How Deebo Samuel can exceed Super Bowl expectations | Yahoo Fantasy Football Show

Yahoo Sports fantasy analyst Matt Harmon is joined by The Athletic’s Nate Tice to discuss Deebo Samuel props and how the San Francisco 49er wideout can thrive against the Chiefs in the Super Bowl. Hear the full conversation on the “Yahoo Fantasy Football Show” podcast - and subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or wherever you listen.

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MATT HARMON: I'll give out my first prop which, to me, I do think Deebo over 58 and 1/2 receiving yards--

NATE TICE: That's one of mine as well.

MATT HARMON: --minus 115. Because the way I think about it, when they get into those third and fourth down situations, where I do think that the receivers will be emphasized-- L'Jarius Sneed's a great player. Look, Aiyuk is a great player too. He can get over on a great cornerback.

This is the-- it's so funny, Nate. Four years ago, maybe five years ago in fantasy football analysis, it was just like all wide receiver, cornerback matchups. And nobody really talks about that anymore because there's more zone coverage and there's just so much--

NATE TICE: Interesting layers to it.

MATT HARMON: Yeah, exactly. There's obviously-- even back then, it was kind of a fraught conversation. But now in 2022, 2023, 2024, this season I'm sure, it's just not-- defenses don't play that way. The defensive meta of the league has shifted so that we don't have these iso matchups like that. And receiver usage has shifted too. I mean, we're talking about a guy like Deebo. It's like, you're never going to put the number-one corner on him for 90% of snaps. It's not possible.

But again, just that Aiyuk-Jennings matchup-- or, excuse me, that Aiyuk-Sneed matchup, I'm fascinated to watch that. But I feel like when they get into those two man or two high safety situations on third and fourth down, that's going to bring Deebo on these over-the-middle routes, stuff like that. So for me, I think he's going to have a pretty big performance this weekend.

NATE TICE: I have all the Deebo overs, so those are all going to be mine as well. So I'll just get into it. I like him over 4 and 1/2 receptions. Terrible juice right now. It's minus 140. So I like your yards one. That would be the one I would kind of pound heavily. I see it the same way. I also see over 2 and 1/2 rushing attempts.