James Conner Injury Update Improves Jaylen Samuels Fantasy Outlook in Steelers Backfield Committee for Week 17

Zach Brunner
James Conner on the sideline against the Bills.
James Conner on the sideline against the Bills. / Joe Sargent/Getty Images

As has been the case almost all season, Pittsburgh Steelers running back James Conner is banged up again. He exited last week’s loss against the New York Jets with a quad injury, and he is questionable for the regular season finale against the Ravens.

Conner has been a pretty when he's managed to be on the field. Appearing in just 10 games, he has totaled 715 yards and seven touchdowns. His 4.0 yards per carry is nothing spectacular (32nd in NFL), but he has been one of the best players on this banged up Steelers offense.

His presence will certainly be missed if he can't go for Week 17. The game is a must-win for the Steelers as they try to climb to the six seed in the AFC to secure a playoff spot.

If Conner can't go, it will be Jaylen Samuels, Benny Snell and Kerrith Whyte picking up the slack again. Conner went down early last week and Snell saw seven carries, Whyte had six carries, and Samuels had three carries plus six targets.

This backfield committee is a mess for fantasy football purposes when Conner can't go, especially now that Whyte is cutting into Snell's rushing volume.

Our Week 17 PPR fantasy football rankings account for Conner sitting out, and Samuels (at RB34) is the only back we have ranked for Sunday.

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