If you ask Steelers RB James Conner about how the team plans to divvy touches among him, Jaylen Samuels and rookie Benny Snell this season, you might get scared off drafting him in Round 1. "I think it'll be spread out pretty evenly," Conner said Wednesday, according to Jonathan Bombulie of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. We would certainly bet on Pittsburgh siphoning a bit of Conner's work for the other guys in the backfield. But he drew 62.3% of Steelers carries last season, the league's 6th largest share -- despite missing 3 games. Conner's 76% share of team carries over his 13 games would have led all RBs for the season. So he can shed some work and still deliver RB1 numbers in fantasy. His targets could be more in danger, though. Conner drew 12.5% of Pittsburgh looks over his 13 games last year, which would have ranked 15th among RBs for the season. In the lone game he shared with Samuels after returning from the ankle sprain, Conner carried 14 times vs. Samuels' 2 but drew just 3 targets to Samuels' 8. Of course, more targets figure to be available overall, with Antonio Brown gone. And last year's 2nd most pass-heavy offense could lean further toward the run in 2019 -- which would boost carry volume. We'll see how things progress in the Pittsburgh backfield this summer.

Recent Shark Bites

Steelers RB James Conner was in and out of Sunday night's game against the Chargers with a quad injury. He finished with a big 119 total yards and 2 TDs but didn't play at all in the 4th quarter. Pittsburgh's comfortable lead might have played a role in the decision to hold Conner out, but we'll look for further updates on his status. The Steelers do get a well-timed Week 7 bye. RB Benny Snell picked up the slack for Conner vs. Los Angeles, finishing with 17 carries for 75 yards. He's worth stashing on fantasy rosters while we wait to learn more about Conner. RB Jaylen Samuels figures to miss another game or 2 after his knee surgery.

Steelers RB James Conner (ankle) isn't listed on the final Week 5 injury report. He put in a full practice on Friday after sitting out the previous 2 days. Conner played through this injury last week and shouldn't be impacted by it in Sunday's game against the Ravens.

Steelers RB James Conner (ankle) missed his 2nd straight practice on Thursday. He played through the injury on Monday night and said he'll be "fine" for Week 5. But fantasy owners shouldn't consider Conner a lock to play against the Ravens on Sunday. Check back tomorrow for another update.

In a Tuesday radio appearance, Steelers RB James Conner said the ankle he tweaked in Monday night's win is "fine." He added that he could practice on Wednesday. We'll see if he actually does, but Conner should be available for this weekend's game against the Ravens.

Steelers RB James Conner is being evaluated after injuring his ankle in the win over the Bengals, HC Mike Tomlin said. Conner was able to play through the injury on Monday night, so we'd be surprised if he's not able to go against the Ravens this weekend. Still, the ankle is just another reason to make sure Jaylen Samuels is owned in your league after his usage spiked in Week 4.

Recent Featured Analysis

Read All Analysis
DFS Showdown Tips: Patriots-Jets

Check out the top values as you finalize your FanDuel and/or DraftKings showdown lineups for this NFC East clash.

6 hours ago Read More
Podcast: Injury Fallout and Titans Rebirth 10-21-19

Patrick Mahomes is down. Matt Ryan is down. Ryan Tannehill is up. What do we do now?

10 hours ago Read More
Premium Content Week 8 IDP Free Agent Focus

Need a DL or LB for Week 8? We've got some options for you.

12:10am EDT 10/21/19 Read More
Premium Content Week 8 Free Agent Focus

Chase Edmonds killed the Giants on Sunday, along with any fantasy owners who had him on the bench. Is he available in your league? Get ready to open your checkbook ...

12:10am EDT 10/21/19 Read More
Premium Content DFS Showdown Tips: Eagles-Cowboys

Could a surprise TE make your night in the Eagles-Cowboys showdown?

6:10pm EDT 10/20/19 Read More
Premium Content Week 7 FanDuel Picks

Tournament targets and cash-game plays for Week 7 on FanDuel.

5:10am EDT 10/19/19 Read More
DFS Podcast: Week 7 DraftKings 10-18-19

One QB stands out from the crowd for his consistent production. But plenty more bring it on the upside front for Week 7 ...

3:10pm EDT 10/18/19 Read More

Turn your phone into a draft weapon with our FREE APP

Download on the App Store Download on Google Play