James Conner Injury Update Gives Him Elite Fantasy Outlook Against Miami in Week 8

Jason Schandl
Pittsburgh Steelers v Los Angeles Chargers
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The Pittsburgh Steelers were on bye in Week 7, and that seems to have been perfect timing for James Conner.

The running back got banged up in Week 6 against the Los Angeles Chargers which clouded his fantasy football outlook, but he appears set to play in Week 8, making him a top RB option against the Miami Dolphins on Monday night.

The Miami Dolphins make for one of the best fantasy matchups in the league, and they sit dead last in Football Outsiders' defensive DVOA rankings. They don't excel anywhere, sitting 32nd for both run defense and pass defense. Predictably, this has them giving up huge fantasy numbers to opponents, including the league's most points per game at the RB position.

Despite being held back some by the Pittsburgh Steelers' tumultuous QB situation, Conner still ranks 10th among all running backs in PPR points per game with 16.8 on the season. His volume has held strong, averaging 16.8 opportunities (12.3 rushes plus 4.5 targets) per game despite playing fewer than 50 percent of the offensive snaps in Week 1 (a blowout loss with garbage time) and Week 6 (when he got hurt).

Already producing as a top-10 fantasy back and drawing the best matchup you could ask for, there's a lot working in Conner's favor as he returns from what doesn't seem to have been a particularly serious injury. He can be started as an RB1 with confidence this week, and he sits fourth at the position in our Week 8 PPR fantasy football rankings.

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