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James Conner Injury Update Causes Concern for Week 3 Fantasy Outlook

Larry Rupp
James Conner's injury update causes concern for his Week 3 fantasy outlook.
James Conner's injury update causes concern for his Week 3 fantasy outlook. / AP Photos/David Becker

James Conner ranks as the RB22 in PPR-scoring fantasy leagues through two weeks and will have his hands full in a tough matchup against the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday. That is if he suits up. Conner did not practice on Wednesday due to an ankle injury, which causes concern for his Week 3 outlook.

James Conner Fantasy Outlook

This injury update obviously puts a damper on things. Head coach Kliff Kingsbury said he considers Conner "day-to-day" and the injury isn't being deemed as serious. However, that doesn't mean he will be able to improve in time for kickoff on Sunday. It'll simply come down to how he looks in practice.

The Rams roster one of the toughest rushing defense in the NFL, but it's a defense Conner knows well. The Arizona ball-carrier racked up 191 total yards and 4 touchdowns across two head-to-head matchups in 2021. If Conner is ruled active, fantasy managers shouldn't hesitate to start him at RB.

Darrel Williams Fantasy Outlook

If Conner is ruled inactive on Sunday, fantasy managers stuck in a pinch should look toward backup Darrel Williams. Williams split work with Eno Benjamin when Conner went down in Week 2, but was more impressive with 59 yards on 8 carries (7.4-yard average). He also scored a rushing touchdown.

Williams would become a viable FLEX option this week and managers in deeper leagues shouldn't overlook Benjamin, either. The 23-year-old has logged 112 yards from scrimmage on 18 touches through two weeks, returns kicks and is a capable receiver. He is worth stashing on your bench.

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