I’m concerned about James Conner’s fantasy value at his current ADP, which has him being selected ahead of Austin Ekeler, Kenyan Drake, and David Johnson in many leagues. Projections for the season ahead. Your email address will not be published.
The Steelers drafted Anthony McFarland at running back and Chase Claypool at wide receiver, and they also brought in Eric Ebron to be the starting tight end. It’s important to note that Conner was only able to play in 10 games last season, which deflated his total numbers on the year.
Ben Roethlisberger is reportedly feeling ready to roll for this coming season. Meanwhile, Benny Snell, rumored to be Conner’s 1A, was a distant afterthought. Moore Fantasy Football Outlook & Value, Darius Slayton Fantasy Football Outlook & Value, JuJu Smith-Schuster Fantasy Football Outlook, David Montgomery Fantasy Football Outlook, Matthew Stafford Fantasy Football Outlook, Devin Singletary Fantasy Football Outlook, Teddy Bridgewater Fantasy Football Outlook, Emmanuel Sanders Fantasy Football Outlook, Larry Fitzgerald Fantasy Football Outlook, 2020 Quarterback (QB) Projections & Rankings, Week 6 Fantasy Football Tight End Rankings (PPR): Jonnu Smith comes back strong after unexpected bye, Week 6 Kicker Rankings & Pickups: Jason Sanders To Keep Up His Strong Start, Top 7 Flex Fantasy Options for Week 6: Ronald Jones a Must-Start Against the Packers, Week 6 TE Waiver Pickups & Adds: Austin Hooper Getting Involved In Browns Offense, Week 6 Kicker Waiver Wire Pickups & Adds: Younghoe Koo Set To Dominate, Week 6 Fantasy Football Quarterback Rankings: Lamar Jackson is out of the top 10 fantasy point standings, Week 6 K Start, Sit: Who to Play at Kicker: Joey Slye to Continue Strong Stretch Against the Bears, Week 6 WR Rankings & Projections (PPR): Happy Kenny Golladay Week, 2020 Top 250 Dynasty Rankings + Top 50 Rookie Rankings, 2020 Fantasy Football Cheat Sheet: Download Free Excel Draft Sheet, 2020 Top 50 Defensive Player (IDP) Fantasy Football Rankings, Fantasy Football PPR Rankings 2020: Top 100 Fantasy Players, Top 16 Fantasy Football Sleepers 2020: T.J. Hockenson to Deliver Fantasy Gold. The Steelers’ offense will look wildly different in 2020 after their offseason additions. The Bengals (23rd) and Browns (18th) should be more forgiving matchups in running back defense. Ben Roethlisberger is officially back throwing NFL passes. An early Week 1 ankle ailment caused many, including myself, to question if Conner would walk right back into his role.
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The Steelers had an awful offensive season last year, and Conner only played in 10 games, so it’s hard to use that as any kind of an indicator of his potential for success this year. CBS Sports is a registered trademark of CBS Broadcasting Inc. Commissioner.com is a registered trademark of CBS Interactive Inc. site: fantasynews | arena: nfl | pageType: stories | In particular, target owners scrambling from Christian McCaffrey or Saquon Barkley injuries. Conner played 50 of 65 snaps (77%), amassing 18 touches (2 rec.) He then rewarded those willing to trust him in Week 2, returning to his workhorse role and showing zero ill-effects. I also am not sure Conner can get back to previously elite touchdown numbers as the Steelers have added plenty of competition for red-zone touches this offseason. Silly me. The Broncos (8th), Eagles (14th), Cowboys (10th), and Bills (3rd) were some of the best defenses against running backs last year, so Conner will likely struggle in those games, but there are enough low-end defenses on the Steelers’ schedule that he should be just fine in that regard. In 2018, Conner’s 16-game pace was good for 265 carries for 1,191 yards and 15 touchdowns on the ground, as well as 68 receptions for 610 yards and two touchdowns through the air – that surely would have made him a top-five running back in fantasy. The AFC North will present the Steelers with an elite defense they have to take on twice – the Ravens, 4th in points allowed to RBs in fantasy. It’s also essential to remember Mike Tomlin’s past coaching, which favors a single-back workhorse over an RBBC. Otherwise, he was largely stifled. 2.
Conner carries obvious injury risk, but the Steelers running back simultaneously has considerable upside in Pittsburgh’s offense. Pittsburgh will also take on the Texans (27th), Giants (28th), Jaguars (19th), Redskins (29th), Titans (21st), and Colts (20th) who are some of the worst defenses in terms of fantasy points allowed to running backs. 8:44 pm ET. James Conner with @AdamSchefter on potentially leaving in free agency: “It would be hard… The city I got drafted to, and I want to be able to say the city I brought a championship to.”.
