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|Snell, the 4th round pick from Kentucky had a decent rookie season for the Steelers in 2019. His 108 rushing attempts finished second on the team just behind James Conner, but a 3.9 yards-per-carry average and zero impact in the passing game (3 receptions on 4 targets) puts serious doubt on his fantasy upside. Sure he showed flashes of solid running ability on tape, and his poor numbers are largely due to stacked boxes and a disjointed offense, but the addition of rookie McFarland Jr., and the return to health of Conner, means Snell is a back-up one-dimensional north-south runner, not exactly a ringing fantasy endorsement. This backfield is a sloppy mess behind Conner, with each guy seeming to serve a specialized role. With Conner healthy this is likely to be a three-back committee much of the time, and Snell's lack of passing game work and big play ability make him a poor direct handcuff should something happen to the starter. I'm already hesitant to take a dip into this backfield in the first place, so end of the draft roster filler seems to be Snell's best chance right now.
| James Conner downgraded to Out|
By: Mike Krueger | Mon Dec 21, 4:20 pm
|RB James Conner has been downgraded to out for tonight’s game against the Bengals. (Steelers on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Conner and the rest of the running game has been a disappointment in 2020 scoring the 2nd fewest fantasy points at the position. We'll likely see a mix of Benny Snell, Anthony McFarland Jr. and Jaylen Samuels but it's hard to excited about any of them even against the Bengals.