Benny Snell Has Been Among the League's Best RBs Since Returning From Injury

Zach Brunner
Benny Snell is in the top 10 in rushing yards over the past two weeks.
Benny Snell is in the top 10 in rushing yards over the past two weeks. / Justin Berl/Getty Images

Rookie running back Benny Snell Jr. has been asked to take on a much larger role than might have originally been expected during his rookie season. But a lingering shoulder injury for James Conner has opened the door for Snell.

Since returning to the Pittsburgh Steelers' lineup two games ago, the rookie out of Kentucky has ranked near the top of the league in rushing production, ahead of some of the league's best backs.

Since returning to the field in Week 12, Snell has logged 37 total carries, and for good reason. He's tallied 161 rushing yards in those two games, finding the end zone last week.

While 161 yards might not blow you way, Snell's rushing production has come at a time where many of the best RBs in the league simply haven't gotten it done. He has more rushing yards than some of the top-ranked fantasy players, including Ezekiel Elliott, Saquon Barkley, Christian McCaffrey and Alvin Kamara.

On the season, Snell now has three games with at least 16 carries. Over those three games, he has averaged 4.37 yards per rush, showing his ability to be an efficient runner when given a heavy workload.

With Conner ruled out for Week 14 against the Arizona Cardinals, Snell looks in line to see another heavy dose of carries, boosting his fantasy value for yet another week. He comes in at RB26 in our Week 14 fantasy football PPR rankings, making him a viable RB2 or FLEX play in this week's playoffs.

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