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.
Conner did not practice all week and his chances were slim to none to actually suit up. The Steelers will go into their make-or-break game Sunday with Jaylen Samuels, Kerrith Whyte, Trey Edmunds and Benny Snell in the mix. Maurkice Pouncey also will not play with a knee injury.
Chances are looking slim that Conner will be on the field for the Steelers' do-or-die game against the Lamar Jackson-less Ravens. That would put Jaylen Samuels and Benny Snell back in the mix along with Kerrith Whyte and Trey Edmunds. The Steelers will also be without center Maurkice Pouncey, who was ruled out Tuesday with a knee injury. Not the shape the team wants to be in in a must-win situation.