie quarterback in next month's NFL Draft, but Darnold could serve as a bridge quarterback as they ease a rookie into action. The former No. 3 overall pick by the New York Jets has thrown for 12,064 yards, 63 touchdowns, and 56 interceptions during his six-year NFL career. He was Brock Purdy's backup in San Francisco last season. Although he's not on the single-QB fantasy radar, he could be worth rostering in two-QB or Superflex leagues early next season.

    Mar 12 · Source via Minnesota Vikings Sam Darnold
  • Sam Darnold Weighing Offer From Broncos

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    Free-agent quarterback Sam Darnold is weighing free-agent offers between the Denver Broncos and Minnesota Vikings, according to sources. The Broncos recently released Russell Wilson, who was quickly picked up by the Pittsburgh Steelers. Meanwhile, the Vikings saw Kirk Cousins walk in free agency to the Atlanta Falcons, so both teams could use a veteran QB addition like Darnold to compete with either Jarrett Stidham (in Denver) or Nick Mullens? (in Minnesota). Of course, both teams could also make a move up in the first round of the upcoming NFL draft to land a future franchise signal-caller as well. Darnold, 26, was a bust for the Jets as the third overall pick in 2018 and has started just seven games in the last two years with the Panthers and Niners. If Darnold ends up starting for the majority of next season with either the Broncos or Vikings, their offenses would be in bad shape.

    Mar 11 · Source via Denver Broncos Sam Darnold
  • Vikings To Go After Sam Darnold?

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    The Athletic's Dianna Russini writes that we should look for the Minnesota Vikings to go after free-agent quarterback Sam Darnold after former QB Kirk Cousins joined the Atlanta Falcons in free agency on Monday. Darnold has other suitors on the open market, but perhaps none more desperate than the Vikings right now. The former first-round pick spent the 2023 season as the San Francisco 49ers' backup to Brock Purdy, and he ended up going 28-for-46 for 297 yards, two touchdowns and one interception in 10 games played (one start). The 26-year-old looked much more comfortable with the Niners in limited action last year, but that doesn't mean he'll improve at all in a different organization if he's forced into a starting role for the Vikings in 2024. However, he would be in a strong situation with one of the best receivers in the game in Justin Jefferson.

    Mar 11 · Source via Minnesota Vikings Sam Darnold
  • Quarterback Stats

    SeasonTeamFPtsFP/GGSnpSnp%MS%Opp/GPaCmpPaAttCmpPctPaYdPaTDPaINTSackedRuAttRuYdRuAvgRuTDFL
    2018NYJ212.116.31381099.656.335.223941457.72865171530441383.1412
    2019NYJ226.417.41385399.555.336.527344161.930241913433621.8823
    2020NYJ165.113.81273999.554.033.421736459.6220891135372175.8622
    2021CAR193.616.11277193.154.837.824340659.9252791335482224.6354
    2022CAR100.816.8637775.433.227.78214058.611437310261064.0822
    2023SF27.42.71013012.26.36.7284660.929721621150.7111

    2023

    WkVsScoreFPtsQB RankSnpSnp%MS%OppPaCmpPaAttCmpPctPaYdPaTDPaINTSackedRuAttRuYdRuAvgRuTDFL
    1@PITW 30-7-0.2-22.92.9200-00002-2-1.0000
    2@LARW 30-230.0-----------------
    3NYGW 30-12-0.1-44.81.2100-00001-1-1.0000
    4ARIW 35-16-0.1-11.81.8100-00001-1-1.0000
    5DALW 42-10-0.1-1115.52.8211100.010001-1-1.0000
    6@CLEL 17-190.0-----------------
    7@MINL 17-220.0-----------------
    8CINL 17-310.0-----------------
    10@JACW 34-30.0-1321.08.151250.060003-3-1.0000
    11TBW 27-140.0-----------------
    12@SEAW 31-130.0-----------------
    13@PHIW 42-19-0.1-46.81.7100-00001-1-1.0000
    14SEAW 28-160.0-----------------
    15@ARIW 45-290.8331017.98.952366.7200002-2-1.0000
    16BALL 19-338.0321927.121.41581457.181112199.0000
    17@WASW 27-10-0.2-57.12.9200-00012-2-1.0000
    18LARL 20-2119.41561100.054.133162661.51891037192.7111
    DPGBW 24-210.0-----------------
    CCDETW 34-310.0-----------------
    SB@KCL 22-250.0-----------------

    Touchdown Distances
    Passing: 12, 5
    Rushing: 1

    2022

    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 24-3026.1666100.063.642233762.23413125204.0002
    18@NOW 10-73.43559100.035.62151533.3430226325.3300

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

    2021

    WkVsScoreFPtsQB RankSnpSnp%MS%OppPaCmpPaAttCmpPctPaYdPaTDPaINTSackedRuAttRuYdRuAvgRuTDFL
    1NYJW 19-1421.91664100.062.540243568.62791015-1-0.2011
    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 28-3416.21774100.060.845174141.520711444812.0001
    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 10-184.3306098.445.928172665.4132017273.5001
    18@TBL 17-4117.9167198.669.450294269.02192128192.3801

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

    2020

    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 28-3120.91662100.041.926142360.91862133268.6712
    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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