RB James Conner - Pittsburgh Steelers

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

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Summary

A third-round pick in the 2017 NFL draft, James Conner has flashed ability as the team's starter over the last two years. He has yet to play a full 16-game schedule during his pro career and injuries might be taking their toll on his game. Entering the final year of his contract with the Steelers, Conner's future with the team is up in the air. Conner saw his numbers go down in 2018 after setting career-high totals in 2018. He only played in 10 games and had just 464 yards rushing. Conner did catch 34 passes for 251 yards and scored seven touchdowns overall, but he finished the 2019 season as the no.33 fantasy running back in standard-scoring leagues. This is a disappointment after his 2018 season that saw him finish as a top-10 fantasy running back in such formats. Last year, the Steelers were without starting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger for most of the season. Perhaps getting Roethlisberger back this season will help open up rushing lanes for Conner and the ground attack. The Steelers have spent at least one pick on a running back over the last three years. There is clearly going to be pressure on Conner for the top spot on the depth chart from guys like Jaylen Samuels, Benny Snell or rookie Anthony McFarland. Conner should win the job, and his three-down skill set makes him a low-end RB2 for Fantasy GMs in 2020. Even if he's the starter again, a back like Samuels or McFarland could take him off the field in obvious passing situations. (May 14)

FBG Staff Rankings

RB Redraft - 19, 6, 14, 16, 19, 20, 21, 22, 22, 23, 26
Overall Redraft - 34, 6, 19, 26, 29, 33, 43, 44, 50, 52
RB Redraft PPR - 20, 5, 15, 15, 16, 17, 17, 19, 19, 20, 20, 20, 21, 21, 21, 21, 23, 23
Overall Redraft PPR - 41, 5, 23, 25, 27, 29, 32, 37, 40, 40, 47, 50, 50, 53, 54, 60
RB Dynasty - 23, 20, 21, 22, 23, 25, 26, 26, 39
Overall Dynasty - 66, 51, 52, 60, 66

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 10 116 464 4 39 34 251 3 1
2020 PROJ-Dodds 14.7 184.0 * * 44.0 * * *
2020 PROJ-Henry 14.0 190.0 * * 48.0 * * *
2020 PROJ-Wood 13.0 180.0 * * 40.0 * * *
2020 PROJ-Tremblay 16.0 174.0 * * 45.4 * * *
2020 PROJ-Consensus 14.4 184.0 * * 45.0 * * *

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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.

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Average Draft Position

Overall: 32
RB: 19
Overall-PPR: 35
RB-PPR: 19

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Latest News

Steelers | James Conner expected to play (Tue Jul 28, 12:27 PM) - Pittsburgh Steelers RB James Conner is expected to play in 2020, according to a source, despite being a cancer survivor. New England Patriots OT Marcus Cannon chose to opt out as a fellow cancer survivor, spurring questions about Conner's intentions amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Conner is four years cancer-free and in phenomenal shape, per NFL Network's Tom Pelissero.

Our View: As a cancer survivor, Conner would be considered 'high risk' and could get that increased stipend of $350,000 compared to others who are considered 'voluntary' and get $150,000 as a stipend. Conner is the top back in the Steelers room and his three-down skill set make him a mid-range RB2 for Fantasy GMs. He has a current ADP of RB16 (3.04) in 12-team PPR leagues.
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2020 Schedule

1@ New York Giants
2vs Denver Broncos
3vs Houston Texans
4@ Tennessee Titans
5vs Philadelphia Eagles
6vs Cleveland Browns
7@ Baltimore Ravens
8--- BYE WEEK ---
9@ Dallas Cowboys
10vs Cincinnati Bengals
11@ Jacksonville Jaguars
12vs Baltimore Ravens
13vs Washington Football Team
14@ Buffalo Bills
15@ Cincinnati Bengals
16vs Indianapolis Colts
17@ Cleveland Browns