James Connor Fantasy Outlook 2020
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Team: Pittsburgh Steelers
Year in NFL: Entering his 4th year
James Connor Fantasy ADP & Half PPR Projections for 2020
2020 Projection: (16 games) 243 carries. 1,139 yards. 7 rush TDs. 66 receptions. 580 yards. 1 receiving TD.
2020 Score Projection: 252.9
James Conner Fantasy Outlook
James Connor is a key offensive weapon for the Steelers. Being one of the bigger backs in the league, he does possess a physical running style but also has good acceleration.
Randy Fitchner is going into his third season as OC. There was talk that the Steelers needed to run the ball more in 2018. The unfortunate injury to Roethlisberger in 2019 left the Steelers unbalanced by relying too much on the run.
When fully healthy, this Steelers team could be a balanced offense with Connor being the focal point. Fitchner does well keeping defenses on their heels.
He throws a number of personnel groupings out there as well as a variety of formations to make the Steelers harder to defend.
Looking back at last season however, in some games, Connor was the workhorse. Against the Bengals, Chargers and Dolphins last season Connor went well over 100 total yards being effective both in the pass game and run game.
He went into all three of those games healthy and played with a ton of juice. The Steelers also have a very good track record of only wanting to feature one back even though they have other capable backs.
In other words, the issue with Connor is not a backfield by committee, it is his health.
Pittsburgh Steelers Offensive Line 2020
Projected Starting Line: LT: Alejandro Villanueva LG: Stefen Wisniewski, C: Maurkice Pouncey, RG: David DeCastro, RT: Matt Feiler
The main staples are Pouncey and DeCastro. Both have several pro bowl and all pro honors.
Left tackle Alejandro Villanueva is massive. Since joining the Steelers in 2014, he has continued to improve and earned a trip to the pro bowl in 2017 and 2018.
Right tackle Matt Feiler joined the Steelers in 2015. He has battled thru injuries as well as competition for the starting right tackle position which he won outright in 2019 and started all 16 games. The arrow is pointing up for Feiler as he goes into 2020 as the clear starter.
Wisniewski has been a journeyman in the NFL. He is exactly what every team appreciates as a fill in guy for a year or two. He has above average strength and athleticism which keeps him in that serviceable starter range but never locks on with a team long term.
The Steelers OL is certainly a positive. The health of the other position groups is what matters more.
James Connor Strength of Schedule
Playing in the AFC North means the Steelers will face the Ravens twice a year. James Connor and company will face three other teams that finished 2019 with a top 10 defense.
The Steelers have 4 primetime games. 3 on the road and 1 at Heinz Field.
A Week 8 bye is very nice.
James Connor Fantasy Playoff Schedule
Week 14 at Buffalo could be tough but Week 15 at Cincinnati looks good on paper. Week 16 vs Indianapolis and Week 17 at Cleveland is a fantasy playoff schedule to appreciate.
James Connor Injury History
Connor has struggled to stay healthy. He has not played a full season yet. In 2018 he dealt with an ankle injury. In 2019, a shoulder sprain and quad injury forced him to miss 6 games.
James Connor Skillset
Home Run Ability: C+. Connor has good acceleration but his long speed is average.
Playmaking Ability: C+. He is physical but in the open field he lacks the ability to make people miss.
Is James Connor a Good Fantasy Pick?
No. He cannot be trusted to play a full season. He is a gamble but if he does stay healthy, he can have big numbers.