James Conner sustained a left ankle injury during the first half of Monday night's game against the Giants, ESPN's Maria Taylor reported during the second half. Conner, the Steelers' starting running back, was ruled as questionable to return to the game.
Conner never came back leaving Snell to post over 100 yards rushing in the game. Conner gained just nine yards on six carries and caught two passes for eight yards before leaving the game. Snell, a 2019 fourth-round pick out of Kentucky, surpassed Samuels as Pittsburgh's No. 2 running back on the depth chart following training camp and looks like Snell is the handcuff to have for Conner owners.
PIT RB Jaylen Samuels - Week 17 Fantasy Football Outlook
Week 17 at Baltimore Ravens
Jaylen Samuels isn't going to give you much in the running game. He hasn't had more than 32 rushing yards all season, including seven yards on three carries last week. But he will be used in the passing game with James Conner out. Samuels had four catches for 32 yards last week and that seems to be a nice number for him again this week. That doesn't make him a viable fantasy play this week.