College: Pittsburgh | 3 years
Height: 6'1" | Weight: 233 lbs
Birth Date: 5/5/1995
Depth Chart: RB1.1
2019 Bye Week: 7
Total Pts: 0.00
Avg Pts: 0.00
Rank: 0 RB
With LeVeon Bell holding out, Conner assumed the lead back duties for the Steelers and played at a high level in that role. He was sixth overall in fantasy running back scoring despite missing three games late in the year because of injury. Conner had five 100-yard rushing games, finishing with 973 yards in 13 games. He also found the end zone 13 times and had 55 receptions. Conner showed he can handle the load as a three-down back for the Steelers, a role he will serve again this year. Conner is an explosive player. He does well between the tackles but also has enough speed to make plays on the outside. He also will run through defenders and make a lot of plays after contact. Conner is an improving pass catcher that should keep getting better with more seasoning.
FANTASY OUTLOOK: Conner is an elite fantasy back in this offense. He is capable of leading all fantasy backs in scoring. Just look at what Bell did as the starter in this offense. Conner can have similar success. Conner can get around 1,900 total yards, double-digit scores and 70 receptions.
James Conner finished 2018 as the overall RB6 by average fantasy points per game. His average finish actually doesn't do him justice as his 22.3 ppg would typically be enough for a top three finish at the position. 2018 was just an incredible year for elite RBs. If Conner maintains a 65% opportunity share or better, he is a lock for another RB1 performance, health permitting. The only concern I have regarding Conner this season is his usage. It is my contention that Jaylen Samuels is a better player than Conner. Even taking that out of this, Samuels is one of the best receiving backs in the league. He is going to see work. He has the size and athleticism to be a three down back. Samuels is not a threat to fully supplant Conner as the lead back, but he could turn this into a full blown timeshare. Conner's goal line work is not going away so, at worst, he should have 50% of the carries and all the goal line work. Conner is not going to completely bust unless he gets hurt. However, Conner has just one season of production, was not a highly touted prospect, and is not a great athlete. The Steelers don't owe Conner anything. If Samuels is better, Samuels can really be a problem for Conner's value. Week 1 may very well come around and Conner just dominates touches, rendering all of this Samuels talk as "noise." But we draft before Week 1 and there is risk associated with Conner. I feel much better about Conner in the mid to late second round than at the back end of the first and would prefer the safety of an elite WR over Conner.
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Steelers' RB James Conner scored an impressive 30.90 fantasy points in Sunday's Week 6 win in Los Angeles Chargers. Conner ran for 41 yards and caught seven passes for 78 yards with two touchdowns.
Pittsburgh Steelers running back James Conner took 16 carries for 41 yards and a score, while also catching seven passes for 78 yards and another score in Sunday's 24-17 win over the LA Chargers. The third-year back was the offensive MVP in Week 6, but was again dependent on scoring touchdowns. It's also important to note that Benny Snell Jr. rushed for 75 yards on 17 carries. It's possible that was all up to game script, but to see the rookie outperform Conner on the ground might make you raise your eyebrow. The Steelers are on bye in Week 7, before hosting the Dolphins for Monday Night Football in Week 8, where Conner can be viewed as a low-end RB1 in what should be a positive game script.
Pittsburgh Steelers RB James Conner (quad) ran the ball 16 times for 41 yards and a touchdown against the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 6 but finished the game on the sidelines due to a quad injury. Conner also caught seven passes for 78 yards and a score prior to departing.
Fantasy Spin: Conner ran around and through would-be tacklers en route to 119 combined yards and two TDs, and he almost certainly would've had more if a quad injury hadn't forced him to the sidelines -- he ended up notching fewer carries than normal No. 3 back Benny Snell. The good news is that Conner looked much more like his '18 self, and he'll have 15 days to shake off whatever quad problem he has. Keep an eye out for updates, but it didn't seem to be a particularly serious injury.
