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James Conner Week 4 Outlook - Cardinals at Panthers

By Derek Brown (FantasyPros), Thu, Sep 29th 2022, 1:05pm EDT

Conner totaled 16 touches for 57 yards in Week 3 (60% snap share). No TDs and 3 catches. He's still Arizona's clear-cut RB1, with Darrel Williams (17% snap share) and Eno Benjamin (27% snap share) combining for just 7 touches. If you need to make roster depth, I'm okay with cutting those Zona backups. No guarantee either is a bellcow if/and when Conner goes down. The Cardinals offense (aside from feeding their top-3 pass-catchers) is also not inspiring hope that they can support fantasy production for a lesser-talented RB based on just volume alone. As for Conner's expectations versus the Panthers he remains a volume-based RB2 option. I'd expect the Cards' lead back to see a higher share of the team's backfield touches another week removed from his Week 2 injury. The matchup on the ground isn't as great as the Panthers' run defense EPA (28th) would suggest as they have faced superior running games to the Cardinals thus far, but Conner should be able to muster enough yardage and potentially score to start in Week 4. The main concern is that Arizona's OL has the third-worst rushing disadvantage per PFF's OL/DL matchup chart. It's been a problem all year and attributed to Conner's lackluster 3.1 yards per carry. And Conner isn't a running back that is going to create much on his own, currently ranking 47th out of 54 qualifying RBs in yards after contact per attempt.

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