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James Conner Wants To Finish His Career In Arizona

Arizona Cardinals veteran running back and team captain James Conner is heading into his eighth NFL season in 2024 and his fourth with the Cardinals. He's coming off his first 1,000-yard season as a professional and said he wouldn't mind finishing his NFL career in the desert. Conner has grown close to quarterback Kyler Murray, spending time together on numerous outings. The 29-year-old veteran is entering the last year of the three-year deal he signed in 2022, which has ended up being a bargain for the Cardinals. "It would be awesome to finish my career here, but nothing changes," Conner said. Rookie third-rounder Trey Benson could eventually take over Conner's spot as the team's lead back, but as far as 2024 in concerned, Conner should remain the team's lead back in what should be an improved offense.

Jun 2, 2024 1:20 PM EST


James Conner Shines In Season Finale

In a valiant effort during the Cardinals' 21-20 loss to the Seahawks, Arizona running back James Conner stood out with an impressive performance. Finishing with 27 carries for 150 yards and a touchdown, Conner added another dimension to his game with four receptions for 54 yards. Despite Conner's heroic late touchdown, the Seahawks managed to respond, denying the Cardinals the victory. This marked Conner's first 200-total-yard game of the season, capping off a remarkable quarter of the schedule where he amassed 514 rushing yards and five touchdowns. Conner's outstanding efforts contributed to the first 1,000-yard season of his career in just 13 games. As he enters the final year of his contract, Conner remains a strong contender for the starting role pending the outcome of Arizona's offseason moves.

Jan 8, 2024 12:55 AM EST



James Conner An RB1 Against Seattle In Week 18

Arizona running back James Conner's Week 17 heroics, amassing 128 rushing yards and two touchdowns, highlight his dominant form heading into Week 18. With a four-game scoring streak, Conner needs just 110 yards to reach 1,000 for the season. Averaging 21.6 touches and 109.8 total yards since Week 13, he's a prime asset. Ranking 12th in explosive run rate, seventh in missed tackles forced per attempt, and eighth in yards after contact, Conner has been electric. Seattle's porous run defense, allowing the most yards and fifth-highest explosive run rate since Week 12, sets the stage for Conner's success in Week 18. Fantasy managers should confidently start him as he aims to continue his impressive run and end the season strong.

Jan 6, 2024 2:41 AM EST


James Conner With Stellar Performance

Arizona Cardinals running back James Conner delivered a stellar performance in the Cardinals' Week 17 victory over the Eagles, amassing 128 rushing yards and a touchdown on 26 carries. He also showcased his versatility, catching a short pass from quarterback Kyler Murray for another touchdown. Conner's late-game heroics included a two-yard rushing score that secured the upset win with less than a minute remaining. The bruising tailback has been on a scoring streak lately, finding the end zone in the last four games. With an impressive 4.9 yards per carry average against the Eagles, Conner remains a vital asset for fantasy managers heading into the final game of the regular season against the Seahawks in Week 18.

Jan 1, 2024 3:25 AM EST


James Conner An RB1 For Week 17

Heading into Week 17, Arizona Cardinals running back James Conner is enjoying a bit of a resurgence, showcasing his versatility with 16.8 touches and 79 total yards per game since his return. His involvement in the passing game has been on the rise, logging at least three targets in three of his last four outings. This season has arguably been Conner's best on a per-touch basis, ranking impressively in explosive run rate, missed tackles forced, and yards after contact. Week 17 presents a promising matchup against a faltering Philadelphia run defense, allowing the sixth-most rushing yards since Week 11. Despite a slightly subdued performance in Week 16, Conner's multi-faceted contributions make him a solid fantasy option, with optimistic expectations for a standout performance against Philadelphia. He should be viewed as an RB2 with RB1 upside for Week 17.

Dec 30, 2023 2:43 AM EST



James Conner With Another Steady Week 16 Performance

In the Cardinals' 27-16 loss to the Bears, Arizona Running back James Conner displayed versatility, compiling 12 carries for 45 yards on the ground and making an impact in the passing game with five catches for 67 yards and a touchdown. Although this marked his first game of the year with less than 4.0 yards per carry, Conner's dynamic receiving performance more than compensated. His five targets included a 16-yard catch-and-run touchdown, helping to contribute to his game-high of 20 yards. Despite a quieter day on the rushing end, Conner achieved 100-plus yards from scrimmage for the fourth time this season. Looking ahead to Week 17 in Philadelphia, Conner will aim to maintain his solid momentum and remain an RB2 play.

