- Height / Weight
- 6'1" / 233 lbs.
- Date of Birth (Age)
- May 5, 1995 (23)
- 2nd Season
- 2017 / Rd. 3 / Pk. 105 (PIT)
Pittsburgh Steelers running back James Conner was a victim of a pass-heavy game script in his team's Week 2 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. With the Steelers down 21-0 after the first quarter, Conner saw just eight carries in the loss. The second-year running back is in a prime position to bounce back in Week 3 when the Steelers take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday night. Tampa Bay's run defense has struggled in the early going, allowing the fourth-most fantasy points per game to enemy running backs. Shake off the slow Week 2 performance and fire up Conner as a top-six fantasy running back in Week 3.
Pittsburgh Steelers running back James Conner was unable to replicate his Week 1 dominance against the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 2. Conner picked up just 17 rushing yards on eight carries but he did find the end zone and tacked on five catches for 48 yards in the passing game. The slow game can be mostly pinned on poor game script as the Steelers were down 21-0 by the end of the first quarter, which forced them to mostly abandon the run. That cut into Conner's workload against a Chiefs defense that can be beaten on the ground. Despite the slow outing, Conner has shown enough to be considered a solid RB1 in fantasy for as long as Le'Veon Bell remains away from the team. The Steelers travel to Tampa Bay to take on the Buccaneers in Week 3.
Pittsburgh Steelers running back James Conner turned in an excellent game against the Cleveland Browns in Week 1, finishing with 192 total yards and two touchdowns. With Le'Veon Bell still away from the team, Conner handled all of the running back touches in the game. Bell isn't expected to return for Week 2, which sets Conner up for another massive workload against the Kansas City Chiefs. Kansas City's run defense ranked last in the league in DVOA in 2017 and shouldn't provide much resistance for Conner this weekend. Conner is a must-start, top-10 running back option in Week 2.