College: Pittsburgh | 4 years
Height: 6'1" | Weight: 233 lbs
Birth Date: 5/5/1995
2020 Bye Week: 7
Total Pts: 42
Avg Pts: 2.63
Rank: 19 RB
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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.
|Week 2||6||James Conner 1 yd TD rush (6 pts)|
|Week 4||6||James Conner 21 yd TD reception (6 pts)|
|Week 5||6||James Conner 1 yd TD rush (6 pts)|
|Week 6||12||James Conner 12 yd TD rush (6 pts)|
James Conner 26 yd TD reception (6 pts)
|Week 8||6||James Conner 9 yd TD rush (6 pts)|
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|Playoff Week 2||6||James Conner 11 yd TD reception (6 pts)|
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Pittsburgh Steelers RB James Conner is still viewed as a starter by the team, and he's expected to have a bounceback season in 2020, according to general manager Kevin Colbert Thursday, Feb. 13. 'James Conner had a disappointing season in James Conner's viewpoint and ours, as well,' Colbert said. 'Our point to James was, 'You had an unfortunate year.' The year before that he was one of the best in the league.'' ... 'He's still a young player. We think there's something there. We know there's talent there. We hope James can regain it. And, if he's healthy, there's no reason he shouldn't. We don't want to say we don't have a starting running back because we feel we do.'
Fantasy Spin: Conner gained 1,470 yards from scrimmage with 13 total touchdowns during his sophomore 2018 campaign in place of then-holdout RB Le'Veon Bell. Conner regressed significantly in 2019, totaling just 715 yards from scrimmage and seven touchdowns in 10 games. The return of QB Ben Roethlisberger should provide a significant boost to everyone within the Steelers offense in 2020 and Conner will be a bargain RB2 at a discounted average draft position.
Pittsburgh Steelers C Maurkice Pouncey (knee) and RB James Conner (quad) did not practice all week and have been ruled out for Week 17 versus the Baltimore Ravens. LB Mark Barron (non-injury), OT Alejandro Villanueva (non-injury), TE Vance McDonald (non-injury), CB Steven Nelson (groin), OG David DeCastro (non-injury), LB T.J. Watt (non-injury), DT Cameron Heyward (non-injury), CB Joe Haden (foot) and OG Ramon Foster (non-injury) practiced fully on Friday, Dec. 27, and have been removed from the injury report.
Pittsburgh Steelers RB James Conner (quadriceps) on Friday, Dec. 27, was ruled out of the team's Week 17 game against the Baltimore Ravens.
Fantasy Spin: Conner's disappointing, injury-wracked regular season will end on a down note as he'll miss his sixth game of the season. Jaylen Samuels, Benny Snell and Kerrith Whyte are expected to head the Steelers' backfield Sunday but none are particularly intriguing options.
Pittsburgh Steelers running back James Conner (quad) will not play in the 2019 regular-season finale against the Baltimore Ravens, announced the team on Friday. Conner went down with the leg injury against the Jets last Sunday and will cede the starting role to Benny Snell Jr. who rushed for just 14 yards on seven carries last Sunday. The rookie isn't a great option against a Ravens Defense that has allowed just 10 rushing touchdowns to backs this season. Snell is an RB3 at best and you could definitely do better for DFS.
Pittsburgh Steelers RB James Conner (quadriceps) did not participate in practice Thursday, Dec. 26.
Fantasy Spin: It appears like Conner may not be able to play in the Week 17 game, but fantasy players can monitor the situation. Jaylen Samuels, Benny Snell and Kerrith Whyte likely will all receive touches if Conner is ruled out but none of the backs are must-start options.
Pittsburgh Steelers C Maurkice Pouncey (knee), RB James Conner (quad), CB Joe Haden (foot) and OG Ramon Foster (non-injury) did not participate in practice Thursday, Dec. 26. LB Mark Barron (non-injury), OT Alejandro Villanueva (non-injury), TE Vance McDonald (non-injury), CB Steven Nelson (groin), OG David DeCastro (non-injury), LB T.J. Watt (non-injury) and DT Cameron Heyward (non-injury) practiced in full.
Pittsburgh Steelers RB James Conner (quadriceps) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Dec. 25.
Fantasy Spin: Conner's status for Week 17 is uncertain at this point, so fantasy players should monitor his status over the next few days. Fantasy players may want to consider other options for their lineups because Conner may see limited work if he plays.
Pittsburgh Steelers RB James Conner's (thigh) availability is very much in question for Week 17, according to head coach Mike Tomlin.
Fantasy Spin: Benny Snell would likely see the bulk of the work against the Baltimore Ravens. The Ravens have nothing to play for with the top seed secured, and they could rest a lot of regulars. Snell would be a flex option if Conner sits.
Pittsburgh Steelers running back James Conner's (quadriceps) availability for Week 17 against the Ravens is "very much in question," according to head coach Mike Tomlin. Conner left the game early in Week 16, and he's been battling injury for much of the 2019 season. He's been a disappointment as an RB1 as a result. You can't count on him being active this weekend if you're still playing for something. If Conner does play, he'll be an RB1/2 at risk of re-injury. Benny Snell Jr. would likely handle most of the early down work if Conner misses another game, with Jaylen Samuels likely to work passing downs. The Steelers must beat the Ravens, who will be resting some starters, and have the Titans lose to get into the playoffs.
