• James Conner

  • RB
  • , Pittsburgh Steelers
  • 25
  • 233 lbs
  • 6' 1"
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Draft note
by John Paulsen
Conner’s stock rose after the Steelers didn’t really invest much capital into the running back position in the Draft, coming away with fourth-rounder Anthony McFarland. The Steelers are still referring to Conner as their lead back, and when he’s been healthy, he has averaged 18.3 touches for 95 yards and 0.87 touchdowns. The resulting 16.4 PPG (half-PPR) would have tied Austin Ekeler for the seventh-highest average at his position last season. Conner hasn’t proven that he can stay healthy, missing nine games over the last two seasons, so owners should handcuff Benny Snell, if possible.

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Scouting report

by Bill Riccette

PIT RB James Conner - 2020 Fantasy Football Outlook

Fantasy Upside

Conner looks to be over the injuries than messed up his 2019 season and led to a 33rd-place finish among running games. That's good news as Conner is clearly the leader in what will be a bunched Steelers backfield in 2019. He should see the most opportunity among the running backs and could return to his RB1 status this season.

Fantasy Downside

As mentioned before, Pittsburgh's backfield is quite crowded. Benny Snell Jr., Jaylen Samuels, Trey Edmunds and rookie Anthony McFarland all have a chance to be in the mix. Game scripts could lead to some combination of these backs (and even fullback Derek Watt) getting work during games and lowering the ceiling of Conner. The nine missed games in two seasons will also raise some eyebrows.

2020 Bottom Line

Conner currently holds a fourth-round ADP in 12-team leagues and is our current RB17. Durability is a concern, but if healthy, Conner has shown he can run with some of the other top running backs in fantasy. As John Paulsen notes: "The Steelers are still referring to Conner as their lead back, and when he’s been healthy, he has averaged 18.3 touches for 95 yards and 0.87 touchdowns. The resulting 16.4 PPG (half-PPR) would have tied Austin Ekeler for the seventh-highest average at his position last season. Conner hasn’t proven that he can stay healthy, missing nine games over the last two seasons, so owners should handcuff Benny Snell, if possible."

2020 Strength of Schedule - PIT

W1W2W3W4W5W6W7W8W9W10W11W12W13W14W15W16W17
22
@NYG
7
DEN
23
HOU
21
@TEN
6
PHI
29
CLE
10
@BAL
BYE15
@DAL
27
CIN
31
@JAX
10
BAL
30
WAS
17
@BUF
27
@CIN
8
IND
29
@CLE

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

2019 Game Stats

WeekOppRuAttRuYdsRuTDFumYPCRecRecYdsRecTDTgtsYPRSTDPPRSnaps%
1@NE1021002.104440411.006.510.532/6946.4%
2SEA1133103.00312044.0010.513.531/5754.4%
3@SF1343013.31414053.503.77.736/5367.9%
4CIN1042004.208831810.3818.526.538/5964.4%
5BAL1455103.9300000.0011.511.548/6080.0%
6@LAC1641102.567781711.1423.930.930/6050.0%
7BYE--------------
8MIA23145106.3035041.6721.024.064/7783.1%
9IND--------------
10LAR--------------
11@CLE510002.0016026.001.62.613/7417.6%
12@CIN--------------
13CLE--------------
14@ARI--------------
15BUF842005.2549152.2511.115.134/5957.6%
16@NYJ632005.3300000.003.23.29/6713.4%
17@BAL--------------
Per game11.6046.400.400.104.003.4025.100.303.907.3811.1514.5533.50/63.5053.49%
Totals116464414.00342513397.38111.5145.5335/63553.49%
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