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James Conner

James Conner

Running Back #30
ADP:Round: 5, Pick: 9
Team: Pittsburgh Steelers
Ht / Wt:6'1" / 233 lb.
College:Pittsburgh
Age:25
Born:May 5, 1995
Drafted:2017 / Rd. 3 (105)
Draft Team:PIT

James Conner: Tallies 62 total yards

Conner rushed the ball nine times for 37 yards in Week 17 against the Browns. He added five receptions for 25 yards.

Analysis: Conner led the Steelers' backfield with nine carries, though the team attempted only 20 total rushes for the game. He remained involved as a receiver, and has combined for 10 receptions and 70 yards across his last two games. Conner ends the regular season with 936 total yards, falling shy of 1,000 for the second consecutive campaign. He will presumably serve as the team's lead back throughout its playoff run prior to entering the offseason as a free agent.

January 3, 2021 5:01 PM EST

James Conner: Finds end zone in return

Conner (quadriceps) carried five times for 20 yards and a touchdown while catching all five of his targets for an additional 45 yards during Sunday's 28-24 win over the Colts.

Analysis: Returning from a one-game absence, Conner marked the occasion with a one-yard rushing touchdown in the second quarter. His carries were limited as his team trailed for the majority of the game, but he offset that by notching new season highs in catches and receiving yards. Conner has been held under 40 rushing yards in four of his last five games, but he is presumably healthy now and will look to finish the regular season on a high note in next Sunday's finale against the Browns.

December 27, 2020 2:40 PM EST

James Conner: Returns to full practice

Conner (quad) practiced fully Wednesday, Teresa Varley of the Steelers' official site reports.

Analysis: That puts Conner, who sat out this past Monday's loss to the Bengals, on track to be available Sunday against the Colts. That said, Aditi Kinkhabwala of NFL Network previously noted that coach Mike Tomlin indicated that Benny Snell -- one of the team's few bright spots in Week 15 -- has to "have the opportunity to be impactful" this weekend. Such a scenario would clearly cut into Conner's Week 16 workload.

December 23, 2020 1:51 PM EST

James Conner: Could be back Week 16

Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said Conner (quadriceps) may be available for Sunday's game against the Colts, but he wouldn't guarantee that the 25-year-old would serve as Pittsburgh's lead back if he suits up, Aditi Kinkhabwala of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Though the Steelers suffered an embarrassing 27-17 loss to the 3-10-1 Bengals while Conner was sidelined Week 15, fill-in starter Benny Snell was one of the few bright spots for Pittsburgh, rushing 18 times for 84 yards and a touchdown and hauling in three of four targets for 23 yards. Per Kinkhabwala, Tomlin said Tuesday that Snell will "have the opportunity to be impactful" against the Colts, suggesting Pittsburgh could opt for a timeshare out of the backfield if Conner gains clearance to play. With no touchdowns and only 185 yards from scrimmage over his previous four outings, Conner's fantasy value had already been on the decline, and the prospect of him sharing work coming off an injury would only further dim his appeal.

December 22, 2020 9:35 AM EST

James Conner: Won't play Monday

The Steelers have downgraded Conner (quadriceps) to out for Monday's game in Cincinnati.

Analysis: Conner's quad injury will force him to miss his third game in four weeks. Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Benny Snell is the favorite to draw the start in Conner's stead, though Jaylen Samuels and Anthony McFarland will also be candidates to handle increased roles.

December 21, 2020 12:57 PM EST

James Conner: Expected to miss Monday's game

The Steelers are expected to downgrade Conner (quadriceps) to out for Monday's game against the Bengals, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Conner clearly wasn't himself in Week 14, his first game back from a two-week absence, when he went for just 18 yards on 10 carries against Buffalo. Given the 25-year-old's injury history, the Steelers may simply be taking a cautious approach to his health while keeping an eye toward the postseason. Benny Snell is expected to start in Conner's place, while Jaylen Samuels and Anthony McFarland could also see increased roles.

December 21, 2020 12:45 PM EST

James Conner: Questionable for Monday

Conner (quad) is listed as questionable for Monday's game against the Bengals, Adam Caplan of SiriusXM NFL Radio reports.

