James Conner

James Conner

RB - PIT
Height: 6' 1"Weight: 233 lbsAge: 23College: PittsburghDrafted: #105 (3rd Rd. by Pittsburgh)

2018 Outlook

Strength of Schedule:
21st easiest for RBs
Draft Rank (ECR) #339
Best / Worst #213 / #263
ADP #314

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We aren't sure if the exit of Todd Haley will mean more snaps for Le'Veon Bell's backup running back, but my guess would be no. In fact, we don't even know if the Steelers view Conner as the clear-cut backup to Bell, though he'd definitely be in the mix for touches. He's just a unsure handcuff at this point.

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James Conner continues to impress

With Le'Veon Bell unsigned, second-year running back James Conner had a strong showing during OTAs and minicamp. Conner, who is fully recovered from a December MCL injury, took the majority of first-team reps and 'flashed nice speed and cutback ability in the backfield.' Bell, who has not signed the franchise tag, is likely to remain away from the team until September, which allows Conner to command a lot of touches throughout the preseason.

Fantasy Impact

Tagging Bell again in 2019 would cost the Steelers over $20 million, which is a preposterous salary for a running back. There's a very good chance that Bell will be allowed to test free agency after this season and that Conner could potentially be the starter as soon as next year. Assuming Bell signs, he'll be a workhorse, so Conner is merely a handcuff in redraft leagues, but the former Pitt standout has quite a bit of dynasty appeal.

ECRBestWorst# of Experts
DraftRB #86RB #64RB #9424
Dynasty RB #80RB #46RB #11129
ConsensusNFL
Overall#314#293
Running Backs#84-
Projections
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Rush AttRush YdsRush TdsRecsRec YdsRec TdsFumblesPoints
58.2234.11.76.2420.2137
History
Statistics
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Rush YdsRush TdsRecsPoints
Last Week13001.3
Last 3 Weeks10.3001
Season to Date12001.2
Game Log
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OPPRush YdsRush TdsRecsPoints
Week 15vs. NE13001.3
Week 14vs. BAL6000.6
Week 13@ CIN12001.2
Week 11vs. TEN12001.2
Strength of Schedule
(2018)
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OppSummary
Next Game@ CLE3rd easiest opponent
Next 3 GamesKC, TB, BAL1st easiest opponents
Playoffs (?)OAK, NE, NO11th easiest opponents
Rest of Season--13th easiest remaining opponents