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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: 25

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 13 215 973 4.5 12 71 55 497 9.0 1 225.0 17.3
2019 PIT 10 116 464 4.0 4 38 34 251 7.4 3 113.5 11.4
2020 PIT 10 145 645 4.4 5 30 25 145 5.8 0 109.0 10.9
2020 (Projected) PIT   220 945 4.3 6   46 346 7.5 2 177.1  

2020 Outlook
Depth Chart
All the things that came together to help make 2018 a career year for Conner disappeared in 2019. The loss of Roethlisberger, and injuries of his own, resulted in a precipitous drop in not only his statistical totals, but his efficiency as well. In his 2nd season as a starter Connor barely reached 4.0 yards-per-carry, and went for more than 50 rushing yards only twice.

With 9 missed games over the last two seasons, injury questions are going to linger. Can he handle the rigors of being a No.1 back for 16 games? To this point the answer is no. But while the fantasy world may have their doubts, the Steelers don't seem to share that sentiment. Although they have added a running back in every draft over the last few seasons, their only meaningful addition to the backfield in 2020 was change-of-pace, 5th round pick Anthony McFarland Jr. from Maryland.

The Steelers seem determined to roll with a mix of Conner, Samuels, Snell and their new rookie. Therein lies the key to Conner's value. Pittsburgh knows that Conner is the best runner on this team, but his inability to stay healthy means they will be forced to go with a committee approach. More ground and pound than pop and sizzle, Conner needs a high volume of touches to approach RB1 value, and unfortunately I can't see that happening. His 8-83-1 and 7-78-1 receiving lines from last season show me he's still a capable three-down player, but with a crowded corps of specialists behind him limiting the cap on the percentage of his touches, Conner is a low-end RB2 going forward. If Roethlisberger can glue the offense back together and make the passing game a real threat again, Conner will return fantastic value.

Fan. Tm. Player
RB1RB1 James Conner
RB2RB2 Benny Snell
RB3RB3 Anthony McFarland Jr.
RB4RB4 Jaylen Samuels
RB5FB1 Derek Watt
Steelers Depth Chart
News From The Past 90 Days
Injury James Conner back at practice
Full participant
By: Doug Orth | Thu Sep 17, 7:35 pm

Pittburgh Steelers
James Conner, JuJu Smith-Schuster and Diontae Johnson were all full participants in practice today for the Steelers. (Dale Lolley on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: The big surprise here is Conner, whose status seemed tenuous at best when HC Mike Tomlin said the team would "leave the light on (for him)" in regards to him playing in Week 2 earlier in the week. Conner's durability issues make him one of the more aggravating players for fantasy owners, but Week 1's early exit is much more than exception than the rule when he plays. Expect Conner to see his usual 15-plus touches in Week 2 if he is active with Benny Snell getting mixed in.


Tomlin reiterates faith in James Conner
There is no question about who our bell cow is
By: Mike Krueger | Tue Sep 8, 12:22 pm

Pittburgh Steelers
Tomlin says he'll discover the division of labor for RBs week in and week out. Says his room is diverse and he wants to utilize the diversity of talent. But - "there is no question about who our bell cow is. It's James Conner and he's our primary toter." (Brooke Pryor on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Conner has been creeping up draft boards as we inch closer to the start of the season. It's obvious he is going to get the bulk of the work as long he remains healthy. He's an ideal RB2 in most redraft leagues.



2020 Gamelog Stats
FF Today Standard Scoring: Review Scoring
  RushingReceiving Fantasy
Week Opp Result Att Yard Avg TDTarget Rec Yard Avg TD FPts
1 at NYG W 26-16 6 9 1.5 0 4 2 8 4.0 0 1.7
2 DEN W 26-21 16 106 6.6 1 2 2 15 7.5 0 18.1
3 HOU W 28-21 18 109 6.1 1 5 4 40 10.0 0 20.9
5 PHI W 38-29 15 44 2.9 1 3 3 19 6.3 0 12.3
6 CLE W 38-7 20 101 5.1 1 1 1 1 1.0 0 16.2
7 at TEN W 27-24 20 82 4.1 0 5 3 29 9.7 0 11.1
8 at BAL W 28-24 15 47 3.1 1 3 3 13 4.3 0 12.0
9 at DAL W 24-19 9 22 2.4 0 2 2 -2 -1.0 0 2.0
10 CIN W 36-10 13 36 2.8 0 2 2 12 6.0 0 4.8
11 at JAC W 27-3 13 89 6.8 0 3 3 10 3.3 0 9.9

2019 Gamelog Stats
FF Today Standard Scoring: Review Scoring
  RushingReceiving Fantasy
Week Opp Result Att Yard Avg TDTarget Rec Yard Avg TD FPts
1 at NE L 3-33 10 21 2.1 0 4 4 44 11.0 0 6.5
2 SEA L 26-28 11 33 3.0 1 4 3 12 4.0 0 10.5
3 at SF L 20-24 13 43 3.3 0 4 4 14 3.5 0 5.7
4 CIN W 27-3 10 42 4.2 0 8 8 83 10.4 1 18.5
5 BAL L 23-26 14 55 3.9 1 0 0 0 - 0 11.5
6 at LAC W 24-17 16 41 2.6 1 7 7 78 11.1 1 23.9
8 MIA W 27-14 23 145 6.3 1 4 3 5 1.7 0 21.0
11 at CLE L 7-21 5 10 2.0 0 2 1 6 6.0 0 1.6
15 BUF L 10-17 8 42 5.3 0 5 4 9 2.3 1 11.1
16 at NYJ L 10-16 6 32 5.3 0 0 0 0 - 0 3.2

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
17 CIN W 16-13 14 64 4.6 0 3 3 30 10.0 0 9.4

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