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James Conner
Bye: 13
Experience: 5 Yr(s)
Age: 27.5
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 233
40 Time: 4.65
SPARQx (Rank): 105.00 (33%)
Burst Score (Rank): 105.80 (6%)
Agility Score (Rank): 11.72 (18%)
Three Cone Drill (Rank): 7.41

James Conner's Weekly Outlook

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Rest Of Way Outlook

Rush Yds Rush TDs Rec Rec Yds Rec TDs Fantasy Pts
44.5 0.4 3.2 25.2 0.1 9.8

James Conner's 2022 Projections & Outlook


#9 Running Back

199.6 Projected Points

ADP Rush Atts Rush Yds Rush TDs 100 Fum Rec Rec Yds Rec TDs
Not Available 225.9 858.5 10.2 1.9 1.5 52.8 423.1 2.2

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Basic StatsJames Conner's Preseason Player Analysis

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What You Need to Know:
  • Conner posted a 202-752-15 rushing line and 37-375-3 receiving line in 15 games last season.
  • He missed Weeks 16 and 17 with a heel injury.
  • Conner finished RB9 in PPR points per game and RB5 in non-PPR points per game.
  • His fantasy production was fueled largely by his 15 rushing TDs – 2nd league-wide to only Jonathan Taylor’s 18.
  • Conner did that despite ranking just 17th in carries and 24th in rushing yards.
  • But he ranked 2nd in expected rushing TDs (11.0).
    • Conner ranked 8th among RBs in red-zone carries (41), 3rd in carries inside the 10-yard line (28) and 2nd in carries inside the 5 (16).
  • Among 50 RBs with 100+ carries last season, Conner ranked 27th in Pro Football Focus’ rushing grades and 17th in Elusive Rating.
  • Conner was super efficient as a receiver, hauling in 37 of 39 targets (94.9%) for 375 yards (10.1 YPC).
  • Among 49 RBs with 30+ targets last year, Conner ranked 1st in yards per target, 8th in yards per route run and 3rd in PFF receiving grade.
  • Conner played 6 games without RB Chase Edmonds last season. In those games, he averaged:
    • 81.5% snap rate
    • 16.7 carries
    • 59.2 rushing yards
    • 1.2 rushing TDs
    • 5.3 targets
    • 5.0 catches
    • 51.7 receiving yards
    • .5 receiving TDs
  • Conner ranked 3rd among RBs in expected PPR points per game and 4th in expected non-PPR points per game across those 6 games without Edmonds
  • He ranked 2nd in actual PPR and non-PPR points per game.
  • Edmonds signed with the Dolphins in free agency this offseason.
  • Meanwhile, the Cardinals gave Conner a 3-year, $21 million deal with $13.5 million guaranteed. He ranks 10th among RBs in average annual salary and 9th in guaranteed money.
  • The Cardinals added RB Keaontay Ingram in Round 6 of this spring’s draft and signed RB Darrel Williams in May. RBs Eno Benjamin and Jonathan Ward return from last year’s squad. None of these guys is a threat to Conner’s starting job.
  • Arizona will be without WR DeAndre Hopkins for the first 6 games of the season after he was slapped with a suspension for violating the league’s performance-enhancing drug policy.
  • The 2021 Cardinals ranked 30th in PFF’s run-blocking grades and 26th in Football Outsiders’ Adjusted Line Yards.
    • The only significant addition Arizona made on the line this offseason was G Will Hernandez, who ranked 57th among 70 qualifiers in PFF’s 2021 run-blocking grades.
Draft Sharks Bottom Line:

You can certainly argue that Conner is a bigger injury risk than most RBs. He’s missed 14 games over the last 4 seasons with ankle, shoulder, quad and heel injuries.

But Conner also looks like a good bet for RB1 production when he’s on the field. He actually scored as the #2 RB in all of fantasy football in 6 games last year without RB Chase Edmonds, who’s now in Miami. Conner should be in a similar role in 2022 with only Darrel Williams, Eno Benjamin and 6th-round rookie Keaontay Ingram behind him on the depth chart.

We like Conner as a target in Round 3 or later of fantasy drafts.

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James Conner, RB ARI

10:13pm EST 11/27/22

Conner has workhorse Sunday

Cardinals RB James Conner rushed 25 times for 120 yards (4.8 per carry) in Sunday's narrow loss to the Chargers. He added 3 catches for 20 yards and a TD among 3 targets. Keaontay Ingram claimed the only 2 other RB carries, while Corey Clement drew the only other RB target. Conner now gets a Week 13 bye and then a tough trio of RB-scoring matchups.

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Cardinals RB James Conner ran for 69 yards and 2 TDs in Sunday's win over the Rams, adding 17 yards on 3 receptions. He dominated backfield work in his 2nd game back from a 3-week rib injury. RB Keaontay Ingram claimed the team's only other RB carry. No other Cardinals RB drew a target in the game. Conner gets another tough rushing matchup with the 49ers in Week 11, but the kind of work volume he got Sunday will make him a weekly starter for most fantasy football teams going forward. Eno Benjamin was active but didn't get a touch in the game.

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Cardinals QB Kyler Murray (hamstring) is not expected to play against the Rams today, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. A final decision won't come until pregame warmups, but Schefter says QB Colt McCoy is "likely" to get the start. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport agrees, tweeting that Murray is "unlikely" to play. "He's still moving very gingerly," Rapoport adds. We won't get Arizona's inactives until 3 pm ET, but fantasy owners should operate under the assumption that Murray will not play.

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A source "expressed skepticism" to ESPN's Jeremy Fowler about Cardinals QB Kyler Murray's availability for Sunday's game vs. the Rams. Murray is still slated to test that injured hamstring in pregame warmups, per Fowler. QB Colt McCoy will get the start if Murray is out.

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James Conner, RB ARI
Dynasty MVP 86.0
Position Rank #47 RB
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Credit Conner for a resurgent 2021 that included a mind-blowing 18 TDs. Just remember we’re talking about a 27-year-old RB in May. Conner has also missed 2+ games in all 5 pro seasons. Arizona gave him a surprisingly large contract in free agency: 3 years at a $7 million annual average. That level of commitment can only be good news for Conner's expected workload.

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