Consequently, just like Will Fuller last week, Conner is a recommended “Fantasy Sell High.” Pump this workhorse performance and all the historic Tomlin workhorse stats above. Outlook & Fantasy Value October 11, 2020 James Conner's fantasy value is measured by his average draft position (ADP) in fantasy football mock drafts . 3. There’s a wide range of outcomes here, as there is for Conner himself. Updated: September 22, 2020 James Conner ruined Week 1 for countless fantasy football owners.
Before last year and since 2014, the Steelers top RB had averaged 24.65 opportunities (attempts + targets) and 22.45 fantasy points per game. Conner can undoubtedly be a reliable weekly starting running back, but in the third or fourth round, you’re banking on the potential for top-ten upside, which just doesn’t exist, in my opinion. at Tomlin FEEDS his No.1 RB. Steelers hopeful James Conner will be back to “lead dog” status this year https://t.co/aZB6UQo3nC pic.twitter.com/jN7Bl7zQz1, — Fantasy Jabber (@FantasyJabber) May 15, 2020.
I can see Conner falling in a lot of fantasy drafts this season due to the horrible year Pittsburgh is coming off, and there’s certainly an ADP where I would jump to draft him, but he’s not at that point just yet.
That remains his health, and always will. Fantasy / James Conner: Fantasy Outlook 2020 ; By Athlon Sports, 7/7/20, 12:45 PM EDT . As I’ll get to shortly, Conner is facing more competition for backfield touches than he ever has since he became the starter in Pittsburgh. © 2004-2020 CBS Interactive.
Conner can undoubtedly be a reliable weekly starting running back, but in the third or fourth round, you’re banking on the potential for top-ten upside, which just doesn’t exist, in my opinion. Unfortunately, it’s truly a matter of when and not if.
It didn’t matter if it was Conner, Le’Veon Bell, his backup DeAngelo Williams, or even Stevan Ridley. I’m concerned about James Conner’s fantasy value at his current ADP, which has him being selected ahead of Austin Ekeler, Kenyan Drake, and David Johnson in many leagues. You also have to bake in potential missed time due to injuries for Conner as he has missed multiple games in each of his three professional seasons.
Then, on the eve of the season, Tomlin drove home: "Our bell cow is James Conner." Conner has never played 16 games and hasn't quite been as good since suffering a leg injury late in 2018. In ESPN Leagues, just owning Conner gave you a 75.9% chance at making the playoffs.
James Conner: ‘When I’m Out There On The Field, I’m One Of The Best In The Game’ https://t.co/CdvxUjEuSq pic.twitter.com/YkbhVHfybm, — Steelers Depot (@Steelersdepot) May 21, 2020. The offense should improve, however, which is enough to get Conner to low-end RB2 range in my rankings.
Last year's unavailability (six games missed) and inconsistency (seven games with under 15 PPR points/12 non-PPR points) cost him some standing in Fantasy. James Conner Dynasty Outlook – Beyond 2020 Entering 2021, the outlook for Conner doesn’t look any better than it does entering 2020.
Steelers HC Mike Tomlin has not been shy endorsing Conner as “the guy.” During camp, Tomlin raved: “James is a featured guy and proven runner when healthy,” Tomlin said.
They’ll feel far more obligated to ignore Conner’s massive risk and hand over Low-End WR1 / Elite WR2 ( (Golladay, Moore, Diggs) to secure a replacement plan. Founder of Roto Street Journal. Dating back to the days of LeVeon Bell, even D’Angelo Williams and Fitzgerlad Toussant had stretches of 20+ touches when Bell missed games with injuries. The Steelers offense should be much improved, so if Conner is on the field, he’ll likely be productive, but there’s a wide range of outcomes here. He threw to JuJu Smith-Schuster, Ryan Switzer and James Conner recently. Conner, at minimum, rises a steep +30 spots on my Rest of Season Big Board, to 37 overall. Workhorse is truly that thin. 4. Projections for the season ahead. It’s hard to imagine the offense returning to that elite level (6th in points scored, 4th in total yards) as Antonio Brown is no longer around, however. 2020 fantasy player outlook for James Conner, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers By CBS Sports Staff Jul 13, 2020 at 8:44 pm ET1 min read Steelers running backs have been gold for Fantasy … We often refer to a limited shelf life for running backs and James Conner is a prime example of why. Snell touched the field just 10 times (6.5%), tallying three carries for a meager five yards.
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