RB James Conner - Pittsburgh Steelers
|6-1, 233||Born: 5-5-1995||College: Pittsburgh||Drafted: Round 3, pick 2017|
News you need to know
From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Nov 11): Conner (shoulder) is expected to return Thursday to take on the Browns.
General News (Fri Nov 15): started but left the team's Week 1 game with a shoulder injury. Conner was unable to finish the contest.
General News (Wed Nov 13): practiced fully on Wednesday and is not on the team's injury report. He will be available to play this week.
General News (Tue Nov 12): practiced fully on Tuesday.
General News (Mon Nov 11): is tentatively expected to return from a two-game absence and play in Week 11 versus the Cleveland Browns, according to comments made by head coach Mike Tomlin on Monday, Nov. 11.
Week 11: at Cleveland Browns - $7100
FBG says: Great matchup. The Steelers should get James Conner back this week which is a much-needed improvement to this backfield that had struggled with Jaylen Samuels as the main back. Samuels averaged just 1.8 yards per carry which led the team to give Tremaine Edmunds more playing time than previously anticipated. While Conner has not been as good as he was last year, primarily due to the offensive line play, he provides more consistency than what they previously had as he's averaging 3.9 yards per carry and looked like he was on an upward trajectory coming off a 145 yard game against the Dolphins before being injured. One of the recent concerns for the Steelers has been the offensive line play, but they should get Ramon Foster back this week after suffering a concussion. When healthy, this is one of the better offensive lines in the league led by Al Villanueva and David DeCastro. Last week, statistically the Browns run defense played much better, holding Frank Gore and Devin Singletary to just 54 yards which was the second-best performance on the year for the team who have struggled against the run. Don't be fooled by the yardage total as the weaknesses are still there, Singletary was slicing through this defense averaging 5.2 yards-per-carry, but mysteriously, the Bills only ran the ball 13 times between Gore and Singletary. This is still a defense that has its holes against running backs as they have allowed 5.0 yards per carry since Christian Kirksey was out in Week 3. If there is a bright spot for this Browns team is that they have buckled down in the Red Zone allowing only five rushing touchdowns on the year to opposing running backs. This is still a defense that lacks discipline as their defensive line consists of players who want to pass rush first putting a lot of pressure on the weak linebackers of the Browns.
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs RB 1, RB 12, RB 24, RB 36
James Conner's percentile rank in each category, among RB with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2019 Week 6 vs LAC (16 / 41 / 1 rush, 7 / 7 / 78 / 1 rec - 27.4 points, $6600)
With the exception of a Thomas Davis body slam, there wasn't much slowing down James Conner or the Steelers running backs in Week 6. Conner does not have gamebreaker ability, but his smoothness and patience are always on display, Conner is a reliable receiver out of the backfield, never goes down by arm tackles and is willing to take defenders on one on one to finish runs. Against the Chargers, Conner's abilities were on full display as he touched the ball on nine of the first eleven plays for the Steelers, including a touchdown run. On Conner's first touchdown a simple combination block when Vance McDonald chipped at his first defender, disengaged and took on a second defender at the second level spring Conner for his long touchdown. Conner followed McDonald perfectly through the hole and was untouched on his first score. Conner's second score of the night was a reception out of the backfield. Like most of the night, defenders were bouncing off of Conner or weren't able to get a good grip on him. In the third quarter James Conner was finally hit and he was hit hard. As he was hurdling a defender, Thomas Davis caught Conner in mid-air and slammed him to the ground. Conner immediately left the game and was used sparingly for the remaining time.
2019 Week 5 vs BAL (14 / 55 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec - 11.5 points, $6900)
The rushing totals are a start, but in a game where Conner had multiple big runs and the starting quarterback exited the game, Conner's usage was low. In fact, since becoming the starter in 2018, this is the first time James Conner has not received at least one target and the second time in 17 games he hasn't received at least three targets. To make matters worse, Conner didn't even see a touch until the third possession of the game. When Conner did touch the ball on the third drive, he touched the ball three times for more than five yards each time. Conner did not have a highlight run on the night, but he also did not have a bad run on the night. Conner was consistently pushing the pile, getting small through the hole at the line of scrimmage and showing the patience always get the yards available to him.
