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Running Back, Pittsburgh Steelers

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Draft: 2017 Round 3 (41)
College: Pittsburgh
Ht: 6’1”  Wt: 233 DOB: 1995-05-05 Age: 23
RB Rank Tier ADP-12
#79 10 14.02

Season Stats
FF Today Standard Scoring: Review Scoring
  RushingReceiving Fantasy
Season Team G Att Yard Avg TDTarget Rec Yard Avg TD FPts FPts/G
2017 PIT 12 32 144 4.5 0 1 0 0 - 0 14.4 1.2
2018 PIT 12 201 909 4.5 12 68 52 467 9.0 1 215.6 18.0
2018 (Projected) PIT   46 203 4.4 1   2 14 7.0 0 27.7  

2018 Outlook
Depth Chart
Conner has an amazing story of perseverance, but he'll need more than an inspiring story to help the Steelers in his second season. His rookie campaign was largely a wash, as the 3rd rounder played in 12 games, but had a largely uninspiring 32 carries and zero receptions. A knee injury ended his season early, and he enters 2018 in a big spot. With Bell likely in the final season with the team, Conner has to show the Steelers he has what it takes to be the heir apparent. He's apparently worked extremely hard this offseason to remake his body, and work on the weak spots in his game. By most accounts he was impressive in spring practices, and how he looks in the preseason will go a long way in determining whether he becomes someone to watch in dynasty and redraft leagues alike. He'll get all the reps in camp with Bell holding out, and if he can show he was what it takes, could be a worthy handcuff to Bell owners.
Fan. Tm. Player
RB1RB4 Jaylen Samuels
RB2RB3 Stevan Ridley
RB3RB5 Trey Edmunds
RB4RB2 James Conner
RB4FB1 Roosevelt Nix
RB5RB1 Le'Veon Bell
Steelers Depth Chart
News From The Past 90 Days
Injury Conner could play without practice Week 15?
RB remained out of practice Thursday with ankle injury
By: Doug Orth | Thu Dec 13, 7:25 pm

Pittburgh Steelers
With RB James Conner still not practicing, Steelers OC Randy Fichtner said he does not believe Conner needs to practice to play Sunday vs the Patriots: "He's played a LOT." (Aditi Kinkhabwala on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Expect this to go right down to 90 minutes prior to the 4:25 ET kickoff on Sunday. Jaylen Samuels filled in nicely for fantasy owners in PPR leagues last week, but it is clear the Steelers don't trust him to handle a very heavy load in the running game. It's entirely possible Pittsburgh keeps him active and has him share the load with Samuels in what is a highly impactful game to its playoff chances. For now, consider Conner a very risky RB2 option.

Injury James Conner out for Week 14
Coach admits Conner has a sprained ankle
By: Mike Krueger | Tue Dec 4, 11:20 am

Pittburgh Steelers
Mike Tomlin: James Conner injury more significant than thought. He's out this week with an ankle injury. With James Conner out, rookie Jaylen Samuels should be starting RB this week. Mike Tomlin, running back by committee "is our intention" as we sit there. Tomlin on James Conner: "I don't know if you'd describe it as a high ankle sprain, it's an ankle sprain" (Ed Bouchette on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Tomlin originally said that Conner had a contusion and the injury wasn't serious. If you watched the tape, it was pretty clear that Conner suffered a sprained ankle. The fact that he's already been ruled out means its somewhat of a significant injury. It appears the Steelers may use a RBBC with Samuels and Stevan Ridley likely to get the bulk of the work against the Raiders.

Injury James Conner injury not considered major
Leg contusion
By: Mike Krueger | Mon Dec 3, 10:00 am

Pittburgh Steelers
On #Steelers RB James Conner: My understanding is the injury is not to his ankle and not considered major at all. Coach Mike Tomlin called it a contusion and it seems like he'll be OK, based on early impressions. How much it swells will be telling. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: If you watch the video it seems to indicate a sprained ankle so it's safe to wonder if Tomlin is downplaying the injury. We should get more information over the next couple days and Conner will undoubtedly be at the very least limited in practice this week. Jaylen Samuels and Stevan Ridley are next up on the depth chart. The Steelers have a juicy matchup against the Raiders.

