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30 James Conner RB

Pittsburgh Steelers

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Player Updates

January 3, 2021 09:20 PM
Steelers' James Conner: Tallies 62 total yards
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Conner rushed the ball nine times for 37 yards in Week 17 against the Browns. He added five receptions for 25 yards.

Conner led the Steelers' backfield with nine carries, though the team attempted only 20 total rushes for the game. He remained involved as a receiver and has combined for 10 receptions and 70 yards across his last two games. Conner ends the regular season with 936 total yards, falling shy of 1,000 for the second consecutive campaign. He will presumably serve as the team's lead back throughout its playoff run prior to entering the offseason as a free agent.

December 27, 2020 05:40 PM
Steelers' James Conner: Finds end zone in return
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Conner (quadriceps) carried five times for 20 yards and a touchdown while catching all five of his targets for an additional 45 yards during Sunday's 28-24 win over the Colts.

Returning from a one-game absence, Conner marked the occasion with a one-yard rushing touchdown in the second quarter. His carries were limited as his team trailed for the majority of the game, but he offset that by notching new season highs in catches and receiving yards. Conner has been held under 40 rushing yards in four of his last five games, but he is presumably healthy now and will look to finish the regular season on a high note in next Sunday's finale against the Browns.

December 24, 2020 12:12 PM
Steelers' James Conner: Returns to full practice
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Conner (quadriceps) practiced fully Wednesday, Teresa Varley of the Steelers' official site reports.

The full workout puts Conner -- who sat out Monday's loss to the Bengals -- on track to be available this weekend against the Colts. That said, Aditi Kinkhabwala of NFL Networkreported earlier in the week that Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said that Benny Snell would "have the opportunity to be impactful" Week 16, after he accounted for 107 yards from scrimmage and a touchdown on 21 touches versus the Bengals. If that ends up being the case, Conner could have a much lower fantasy floor compared to previous weeks, when he's acted as the Steelers' clear lead back.

December 22, 2020 12:36 PM
Steelers' James Conner: Could be back Week 16
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said Conner (quadriceps) may be available for Sunday's game against the Colts, but he wouldn't guarantee that the 25-year-old would serve as Pittsburgh's lead back if he suits up, Aditi Kinkhabwala of NFL Network reports.

Though the Steelers suffered an embarrassing 27-17 loss to the 3-10-1 Bengals while Conner was sidelined Week 15, fill-in starter Benny Snell was one of the few bright spots for Pittsburgh, rushing 18 times for 84 yards and a touchdown and hauling in three of four targets for 23 yards. Per Kinkhabwala, Tomlin said Tuesday that Snell will "have the opportunity to be impactful" against the Colts, suggesting Pittsburgh could opt for a timeshare out of the backfield if Conner gains clearance to play. With no touchdowns and only 185 yards from scrimmage over his previous four outings, Conner's fantasy value had already been on the decline, and the prospect of him sharing work coming off an injury would only further dim his appeal.

December 21, 2020 05:08 PM
Steelers' James Conner: Won't play Monday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Steelers have downgraded Conner (quadriceps) to out for Monday's game in Cincinnati.

Conner's quad injury will force him to miss his third game in four weeks. Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Benny Snell is the favorite to draw the start in Conner's stead, though Jaylen Samuels and Anthony McFarland also will be candidates to handle increased roles.

December 21, 2020 05:04 PM
Steelers' James Conner: Expected to miss Monday's game
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Steelers are expected to downgrade Conner (quadriceps) to out for Monday's game against the Bengals, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Conner clearly wasn't himself Week 14, his first game back from a two-week absence, when he went for just 18 yards on 10 carries against Buffalo. Given the 25-year-old's injury history, the Steelers may simply be taking a cautious approach to his health while keeping an eye toward the postseason. Benny Snell is expected to start in Conner's place, while Jaylen Samuels and Anthony McFarland could also see increased roles.

December 19, 2020 11:20 PM
Steelers' James Conner: Questionable for Monday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Conner (quad) is listed as questionable for Monday's game against the Bengals, Adam Caplan of SiriusXM NFL Radio reports.

Conner was listed as a limited participant in practice for a second consecutive day Saturday, opening up the possibility the fourth-year back could be able to play against the Bengals in Monday's 8:15 p.m. ET tilt. Conner was hardly effective in the previous meeting with Cincinnati in Week 10 (13 carries for 36 yards), so fantasy managers may just want err on the side of caution, especially given the nature of the 25-year-old's injury and the timing of the Steelers' Week 15 kickoff.