Analysis: Conner was a limited participant in practice for a second consecutive day opening up the possibility the fourth-year back could be able to play against the Bengals on Monday. Conner was hardly effective in the previous meeting with Cincinnati in Week 10 (13 carries for 36 yards) so fantasy managers may just want err on the side of caution especially given the nature of the 25-year-old's injury.

December 19, 2020 12:33 PM EST

James Conner: Returns to practice

Conner (quad) returned to a limited practice Friday, Brian Batko of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Analysis: That's a step in the right direction for the Steelers' lead back, after he sat out Thursday's practice. Saturday's injury report will reveal whether Conner approaches Monday night's game against the Bengals with an injury designation or is cleared for Week 15 action. Next up for the team's carries if he's limited or out, however, are Benny Snell and Jaylen Samuels.

December 18, 2020 12:34 PM EST

James Conner: DNP Thursday

Conner (quad) didn't practice Thursday, Teresa Varley of the Steelers' official site reports.

Analysis: The running back still has two chances to return to practice this week, but his status must be closely monitored as Monday night's game against the Bengals approaches. If he's out or limited in Week 15, Benny Snell and Jaylen Samuels would be in line to head the Steelers' backfield versus 2-10-1 Cincinnati.

December 17, 2020 12:43 PM EST

James Conner: Tending to quad issue

Coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday that Conner is dealing with a quadriceps injury, Teresa reports.

Analysis: A bout with COVID-19 forced Conner to sit out Weeks 12 and 13, and in his return to action this past Sunday in Buffalo he was second among Steelers running backs in offensive snap share (40 percent). Top honors went to Jaylen Samuels (47 percent), while Benny Snell (five percent) brought up the rear. Perhaps the combination of lingering effects of the illness along with the quad issue led to a poor showing for Conner, who eked out just 18 yards on his 10 carries and wasn't targeted. Tomlin noted all the injured Steelers likely will be limited early in the practice week, which begins for them Thursday with a Monday night game at Cincinnati on tap Week 15.

December 15, 2020 9:23 AM EST

James Conner: 1.8 YPC in ugly loss Sunday

Conner (reserve/COVID-19) returned to action and rushed 10 times for 18 yards in Sunday's 26-15 loss to the Bills.

Analysis: Conner was forced to miss the Steelers' last two contests, but he was finally cleared to resume team activities earlier this week. However, his fantasy managers may not have noticed that their running back returned to the field based on his anemic production. The Bills are no slouch on defense, so the rotten outing can be explained by a tough matchup and the extended layoff. Conner still saw the majority of backfield touches for Pittsburgh and will look to rebound against a Bengals run defense that is softer than fleece.

December 13, 2020 10:51 PM EST

James Conner: Activated from COVID-19 list

Conner (illness) has been activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list.

Analysis: With that, Conner is now on track to play Sunday against the Bills. His return to action will be a welcome one after the Washington Football Team held the Steelers' ground game to 21 yards on 14 carries in a 23-17 upset win this past Monday over previously-unbeaten Pittsburgh.

December 9, 2020 9:10 AM EST

James Conner: Expected back Week 14

Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday that he's optimistic Conner (illness) will be ready to return from the reserve/COVID-19 list prior to the team's Week 14 game against the Bills, Aditi Kinkhabwala of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Tomlin's comments suggest that Conner has been coming along in his recovery from COVID-19 since he tested positive for the coronavirus Nov. 28. Conner is first eligible to return from the list Wednesday, so if he clears all health-related protocols, the running back could be able to participate in the Steelers' first Week 14 practice. If he's ultimately active for the matchup with Buffalo, Conner would likely step back in as the Steelers' top running back after fill-in starter Benny Snell (eight carries for five yards, two receptions for five yards) struggled mightily in Monday's loss to Washington.

December 8, 2020 9:14 AM EST

James Conner: Unlikely to return Monday

The Steelers can activate Conner (illness) from the reserve/COVID-19 list Monday, but he isn't expected to play in Monday's game against Washington, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Conner was placed on the reserve list after testing positive for COVID-19 back on Nov. 28. The move set the stage for Benny Snell to lead the Steelers backfield this past Wednesday against the Ravens, resulting in 19 touches for 93 yards for the second-year back. Assuming Conner remains sidelined, Snell will earn another start.

