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RB PIT

College: Pittsburgh | 2 years
Height: 6'1" | Weight: 233 lbs
Birth Date: 5/5/1995
2019 Bye Week: 7

Total Pts: 169
Avg Pts: 10.56
Rank: 7 RB

Free Agent

2019 RTSports Outlook

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.

FreeDraftGuide.com

Fantasy Week
Pts
Scoring
Week 122James Conner 57 receiving yds (1 pts)
James Conner 57 receiving yds (2 pts)
James Conner 2 rushing TDs (12 pts)
. . . James Conner 4 yd rushing TD
. . . James Conner 22 yd rushing TD
James Conner 135 rushing yds (1 pts)
James Conner 135 rushing yds (6 pts)
Week 212James Conner 1 receiving 2XP (2 pts)
James Conner 48 receiving yds (1 pts)
James Conner 48 receiving yds (2 pts)
James Conner 1 rushing TD (6 pts)
. . . James Conner 1 yd rushing TD
James Conner 17 rushing yds (1 pts)
Week 36James Conner 34 receiving yds (1 pts)
James Conner 34 receiving yds (1 pts)
James Conner 61 rushing yds (1 pts)
James Conner 61 rushing yds (3 pts)
Week 45James Conner 1 receiving 2XP (2 pts)
James Conner 25 receiving yds (1 pts)
James Conner 25 receiving yds (1 pts)
James Conner 19 rushing yds (1 pts)
Week 522James Conner 75 receiving yds (1 pts)
James Conner 75 receiving yds (3 pts)
James Conner 2 rushing TDs (12 pts)
. . . James Conner 1 yd rushing TD
. . . James Conner 2 yd rushing TD
James Conner 110 rushing yds (1 pts)
James Conner 110 rushing yds (5 pts)
Week 619James Conner 18 receiving yds (1 pts)
James Conner 2 rushing TDs (12 pts)
. . . James Conner 1 yd rushing TD
. . . James Conner 1 yd rushing TD
James Conner 111 rushing yds (1 pts)
James Conner 111 rushing yds (5 pts)
Week 7
Week 824James Conner 66 receiving yds (1 pts)
James Conner 66 receiving yds (3 pts)
James Conner 2 rushing TDs (12 pts)
. . . James Conner 12 yd rushing TD
. . . James Conner 22 yd rushing TD
James Conner 146 rushing yds (1 pts)
James Conner 146 rushing yds (7 pts)
Week 915James Conner 1 receiving TD (6 pts)
. . . James Conner 7 yd TD pass from Ben Roethlisberger
James Conner 56 receiving yds (1 pts)
James Conner 56 receiving yds (2 pts)
James Conner 107 rushing yds (1 pts)
James Conner 107 rushing yds (5 pts)
Week 1011James Conner 8 receiving yds (1 pts)
James Conner 1 rushing TD (6 pts)
. . . James Conner 2 yd rushing TD
James Conner 65 rushing yds (1 pts)
James Conner 65 rushing yds (3 pts)
Week 114James Conner 24 receiving yds (1 pts)
James Conner 24 receiving yds (1 pts)
James Conner 25 rushing yds (1 pts)
James Conner 25 rushing yds (1 pts)
Week 126James Conner 42 receiving yds (1 pts)
James Conner 42 receiving yds (2 pts)
James Conner 53 rushing yds (1 pts)
James Conner 53 rushing yds (2 pts)
Week 1317James Conner 14 receiving yds (1 pts)
James Conner 2 rushing TDs (12 pts)
. . . James Conner 1 yd rushing TD
. . . James Conner 1 yd rushing TD
James Conner 60 rushing yds (1 pts)
James Conner 60 rushing yds (3 pts)
Playoff Week 1
Playoff Week 2
Playoff Week 3
Playoff Week 46James Conner 30 receiving yds (1 pts)
James Conner 30 receiving yds (1 pts)
James Conner 64 rushing yds (1 pts)
James Conner 64 rushing yds (3 pts)
No Playoff Match Up
Player Notes
Jul 7 12:20pm ET

Pittsburgh Steelers running back James Conner rushed for 973 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2018, but a late season ankle injury allowed for the emergence of Jaylen Samuels. The Steelers then drafted Kentucky product Benny Snell in the fourth round, who could also take some carries away from Conner. However, the third-year Pitt product is preparing for a similar workload to the one he had last season. The dual-threat back averaged 16.5 attempts and 4.2 receptions per game last season; although, the ankle injury caused him to miss three games and be limited in the season finale. Despite Samuels and Snell lurking for touches, Conner has proven he can be one of the few three-down backs in the league when he's on the field. If he stays healthy all year, his ADP of 13.8 in PPR formats should provide excellent value.

