James Conner Injury Update Could Make Benny Snell One of Top Fantasy RB Against Dolphins in Week 8

Jason Schandl
Pittsburgh Steelers v Los Angeles Chargers
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The Pittsburgh Steelers' injury luck keeps getting worse. Already down to their third-string QB and missing spell back Jaylen Samuels for at least a month, James Conner also got banged up in Week 6's win over the Los Angeles Chargers.

Conner missed the entire fourth quarter of that game, and while he does get a bye week to recover in Week 7, if he is forced to miss any game time it would make Benny Snell a top fantasy football RB in Week 8.

In his first game of the year without Samuels, Conner racked up a season-high 23 opportunities (16 carries and seven targets) while only making it though 50 percent of the Steelers' offensive snaps against the Chargers.

Snell showed himself more than capable of shouldering a big workload of his own, rushing 17 times for 75 yards while playing 48 percent of snaps.

The entire Pittsburgh offense gets a massive boost from their Week 8 matchup as well. The Dolphins have allowed both the most points and yards per game in the NFL, also giving up the most fantasy points per game to opposing RBs.

Conner's health is worth keeping a close eye on. If he plays then he'll be a clear-cut RB1 in Week 8, but the chance that he sits (or is limited at all) gives Snell some huge upside as well. That makes Snell a top waiver wire add ahead of Week 7.


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