December 18, 2020 06:36 PM
Steelers' James Conner: Returns to practice
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Conner (quad) returned to practice Friday in a limited fashion, Brian Batko of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

The activity is a step in the right direction for the Steelers' lead back, after he sat out Thursday's practice. Saturday's injury report will reveal whether Conner approaches Monday's game against the Bengals with an injury designation. If Conner ends up sitting out Week 15, Benny Snell and Jaylen Samuels would be the next men up for touches and snaps out of the Pittsburgh backfield.

December 18, 2020 12:00 AM
Steelers' James Conner: DNP on Thursday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Conner (quad) didn't practice Thursday, Teresa Varley of the Steelers' official site reports.

The running back still has two chances to return to practice this week, but his status must be closely monitored as Monday night's game against the Bengals approaches. If he's out or limited in Week 15, Benny Snell and Jaylen Samuels would be in line to head the Steelers' backfield versus 2-10-1 Cincinnati.

December 16, 2020 12:52 PM
Steelers' James Conner: Tending to quad issue
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday that Conner is dealing with a quadriceps injury, Teresa Varley of Steelers.com reports.

A bout with COVID-19 forced Conner to sit out Weeks 12 and 13, and in his return to action this past Sunday in Buffalo he was second among Steelers running backs in offensive snap share (40 percent). Top honors went to Jaylen Samuels (47 percent), while Benny Snell (five percent) brought up the rear. Perhaps the combination of the lingering effects of the illness along with the quad issue led to a poor showing for Conner, who eked out just 18 yards on his 10 carries and wasn't targeted. Tomlin noted all the injured Steelers likely will be limited early in the practice week, which begins for them Thursday with a Monday night game at Cincinnati on tap in Week 15.

December 14, 2020 02:24 AM
Steelers' James Conner: Posts 1.8 YPC in ugly loss Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Conner (reserve/COVID-19) returned to action and rushed 10 times for 18 yards in Sunday's 26-15 loss to the Bills.

Conner was forced to miss the Steelers' last two contests, but he was finally cleared to resume team activities earlier this week. However, his fantasy managers may not have noticed that their running back returned to the field based on his anemic production. The Bills are no slouch on defense, so the rotten outing can be explained by a tough matchup and the extended layoff. Conner still saw the majority of backfield touches for Pittsburgh and will look to rebound against a Bengals run defense that is softer than fleece.

December 10, 2020 11:04 AM
Steelers' James Conner: Activated from COVID-19 list
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Steelers activated Conner (illness) from the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday.

With that, Conner is now on track to play Sunday against the Bills after missing Pittsburgh's previous two games. His return to action will be a welcome one after Washington held the Pittsburgh rushing attack to 21 yards on 14 carries Week 13 en route to upsetting the previously unbeaten Steelers.

December 8, 2020 01:40 PM
Steelers' James Conner: Expected back Week 14
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday that he's optimistic Conner will be ready to return from the reserve/COVID-19 list prior to the team's Week 14 game against the Bills, Aditi Kinkhabwala of NFL Network reports.

Tomlin's comments suggest that Conner has been coming along well in his recovery since he tested positive for the coronavirus Nov. 28. Conner is first eligible to return from the list Wednesday, so if he clears all health-related protocols, the running back could be able to participate in the Steelers' first Week 14 practice. If he's ultimately active for the matchup with Buffalo, Conner would likely step back in as the Steelers' top running back after fill-in starter Benny Snell (eight carries for five yards, two receptions for five yards) struggled mightily in Monday's loss to Washington.

December 6, 2020 10:32 AM
Steelers' James Conner: Unlikely to return Monday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Steelers can activate Conner (illness) from the reserve/COVID-19 list Monday, but he isn't expected to play in Monday's game against Washington, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Conner was placed on the reserve list after testing positive for COVID-19 back on Nov. 28. The move set the stage for Benny Snell to lead the Steelers backfield this past Wednesday against the Ravens, resulting in 19 touches for 93 yards from scrimmage for the second-year back. Assuming Conner remains sidelined, Snell will earn another start.

November 28, 2020 11:44 PM
Steelers' James Conner: Officially placed on COVID-19 list
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Conner was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Saturday, Mark Kaboly of The Athletic reports.

It was reported earlier Saturday Conner had tested positive for COVID-19, but the team had yet to make an official designation. This news seems to suggest the running back will miss, at minimum, Tuesday's contest against the Ravens, but it's entirely possible the game could be delayed even further after both teams added new additions to their respective COVID-19 lists.

November 28, 2020 01:00 PM
Steelers' James Conner: Reportedly COVID-19 positive
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Conner reportedly tested positive for COVID-19 and will go through additional tests to determine his eligibility for Tuesday's contest against the Ravens, Aditi Kinkhabwala of NFL Network reports.

The Steelers have not officially placed on Conner on the reserve/COVID-19 list yet so there's plenty of ambiguity surrounding the situation. Additional testing will be critical for a number of reasons, including the status of Tuesday's twice-postponed game, but more information will need to be sorted out before any sort of final decisions can be made.

