RB James Conner - Pittsburgh Steelers

6-1, 233Born: 5-5-1995College: PittsburghDrafted: Round 3, pick 105 (2017)

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Conner left the Week 11 game after aggravating his shoulder injury

Summary

James Conner was the Steelers lead back in 2018 with Le'Veon Bell holding out for the entire season. Now, with the Bell gone to the Jets things should be a rinse-repeat for Conner when it comes to touches and production. An ankle injury knocked him out for three games last year, so Conner needs to show that he can stay durable as the bellcow for the Steelers. In 2018, Conner had 973 rushing yards, 12 rushing touchdowns, adding 55 catches for 497 yards and one touchdown. His all-purpose ability means he doesn't have to come off the field on passing downs. Conner has the power to grind down an opponent, and we'll see if he gets used a bit more as a receiver. The Steelers traded away WR Antonio Brown this offseason and that is a big hole to fill for the passing game. If they continue to be a pass-happy team, then Conner could be in line for more work as a receiver out of the backfield. If they want to run the ball more, well that's good news for Conner too. Last year, Conner was the no.6 fantasy running back in standard-scoring leagues. With more receptions, more carries and staying healthy a full 16 games we could see him breakout as a top-5 RB no question. (May 10)

FBG Staff Rankings

RB Redraft - 8, 6, 6, 6, 6, 7, 7, 7, 8, 8, 9, 10, 12
Overall Redraft - 13, 6, 8, 9, 9, 9, 12, 14, 16, 18, 18, 27
RB Redraft PPR - 8, 6, 6, 6, 7, 7, 7, 7, 7, 8, 8, 8, 9, 10, 10, 10, 11, 11
Overall Redraft PPR - 15, 10, 12, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 16, 17, 17, 17, 17, 17, 21, 27
RB Dynasty - 10, 8, 9, 11, 11, 12, 14
Overall Dynasty - 19, 16, 20, 21, 22

Stats and Projections

YEARGRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumL
2017 PIT 14 32 144 0 1 0 0 0
2018 PIT 13 215 973 12 71 55 497 1 2
2019 PIT 8 102 * * 34 30 * * *
2019 PROJ-Dodds 15.0 220.0 * * 48.0 * * *
2019 PROJ-Henry 15.0 230.0 * * 54.0 * * *
2019 PROJ-Wood 15.0 250.0 * * 60.0 * * *
2019 PROJ-Tremblay 16.0 214.0 * * 47.6 * * *

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

Percentile ranks

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

Average Draft Position

Overall: 9
RB: 7
Overall-PPR: 10
RB-PPR: 7

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Latest News

Steelers | James Conner misses practice (Thu Nov 21, 04:12 PM) - Pittsburgh Steelers RB James Conner (shoulder) did not participate in practice Thursday, Nov. 21.

Our View: Jaylen Samuels and Benny Snell are set to split the work in Cincinnati this week, Samuels is a PPR RB2 and Snell a what the heck flex.
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Steelers | James Conner misses practice (Wed Nov 20, 04:02 PM) - Pittsburgh Steelers RB James Conner (shoulder) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Nov. 20.

Our View: Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said he "doesn't know the availability" of Conner for Week 12 against the Bengals. It looks like they'll go with Jaylen Samuels as their top back once again.
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Steelers | James Conner's Week 12 status unknown (Mon Nov 18, 02:34 PM) - Pittsburgh Steelers RB James Conner (shoulder) appears to be in line for a questionable tag for Week 12 against the Cincinnati Bengals. He reportedly did not cause any more damage to his AC joint before leaving the Week 11 game against the Cleveland Browns, but his overall status versus the Bengals is 'up in the air,' according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero.

Our View: It's a great matchup against the Bengals in Week 12, but Fantasy GMs are going to have to watch the injury report closely. We'll know more about Conner's status later in the week.
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Steelers | James Conner ruled out (Thu Nov 14, 09:55 PM) - Updating a previous report, Pittsburgh Steelers RB James Conner (shoulder) has been ruled out for the remainder of the Week 11 game against the Cleveland Browns after suffering a shoulder injury.

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Steelers | Shoulder bothering James Conner (Thu Nov 14, 09:24 PM) - Pittsburgh Steelers RB James Conner (shoulder) exited against the Cleveland Browns in Week 11 after injuring his shoulder and is questionable to return.

Our View: Conner aggravated an existing injury and said he wasn't 100% coming into the game. He might miss a prime matchup with Cincinnati next week. Jaylen Samuels should be added in all leagues if he was dropped upon Conner's return.
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