James Conner is dealing with an injured quad
It’s been a rough few weeks for Steelers running back James Conner. After testing positive for coronavirus, the 25-year-old missed Week 12 and Week 13 on the reserve/COVID-19 list. In his first game back, Conner rushed for just 18 yards on ten carries in a loss to Buffalo on Sunday night.
Following the game, Head Coach Mike Tomlin told NFL Network’s Aditi Kinkhabwala his back had a quad injury. The long-time bench boss also said Conner would be limited early in the practice week, which begins Thursday ahead of a Monday night game at Cincinnati.
If Conner suits up, a matchup with the hapless Bengals could be just what he needs to get going. Cincinnati is giving up the fifth-most rushing yards in the league at almost 132 yards per game.
If Conner can’t go, Benny Snell Jr. has the most to gain. The Steelers backup RB is available in 80% of fantasy leagues and carries a $5200 price tag on FanDuel’s DFS.
The problem in Pittsburgh is they pass on nearly 64 percent of their plays. Part of the reason starter James Conner has had such a disappointing fantasy season with just 663 yards. It’s going to be tough for any RB to get going on the ground since the Steelers pass at the sixth-highest rate in the league.