Pittsburgh Steelers running back James Conner is expected to receive a high quantity of touches in Sunday night's game with the LA Chargers. With Mason Rudolph (concussion) expected to miss and Jaylen Samuels (knee) out for a month, there aren't many other options on offense. Conner hasn't exactly lived up to his high-draft capital this season, as he's rushed for just 194 yards and two touchdowns through five games. However, he's hauled in 19 passes for 153 yards and another score, which gives him a great floor in PPR formats. The Chargers have allowed 538 yards and just three touchdowns to running backs this season, so you can view Conner as a mid-range RB2 due to expected volume, but he gets a slight bump in PPR leagues.
Pittsburgh Steelers RB James Conner rushed 14 times for 55 yards and a touchdown in a 26-23 loss to the Baltimore Ravens in Week 5.
Fantasy Spin: It was Conner's best rushing total of the year, but it was also the first time this season that he failed to catch a pass. The injury to Ben Roethlisberger seems to have capped his upside, but Conner remains a midrange RB2 option thanks to his steady role in the offense.
Pittsburgh Steelers running back James Conner gained 55 yards on 14 carries, while scoring his second touchdown of the season in Sunday's loss to the Ravens. Conner didn't get one target in the passing game, as Jaylen Samuels was the preferred passing-down back. The gameplan featured Conner running between the tackles almost exclusively. Next week's matchup with the Chargers doesn't get any easier, as their defense allows just 20.3 fantasy points per game to running backs. Conner can be used as a low-end RB2, due to his limited usage in the passing game and dependency on scoring.
Pittsburgh Steelers RB James Conner (ankle) fully participated in practice Friday, Oct. 4, and is not on the injury report for Week 5.
Fantasy Spin: Conner likely will have a big role in the offense after his Week 4 performance. He should be considered a No. 2 running back in all fantasy leagues.
Pittsburgh Steelers running back James Conner (ankle) got in a full practice on Friday and was taken off the final injury report for Week 5 against the Ravens after missing practice on Wednesday and Thursday. Conner will play on Sunday, but he could continue to lose touches to backfield mate Jaylen Samuels. Still, Conner should be seen as a low-end RB1/high-end RB2 in this matchup. The Ravens are allowing the sixth most fantasy points per game (23.1) to running backs and were destroyed by Nick Chubb on the ground in Week 4.
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Roosevelt Nix (knee) and LB Anthony Chickillo (foot) were held out of practice all week and have been ruled out for Week 5 against the Baltimore Ravens. TE Vance McDonald (shoulder) and WR JuJu Smith-Schuster (toe) participated fully in practice Friday, Oct. 4, after not practicing earlier in the week and are listed as questionable. LB Vince Williams (hamstring) remained a full participant in practice Friday and is also listed as questionable. RB James Conner (ankle), LB Mark Barron (non-injury), C Maurkice Pouncey (non-injury), DT Cameron Heyward (quad) and OG Ramon Foster (non-injury) were full participants in practice Friday and no longer appear on the injury report.
Pittsburgh Steelers running back James Conner (ankle) and tight end Vance McDonald (shoulder) missed practice for the second straight day on Thursday. Conner and McDonald must both practice on Friday to have a chance of suiting up in Week 5 against the Ravens. As of now, Conner is looking like a very shaky low-end RB1. If he can't play or is limited at all, Jaylen Samuels will have low-end RB1 upside. Samuels could see a hefty number of targets in the passing game even if Conner is active, as receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster (toe) is looking questionable himself. McDonald is on the verge of missing his second straight game. He's a borderline TE1/2 if he starts. Nick Vannett filled in last week, but he's a last-gasp TE2 for desperate owners.
Pittsburgh Steelers RB James Conner (ankle) did not participate in practice Thursday, Oct. 3.
Fantasy Spin: Conner is optimistic about his availability for Week 5, but fantasy players will not know his official status for another day or two. He will be involved in the running and passing game if he plays and can be a No. 2 running back.
Steelers' RB James Conner scored 26.50 fantasy points in Monday's Week 4 win against the Bengals. Conner ran for 42 yards and caught eight passes for 83 yards with one touchdown.
Pittsburgh Steelers RB James Conner (ankle) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Oct. 2.
