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James Conner
ADP: 4.6
Bye: 13
Experience: 5 Yr(s)
Age: 27.1
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 2022 Projections & Outlook

Scoring

#12 Running Back

201.1 Projected Points

ADP Rush Atts Rush Yds Rush TDs 100 Fum Rec Rec Yds Rec TDs
4.6 225.9 858.5 10.2 1.9 1.5 54.8 438.1 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

4:45pm EDT 5/14/22

Busy start for Conner?

Cardinals beat writer Bob McManaman expects the team to “squeeze even more” out of James Conner early next season. Conner signed a new contract this offseason, and Arizona will be without DeAndre Hopkins for the first 6 games. “We’ve got to be better at it,” HC Kliff Kingsbury said. “We didn’t run the ball great late last year when we needed to and when you look at those teams that made a run, they were able to still sustain the run, especially when you lose a top player like that [Hopkins]. So, we’ve got to be able to establish that early.” After losing Chase Edmonds in free agency, Conner’s current backfield competition includes Eno Benjamin and rookie Keaontay Ingram.

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The Cardinals are signing RB James Conner to a 3-year contract worth up to $25.5 million ($13.5 million guaranteed). Conner, who scored 18 times in 2021, heads back to Arizona on the same day that Miami signed Chase Edmonds. Look for Arizona to add a complimentary backfield piece, either in the draft or in free agency. Conner’s currently coming off the board as the RB29 in FFPC drafts, but that number will certainly rise in the coming days.

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Cardinals RB James Conner (ribs) returned to practice on Saturday. HC Kliff Kingsbury said the veteran was “able to do some things” during the session, per ESPN's Josh Weinfuss. (Thanks, coach.) Conner remains a game-time decision for Monday night, but today’s development makes him a small favorite to play against L.A.

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Cardinals RB James Conner (ribs) remained out and RB Chase Edmonds (ribs, toe) remained limited on Friday. Both guys will be game-time decisions, according to HC Kliff Kingsbury, but Edmonds looks like the safer bet to play at this point. We'll get Arizona's final injury report on Saturday afternoon.

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Cardinals RB James Conner (ribs) did not practice on Thursday. RB Chase Edmonds (ribs, toe) was limited. HC Kliff Kingsbury labeled both guys game-time decisions for Monday night's Wild Card game vs. the Rams, but Edmonds appears to be the healthier of the 2 right now. We'll get another update on the situation on Friday afternoon.

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James Conner, RB ARI
Dynasty MVP 133.7
Position Rank #26 RB
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Dynasty Write-up
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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