Game status: James Conner is officially inactive for Monday Night Football.
Game day update: The Steelers have downgraded Conner to OUT for Monday Night Football, per Adam Schefter. Benny Snell will get the start in his place. He’s struggled to get much of anything going in limited opportunities.
The Pittsburgh Steelers might have their full arsenal of running backs when they play the Cincinnati Bengals on Monday night. Starter James Conner returned to practice this week after only playing 23 offensive snaps last week against the Buffalo Bills. Conner isn’t 100 percent, but seems on track to play with a nagging quad injury. Should you start him or maybe Benny Snell Jr. in Week 15 fantasy football lineup? Let’s break it down below.
Fantasy Football analysis: Steelers RBs James Conner, Benny Snell
Last week, Steelers starting running back James Conner made his return against the Bills after missing the previous two games due to testing positive for COVID-19. Conner did not play well, only accumulating 18 rushing yards on 10 carries. It was a far cry from his Week 11 performance against the Jacksonville Jaguars, where Conner had 89 yards on 13 carries.
Along with Conner, Benny Snell also struggled to do anything on the ground. The second-year running back had a pedestrian 14 yards on three carries. Snell has had 10 games this season, where he’s rushed for 20 yards on less. That is less than ideal for a team such as Pittsburgh, who has Super Bowl aspirations.
That being said, the Steelers are facing one of the league’s worst run defenses in the Bengals. This season, Cincy is giving up 131.7 rushing yards per game but has only allowed two rushing touchdowns in their last five games. Your decision with Conner and Snell depends on how you think this game script might go.
Fantasy Start/Sit Recommendation
Sit — James Conner
Sit — Benny Snell Jr.