James Conner and Eric Ebron could boost Steelers offense in Week 16
Pittsburgh’s offense is reeling after the team’s third-straight loss following Monday’s huge upset loss to the Bengals. The Steelers were shut out in the first half and put up just 17 points in the loss. It was the fourth straight game Pittsburgh failed to reach 20 points after being one of the highest-scoring teams in the league early on this season. Starting running back, James Conner missed his third game in four weeks on Monday, this time with a quad injury. According to Steelers beat reporter Brian Batko, Mike Tomlin said Conner could be available in Week 16 against the Colts.
Even if Conner returns, there’s no guarantee he’ll jump back into the starters role. Backup Benny Snell ran for 84 yards and a touchdown Monday night, and the Head Coach called him an “awesome element.” It’s hard to get excited about any fantasy RB coming out of Pittsburgh as they continue to be one of the pass heaviest teams in the NFL this season. The Colts being a top-five rush defense doesn’t bode well for the Steelers’ run game either. That being said, if you find yourself in a pinch in your league championship game Snell is available in 75% of traditional fantasy leagues.
After taking a massive hit in the loss to Cincinnati, Eric Ebron immediately left the game. Originally it was thought he might have internal injuries with organ damage. It was revealed post-game the injury wasn’t as severe as feared. Ebron will likely play against the Colts in Week 16. If the veteran tight end does suit up, consider him a borderline TE1 against Indy.