2019 Week 4 vs CIN (10 / 42 / 0 rush, 8 / 8 / 83 / 1 rec - 22.5 points, $6900)
It isn't always about the big flashy plays. Sometimes it is about letting your playmakers find their footing and allowing them to make plays and not being the reason, those players can't make plays. During most of the game Rudolph had handcuffs on. Passes being throw were all within five yards of the line of scrimmage. Late in the second half the short throws began going for large gains. The pass-rush wasn't getting to Rudolph and simple screen passes being taken for large gains. Rudolph's first touchdown of the game came on a screen pass to James Conner on a spring right. Rudolph was able to hit Conner in traffic and place the ball in a place where he could work after the catch. There wasn't much downfield throwing in this game, but Rudolph did take two deep shots downfield. The first was to Johnny Holton incomplete, but the second was for a touchdown to Diontae Johnson. Johnson was lost in the mix in coverage and Rudolph was able to hit him on a deep post. It wasn't a perfect throw as Rudolph almost overthrew Johnson, but it was just good enough.
2019 Week 3 vs SF (13 / 43 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / 14 / 0 rec - 5.7 points, $7400)
There was nothing flashy about Conner's performance against the 49ers, but he was reliable until he wasn't. Throughout the game Conner was showing well. Consistently running through contact, being an outlet for Mason Rudolph with pressure coming and picking his way through traffic with great patience. Conner's best run of the game came on his first run of the third quarter. It was an outside zone run and Conner showed solid explosion and finish the run strong. Unfortunately, with the Steelers winning by three points and trying to grind out the clock, Conner fumbled the football giving the 49ers great field position to score their winning touchdown.
2019 Week 2 vs SEA (11 / 33 / 1 rush, 4 / 3 / 12 / 0 rec - 12 points, $7700)
It looked like early on in the game James Conner was going to be a focal point of the game. The Steelers were using the Seahawks aggressiveness against them as Roethlisberger, and Rudolph, were allowing oncoming rushers to get close and then hit Conner in the flat when they over pursued their angle. James Conner, by both quarterbacks, handled significant punishment when targeted. On a reception in the third quarter Conner didn't catch, he was hit hard immediately after missing the catch and again late in the third quarter before leaving with a knee injury. Conner had multiple runs where he was close to breaking off a bigger run than what he had. Conner's best run of the night came on a run up the middle. It looked like there wasn't any room, but Conner got small and navigated himself through the Steelers line for a 10+ yard run.
2019 Week 1 vs NE (10 / 21 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 44 / 0 rec - 8.5 points, $7700)
After touching the ball on four out of the first five plays of the game, it looked like the Steelers were planning on feeding Conner a healthy workload against the Steelers. Conner did not have any big gains to start the game, but was picking his way through the Patriots defense patiently and taking what was given. After the first five plays of the game, James Conner did not see another touch until the second quarter of the game, when he was stuffed on a third and short, forcing the Steelers to punt the ball. On their fourth possession of the game, Conner received three straight toss plays. On the first, Conner picked up five yards and followed his pulling guard perfectly. The second, was a quick toss to the left from shotgun where Conner caught the ball and picked his way through the center of the Patriots offense. On the third straight toss, which looked identical to the first, linebacker Jamie Collins cut through the Steelers offensive line and tackled Conner for a four yard loss on third down, stalling another Steelers drive. Conner's best run came in the second quarter. He was lined up in the slot and ran a drag route. Conner made the defender miss and was able to take advantage after the catch. Conner looked to be removed from the game early when it was out of hand.
Latest NewsSteelers | 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. link to story 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.
link to story Steelers | James Conner not on injury report (Wed Nov 13, 02:03 PM) - Pittsburgh Steelers RB James Conner (shoulder) fully participated in practice Wednesday, Nov. 13, and is not on the injury report for Week 11. Our View: Conner should be the lead back on Thursday night against the Browns. Fantasy GMs should be thrilled to have him back, but consider him a RB2 in Week 11.
link to story Steelers | James Conner logs another full practice (Tue Nov 12, 04:20 PM) - Pittsburgh Steelers RB James Conner (shoulder) was a full participant in practice Tuesday, Nov. 12. link to story Steelers | Tuesday's practice report for Pittsburgh (Tue Nov 12, 04:08 PM) - Pittsburgh Steelers FB Roosevelt Nix (knee), C Maurkice Pouncey (non-injury), RB Benny Snell (knee) and WR Ryan Switzer (back) did not practice Tuesday, Nov. 12. LBs Olasunkanmi Adeniyi (hips) and Anthony Chickillo (ribs) were upgraded to a limited practice. OG Ramon Foster (concussion) and RB James Conner (shoulder) were listed as full participants. link to story More News
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