Updating a previous report, Pittsburgh Steelers RB James Conner (quad) is awaiting the results of an MRI on the quad injury he suffered on his final carry of Week 16.
Fantasy Spin: It's been a season to forget for Conner, who has sustained a handful of injuries to various body parts. Owners should consider him unlikely to play in Week 17 against the Baltimore Ravens, leaving Jaylen Samuels, Benny Snell and Kerrith Whyte Jr. to split the workload once again if Conner is ultimately ruled out.
Pittsburgh Steelers running back James Conner (thigh) is questionable to return in Week 16 against the Jets with a thigh injury. It's not a huge surprise, as Conner has been a disappointment to fantasy owners this year because of injuries. Conner ran the ball six times for 32 yards before departing, and he wasn't targeted in the passing game. The Steelers offense is in dire straights after they benched quarterback Devlin Hodges for Mason Rudolph, and now they could be without their top running back the rest of the game. Rookie Benny Snell Jr. should see early-down carries if Conner doesn't return, while Jaylen Samuels should be sprinkled into the passing attack.
Pittsburgh Steelers RB James Conner (thigh) suffered a thigh injury during the Week 16 game and is considered questionable to return.
Fantasy Spin: Conner has dealt with multiple injuries this season and is a risky fantasy option because of his injury history. Benny Snell, Jaylen Samuels and Kerrith Whyte will all receive snaps while Conner is out, but none of them are more than flex options.
Pittsburgh Steelers running back James Conner has a tough matchup on deck when they travel to take on the New York Jets in Week 16. The Jets are fresh off allowing the dynamite Baltimore Ravens offense to rush for 218 yards last week. However, they still rank second in run defense DVOA and have allowed opponents to rush for over 100 yards just five times this season. Conner is of course an injury risk and his 42-yard rushing performance last Sunday wasn't exactly encouraging coming back from injury, although he did score a receiving touchdown on four catches. Conner can be viewed as an RB2/3 if he is able to find pay dirt again.
Pittsburgh Steelers RB James Conner carried eight times for 42 yards and hauled in four of his five targets for nine yards and a touchdown in Week 15 versus the Buffalo Bills.
Fantasy Spin: The Steelers definitely eased Conner back into the mix in the first half, but he still ended up handling more than half of the team's rushing attempts after being sidelined the previous three weeks with an aggravation of his shoulder injury. Fantasy owners should expect more than 12 touches in Week 16, although a matchup against the New York Jets doesn't project to be a particularly good one for him.
Pittsburgh Steelers running back James Conner ran the ball just eight times in Week 15, gaining 42 yards. He added four catches for nine yards and a touchdown. Conner's touchdown came on an 11-yard pass from Devlin Hodges. Despite his success on the ground (5.3 ypc), the Steelers kept the ball in the air far too often in this game. Conner will face the Jets next week and should at least get more than eight rushing attempts.
Pittsburgh Steelers RB James Conner (shoulder) is officially active for the team's Week 15 game.
Fantasy Spin: Conner will be back in the lineup after missing some games but may be part of a committee against the Buffalo Bills. He can be considered a flex option in fantasy leagues.
Pittsburgh Steelers RB James Conner (shoulder) is expected to be treated as the starter for Week 15's game against the Buffalo Bills, although it is likely that he will split carries with RBs Jaylen Samuels and Benny Snell.
Fantasy Spin: Conner hasn't played a full game since Week 6 and has only suited up for two contests since then, so it's understandable why Pittsburgh is hesitant to give him a full workload for Sunday night's game. That being said, he's still worthy of consideration as an RB2 or flex option despite the challenging matchup versus the Buffalo defense.
Pittsburgh Steelers RB James Conner (shoulder) is expected to play in Week 15's game against the Buffalo Bills, according to multiple sources.
Fantasy Spin: Conner had been listed as questionable on the injury report despite fully participating in all three of the team's practice sessions during the week. Assuming he receives his normal workload this afternoon, he should be viewed as an RB2 or flex option in fantasy leagues despite the difficult matchup.
Pittsburgh Steelers running back James Conner (shoulder) is expected to play against Buffalo on Sunday night. Conner has been dealing with the injury for a while now, but his return is good news for a team that will be without JuJu Smith-Schuster (knee) and Vance McDonald (concussion). With the 24-year-old back in the lineup, Jaylen Samuels should remain semi-relevant catching passes out of the backfield, while Benny Snell Jr. will likely be relegated to a few carries as the No. 2. All three backs are risky options, however, against a tough Bills Defense in Week 15 as the Steelers look to remain in the playoff picture.
Pittsburgh Steelers RB James Conner (shoulder) fully participated in practice Friday, Dec. 13, but is listed as questionable for Week 15.
Fantasy Spin: Conner appears to be on track to play in the Week 15 game, but fantasy players need to check the inactive list to make sure. He will be facing a good Buffalo Bills defense but can still be a No. 2 running back if he receives his normal workload.