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Experts' Pick
 
  James ConnerJ. Conner
RB - PIT
James Conner
vs. DEN, Sun 1pm EDT
Russell GageR. Gage
WR - ATL
Russell Gage
at DAL, Sun 1pm EDT
 
 
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Updated: Sep 20th, 2020
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Rankings 
    
ECR# 71# 108-
Best Rank# 22# 61-
Worst Rank# 198# 154-
    
Matchup 
    
Opponent vs. DEN at DAL-
Matchup RatingThis is a 1 star matchup. RBs perform worse than their average vs DENThis is a 2 star matchup. WRs perform worse than their average vs DAL-
    
Fantasy Points 
    
Season Total19.822.0-
Avg Game9.911.0-
Week 11.711.4-
    
Misc 
    
Injury Alert-
Weather67 F, ClearIndoor-
    
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Player Game Logs Comparison
  James ConnerJ. Conner
RB - PIT
James Conner
Russell GageR. Gage
WR - ATL
Russell Gage
2020 Schedule 
Week 1 at NYG
6 rush, 9 yds, 0 td
4 tar, 2 rec, 8 yds, 0 td
vs. SEA
12 tar, 9 rec, 114 yds, 0 td
Week 2 vs. DEN at DAL
Week 3 vs. HOU vs. CHI
Week 4 at TEN at GB
Week 5 vs. PHI vs. CAR
Week 6 vs. CLE at MIN
Week 7 at BAL vs. DET
Week 8BYE WEEK at CAR
Week 9 at DAL vs. DEN
Week 10 vs. CINBYE WEEK
Week 11 at JAC at NO
Week 12 vs. BAL vs. LV
Week 13 vs. WAS vs. NO
Week 14 at BUF at LAC
Week 15 at CIN vs. TB
Week 16 vs. IND at KC
Week 17 at CLE at TB
Player Fantasy Points Comparison
  James ConnerJ. Conner
RB - PIT
James Conner
Russell GageR. Gage
WR - ATL
Russell Gage
2020 Points 
Week 11.711.4
Week 218.110.6
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
Total19.822.0
Average9.911.0
Player Targets Comparison
  James ConnerJ. Conner
RB - PIT
James Conner
Russell GageR. Gage
WR - ATL
Russell Gage
2020 Targets 
Week 1412
Week 229
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. DEN, Sun 1pm EDT
Russell GageR. Gage
WR - ATL
Russell Gage
at DAL, Sun 1pm EDT
Expert 
Isaiah Sirois
FantasyPros
Conner is in a really weird spot this week. We have no idea how Pittsburgh intends to use him despite his injury, and there's a good chance that Benny Snell out-carries him. I would bench Conner in most lineups and wait for some clarity here; you should only start him if you have no other options. 
Kyle Yates
FantasyPros
 Gage has inserted himself into the fantasy starter conversation with a huge performance in week one. The Falcons' high-passing volume attack means opportunity for Gage over the middle of the field every single week. While I expect Gage's target totals to come down slightly as Hurst gets acclimated to the offense, he's still going to be a great FLEX option every single game.
Mike Tagliere
FantasyPros
We don't have an official status on Conner yet, but I'm assuming he'll be ready to go in Week 2 since he seemed willing to go back into the game against the Giants. However, with the way Snell was running, there was no rush, and there might not be a clear-cut favorite to lead this team in touches in Conner is back. Seriously, that's how well Snell played. Granted, it wasn't a bad matchup against the Giants, but he racked up 113 yards on 19 carries in that game, and speaking honestly, he looked better than Conner. It was a very small sample size, so we don't want to jump to conclusions, but rather pay attention. The Broncos run defense was very good last year, allowing the fifth-fewest fantasy points per opportunity to running backs, though they did face a massive 29.1 running back touches per game, which ranked as the sixth-most in the league. So, volume was necessary. Fast forward to 2020 and they allowed Derrick Henry a scoreless 131 total yards on 34 touches. Still, this is a home team that's favored by 6.5 points and has a 24.8-point team implied total. That's a matchup you typically want to attack. If we hear Conner is a full participant, he should be considered the lead back and a mid-to-low-end RB2 who comes with some risk. If he's limited throughout the week but expected to play, you should be more cautious and treat him as an RB3. Snell is going to have a role, though a lot depends on Conner's status. Stay tuned for updates on Conner, as I'll post them as the week goes on right here at the end of the notes.Each of the Falcons wide receivers saw 12 targets last week, including Gage, who turned them into a career-high 114 yards. Not many realize that Gage actually saw 66 targets over the final nine games last year, which is more than enough to be fantasy relevant. While I do expect Hayden Hurst to get more involved as the weeks go on, Gage is someone who can be considered in high-volume games. The Cowboys had Anthony Brown cover the slot in Week 1 and that worked out well, as Cooper Kupp was held to just four catches for 40 scoreless yards last week. Brown did allow all four passes that came his way to be completed, but it clearly wasn't a smash spot, as Kupp has higher odds of getting targeted than Gage does. It's possible that Gage is a Cole Beasley-type player this year who you can use in a pinch, as he's likely going to get six-plus targets per game, even if his ceiling isn't very high. Consider him a decent floor WR4/5-type play.
Derek Lofland
FantasyPros
Conner is already battling an ankle injury and he may not be able to play this week. There is a real possibility that Benny Snell Jr. takes over as the lead back at some point this year, but for now Conner should lead the RBBC this week if he is healthy enough to play.