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  James ConnerJ. Conner
RB - PIT
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RB - LAC
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  James ConnerJ. Conner
RB - PIT
James Conner
Melvin GordonM. Gordon
RB - LAC
Melvin Gordon
2019 Schedule 
Week 1 at NE vs. IND
Week 2 vs. SEA at DET
Week 3 at SF vs. HOU
Week 4 vs. CIN at MIA
Week 5 vs. BAL vs. DEN
Week 6 at LAC vs. PIT
Week 7BYE WEEK at TEN
Week 8 vs. MIA at CHI
Week 9 vs. IND vs. GB
Week 10 vs. LAR at OAK
Week 11 at CLE vs. KC
Week 12 at CINBYE WEEK
Week 13 vs. CLE at DEN
Week 14 at ARI at JAC
Week 15 vs. BUF vs. MIN
Week 16 at NYJ vs. OAK
Week 17 at BAL at KC
  James ConnerJ. Conner
RB - PIT
James Conner
Melvin GordonM. Gordon
RB - LAC
Melvin Gordon
Rushing
   
Rush Attempts228.1179.9
Rush Yards1,016.9812.7
Rush TDs9.57.5
   
Receiving
   
Receptions53.542.8
Rec Yards435.2390.3
Rec TDs1.62.5
   
Points
   
Fantasy Points208.1178.2
   
  James ConnerJ. Conner
RB - PIT
James Conner
Melvin GordonM. Gordon
RB - LAC
Melvin Gordon
2018 Points 
Week 129.218.6
Week 214.524.6
Week 39.514.4
Week 46.423.9
Week 530.518.0
Week 624.933.0
Week 7
Week 833.2
Week 922.318.3
Week 1013.322.5
Week 114.915.6
Week 127.518.6
Week 1319.4
Week 14
Week 15
Week 1611.4
Week 179.46.6
  James ConnerJ. Conner
RB - PIT
James Conner
Melvin GordonM. Gordon
RB - LAC
Melvin Gordon
2018 Targets 
Week 1613
Week 257
Week 364
Week 4710
Week 544
Week 674
Week 7
Week 86
Week 994
Week 1016
Week 1196
Week 1242
Week 134
Week 14
Week 15
Week 163
Week 1733
  James ConnerJ. Conner
RB - PIT
James Conner
Melvin GordonM. Gordon
RB - LAC
Melvin Gordon
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Derek Lofland
FantasyPros
Conner should be the lead back in Pittsburgh in 2019 and as long as he can stay healthy, he should have RB1 value behind one of the best offensive lines in the NFL.Gordon was 6th among fantasy running backs, despite playing in only 12 games in 2018. He may miss that many games again with a contract dispute and the Chargers have allowed him to seek a trade. This situation looks like it could spill deep into the regular season.
Mike Tagliere
FantasyPros
When Conner wore down at the end of the 2018 season, did the Steelers get a bit worried? They reached for Benny Snell in the fourth-round, highlighting they clearly felt running back depth was a need. With Antonio Brown and Jesse James gone, there are over 200 targets that have vacated the team, so it's possible Conner can build upon his strong 2018 season. The slight risk of a timeshare knocks him down into the second round, though he's got top-six upsideHe's not going to win the rushing title or anything, and it's very unlikely that he finishes as a top-three fantasy running back, but he's about as safe as they come considering he's been a top-eight running back in each of the last three seasons. There were just four running backs who delivered RB2 or better performances in at least 90 percent of their games: Christian McCaffrey, Saquon Barkley, Ezekiel Elliott, and Gordon. His holdout is starting to get a bit concerning, as we have no solution in sight, making him a risky pick inside the top three rounds.
Brandon Funston
The Athletic
Was No. 8 RB in half-PPR PPG and even though I think he'll lose a few more touches to backup J. Samuels this time around, there'll likely be a few more touches to share with WR A. Brown goneFantasy PPG finishes at RB in half-PPR over past 3 seasons has been 3rd, 7th and 5th, respectively - the rub here is obviously a very real holdout threat that could wipe out half a season in '19 - if he signs before your draft (highly unlikely), vault him into the top 5 RBs
Kevin Roberts
Breaking Football
The Steelers may not demand Conner to carry the full load, but he's still the main guy where it matters. He's worthy of a 1st rounder and has the upside to be the top back in fantasy if things break just right.You have to play to pay off in fantasy football and (gulp) Gordon is pretty overrated. He's still talented with a big role if he plays, but this isn't a risk worth taking in my eyes. Of course, the value is worth it if he sliiiiiides.
Bart Wheeler
Hail to Fantasy Football
 I continue to move him down. Starting to get worried he could sit out half the season. But of course a total guess at this point.
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
Through 10 games last year, Conner was a top-tier fantasy back before slowing down and suffering an injury toward the end of the year. He still has that type of potential, of course, with this Steelers offense but there are talks of the workload being split with Jaylen Samuels or Benny Snell which should keep Conner out of the first round of your fantasy drafts.Prior to the holdout becoming a realistic possibility, Gordon was locked into the top 6 picks. At this point, however, he is falling out of even the second round in most cases and that may further plummet if the holdout extends into the preseason. Even if he doesn't sign before your fantasy draft, you can't let him fall past your third round pick because there is just too much upside.
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
