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What to do with James Conner on Thursday Night Football

James Conner wasn’t on the injury report

Pittsburgh Steelers running back James Conner runs the ball against Los Angeles Chargers cornerback Casey Hayward (26) during the first half at Dignity Health Sports Park. Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

On average, James Conner has seen 18 touches a game. He also has caught over four passes per game, which includes over four receptions per game. In PPR leagues, Conner ranks tenth in fantasy points per game despite a sub-4 yards per carry mark. He’s at 616 total yards on 126 touches for six touchdowns, with five of those coming in his last four games. In his previous game, he rushed for a season-high 145 yards and a touchdown against Miami.

Fantasy football analysis: Pittsburgh Steelers RB James Conner

Cleveland gives up 4.86 yards per carry to opposing backs and ranks 12th in fantasy points allowed on the ground. With an over/under of 40 and a likely close game with Mason Rudolph at quarterback, Conner will get plenty of work against a weak run defense.

An Aggravation of Conner’s injury is the biggest concern this week, but he’s not even listed as questionable and got full practices this week. With the rest of the Steelers backs putting up awful numbers on the ground last week with 21 carries for 41 yards, there’s nobody who will take away work from Conner. He’s an RB1 for Week 11.

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