December 6, 2020 7:21 AM EST

James Conner: Officially placed on COVID-19 list

Conner was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Saturday, Mark Kaboly of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: It was reported earlier Saturday Conner had tested positive for COVID-19, but the team had yet to make an official designation. This news seems to suggest the running back will miss, at minimum, Tuesday's contest against the Ravens, although it's entirely possible the game could be delayed even further after both teams added new additions to their respective COVID-19 lists.

November 28, 2020 1:39 PM EST

James Conner: Reportedly COVID-19 positive

Conner reportedly tested positive for COVID-19 and will go through additional tests to determine his eligibility for Tuesday's contest against the Ravens, Aditi Kinkhabwala of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: The Steelers have not officially placed on Conner on the reserve/COVID-19 list yet so there's plenty of ambiguity surrounding the situation. Additional testing will be critical for a number of reasons, including the status of Tuesday's twice-postponed game, but more information will need to be sorted out before any sort of final decisions can be made.

November 28, 2020 9:58 AM EST

James Conner: Pops 25-yard run on Jaguars

Conner registered 89 rushing yards on 13 carries, adding three receptions for 10 yards during Sunday's 27-3 win against Jacksonville.

Analysis: Conner broke off a 25-yard rush on his second carry of the afternoon, riding that explosive play to a season-best yards-per-carry average of 6.8. One can't get too picky given that Conner had logged fewer than 3.2 YPC in three straight contests entering Sunday, but his receiving upside remains limited. Conner showed versatility with 55 receptions and 497 receiving yards in 2018, but he has no receiving scores thus far in 2020 and has been held under 15 receiving yards in four consecutive games. Given that Conner's skill set mostly lends itself to contributions on the ground, a Week 12 matchup against Baltimore's 11th-ranked rush defense causes reason for pause. Volume will certainly be an ally for invested fantasy GMs, and Conner did come away with 60 scrimmage yards and a touchdown the last time these divisional rivals met Week 8.

November 22, 2020 3:15 PM EST

James Conner: Stymied by Bengals

Conner carried the ball 13 times for 36 yards in Week 10 against the Bengals. He added two receptions for 12 yards.

Analysis: Despite leading for the entirety of the game, Ben Roethlisberger threw 46 times and limited Conner's chances to make an impact. However, even when he had the ball in his hands, Conner was largely ineffective and limited to just 2.8 yards per carry. His longest rush of the day went for 16 yards, marking the third consecutive contest that Conner has failed to gain more than 20 yards on a single play. Hampering Conner's value even further is his limited involvement in the passing game, as he has surpassed 20 receiving yards just once on the season. He'll draw a matchup against the Jaguars in Week 11.

November 15, 2020 8:13 PM EST

James Conner: Struggles in win over Cowboys

Conner carried the ball nine times for 22 yards and caught both his targets for minus-2 yards in Sunday's 24-19 win over the Cowboys.

Analysis: Against what has been one of the worst defenses in the league, Conner and the entire Steelers offense came out flat, and Pittsburgh eventually got away from its running game in the second half while Ben Roethlisberger led a comeback. Conner will look for redemption in Week 10 against another soft front seven in the Bengals.

November 8, 2020 8:21 PM EST

James Conner: Scores TD as team stays unbeaten

Conner registered 47 rushing yards and one touchdown on 15 carries, adding three catches for 13 yards during Sunday's 28-24 win against the Ravens.

Analysis: Conner scored rushing TDs in four consecutive appearances between Weeks 2 and 6, but he was unable to break into the end zone during Pittsburgh's preceding game against Tennessee despite fielding a season-high 23 offensive touches. The fourth-year back notched an important score in Sunday's AFC North clash, pushing the Steelers ahead 21-17 with 5:38 to go in the third quarter by way of his one-yard TD plunge. He's enjoyed a prominent offensive role of 16.9 touches per game as Pittsburgh readies for a Week 9 matchup against Dallas' 32nd-ranked rush defense.

November 1, 2020 2:51 PM EST

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