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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: 24
RB Rank Tier ADP-12
#6 2 1.07

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 2 21 54 2.6 1 8 7 56 8.0 0 17.0 8.5
2019 (Projected) PIT   242 1,088 4.5 9   55 412 7.5 2 216.0  

2019 Outlook
Depth Chart
In a longtime keeper league last season I kept Bell, and then kicked myself for "reaching" for Conner in the middle rounds of the draft. I didn't want to get left with my pants down should Bell miss the first few games. Well you know by now how things turned out. Conner went out and set the fantasy world on fire, scoring 13 touchdowns and piling up nearly 1,500 total yards. A late season injury cost him a few games, but savvy fantasy owners might have learned a lot during those missed games.

This might be controversial, especially with Conner being a borderline top-10 pick in early drafts, but I think he is an average player that had the benefit of being a bell-cow on a team with an elite line, scheme, and receiving core. While he showed more wiggle and speed than in his first season, nothing about his running style or play jumps off the page. He benefited greatly from hogging the teams running back snaps (83% of the running back touches went to Connor), and he had the 2nd most goal line carries in the NFL with 13. One of the long standing knocks against Bell was that he was simply a product of the system. It seems possible, as college h-back Jaylen Samuels was able to step right in for Conner late in the season and put up some impressive numbers.

The bottom line here is that Conner remains the RB1 on an offense that has been dominant for the better part of a decade. I just think there was a perfect storm of consequences for Conner to put up the numbers he did last year, and it's going to be very hard for him to repeat his top-10 finish.

Fan. Tm. Player
RB1RB1 James Conner
RB2RB2 Jaylen Samuels
RB3RB3 Benny Snell
RB5FB1 Roosevelt Nix
Steelers Depth Chart
News From The Past 90 Days
Injury James Conner not seriously hurt
Left Week 2 with knee injury
By: Doug Orth | Mon Sep 16, 5:15 pm

Pittburgh Steelers
Multiple teammates believe James Conner's knee injury is not serious. Jaylen Samuels is prepared to start if necessary, but the overall sentiment in the locker room is the issue is manageable. Conner walked through the locker room and appeared to be moving fine. (ESPN - Jeremy Fowler)

FFToday's Take: While this isn't exactly getting clearance from a doctor, it's much better than the alternative. It hasn't been a good start to the season for Conner, but the Steelers may need to rely on him more now than ever with Ben Roethlisberger done for the year. Jaylen Samuels would get the start if Conner misses a game, but it looks like fantasy owners of Conner may have lucked out here.


Jaylen Samuels poised for big role
Steelers see backup RB as jack-of-all-trades offensive weapon
By: Doug Orth | Mon Aug 5, 6:55 pm

Pittburgh Steelers
Jaylen Samuels is like OC Randy Fichtner’s Christmas toy that he didn’t learn to play with until the following year. Last year, the Steelers wanted to see if Samuels was a professional football player. This year, he’s been a significant part of their offense, whether it’s been the backup running back or, more importantly, that jack-of-all-trades offensive weapon that can line up just about everywhere. Samuels has been a matchup nightmare for the defense in camp because he’s more than just a running back who can catch. (The Athletic - Mark Kaboly)

FFToday's Take: This should be just want the public needed to fire up Samuels' hype train again. Contrary to popular belief, James Conner is most likely locked into another heavy workload. With that said, there are 160-plus empty plays the Steelers must replace with Antonio Brown now in Oakland. Samuels' unique ability to run most of the receiver routes as a running back makes him a good place to start when redistributing those targets and/or plays.



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

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

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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