James Conner
James Conner
23-Year-Old Running BackRB
Pittsburgh Steelers
2018 Fantasy Outlook
A third-round pick in last year's draft, Conner didn't get much of a chance to show he was worth the investment as Le'Veon Bell dominated the backfield before Conner suffered a Week 15 knee injury that ended his campaign early. The 23-year-old is accustomed to setbacks – he's already come back from Hodgkin's lymphoma, so a little MCL strain should be no big deal. Conner is a burly back who ran with power and anger during a prolific college career at Pitt, frequently shoving defenders aside with stiff arms before lowering his shoulder at the end of runs. He also displayed the balance to keep his feet in traffic, but he isn't particularly elusive and his skills as a receiver and pass-blocker are rudimentary. His best fit in the NFL might be as a short-yardage back, and in that role he could be an effective complement to Bell. Of course, the Steelers seemingly intend to wring every snap they can out of their star before he walks out the door – a plan that would once again leave little work for Conner. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $3.16 million contract with the Steelers in May of 2017.
Bottled up by Jaguars
RBPittsburgh Steelers
November 18, 2018
Conner rushed nine times for 25 yards while adding six receptions for 24 yards on nine targets in Sunday's 20-16 win over the Jaguars.
ANALYSIS
Expecting to get Le'Veon Bell back this season, the Steelers rode Conner hard prior to this contest. That approach was great for Conner's fantasy owners, but all that wear and tear might be catching up to Conner, who will continue to carry the load with Bell having failed to end his holdout by the deadline. Then again, the talented Jaguars defense completely stymied the Steelers through almost three quarters before blowing a 16-0 lead, so this dud could simply be attributed to a tough matchup and not the beginning of a decline from Conner. How he fares against a vulnerable Denver run defense in Week 12 will say a lot about Conner's rest-of-season outlook.
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Advanced NFL Stats
How do James Conner's 2018 advanced stats compare to other running backs?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Broken Tackle %
    The number of broken tackles divided by the number of times he touched the ball.
  • Positive Run %
    The percentage of run plays where he was able to gain positive yardage.
  • % Yds After Contact
    The percentage of his rushing yards that came after contact.
  • Avg Yds After Contact
    The average rushing yards he gains after contact.
  • Rushing TD %
    Rushing touchdowns divided by rushing attempts. In other words, how often is he scoring when running the ball.
  • Touches Per Game
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) he is averaging per game
  • % Snaps w/Touch
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) divided by offensive snaps played.
  • Air Yards Per Game
    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.
  • Air Yards Per Snap
    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.
  • % Team Air Yards
    The percentage of the team's total air yards he accounts for.
  • % Team Targets
    The percentage of the team's total targets he accounts for.
  • Avg Depth of Target
    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.
  • Catch Rate
    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Drop Rate
    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Avg Yds After Catch
    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.
Broken Tackle %
11.0%
 
Positive Run %
82.1%
 
% Yds After Contact
63.7%
 
Avg Yds After Contact
2.9
 
Rushing TD %
5.8%
 
Touches Per Game
21.8
 
% Snaps w/Touch
38.0%
 
Air Yards Per Game
-3.4
 
Air Yards Per Snap
-0.06
 
% Team Air Yards
-1.1%
 
% Team Targets
14.6%
 
Avg Depth of Target
-0.6 Yds
 
Catch Rate
75.0%
 
Drop Rate
6.7%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
10.1
 
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Sunday, Nov 25th at 4:25PM
Overall QB Rating Against
85.9
 
Cornerbacks
88.4
 
Safeties
79.5
 
Linebackers
86.6
 
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do James Conner's measurables compare to other running backs?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
* The Cone Drill metric is from his Pro Day. All others are from the NFL Combine.
Height
6' 1"
 
Weight
233 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.65 sec
 
Cone Drill*
7.41 sec
 
Vertical Jump
29.0 in
 
Broad Jump
113 in
 
Bench Press
20 reps
 
Hand Length
9.88 in
 
Arm Length
31.25 in
 
2017 Fantasy Outlook
Currently listed at 6-1, 233 pounds, Conner overcome Hodgkins lymphoma and a torn MCL from 2015 to return to the field in 2016, and he came back with a leaner build and improved pass-catching skills. The 2017 third-rounder doesn't look like a standout talent and won't have much opportunity to produce behind Bell, but he's probably talented enough to produce if Le'Veon Bell should miss any time. Conner finished his college career at the University of Pittsburgh with 3,733 yards (5.6 YPC) and 52 touchdowns over the span of 39 games.
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Cleared for Week 11
RBPittsburgh Steelers
November 16, 2018
Conner (concussion) doesn't carry an injury designation into Sunday's game against the Jaguars, Teresa Varley of the Steelers' official site reports.
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Logs another full practice
RBPittsburgh Steelers
Concussion
November 15, 2018
Conner (concussion) logged another full practice Thursday.
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Logs full practice
RBPittsburgh Steelers
Concussion
November 14, 2018
Conner (concussion) practiced fully Wednesday, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com reports.
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Staying on as starting RB minus Bell
RBPittsburgh Steelers
Concussion
November 13, 2018
Le'Veon Bell (contract dispute) didn't sign his franchise tender by Tuesday's 4 p.m. ET deadline, ensuring Conner will remain the Steelers' starting running back going forward, Bob Labriola of the team's official site reports.
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Expected to practice Wednesday
RBPittsburgh Steelers
Concussion
November 13, 2018
Conner is still in the concussion protocol, but coach Mike Tomlin expects the running back to practice Wednesday, Dale Lolley of DKPittsburghSports.com reports.
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