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James Conner said it would be hard to leave Pittsburgh

by Dave Kluge | Steelers Correspondent | Tue, May 19th 10:13am EDT

James Conner, one the final year of his rookie contract, said that it would be hard to leave Pittsburgh, the team that drafted him in 2017. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact:

Drafted in the third round of 2017, Conner did little as a rookie but his opportunity arose in 2018 when superstar Le'Veon Bell held out for a contract dispute. Conner stepped up to the occasion and turned in 113 scrimmage yards per game and 13 touchdowns in 13 games. Unfortunately though, he was unable to reproduce those numbers in 2019 due to a litany of injuries to him and his quarterbacks. The Steelers drafted Benny Snell last year and Anthony McFarland Jr. this year, both in the fourth round. While neither of them seem equipped to take Conner's role as the Steelers' lead back, it appears as though the Steelers are testing the waters to move on from the oft-injured Conner after the 2020 season. Conner's wishes to stay would be great for his longterm value. He is listed as our 24th overall running back. Whwile this news shouldn't affect his value in redraft leagues, it makes his dynasty appeal a bit brighter. The Steelers have one of the best offensive lines in the league and Conner has proven that he can thrive behind them.

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