James Conner Scrimmage Yards Prop: Over

Justin Bruni
James Conner
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James Conner Set the Pace in Pittsburgh

At Fanduel, you can grab the James Conner total scrimmage yards prop at 1234.5. The Over and Under are both paying -112. He had issues staying on the field, playing in just 23 games the past two seasons. Conner is a fantasy stud when he’s available. However, many remain skeptical about drafting him or grabbing his props due to health. Even if Conner did miss time, this is a number he could still hit. It’s razor-thin close, but I’m taking the Over.

In 2018, Conner hit this prop in just 13 games while registering 973 rushing yards and 497 receiving yards and totaling 1470 scrimmage yards, that’s 113 yards per game. If Conner remained healthy, he would have eclipsed the 1800-yard mark. In 2018, Conner went down in Week 13 with a high ankle sprain. While he was able to return three weeks later, sour fantasy owners had already lost their playoff runs.

Conner Can Grit Through Pain

Conner’s production took a dip in 2019 as he averaged 41.5 fewer yards per game. Much of this relates to the loss of Ben Roethlisberger just two weeks into the season. Losing Big Ben took its toll across the board, the team finished with the third-lowest yard total and averaged a measly 276 yards per game.

Conner also went down in Week 2 with a mild knee injury, and things didn’t go well from there. Conner was able to play the following week but suffered an ankle injury in Week 4, but still played the next week. In Week 7, Conner suffered a quad injury and was able to play the following week on ten days’ rest. Conner suffered a minor knee injury, ankle injury, and quad injury in just eight weeks of the 2019 campaign. He was able to play through these injuries, but hampered his production. I was impressed he was able to produce anything with the pain he endured.

In Week 8, Conner suffered a shoulder sprain that would result in missing two games. Conner did not allow his shoulder to heal fully and left his week 11 return after one good hit. Conner would not come back to the field in 2019. While I was disappointed in the outcome of his 2019 campaign, I was still impressed with his ability to fight through the leg injuries. I would not be as confident taking the Over if one of those injuries ended his season. I’m optimistic he gives us 14+ games this year.

Final Take

The Steelers added RB Anthony Mcfarland Jr. in the 4th round of this year’s draft joining the crowded running back room of Conner, Mcfarland, Benny Snell Jr, and Jaylen Samuels. Many have speculated that Conner could mix into a backfield committee. I still see Conner as the most talented. He’s a three-down back with no upside on the sidelines. I don’t see Mcfarland’s emergence as a danger to Conner but rather bolstered the depth if Conner would go down.

The Steelers will use Conner until the wheels fall off. They tried to do it with Le’ Veon Bell, but he wasn’t having any of it. I like this number where its at, I’m assuming little to no movement on it leading into the season. Expect the number to rise once Roethlisberger’s practice videos come out, Conner’s total will climb the more comfortable the public gets with Big Ben.

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