• James Conner

  • RB
  • , Arizona Cardinals
  • 26
  • 233 lbs
  • 6' 1"
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Draft note
by John Paulsen
Conner is going roughly 2-3 rounds later than Chase Edmonds, though it’s not clear which player is likely to lead this backfield in touches. Adam Beasley of Pro Football Network cites a source in Arizona who indicates that the training camp battle at running back “might be a battle in name only” and that “Edmonds is the favorite to be the team’s featured back” in 2021. Conner is still just 26 years old, though drafters seem to be treating him like he’s 30+. After 270 touches, 1,470 yards and 13 touchdowns (en route to a No. 7 finish) in 2018, Conner missed nine games in the last two seasons with various injuries. Still, he hasn’t averaged less than 4.0 yards per carry in a season–he posted 4.3 YPC in 2020–and he broke tackles at the ninth-highest rate last season. He’s a dual-threat who’s perfectly capable of taking over Kenyan Drake’s role from last season, if healthy. And health is the caveat with Conner. He’s already had surgery in 2021–he injured his toe in an ATV accident and PFN had a source that suggested he was “a bit banged up” during spring workouts. Conner might be the lead ball-carrier in Arizona or he could serve as Edmonds’ backup. Time will tell.

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Scouting report

by Brandon Niles

ARI RB James Conner - Week 3 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 3 at Jacksonville Jaguars

James Conner had eight carries for 26 yards in what turned out to be a shootout against the Vikings last week. He had 16 carries in Week 1 and is splitting time with Chase Edmonds, getting 45% of the offensive snaps.

This week, Conner has some upside against the Jaguars. Jacksonville looks lost on both sides of the ball, and if the Cardinals get up early, I could see Conner getting double-digit touches again. That should give him RB3 potential, especially in standard formats. Unfortunately, Conner’s two-down role is hindered by Kyler Murray’s propensity to get those red zone rushing touchdowns, but he still has some deep-league value due to his workload.

2021 Strength of Schedule - ARI

W1W2W3W4W5W6W7W8W9W10W11W12W13W14W15W16W17
28
@TEN
23
MIN
29
@JAX
5
@LAR
8
SF
12
@CLE
31
HOU
25
GB
8
@SF
15
CAR
16
@SEA
BYE4
@CHI
5
LAR
32
@DET
10
IND
26
@DAL

Schedule difficulty based on schedule-adjusted, positional defensive ranking. Top DEF = 1, bottom DEF = 32.

Game Stats

WeekOppRuAttRuYdsRuTDFumYPCRecRecYdsRecTDTgtsYPRSTDPPRSnaps%
1@TEN1653003.3100000.005.35.334/6949.3%
2MIN826003.2500000.002.62.624/6139.3%
Per game12.0039.50003.2900000.003.953.9529.00/65.0044.31%
Totals2479003.2900000.007.97.958/13044.31%

Previous Games vs. JAX

SeasonWeekOppRuAttRuYdsRuTDFumYPCRecRecYdsRecTDTgtsYPRSTDPPRSnaps%
202011@JAX1389006.85310033.339.912.952/7569.33%
201811@JAX925002.78624094.004.910.958/6589.23%
20175JAX39003.0000010.000.90.96/797.59%
Average8.3341.000.000.004.213.0011.330.004.332.445.238.2338.67/73.0055.38%