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RB Stevan Ridley - Pittsburgh Steelers

5-10, 225Born: 1-27-1989College: LSUDrafted: Round 3, pick 2011

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Week 11: at Jacksonville Jaguars

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FBG says: Tough matchup. LeVeon Bell won't be joining the Steelers this year, which probably isn't the worst thing for the team. It's given them a look at the future of their running game, James Conner, who currently sits third on the league-wide rushing board. Conner doesn't have the burst and is not the dynamic runner Bell is, but he brings other strengths to the table. With an aggressive approach to both running lanes and oncoming defenders, Conner is all about generating positive yardage - he's been stopped for 2 yards or fewer on just 39% of his runs, once adjusted for short yardage. Operating behind an elite run-blocking line, Conner is a weekly threat to turn his dominant workload into major ground production. He's picked up 108 yards a game (5.34 per attempt) over his last 5, and on the year he's converted 15 of 20 runs with 2 yards or less to go. His outlook will brighten even further if right tackle Marcus Gilbert is able to return this week, but either way, he's exactly the type of runner the Steelers (and fantasy players) covet. The Jacksonville run defense continues to look dominant in certain matchups, only to come unglued when facing top rushing attacks. There's no shame in allowing elite backs to churn out strong stat lines, but the Jaguars have been gashed by four of the last five lead runners they've faced. Kareem Hunt and Ezekiel Elliott were to be expected, but Lamar Miller broke a 22-game streak with 100 yards against them, and Eagles rookie Josh Adams averaged 6.78 yards a carry 2 weeks ago. The front line remains stout and often nearly unbeatable, but problems crop up when runs do get by. Linebacker Telvin Smith has always been somewhat overrated due to his big tackle numbers, but he leads a ho-hum second level that's too often out of position. This isn't a targetable group with that line in place, but it's not much to fear for a red-hot attack like James Conner and the Steelers.

Recent Stats and Projections

8 vs CLE 6 0 0 0 2 2 13 0 1 0.3
10 vs CAR 10 8 26 0 1 0 0 0 0 2.6
11 at JAX PROJ-Tremblay * 2 * * 0 * * * *
11 at JAX PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * 0 * * * *

Weekly Performance vs RB 1, RB 12, RB 24, RB 36

Percentile ranks

Stevan Ridley's percentile rank in each category, among RB with more than 50 fantasy points.

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