It’s difficult to figure out what to make of James Conner at this point in his career. Is he a high-end RB1 in fantasy? Or is he simply just a middle-of-the-road RB2 player who only has value because he is a starting running back in the NFL?
With expectations of a bounce back year in 2020 with the return of Ben Roethlisberger, Conner has struggled to replicate his explosive production from 2018. Last week, Conner ran the ball 15 times for only 44 yards, but he did find the endzone once. This week, the Pittsburgh Steelers are set to host the Cleveland Browns, who just last week held the entire Indianapolis Colts team to only 68 rushing yards.
Fantasy Football analysis: Steelers RB James Conner
Conner’s 44 rushing yards and a touchdown are somewhat respectable from a fantasy perspective, but if you take out his longest run of 25 yards, his disappointing 2.9 average yards per rush last week drops to a putrid 1.3 yards per attempt.
Conner’s involvement in the passing game has also been limited, as he only caught three passes last week against the Philadelphia Eagles.
The Browns have averaged the 10th-fewest fantasy points to opposing running backs this year, and that’s despite playing names like Ezekiel Elliott and Joe Mixon. This matchup looks like one where you’d consider benching Conner for better options, but considering where you likely drafted Conner this year, you might not have many better options to roll with this week.
Fantasy Start/Sit Recommendation
Start during the bye week