Dec 25, 2023 2:53 AM EST


James Conner With A Tough Week 16 Matchup

Arizona Cardinals running back James Conner showcased his prowess in Week 15, rushing 14 times for 86 yards and a touchdown, coupled with three receptions for three yards in a loss to the 49ers. This follows his stellar performance against his former team, solidifying his status as a hot commodity heading into Week 16 against the Bears. Since his return from injury, Conner has maintained RB24 status, averaging 16.8 touches and 72.4 total yards per game. Despite ranking high in explosive run rate, missed tackles forced per attempt, and yards after contact per attempt this season, he faces a stout Bears defense. Chicago, since Week 10, has allowed the fourth-fewest rushing yards, posing a formidable challenge for Conner. Fantasy managers should weigh his recent momentum against the Bears' defensive prowess in their decision-making, but he is currently tough to trust as anything more than an RB2/3.

Dec 23, 2023 3:26 AM EST


James Conner Impresses In Blowout Loss

Arizona Cardinal's running back James Conner ran for 86 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries in the team's 45-29 Week 15 loss to the San Francisco 49ers. Conner also caught 3-of-3 targets through the air. He was able to follow up his solid outing two weeks ago with another impressive performance against a 49ers rush defense ranked as third-best in the league. Over his last two games, Conner has combined for 191 rushing yards and three touchdowns and is gaining momentum at a crucial point in the fantasy schedule. He remains on track as a solid RB2 heading into a Week 16 showdown against the Chicago Bears.

Dec 18, 2023 3:05 AM EST


James Conner A Week 15 RB3

Arizona Cardinals running back James Conner has only once finished higher than RB27 in weekly scoring since his return in Week 10. While Conner himself has played relatively well, the issue has been both volume and pass-game involvement, as the Cardinals have attempted to use more of their other offensive weapons with quarterback Kyler Murray under center. Additionally, in Week 15 Conner has the misfortune of going up against the top-rated rush defense in the league with the San Francisco 49ers. San Francisco hasn't allowed a 100-yard rusher and has yet to allow two scores to an opposing back in a game this season. They've also allowed the second-fewest rushing yards on a per-game basis. That does not bode well for Conner's success. The brutal matchup combined with his decreasing passing game usage makes Conner no more than a Week 15 RB3.

Dec 16, 2023 2:09 AM EST


James Conner Explodes Against His Former Team In Week 13 Victory

Arizona Cardinals running back James Conner carried the rock 25 times for 105 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's 24-10 Week 13 win over the Steelers. Conner topped 20 carries for just the second time on the season and was able to turn in a strong effort against his former team. His outing was highlighted by a long gain of 29 yards with a pair of touchdowns of one and nine yards out to cap off the stellar day. Conner and the rest of the Arizona offense will face a much stiffer test against the 49ers in Week 15 after returning from their Week 14 bye. He should remain an RB2 for that matchup.

Dec 4, 2023 12:26 AM EST


James Conner An RB2 In Week 13

Arizona Cardinals running back James Conner quickly fell victim to play script in last week's blowout loss to the Rams as he played in only 42% of the team's snaps. That was a low number for him, as he averages closer to 66%. In Week 13, it could be more of the same, as Conner and the Cardinals go up against a Pittsburgh Steelers team that has allowed the seventh-lowest rushing yards per game since Week 7. This game has the makings of another situation where Conner may have difficulty finding any running room, and the team may choose to see what they have in new teammate Michael Carter. To that end, fantasy managers should view Conner as at best an RB2/3 in Week 13.

Dec 2, 2023 4:06 AM EST


James Conner With Fantasy Dud In Week 12

Arizona Cardinals running back James Conner rushed six times for 27 yards and brought in four of five targets for five yards in the team's 37-14 Week 12 loss to the Rams on Sunday. With Arizona down 13 points at halftime, much of Conner's day fell victim to game script, as the Cardinals were forced to pass more in the second half. Conner's yardage was a season-low, as he struggled to find solid running lanes en route to putting up a fantasy clunker. The Cardinals also gave additional carries to teammates Michael Carter and Emari Demercado once the game got out of hand, further limiting Conner's opportunities. While this game was a bummer from a fantasy perspective, Conner and the rest of the Arizona offense will look to put this dud behind them when they head to Pittsburgh in Week 13 to take on the Steelers.

Nov 27, 2023 2:10 AM EST


James Conner A Week 12 RB2

Arizona Cardinals running back James Conner will look to keep the good times rolling in Week 12 against the L.A. Rams. In his second performance in Week 11 after coming back from injured reserve (knee), Conner cleared the 60-yard mark and got reintegrated into the team's passing game. Conner also reestablished himself as the top option in the Arizona rushing attack, as all the other backs on the roster totaled one carry. The Rams, despite having a top-10 pass defense, are simply mediocre against the rush, ranking 18th. This could open up some running lanes for Conner and give him a chance to make a significant impact. It's not out of the realm of possibility for Conner to accumulate over 100 yards in this matchup, thus making him an RB2 with upside.