Conner emerged as one of the all-time great draft-day bargains last season after he took over as the Steelers' starting running back once Le'Veon Bell failed to report to the team. He did wonders with the featured role, averaging nearly 21 touches and a touchdown per game in his 13 starts. Although the Steelers offense may not be quite as explosive without Antonio Brown, Conner's ability to succeed as an RB1 is not in doubt. What is in doubt is his workload, as there are rumblings that Jaylen Samuels and/or Benny Snell could significantly cut into Conner's carries. Still, running backs with Conner's fantasy potential are few and far between, and he should still be drafted as an RB1, unless rumors of a significant decrease in workload grow stronger.There are little concerns about Gordon's ability when he's on the field, but his holdout currently shows no signs of ending. The Chargers continue to maintain that they are not going to budge from their current offer, and Gordon insists he won't take it. Gordon could conceivably hold out until Week 10, the point at which he will need to report or lose a year of service time. With the questions surrounding him, and after fantasy owners were burned by Le'Veon Bell's holdout last year, his draft price needs to fall to closer to that of an RB3 for now.
Kevin Wheeler
Draftwize
In 2018 Conner had 13 total TDs, 55 receptions, nearly 1,000 rushing yards, and nearly 500 receiving yards, 22 carries+targets per games - and 34% of his carries came against 8+ in the box. @JeffHaseleyI'm assuming a 4-game hold out here
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
Despite missing 3 games last season, Conner ended with 973/12 rushing and 55/497/1 receiving. The Pittsburgh Steelers RB is THE perennial RB you want to own. Don't buy into the Samuels/Snell noise. Even Rashard Mendenhall had back to back years with over 1350 total scrimmage yards and at least 8 TDs. Conner is much better.Very risky pick right now with the holdout. Obviously would be a huge steal if he returns, but you have to take him in one of the first three rounds.
Jason Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
Conner will be a workhorse this season. A Steelers workhorse is someone you want. Please don't overthink this.What makes MelGo so lethal is his rushing TD upside and usage in the passing game. Never included in discussion of best pass-catching backs, MelGo has been racking up receptions for years. Last season, Chargers RBs combined for a receiving line of - 138 targets, 104 receptions, 1,029 yards, 7 TDs. That is gold. The only concern here is the holdout. If he's starting for the Chargers on Week 1, many people will be lucky they grabbed him at a discount.
Rich Piazza
Fantasy Shed
 There is more risk in drafting Gordon than there is with Elliot. Gordon is on the last year of his contract, and the Chargers have two viable running backs they can turn to in his absence. The urgency for the Chargers front office isn't as great to get a deal done like it is in Dallas with Ezekiel Elliot. There are plenty of RB-needy teams that have the current and future cap space available to make a trade if that's the direction the Chargers decide to take.
Nick Zylak
Fantasy Football Advice
Conner averaged 19.6 half PPR points per game last season. It's worth noting that he averaged 23.5 points per game over his first 8 weeks, then just 12.8 points per game over his final 5. He also had 5 100+ yard rushing performances in those first 8 weeks, then exactly zero games over 65 rushing yards over the last 5 weeks. Part of this was likely due to injuries, but part is also the varience of TD's. He scored 10 TD's over those first 8 weeks, then 3 over his final 5. The 13 total TD's in 13 games is going to regress, and he's now likely to see less of an opportunity share with the emergence of Jaylen Samuels. Furthermore, the offense as a whole is likely to regress in the post AB era. They were 4th in both plays per game and TD's per game last season, both of which are likely to drop this season. Conner isn't a bad pick, there are just so many other good picksI do not believe Melvin Gordon will sit out the entire season. If he does, then he'll be right back in this same situation next year. He'll still be under contract with the Chargers, they will still have the leverage, and he'll just be one year older, with a lot less money. What we could see happen is Gordon hold out for half the season, and then return to finish the year. That would allow him to become a FA next summer and get a new contract. The latest reports suggest that the teams aren't close to making a deal, and I find it hard to believe a team would want to give up a lot in trading for him. If this situation hasn't been resolved by the time your draft rolls around, then I don't see how you could feel good about drafting him. He'll be a stud when he plays, but missing out on your first or second round pick for potentially half a season is a major blow. There are too many elite options available in the first two rounds to justify taking him that early while this situation is still unresolved.
Sean Koerner
The Action Network
benefits from chaotic 2nd half of RB1 Tier 
Kyle Yates
The Fantasy Footballers
Conner undoubtedly has the talent to be the workhorse back in Pittsburgh, but seems destined to have Jaylen Samuels and Benny Snell eat into the workload. There's still going to be plenty of work going Conner's way and he should be a steady fantasy contributor week in and week out.While Melvin Gordon's health gives us cause for concern, there's no doubting his talent and production when he's on the field. Gordon gives you a safe floor week in and week out with his presence in the receiving game and this offense should only be better with Hunter Henry coming back into the fold. While Gordon's not in the tier of the guys above, such as Barkley, Zeke, CMC and Kamara, he's a solid RB1 option to lead your fantasy team to victory in 2019.