November 22, 2020 06:56 PM
Steelers' James Conner: Pops 25-yard run on Jaguars
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Conner registered 89 rushing yards on 13 carries, adding three receptions for 10 yards during Sunday's 27-3 win against Jacksonville.

Conner broke off a 25-yard rush on his second carry of the afternoon, riding that explosive play to a season-best yards-per-carry average of 6.8. One can't get too picky given that Conner had logged fewer than 3.2 YPC in three straight contests entering Sunday, but his receiving upside remains limited. Conner showed versatility with 55 receptions and 497 receiving yards in 2018, but he has no receiving scores thus far in 2020 and has been held under 15 receiving yards in four consecutive games. Given that Conner's skill set mostly lends itself to contributions on the ground, a Week 12 matchup against Baltimore's 11th-ranked rush defense causes reason for pause. Volume will certainly be an ally for invested fantasy GMs, and Conner did come away with 60 scrimmage yards and a touchdown the last time the divisional rivals met Week 8.

November 16, 2020 01:12 AM
Steelers' James Conner: Stymied by Bengals
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Conner carried the ball 13 times for 36 yards in Week 10 against the Bengals. He added two receptions for 12 yards.

Despite leading for the entirety of the game, Ben Roethlisberger threw 46 times and limited Conner's chances to make an impact. However, even when he had the ball in his hands, Conner was largely ineffective and limited to just 2.8 yards per carry. His longest rush of the day went for 16 yards, marking the third consecutive contest in which Conner has failed to gain more than 20 yards on a single play. Hampering Conner's value even further is his limited involvement in the passing game, as he has surpassed 20 receiving yards just once on the season. He'll draw a matchup against the Jaguars in Week 11.

November 8, 2020 11:24 PM
Steelers' James Conner: Struggles in win over Cowboys
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Conner carried the ball nine times for 22 yards and caught both his targets for minus-2 yards in Sunday's 24-19 win over the Cowboys.

Against what has been one of the worst defenses in the league, Conner and the entire Steelers offense came out flat, and Pittsburgh eventually got away from its running game in the second half while Ben Roethlisberger led a comeback. Conner will look for redemption in Week 10 against another soft front seven in the Bengals.

November 1, 2020 10:44 PM
Steelers' James Conner: Scores TD as team stays unbeaten
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Conner registered 47 rushing yards and one touchdown on 15 carries, adding three catches for 13 yards during Sunday's 28-24 win against the Ravens.

Conner scored rushing TDs in four consecutive appearances between Weeks 2 and 6, but he was unable to break into the end zone during Pittsburgh's preceding game against Tennessee despite fielding a season-high 23 offensive touches. The fourth-year back notched an important score in Sunday's AFC North clash, pushing the Steelers ahead 21-17 with 5:38 to go in the third quarter by way of his one-yard TD plunge. He's enjoyed a prominent offensive role of 18.3 touches per game as Pittsburgh readies for a Week 9 matchup against Dallas' 32nd-ranked rush defense.

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Game Log
WkDateOpponentResultATTYDSTDRECYDSTD
1Mon 09/14@ NYGW 26-16690280
2Sun 09/20vs DENW 26-211610612150
3Sun 09/27vs HOUW 28-211810914400
5Sun 10/11vs PHIW 38-29154413190
6Sun 10/18vs CLEW 38-7201011110
7Sun 10/25@ TENW 27-24208203290
8Sun 11/01@ BALW 28-24154713130
9Sun 11/08@ DALW 24-1992202-20
10Sun 11/15vs CINW 36-10133602120
11Sun 11/22@ JACW 27-3138903100
14Sun 12/13@ BUFL 15-2610180000
15Mon 12/21@ CINL 17-27000000
16Sun 12/27vs INDW 28-2452115450
17Sun 01/03@ CLEL 22-2493705250
18Sun 01/10vs CLEL 37-48113715300
Career Rushing Stats
SeasonTeamGGSATTYDSRuAvgLGTD20+1st
2020PIT13111697214.3596542
2019PIT10101164644.0254226
2018PIT13122159734.53012956
2017PIT140321444.523014
Total503353223024.3592217128
Career Receiving Stats
SeasonTeamGGSRECYDSReAvgLGTD20+40+1st
2020PIT1311352156.11800010
2019PIT1010342517.42634014
2018PIT1312554979.02915020
2017PIT140000.000000
Total50331249637.82949044
 
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Player Info

Height/Weight:
6-1/233
Birthdate:
05/05/1995
Age:
25
Hometown:
Erie, PA
School:
Pittsburgh
NFL Experience:
4
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