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.
Makes highlight catch
RBPittsburgh Steelers
September 16, 2018
Conner caught five of five targets for 48 yards and carried the ball eight times for 17 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 42-37 loss to Kansas City. He also scored a two-point conversion on the day.
ANALYSIS
We knew he could run, now we know he can catch. Conner went up in the air and plucked a 22-yard pass down the sideline with one hand, a catch more expected of a star receiver than backup running back. Conner might be the second back on Steelers' fans minds, but he's certainly producing like a lead guy. Detractors will point to the fact that Conner's 65 yards on Sunday were fewer than all but one of Le'Veon Bell's outings last season, but if he's able to keep catching the ball like he did in this game, he'll rack up yardage when the Steelers can afford to be more balanced.
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Snap Counts
  • 2018 Offensive Snaps:
    150
  • 2018 Special Teams Snaps:
    0
 
Off Snaps:
ST Snaps:
2016
2017
68
69
2018
150
0
Measurables Overview

(Compared to other RBs)

Height:   6' 1"
ABOVE AVERAGE
Weight:   233 lbs
ABOVE AVERAGE
40-Yard Dash:   4.65 sec
WEAK
Shuttle Time:   0.00 sec
Not Available
Cone Drill:   7.41 sec
TERRIBLE
Arm Length:   31.25 in
ABOVE AVERAGE
Hand Length:   9.88 in
ABOVE AVERAGE
Vertical Jump:   29 in
TERRIBLE
Broad Jump:   113 in
WEAK
Bench Press:   20 reps
AVERAGE
Pittsburgh Steelers Team Injury Report
Questionable
Doubtful
Out
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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On track for Week 2 start
RBPittsburgh Steelers
September 12, 2018
Conner is in line to serve as the Steelers' lead back Week 2 against the Chiefs after Le'Veon Bell (contract dispute) failed to report to the team Wednesday ahead of its first practice of the week, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com reports.
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Stars in season opener
RBPittsburgh Steelers
September 9, 2018
Conner carried 31 times for 135 yards and two touchdowns Sunday against the Browns. He also caught five of six targets for 57 yards and lost a fumble in the 21-21 tie.
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Week 1 start on tap
RBPittsburgh Steelers
September 9, 2018
Conner is in line to start at running back for the Steelers on Sunday in place of Le'Veon Bell, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.
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Bell not with team
RBPittsburgh Steelers
September 8, 2018
Conner's teammate Le'veon Bell (contract dispute) did not travel with the Steelers and is expected to miss Sunday's game in Cleveland, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
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Getting closer to first career start
RBPittsburgh Steelers
September 7, 2018
Conner is closer to starting Sunday's game at Cleveland with Le'Veon Bell (contract dispute) still away from the Steelers as of Friday, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com reports.
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