From RotoBaller

Jul 1 2:33pm ET

Pittsburgh Steelers RB James Conner notes that while 'no deep discussion' on his role for the 2019 season has taken place, he is expecting a workload similar to the one he had last season when carry the ball 215 times and recorded 55 catches in 13 games. 'First and foremost, I'm 100 percent healthy now. We'll cross that bridge (in regards to how heavy his workload will be) when we get there. ... The game plan will be different each week. I know I'll be a big part of it and have a big role. As far as specifics, we don't play it like that,' Conner said.

Fantasy Spin: General manager Kevin Colbert got the masses riled up earlier this offseason when he suggested a committee backfield approach, but Pittsburgh has long been an offense that likes to rely on one main running back. Conner can obviously make it a moot point with his play on the field, but the odds are he's going to push for 275 to 300 touches if he doesn't completely fall on his face and plays 16 games. He remains a high-end RB1 option in fantasy.

From TheHuddle

Jun 23 3:03pm ET

Pittsburgh Steelers RB James Conner finished with a 34.9 breakaway percentage in 2018, meaning that 340 of his 972 rushing yards came on plays of 15 or more yards.

Fantasy Spin: Conner had a breakout season in more than one way as he stepped in for Le'Veon Bell, but the campaign was cut short by an ankle injury. This year, he won't sneak up on anyone as a low-end RB1 entering the summer.

From TheHuddle

Jun 23 1:33am ET

Pittsburgh Steelers RB James Conner gained 340 of his 972 rushing yards on runs of 15 yards or longer last season, according to Pro Football Focus.

Fantasy Spin: For the sake of comparison, Conner's breakaway percentage (the percentage of yards gained on runs of at least 15 yards) of 35 percent ranked sixth among running backs with at least 200 carries. Much has been made this spring about Pittsburgh sharing the load in the backfield this season in an attempt to keep Conner fresh for games in November and December. Regardless of whether or not the Steelers end up spreading the wealth, it's likely Conner will remain firmly in the RB1 conversation.

From TheHuddle

Jun 18 9:00am ET

Pittsburgh Steelers running back James Conner had more than 62 percent of the team's carries in 2018 and 64 percent of the targets in the passing game among running backs. However, he thinks the team will spread the ball out more evenly in the backfield among him and Jaylen Samuels in 2019. Samuels had 328 yards from scrimmage in the three games that Conner missed with an ankle injury late in the year. There's also fourth-rounder Benny Snell, who ran for 1,449 yards and 16 touchdowns at Kentucky in 2018. Offensive coordinator Randy Fichtner said he isn't concerned about Conner's durability at all. Conner should be the team's primary back and should be the first target in fantasy drafts, but Samuels should also be useful in PPR formats as the Steelers look to spread things around with Antonio Brown gone.

From RotoBaller

Jun 13 2:43pm ET

Pittsburgh Steelers RB James Conner amassed more than 62 percent of his team's carries and 64 percent of the targets to running backs last season, but he is under the impression those numbers will come down this season based on what he has seen during spring practices, especially from Jaylen Samuels and rookie Benny Snell. 'I think it'll be spread out pretty evenly. ... 'I've seen (Snell's) college tape. He's also learned the offense really quick. I know he'll be ready to play this year. Jaylen, obviously, is going to make a lot of plays, too,' Conner told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Fantasy Spin: Pittsburgh has long been an offense that relies on one bell-cow back, so hearing Conner support his teammates here is much different than offensive coordinator Randy Fichtner say the touches will be spread out evenly. Nevertheless, the Steelers now have the kind of depth to make sure Conner is well-rested, so it would not be a total surprise if he drops from the 20.8 touches he averaged last season to 17 or 18 in 2019. He very much remains in the fantasy RB1 discussion.

From TheHuddle

May 24 6:13pm ET

Pittsburgh Steelers RBs James Conner and Jaylen Samuels lined up in the backfield together at times during practice this week, and Samuels said he believes that formation could cause problems for defenses.

Fantasy Spin: Conner will receive most of the work at running back this upcoming season, but Samuels will be involved in the offense as well after a solid 2018 season. Conner likely will be a No. 1 running back in most fantasy leagues, while Samuels could be a late-round pick or a handcuff to Conner in deeper leagues.

From TheHuddle

Player Transactions
  • 05-Feb-2018: PIT - Off IR - knee
  • 19-Dec-2017: PIT - On IR - knee
  • 11-May-2017: PIT - Signed, Draft Choice - Four-year contract (through 2020)
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Week 2KAN1281710548050
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Week 4BAL591900325070
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Week 7bye
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Week 10CAR1113651018010
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Week 13LAC17156020314040
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Week 17CIN6146400330030