The Pittsburgh Steelers welcomed running back James Conner back to practice on Thursday of this week. He got in a full session too, setting him up to play in Week 16 against the Colts after he missed last week’s game. However, there’s reason to believe that his backfield mate Benny Snell could have usurped him for the primary role this week.
Fantasy Football analysis: Steelers RBs James Conner, Benny Snell
Snell had a solid outing without Conner last week. He ran for 84 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries against Cincinnati, catching three passes for another 23 yards. Snell was one of the few positives cited by head coach Mike Tomlin after an ugly loss to the Bengals.
In Conner’s last outing, in Week 14 against Buffalo, he couldn’t even break two yards per carry, accumulating 18 yards on 10 attempts. He missed weeks 12 and 13 on the COVID/reserve list.
Indianapolis’ run defense is solid, allowing just 3.8 yards per carry to opposing running backs. It’s a tough week to start either of the Steelers running backs, but Snell might have a slight edge here.
Fantasy Start/Sit Recommendation
Snell makes a decent RB3 or Flex play this week. Conner will see touches, but his productivity hasn’t been worth trusting him in your fantasy league championships this week.