Jaylen Samuels Fantasy Dud Hurts Rest-of-Season Outlook Despite James Conner Injury

Jason Schandl
Cincinatti Bengals v Pittsburgh Steelers
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The Pittsburgh Steelers' backfield has been filled with injuries this season, which has generally meant that whoever their healthy lead back is can offer a ton of fantasy football value.

James Conner is out in Week 12, but this trend seems to be changing as Jaylen Samuels has taken a back seat for the Steelers' offense against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Samuels played two games sans Conner earlier in the season, seeing a combined 22 carries and 20 targets in Weeks 9 and 10. That rushing volume was nothing special, but he was still clearly Pittsburgh's lead back, with Trey Edmunds sitting second with 16 carries in those games.

In the first half against the Bengals, Samuels recorded one carry. Benny Snell led the backfield with eight, Kerrith Whyte had five and Trey Edmunds had two. Samuels still did get some passing game involvement, catching each of his two targets, but that still leaves him third in opportunities among the RB corps.

if Samuels isn't serving as the Steelers' lead back even when Conner is sidelined, that's a massive blow to his fantasy outlook for the remainder of the season. He could still offer some PPR value with his receiving work, but he may no longer be the elite handcuff he appeared to be earlier in the year.

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