Fantasy Spin: Conner said he expects to play in the Week 5 game, but his status will not be known until later in the week. He was a big part of the passing game last week and can be a No. 2 fantasy running back in all leagues because of his role in the running and passing game.
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster (toe), running back James Conner (ankle) and tight end Vance McDonald (shoulder) all missed practice on Wednesday. It's still early in the week, so we can't rule any of them out, but we'll have to keep a close eye on their practice status the rest of the week. In an offense led by backup quarterback Mason Rudolph, Smith-Schuster has become more of a WR2. He's also likely to be shadowed by Ravens cornerback Marlon Humphrey this week, making him a bust candidate. Conner will be a low-end RB1 if he faces Baltimore, but Jaylen Samuels is in line for RB3/flex status in PPR leagues if Pittsburgh continues to use him heavily in the passing game. McDonald still has a chance to return after sitting out in Week 4, but he's still up in the air as a borderline TE1/2. If he can't go, Nick Vannett will fill in once again. Vannett is a low-upside, low-end TE2 if McDonald is inactive.
Updating a previous report, Pittsburgh Steelers RB James Conner (ankle) told 93.7 the Fan that while he received treatment on his injured ankle, nothing is torn and he could practice Wednesday, Oct. 2.
Fantasy Spin: Conner did provide his fantasy owners with a scare when he left the field Monday night, but he reentered shortly thereafter and delivered perhaps his best run of the game upon his return. It's more likely than not Conner will be limited in practice all week and slapped with a questionable tag ahead of Pittsburgh's game against the Baltimore Ravens in Week 5, but he should be considered a safe bet to handle at least 15 touches.
Pittsburgh Steelers RB James Conner (ankle) is still being evaluated and likely to be limited some in practice this week, according to head coach Mike Tomlin.
Fantasy Spin: While it's concerning that Conner is trending toward a questionable tag for the second time already this season, the fact he returned to the game and broke off a long, tackle-breaking run before calling it a night suggests he's going to be OK for Week 5 against the Baltimore Ravens. With that said, Jaylen Samuels needs to be owned in all leagues in case things take a turn for the worse.
Pittsburgh Steelers running back James Conner (ankle) is being evaluated after tweaking his ankle in Monday night's win over the Bengals, according to head coach Mike Tomlin. Conner will be limited some in practice this week. Conner had his best game of the season in Week 4, rushing 10 times for 42 yards while adding eight receptions for 83 yards and a touchdown against Cincinnati. His 3.2 yards per carry after four games leaves a lot to be desired, but it was nice to see him so involved in the air. Against a Ravens team that let Nick Chubb run all over them last week, Conner will be a low-end RB1 at home in Week 5. Keep a close eye on his practice status, but he should be able to play, barring a setback.
Pittsburgh Steelers RB James Conner rushed 10 times for 42 yards in Week 4 against the Cincinnati Bengals while adding eight receptions for 83 yards and a touchdown.
Fantasy Spin: Conner left the game rather briefly after suffering some sort of undisclosed injury, but he was able to return and finish the game. The short dink and dunk passes for Rudolph was good news for Conner and his fantasy owners, particularly those in PPR leagues. The Steelers host the Ravens in Week 5.
Pittsburgh Steelers running back James Conner rushed for 42 yards on 10 carries, while also hauling in all eight targets for 83 yards and a touchdown in Monday's win over the Bengals. Conner was a pretty important piece of the gameplan in Week 4, but the run game still had a tough time getting going early on. While it hasn't been the start many expected for the 24-year-old, he has totaled at least 14 touches in each of the first four games. He'll look to continue to the momentum against the Raven at home in Week 5, where Conner can be considered a high-end RB2, thanks to his continued work in the passing game.
Pittsburgh Steelers running back James Conner gets a prime matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 4. The Monday Night Football matchup at home pits Conner against a defense that has allowed 30.2 fantasy points per game to running backs, the second most in the league. Conner has had a real tough time through the first three games, as he still has yet to eclipse 100 yards rushing, while only scoring once. Consider him an RB2 this week, and moving forward, until he is able to provide more consistent efforts.