Injury James Conner expected to practice Wednesday
Steelers bell cow RB shaking off head injury from Week 10
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Tue Nov 13, 12:45 pm

Pittburgh Steelers
James Conner is expected to practice Wednesday per Aditi Kinkhabwala (@AKinkhabwala) on Twitter: "James Conner still in concussion protocol, but Mike Tomlin said he’ll be given an opportunity to practice tomorrow and that that should “lay those discussions to bed.” #Steelers (Translation: he needs to do some physical work to get out of the protocol, Wed is 1st day he can)" (Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Conner looks like he'll most likely suit up for Week 11, but Stevan Ridley and Jaylen Samuels are possible additions if it looks like he takes a step back in the protocol.

Steelers' Jaylen Samuels arrow "pointing up"
Rookie RB lauded by Mike Tomlin
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Tue Nov 13, 12:41 pm

Pittburgh Steelers
Joe Rutter (@tribjoerutter) on Mike Tomlin's thoughts regarding Jaylen Samuels on Twitter: Tomlin on Samuels: "I like his arrow, it's continually pointing up. ... He's met that point of the challenge." (Twitter)

FFToday's Take: We mentioned Samuels as a possible deep-league waiver wire addition, since he's getting some passing down work and Le'Veon Bell looks like he's holding out for the entirety of 2018. Now we have confirmation that the coaches feel like Samuels could be getting more snaps as the team moves on with its current options (including lead back James Conner, dealing with a concussion, and Stevan Ridley.

Bell not expected to report by Tuesday's deadline
Will miss out on $14.5 million if he sits out the entire season
By: Mike Krueger | Sun Nov 11, 7:30 am

Pittburgh Steelers
Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell is unlikely to report to the team by Tuesday's deadline, which would make him ineligible to play the rest of this season, league sources told ESPN. Even as the Steelers brace to lose their marquee running back for the entire season, Bell's camp continues to maintain its cone of silence and repeatedly has declined to address with reporters his plans for the coming week. (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: If Bell doesn't report by Tuesday at 4PM Eastern he will miss out on a total of $14.5 million this season. James Conner appears to be locked into the starting running back role in Pittsburgh for the foreseeable future. The Steelers could use the transition tag on him next year or let him hit free agency.

No change on Le'Veon Bell front
Must report by Nov. 13 in order to play in 2018
By: Doug Orth | Mon Nov 5, 4:55 pm

Pittburgh Steelers
Steelers have not had contact with Le'Veon Bell this week, so barring new development in next few days, team doesn't expect Bell to report for Thursday night game against Carolina. All eyes on the Nov. 13 deadline. (ESPN - Jeremy Fowler)

FFToday's Take: Owners who have held Bell this long and are still in the playoff race might as well keep holding, although it's looking less and less likely he will contribute before December - if even then. James Conner has earned the right to split carries at the very least even if Bell chooses to report, and one could argue there is no reason to bump him as the starter even if Bell does come back.

Le'Veon Bell watch continues
RB will not show in Week 8
By: Doug Orth | Mon Oct 22, 6:20 pm

Pittburgh Steelers
Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell is not reporting to the team this week, source tells colleague @JimTrotter_NFL. End of stakeout. Tune in after the trade deadline. ... maybe 4:01 pm Tuesday. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: It was reported last week that Bell might wait until after the trade deadline (Oct. 30) to report, and that appears to be the case. He needs to report in time for Week 10 or his time away from the team will have been for naught in terms of accruing another year towards free agency. James Conner is in line for one and possibly two more starts and needs to be viewed as a top-five option for fantasy purposes.

