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Player Summaries Comparison
 
Experts' Pick
 
  James ConnerJ. Conner
RB - PIT
James Conner
vs. HOU, Sun 1pm EDT
Darren WallerD. Waller
TE - LV
Darren Waller
at NE, Sun 1pm EDT
 
 
Expert
Recommendation

Updated: Sep 24th, 2020
98%
Recommended by
119 of 121 experts
2%
Recommended by
2 of 121 experts
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Rankings 
    
ECR# 16# 67-
Best Rank# 11# 38-
Worst Rank# 68# 77-
    
Matchup 
    
Opponent vs. HOU at NE-
Matchup RatingThis is a 3 star matchup. RBs perform close to their average vs HOUThis is a 3 star matchup. TEs perform close to their average vs NE-
    
Fantasy Points 
    
Season Total19.821.0-
Avg Game9.910.5-
Week 218.116.5-
    
Misc 
    
Injury Alert-
Weather83 F, Partly cloudy throughout the day.80 F, Mostly cloudy throughout the day.-
    
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Player Game Logs Comparison
  James ConnerJ. Conner
RB - PIT
James Conner
Darren WallerD. Waller
TE - LV
Darren Waller
2020 Schedule 
Week 1 at NYG
6 rush, 9 yds, 0 td
4 tar, 2 rec, 8 yds, 0 td
at CAR
8 tar, 6 rec, 45 yds, 0 td
Week 2 vs. DEN
vs. NO
Week 3 vs. HOU at NE
Week 4 at TEN vs. BUF
Week 5 vs. PHI at KC
Week 6 vs. CLEBYE WEEK
Week 7 at BAL vs. TB
Week 8BYE WEEK at CLE
Week 9 at DAL at LAC
Week 10 vs. CIN vs. DEN
Week 11 at JAC vs. KC
Week 12 vs. BAL at ATL
Week 13 vs. WAS at NYJ
Week 14 at BUF vs. IND
Week 15 at CIN vs. LAC
Week 16 vs. IND vs. MIA
Week 17 at CLE at DEN
Player Fantasy Points Comparison
  James ConnerJ. Conner
RB - PIT
James Conner
Darren WallerD. Waller
TE - LV
Darren Waller
2020 Points 
Week 11.74.5
Week 218.116.5
Week 3
Week 4
Week 5
Week 6
Week 7
Week 8
Week 9
Week 10
Week 11
Week 12
Week 13
Week 14
Week 15
Week 16
Week 17
Total19.821.0
Average9.910.5
Player Targets Comparison
  James ConnerJ. Conner
RB - PIT
James Conner
Darren WallerD. Waller
TE - LV
Darren Waller
2020 Targets 
Week 148
Week 2216
Week 3
Week 4
Week 5
Week 6
Week 7
Week 8
Week 9
Week 10
Week 11
Week 12
Week 13
Week 14
Week 15
Week 16
Week 17
Notes for Player Combination
  James ConnerJ. Conner
RB - PIT
James Conner
vs. HOU, Sun 1pm EDT
Darren WallerD. Waller
TE - LV
Darren Waller
at NE, Sun 1pm EDT
Expert 
Mike Tagliere
FantasyPros
So much for those Snell hopes and dreams on the waiver wire, eh? I figured they'd give Conner another chance and he played well, compiling 121 total yards and a touchdown on 18 touches while Snell totaled exactly one yard on his four touches. This is Conner's backfield, but the Steelers will show no hesitance no move away from him if he's inefficient or dealing with an injury. There was no team in the NFL who allowed more fantasy points on the ground than the Texans last year, and it wasn't all that close, as the Chiefs were a full 16 PPR points behind them at No. 2. It wasn't just on the ground, either. They allowed a massive 1.98 PPR points per target through the air, which ranked second to only the Dolphins. When you have those numbers combined with a running back who'll likely see 18-plus opportunities, it's a recipe for big success. Both the Chiefs and Ravens rushed for more than 160 yards in their matchups against them, so there's little reason to doubt the Steelers backs. Play Conner as a low-end RB1 and as long as he stays upright, he should crush this matchup.Remember when the Raiders drafted a bunch of wide receivers that would ruin Waller's fantasy prospects? That was fun. He has 24 targets through two games, while Ruggs and Edwards have combined for 11 targets. He's currently the TE2 in PPR formats, just 2.2 points behind Travis Kelce. The Saints had absolutely no solution for him, including Malcolm Jenkins, one of the best cover safeties out there. It's why you must wonder if the Patriots use Stephon Gilmore to cover him. The Patriots played a couple big-name tight ends last year and here were the results: Zach Ertz 9/94/0, Travis Kelce 7/66/0, and Mark Andrews 2/21/0. Not the worst results, but definitely could be better. The Patriots defense isn't the same, though, and have five new starters in the mix. Mike Gesicki was held to just 3/30/0 in Week 1 and then exploded in Week 2, so maybe it's the scheme that limits the production? You can't sit a tight end who's averaging 12 targets per game, but you can limit expectations considering he might be staring at Gilmore in coverage. He's a TE1 every week, but this is one where you want to stay away in cash games.
Kyle Yates
FantasyPros
There was so much uncertainty last week surrounding what the carry split was going to look like with Snell and Conner, but we got our answer pretty quickly. Conner is the guy in this backfield and he should be viewed as a must-start option this week against a Houston defense that has been shredded the first two weeks. The Texans are currently giving up an average of 28.1 fantasy points to opposing RBs and Conner should be viewed as a player with top-5 upside this week.Waller was force fed targets against New Orleans and there's no reason to doubt that that won't continue in this matchup. Waller's a solid TE1 each and every week in this offense.
Derek Lofland
FantasyPros
The Texans are just 26th against fantasy running backs, Conner should have solid RB2 value with upside at home this week.The Patriots are 3rd against fantasy tight ends. Waller is still a TE1 this week, but he does not have much upside in a tough road matchup.