RB Benny Snell - Pittsburgh Steelers

5-10, 224Born: 2-27-1998College: KentuckyDrafted: Round 4, pick 2019

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Dec 2): Snell split work early on with Jaylen Samuels and Kerrith Whyte, but closed out the win against the Browns. If James Conner can't go against the Cardinals, Snell should be played as an RB2/Flex.

Week 14: at Arizona Cardinals

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FBG says: Neutral matchup. As has been the case for weeks, James Conner's status is unlikely to be known until the weekend. Conner has missed most of the Steelers' past five games with a shoulder injury, though he did seem closer last week. If Conner can't go, rookie Benny Snell should continue to carry the load in this backfield. Snell has taken on 43% of the Steelers' snaps over the past 2 weeks but 65% of the carries, totaling 161 yards at 4.4 per attempt. He's the definition of a plodder, lacking impressive speed or quickness, but he churns out moderate production behind the Steelers' dominant front line. He's posted more rushing efficiency than Conner (3.8 per carry), in fact. They'll get All-Pro center Maurkice Pouncey back from suspension this week, which bodes well for the entire stable of backs. The surest thing here is Jaylen Samuels, though with just 34 carries in Conner's absence, he's settled firmly into a third-down role. It will be either Conner or Snell posting hefty rushing volume on Sunday; Friday's injury report will tell the tale. The Cardinals run defense has served as one of 2019's most generous matchups. They've been fairly average from an efficiency standpoint, giving up 4.3 yards per carry, good for 17th in the league. But those numbers have largely been weighted down by a handful of favorable matchups. They've allowed strong rushing lines to a wide variety of runners, from the studs (Christian McCaffrey, Lamar Jackson) to the struggling (Devonta Freeman, Joe Mixon). Linebackers Jordan Hicks and Haason Reddick have served as one of the league's worst duos, routinely missing tackles on the second level. Safety Budda Baker has developed into a run-support star, but he's relied upon way too much by this shaky group. The Steelers will send tons of rushing volume at the Cardinals Sunday, and they project for solid efficiency to boot. Either James Conner or Benny Snell will boast a real shot at 25+ attempts and a 100-yard finish.

Recent Stats and Projections

11 at CLE 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
12 at CIN 36 21 98 0 1 1.0 5 0 0 10.3
13 vs CLE 23 16 63 1 1 1.0 4 0 0 12.7
14 at ARI 0 16 41 0 0 0.0 0 0 1 3.1
14 at ARI PROJ-Dodds * 16 * * 1.1 * * * *
14 at ARI PROJ-Tremblay * 14 * * 1.7 * * * *
14 at ARI PROJ-Bloom * 18 * * 1.0 * * * *

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

Percentile ranks

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

Recent Game Summaries

2019 Week 13 vs CLE (16 / 63 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)

Started entering the game in the third quarter after the game was tied. Steelers showed a lot of trust when, after a defensive pass interference call put the ball at the one-yard line, was given the goal line carry. Snell made a strong run up the middle and squirmed free for a touchdown. Snell's best run came on a 14-yard carry. Snell ran through first contact, bounced off another defender, and lowered his head and kept driving his legs for additional yardage. Not to be outdone, Snell had a second tremendous run late in the fourth quarter with the Steelers backed up to their own one-yard line. Snell burst behind the left guard for a more than ten yards and a first down. More importantly, Snell was able to keep the clock rolling on the Steelers final drive of the game.

2019 Week 12 vs CIN (21 / 98 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)

Snell has not played since the Steelers played the Miami Dolphins. Returning after arthroscopic knee surgery and being used as the primary ball carrier in place of the injured James Conner. For the most part, Snell got just what was blocked ahead of him. He was able to follow his blockers and displayed good vision, showed enough burst, and didn't fumble the ball. However, trying to run Snell outside of the tackles does not end well. He doesn't have enough speed to get to the outside on defenders. Snell did show how he was getting better throughout the game as he was wearing down the defense. On a third and short late in the fourth quarter went for 21-yards. The middle of the field was stuffed expecting a run up the middle. Snell saw no holes and bounced the ball outside.

2019 Week 8 vs MIA (5 / 13 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

This was not the right game for Benny Snell. While he did have opportunities, Snell's skillset matches up to what the Miami Dolphins do well between the tackles. To take things a step further, Snell had one run of five yards. His remaining 4 carries went for eight total yards. Snell left Week 8 with an apparent knee injury. No additional details have been released.

2019 Week 6 vs LAC (17 / 75 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 14 / 0 rec)

With Jaylen Samuels out for an extended period, the Steelers needed someone to turn to behind Conner. Snell is not the same type of smooth runner Conner is, but generates good build up speed and power through the hole once he gets a runway and Snell had the runway against the Chargers. The Steelers were routinely blowing the Chargers off the line of scrimmage and pushing them backwards. In the fourth quarter Snell's best run came on a power run concept. The lineman were all one on one and won at the point of attach and created a massive hole for Snell to run through. Snell exploded through the hole and gained good speed at the second level. Snell ended the contest with a lot of confidence from the coaching staff, receiving the last eight running back touches of the game.

2019 Week 2 vs SEA (1 / 23 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

It was only one touch, but Snell showed why he was picked in the fourth round and how he earned a game day active. On his first carry, Snell had excellent blocking ahead of him, was in his lineman's back pocket as he approached the line, and made a simple cut to find his running lane. Snell accelerated quickly through the hole and evaded multiple arm tackles through the pile.


Latest News

Steelers | Benny Snell bottled up (Sun Dec 8, 10:09 PM) - Pittsburgh Steelers RB Benny Snell rushed 16 times for 41 yards in a 23-17 win over the Arizona Cardinals in Week 14. He also lost a fumble.

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Steelers | Benny Snell runs for 63 yards, TD (Sun Dec 1, 05:13 PM) - Pittsburgh Steelers RB Benny Snell Jr. posted 16 carries for 63 yards and a touchdown in Week 13 against the Cleveland Browns while adding a four-yard catch on his only target.

Our View: Snell split carries with Jaylen Samuels and Kerrith Whyte early, but was the back who got all of the work when the team needed to salt away the lead. He should be a flex play against Arizona next week if James Conner is still out.
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Steelers | Benny Snell might be in line for big role (Mon Nov 25, 09:49 PM) - Pittsburgh Steelers RB Benny Snell carried the load in Week 12 against the Cincinnati Bengals with RB James Conner (shoulder) sidelined. The starter Conner indicated in a radio interview that he might not be available in Week 13 against the Cleveland Browns, so Snell might be called upon again.

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