Steelers might eye committee upon Bell's return
Beat writer floats potential RBBC if/when Le'Veon Bell returns
By: Doug Orth | Mon Oct 8, 7:30 pm

Pittburgh Steelers
If Le'Veon Bell indeed returns to the team next Monday, as ESPN reported, he will be able to practice Tuesday and Wednesday of the off week. The Steelers will have off Thursday through Sunday. He would then have a full week of practice before their Oct. 28 game against Cleveland at Heinz Field. Unlike last season when Bell did not report until six days before the opener, they won’t have to throw him right into the thick of things this time, thanks to James Conner. Bell got off to a slow start last season after missing all of the preseason, so why would the Steelers expect him to get off to a faster start after missing all of the preseason plus the first six regular-season games this season? (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

FFToday's Take: This really should have been the expectation once it became clear wasn't reporting in time for Week 1. Bell has missed too much time for owners to believe he is simply going to fall right back into 25-plus touches, plus Conner has done enough to prove himself at the very least. Owners really need to consider selling Bell to the highest bidder if they haven't already done so, because the odds of him returning RB1 value in the second half of the season seem minimal at this point.

Le'Veon Bell to return Week 7, Steelers bye week
Still wants to play football in 2018
By: Mike Krueger | Mon Oct 1, 7:00 pm

Pittburgh Steelers
Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell told ESPN he is playing football in 2018 and does not expect to be traded. In fact, he's still holding out hope the team will re-sign him to a long-term contract once his franchise tag is up. Bell is staying away from the team to preserve his body, but a source said Bell is expected to report Week 7, the Steelers' bye week. (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: The Steelers have a bye in Week 7 and then face the Browns at home in Week 8. Assuming Bell returns directly to the starting lineup, James Conner will get two more starts in good matchups against the Falcons and Bengals. Bell got off to a slow start in his first couple games of 2017 after missing all of training camp.

2018 Gamelog Stats
FF Today Standard Scoring: Review Scoring
  RushingReceiving Fantasy
Week Opp Result Att Yard Avg TDTarget Rec Yard Avg TD FPts
1 at CLE T 21-21 31 135 4.4 2 6 5 57 11.4 0 31.2
2 KC L 37-42 8 17 2.1 1 5 5 48 9.6 0 12.5
3 at TB W 30-27 15 61 4.1 0 6 5 34 6.8 0 9.5
4 BAL L 14-26 9 19 2.1 0 7 3 25 8.3 0 4.4
5 ATL W 41-17 21 110 5.2 2 4 4 75 18.8 0 30.5
6 at CIN W 28-21 19 111 5.8 2 7 4 18 4.5 0 24.9
8 CLE W 33-18 24 146 6.1 2 6 5 66 13.2 0 33.2
9 at BAL W 23-16 24 107 4.5 0 9 7 56 8.0 1 22.3
10 CAR W 52-21 13 65 5.0 1 1 1 8 8.0 0 13.3
11 at JAC W 20-16 9 25 2.8 0 9 6 24 4.0 0 4.9
12 at DEN L 17-24 13 53 4.1 0 4 4 42 10.5 0 9.5
13 LAC L 30-33 15 60 4.0 2 4 3 14 4.7 0 19.4

2017 Gamelog Stats
FF Today Standard Scoring: Review Scoring
  RushingReceiving Fantasy
Week Opp Result Att Yard Avg TDTarget Rec Yard Avg TD FPts
1 at CLE W 21-18 4 11 2.8 0 0 0 0 - 0 1.1
2 MIN W 26-9 1 9 9.0 0 0 0 0 - 0 0.9
4 at BAL W 26-9 4 26 6.5 0 0 0 0 - 0 2.6
5 JAC L 9-30 3 9 3.0 0 1 0 0 - 0 0.9
6 at KC W 19-13 2 14 7.0 0 0 0 0 - 0 1.4
7 CIN W 29-14 3 19 6.3 0 0 0 0 - 0 1.9
8 at DET W 20-15 1 1 1.0 0 0 0 0 - 0 0.1
10 at IND W 20-17 1 12 12.0 0 0 0 0 - 0 1.2
11 TEN W 40-17 5 12 2.4 0 0 0 0 - 0 1.2
13 at CIN W 23-20 3 12 4.0 0 0 0 0 - 0 1.2
14 BAL W 39-38 2 6 3.0 0 0 0 0 - 0 0.6
15 NE L 24-27 3 13 4.3 0 0 0 0 - 0 1.3

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