Benny Snell
Benny Snell
23-Year-Old Running BackRB
Pittsburgh Steelers
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Snell had the chance to earn an increased role late in the 2020 season, but he failed to make a significant impact while recording just three more carries than he did in 2019. His 3.3 yards per carry ranked second-worst among running backs with at least 100 carries, and he only totaled 368 rushing yards and four touchdowns. Although James Conner signed with the Cardinals during the offseason, Snell is slated to serve as a backup once again this year after the Steelers drafted Najee Harris in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft. Snell is thus in line to compete for a secondary role after Pittsburgh signed Kalen Ballage during the offseason. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a four-year, $3.22 million contract with the Steelers in May of 2019.
Likely slated for backup role
RBPittsburgh Steelers
April 30, 2021
Snell will likely begin the season as a backup after the Steelers selected Najee Harris with the 24th overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, Mark Kaboly of The Athletic reports.
ANALYSIS
Snell rushed 111 times for 368 yards and four touchdowns last season while working behind James Conner, and it appears as though he'll serve as a secondary option in 2021, even after Conner signed with the Cardinals. The Steelers decided to improve their running game by taking the first running back off the board in the first round of the draft, and coach Mike Tomlin described Harris as a "three-down back" after the team selected the Alabama standout. Snell should compete for touches with Anthony McFarland and Kalen Ballage behind Harris in 2021.
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Advanced NFL Stats
How do Benny Snell's 2020 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 rush attempts.
  • 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 %
12.6%
 
Positive Run %
77.5%
 
% Yds After Contact
62.8%
 
Avg Yds After Contact
2.1
 
Rushing TD %
3.6%
 
Touches Per Game
7.6
 
% Snaps w/Touch
43.1%
 
Air Yards Per Game
-1.9
 
Air Yards Per Snap
-0.11
 
% Team Air Yards
-0.6%
 
% Team Targets
2.1%
 
Avg Depth of Target
-2.1 Yds
 
Catch Rate
71.4%
 
Drop Rate
0.0%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
9.2
 
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#% of Team Snaps

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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do Benny Snell'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.
Height
5' 10"
 
Weight
224 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.66 sec
 
Shuttle Time
4.33 sec
 
Cone Drill
7.07 sec
 
Vertical Jump
29.5 in
 
Broad Jump
119 in
 
Bench Press
16 reps
 
Hand Length
9.38 in
 
Arm Length
31.00 in
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2020
2019
Snell was drafted before last season to provide insurance for the oft-injured James Conner, which proved to be advantageous with Conner playing in just 10 games. The rookie finished second to Conner in rushing -- by just 38 yards -- but inconsistent play leaves doubts about his ability to be a three-down workhorse. Along with Jaylen Samuels, a jam-packed backfield grew more crowded with the selection of Anthony McFarland in the fourth round of the draft, which may result in a committee approach that curbs the fantasy production of all involved.
The Kentucky product certainly has the bloodlines to succeed in the NFL. His father, Benjamin Sr., was drafted by the Ravens, though his pro career was spent in NFL Europe and the first iteration of the XFL, while his great-uncle Matt scored the Jets' only TD in their Super Bowl III victory. Snell looks the part of a pro back too and runs with solid patience and power, traits that should make him a good fit for a Steelers offense with a Le'Veon Bell-shaped hole in it. Snell is no Bell, though. A lack of elusiveness limits his ability to chew up yardage after hitting the hole, so his probable future role will be as a short-yardage specialist and red-zone weapon. There might not be many touches available behind James Conner, but Snell could at least challenge Jaylen Samuels for the No. 2 job.
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Totals 10 yards in loss
RBPittsburgh Steelers
January 4, 2021
Snell rushed three times for 10 yards in Sunday's 24-22 loss to the Browns.
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Inefficient against Colts
RBPittsburgh Steelers
December 28, 2020
Snell rushed six times for zero yards in Sunday's 28-24 win over the Colts.
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May have earned increased role
RBPittsburgh Steelers
December 22, 2020
Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin hinted Tuesday that Snell may continue to have a sizable role in the team's offensive game plan Week 16 against the Colts, even if James Conner (quadriceps) is available for the contest, Aditi Kinkhabwala of NFL Network reports. "You gotta admit Benny was an awesome element in a game that didn't have many," Tomlin said, in reference to Monday's 27-17 loss to the Bengals. "[Snell will] have the opportunity to be impactful [Week 16]."
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Fills in admirably on MNF
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December 21, 2020
Snell rushed 18 times for 84 yards and a touchdown while catching three of four targets for 23 yards in Monday's 27-17 loss to Cincinnati.
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Likely to lead backfield Monday
RBPittsburgh Steelers
December 21, 2020
Snell is slated to lead the Steelers backfield Monday at Cincinnati in place of the inactive James Conner (quadriceps), Teresa Varley of the team's official site reports.
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