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Running Back, Pittsburgh Steelers

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Draft: 2018 Round 5 (28)
College: North Carolina State
Ht: 5’11”  Wt: 223 DOB: 1996-07-20 Age: 23
RB Rank Tier ADP-12
#45 6 11.01

Season Stats
FF Today Standard Scoring: Review Scoring
  RushingReceiving Fantasy
Season Team G Att Yard Avg TDTarget Rec Yard Avg TD FPts FPts/G
2018 PIT 14 56 256 4.6 0 29 26 199 7.7 3 63.5 4.5
2019 PIT 6 40 89 2.2 1 35 29 167 5.8 0 31.6 5.3
2019 (Projected) PIT   79 341 4.3 3   34 265 7.8 2 90.6  

2019 Outlook
Depth Chart
Samuels falls into a common tier of fantasy backs. He's a handcuff that will be a volume driven RB2 should Conner go down, but doesn't have the talent or pedigree to truly challenge for meaningful snaps. Yeah, he was mighty impressive in a late season game against the Patriots, and was decent in Weeks 14 and 16 when Conner was banged up, but when the chips were down in a must-win Week 17 game, Samuels was out-touched 17-9 by a returning Conner. The Steelers added Benny Snell to the mix in the 4th round of the draft, but he's a big effort, limited athlete who projects to be nothing more than a backup. Samuels should see more early season work this year than last, but it simply won't be enough for fantasy relevance short of an injury to Conner.

Fan. Tm. Player
RB1RB1 James Conner
RB2RB2 Jaylen Samuels
RB3RB4 Trey Edmunds
RB4RB3 Benny Snell
RB5FB1 Roosevelt Nix
RB6RB5 Tony Brooks-James
Steelers Depth Chart
News From The Past 90 Days
Injury James Conner expected back for Week 11
Shoulder injury
By: Mike Krueger | Mon Nov 11, 10:45 am

Pittburgh Steelers
The Steelers are expecting to have running back James Conner available for Thursday night’s game in Cleveland, an encouraging sign for a rushing attack that ranks near the bottom of the league is several different categories. Conner has not played the past two games because of a shoulder separation, but barring any setbacks, the plan is to have him ready to go against the Browns, the Post-Gazette has learned. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

FFToday's Take: The Steelers face the Browns on Thursday night this week. His return will be a welcome sign to the Steelers who have struggled to run the ball the last two weeks without him. When Conner returns, Jaylen Samuels will revert back to a change of pace option and a weekly PPR dart throw.


Injury James Conner not expected to play Week 10
Shoulder injury
By: Mike Krueger | Thu Nov 7, 2:49 pm

Pittburgh Steelers
BREAKING: RB James Conner (shoulder) not expected to play Sunday against the LA Rams. (Gary Dulac on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: With Conner and Benny Snell both expected to miss this week, it will be Jaylen Samuels and Trey Edmunds handling the running back duties for the Steelers against the Rams in Week 10. Samuels is a viable RB2 in PPR leagues given his pass catching ability.


Injury James Conner doubtful, Snell out
Jaylen Samuels takes first team reps Friday
By: Mike Krueger | Fri Nov 1, 2:05 pm

Pittburgh Steelers
RB Benny Snell (knee) and LG Ramon Foster (concussion) have officially been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Colts, while RB James Conner is listed as doubtful and FB Rosie Nix is questionable. Conner hasn't practiced all week, and running back Jaylen Samuels told reporters he took first team reps on a Friday. (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: Fire up your shares of Jaylen Samuels this week. He should be a busy man against the Colts with Trey Edmunds filling a backup role.


Injury Conner, Snell miss practice Thursday
Shoulder injury for Conner
By: Mike Krueger | Thu Oct 31, 3:20 pm

Pittburgh Steelers
No James Conner (shoulder), Benny Snell (knee), or Ramon Foster (concussion) for the second day in a row. Everyone else was a full go. But it seems more and more likely that the Steelers will be without both Conner and Snell for Sunday, leaving the team rolling with Jaylen Samuels and Trey Edmunds at running back. (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: It's been reported that Snell will miss a couple weeks after having a small procedure on his knee to trim his meniscus. It's looking more and more like Jaylen Samuels (knee) will get the bulk of running back duties for the Steelers against the Colts in Week 9. Trey Edmunds rounds out the Steelers running back depth chart.


Injury James Conner misses practice Wednesday
Shoulder injury
By: Mike Krueger | Wed Oct 30, 4:00 pm

Pittburgh Steelers
Steelers injury report isn't pretty from Wednesday's practice. Six players were absent because of injury: Benny Snell (knee), James Conner (shoulder), Maurkice Pouncey (calf), Ramon Foster (concussion) and Dan McCullers (ankle). TE Vance McDonald and LB Mark Barron were both given vet days off. Jaylen Samuels (knee) was a full participant, while Ulysses Gilbert was limited with a back injury. (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: Samuels appears to be the healthiest running back in Pittsburgh right now and should be scooped up if he's available in your league. Conner was expected to miss practice today but his participation the remainder of the week will be something to keep an eye on.