Nov 25, 2023 3:19 AM EST


James Conner With Decent Week 11 Showing

Arizona Cardinals running back James Conner rushed 14 times for 62 yards and brought in two of three targets for one yard in the team's 21-16 loss to the Houston Texans on Sunday. He also recovered a fumble. This was his second solid showing since returning from the IR due to a knee injury, and he's averaging a healthy 4.4 yards per carry. He's also cleared the 60-yard mark on the ground in each of the two games since his return and is also continuing to make his mark in the passing game. Conner will look to keep the good times rolling heading into a Week 12 face-off against the division-rival Rams.

Nov 20, 2023 1:58 AM EST


James Conner An RB2 In Week 11

Arizona Cardinals running back James Conner came back from the IR (knee) last week and turned 16 carries into 73 yards in the team's 25-23 win against the Atlanta Falcons. Upon his return, he immediately overtook the Cardinals backfield, as no other back received more than three carries. Even though he missed the last four games, Conner still boasts the fifth-best explosive run rate, the tenth-highest missed tackle rate, and the seventh-best yards-after-contact rate in the league. Despite these impressive numbers, in Week 11 Conner will go up against the Houston Texans. Since Week 5, the Houston defense has been one of the best in the NFL against the run. They allow the fourth-lowest explosive run rate and the ninth-lowest yards after contact per attempt. Conner may have difficulty finding some running room and as such remains an RB2.

Nov 18, 2023 3:30 AM EST


James Conner With A Solid Effort In Return

Arizona Cardinals running back James Conner rushed for 73 yards on 16 attempts in his return from the IR during Sunday's 25-23 Week 10 win versus the Atlanta Falcons. Even though he did not receive a target in the passing game, his 16 touches easily outpaced the competition of reserve backs Keaontay Ingram and Tony Jones. Despite the lack of receiving usage, It's encouraging to see Conner back to being the main running back in this offense. He will look to improve on this game in Week 11 when Arizona takes on the Houston Texans.

Nov 13, 2023 1:46 AM EST


James Conner Officially Active For Week 10

Arizona Cardinals running back James Conner (knee) is officially active for Week 10 versus the Atlanta Falcons. He had been listed as questionable but was widely expected to play after the team activated him from IR on Saturday. Conner will face a relatively tough test in his first game back as Atlanta has a strong run defense. However, he averaged 79.5 rushing yards and 0.5 touchdowns over the four games for which he was healthy at the start of the season, putting him in the low-end RB2 tier regardless of this week's matchup. Conner's fantasy value also gets a boost with Kyler Murray (knee) making his 2023 debut.

Nov 12, 2023 2:37 PM EST


James Conner Activated From IR, Will Play In Week 10

Arizona Cardinals running back James Conner (knee) has been activated from IR and will play in Week 10 on Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons. Conner has been on IR since Week 6 with a knee injury but he's been trending towards being activated and playing this week for a while now. With Emari Demercado (knee) ruled out Conner could be in line for a solid week against the Falcons. Fantasy managers who have held on to Conner should put him back in their lineups and expect RB2 numbers if the game script turns out to be favorable.

Nov 11, 2023 3:04 PM EST


James Conner "Trending In The Right Direction" To Play In Week 10

Arizona Cardinals head coach Jonathan Gannon said that running back James Conner (knee) is "trending in the right direction" to return from Injured Reserve and play in Week 10 against the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday. Conner has already missed the required four games on IR and was limited in practice on Wednesday and Thursday. The 28-year-old will most likely be listed as questionable on Friday's final injury report, but he appears to be on the right track to be officially activated from IR on Saturday and play on Sunday. It's also worth noting that rookie Emari Demercado (toe) hasn't practiced in the last two weeks and looks likely to miss another game, so Conner's return would come at a good time for the Cardinals. He'll be Arizona's lead back when he returns, but he could have his workload limited in his first game back.

Nov 10, 2023 11:59 AM EST


James Conner Limited On Thursday

Arizona Cardinals running back James Conner (knee) remained a limited participant during Thursday's practice. Conner appears to be trending in the right direction to come off the injured reserve ahead of the Week 10 matchup against the Atlanta Falcons. This is now back-to-back limited practice sessions for Conner as he continues to rehab his knee. Fellow back Emari Demercado (toe) continues missing practice, so getting Conner back would be huge for this offense. He'd immediately move into RB2 value if he's available for this game. Fantasy managers will have to check back on Friday for another update on his status.

Nov 9, 2023 9:20 PM EST