James Conner Injury Update Boosts Benny Snell Fantasy Outlook for Week 14

James Conner against the Miami Dolphins in Week 8.
James Conner against the Miami Dolphins in Week 8. / Joe Sargent/Getty Images

Injury woes continue to plague the Pittsburgh Steelers' offense, and James Conner is set to miss another game.

He's been sidelined since the Steelers' Week 8 win over the Miami Dolphins (he attempted to return in Week 11 but aggravated his injury after 13 snaps), and his absence will continue to be a big boost for Benny Snell's fantasy outlook.

Snell was dealing with some injuries of his own earlier this year, which opened the door for Jaylen Samuels to get a couple games as lead back. Since returning in Week 12, though, Snell has been a workhorse.

The last two games have seen him notch 22 and 17 touches, gaining a total of 170 yards from scrimmage with 161 coming on the ground) and averaging 12.5 PPR fantasy points per game.

That volume puts him in an especially promising spot for a Week 14 matchup with the Arizona Cardinals. The Cards rank a middling 16th against the run in Football Outsiders' defensive DVOA metrics, and they're giving up the NFL's 10th-most fantasy points (both standard and PPR) per game to opposing RBs.

Snell's lack of receiving work does cap his upside some, but he's still a fringe RB2 or RB3 option without Conner. Accounting for Conner's absence, our Week 14 PPR fantasy football rankings have Snell ranked 26th at the position.

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