Injury James Connor injured late in MNF win
All of Steelers RBs nursing injuries now
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Tue Oct 29, 10:30 am

Pittburgh Steelers
It has been confirmed by head coach Mike Tomlin that James Conner suffered an injury to his shoulder and potentially AC (acromioclavicular) joint, but more tests will be run on Tuesday for a definitive diagnosis. Benny Snell suffered a knee injury in the game, and Jaylen Samuels was inactive with a knee injury. (CBS Sports)

FFToday's Take: A broken clavicle, if that's what this is, would end Conner's season. But in any event, Samuels will be a popular add this week as he'll be a lot closer to returning from his knee scope and could play as early as this week against the Colts. If not, the Steelers will have to add some live bodies for their ailing backfield.


Injury James Conner expected to play Monday night
Quad injury
By: Mike Krueger | Wed Oct 23, 11:45 am

Pittburgh Steelers
RB James Conner injured his quad against the Chargers, but said Wednesday he expects to play Monday night. He also said he feels healthy, which he backed up earlier this week with an exuberant run around the locker room to celebrate a gaming headset given to him by JuJu Smith-Schuster. (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: Conner is in a good spot this week, facing the Dolphins on Monday night. Assuming he's healty, Conner is a RB1 in Week 8. Jaylen Samuels (knee) is also on the mend but he's likely to return in Week 9.


Injury Jaylen Samuels (knee) to miss "at least a month"
Steelers backup RB can be dropped in most formats
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Tue Oct 8, 1:02 pm

Pittburgh Steelers
Mark Kaboly (@MarkKaboly) on Twitter: "Jaylen Samuels suffered a left knee injury and is on crutches. Tomlin presser is upcoming and will give details." (Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Samuels was spotted on crutches following his knee scope and will miss about a month, according to Tomlin. This is bad news for the Steelers and the fantasy owners who prioritized Samuels in the wake of James Conner's injury heading into last week. Fourth-round RB Benny Snell moves into the No. 2 spot behind Conner, but doesn't have the same upside.


Injury James Conner back at practice Friday
Said he expects to play in Week 5
By: Mike Krueger | Fri Oct 4, 12:48 pm

Pittburgh Steelers
RB James Conner (ankle) said he practiced today and expects to be able to go Sunday. (Brooke Pryor on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Conner missed Wednesday and Thursday with an ankle injury but it sounds like he's going to play against the Ravens. Jaylen Samuels (10-26-1; 8-57) got involved in the offense last week so Conner's ceiling may be limited but he's still on the RB2 radar in Week 5.


Injury James Conner (ankle) being evaluated
Steelers RB's injury could vault Jaylen Samuels in 10 RBs for Week 5
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Tue Oct 1, 12:53 pm

Pittburgh Steelers
Brooke Pryor (@bepryor) on Twitter: "Tomlin says James Conner (ankle) and Cam Heyward (quad) are being evaluated still. They'll be limited some this week. Practice will dictate game availability. Tomlin is hopeful on Vince Williams, Vance McDonald and Anthony Chickillo" (Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Jaylen Samuels would be a Top 10 RB play if Conner was forced to miss Week 5. He's a priority add on the waiver wire this week.


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.



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 2 4 2.0 0 2 1 2 2.0 0 0.6
2 SEA L 26-28 3 18 6.0 0 1 1 13 13.0 0 3.1
4 CIN W 27-3 10 26 2.6 1 8 8 57 7.1 0 14.3
5 BAL L 23-26 3 2 0.7 0 4 3 11 3.7 0 1.3
9 IND W 26-24 8 10 1.3 0 13 13 73 5.6 0 8.3
10 LAR W 17-12 14 29 2.1 0 7 3 11 3.7 0 4.0

2018 Gamelog Stats
FF Today Standard Scoring: Review Scoring
  RushingReceiving Fantasy
Week Opp Result Att Yard Avg TDTarget Rec Yard Avg TD FPts
8 CLE W 33-18 4 17 4.3 0 0 0 0 - 0 1.7
9 at BAL W 23-16 1 2 2.0 0 0 0 0 - 0 0.2
10 CAR W 52-21 5 7 1.4 0 4 3 22 7.3 1 8.9
12 at DEN L 17-24 0 0 - 0 2 1 12 12.0 0 1.2
13 LAC L 30-33 2 5 2.5 0 3 3 20 6.7 1 8.5
14 at OAK L 21-24 11 28 2.5 0 7 7 64 9.1 0 9.2
15 NE W 17-10 19 142 7.5 0 2 2 30 15.0 0 17.2
16 at NO L 28-31 12 53 4.4 0 3 3 11 3.7 1 12.4
17 CIN W 16-13 2 2 1.0 0 8 7 40 5.7 0 4.2

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