James Conner

James Conner

RB - PIT
Height: 6' 1"Weight: 233 lbsAge: 24College: PittsburghDrafted: #105 (3rd Rd. by Pittsburgh)

2019 Outlook

Strength of Schedule:
21st easiest for RBs
Draft Rank (ECR) #11
Best / Worst #3 / #38
ADP #10

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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 picks

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 of the draft, 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 upside.

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.

Averaged 4.5 ypc with 55 receptions and 13 TDs. Can do it all. 6-1 233. Hard to bring down. Expect to see a more balanced approach this year after he dealt with nagging injuries. Working out with Aaron Donald this off-season is a good thing. He could be very special.

Benny Snell will likely take over the early down role, Samuels is the better receiving option