In what has been a fantasy season defined by backup running back performances, Sunday will feature another opportunity for bench players to step into the spotlight with James Conner likely to miss the Pittsburgh Steelers' Week 9 matchup with the Indianapolis Colts.
With third-stringer Benny Snell also doubtful for the contest against the Indianapolis Colts, that leaves the Steelers with just two running backs — Trey Edmunds and Jaylen Samuels. Samuels will get the first bite at the apple, but don't sleep on Edmunds' upside.
First of all, Samuels is coming back from an injury of his own. After missing the last two games with a knee injury, Samuels hasn't played since Week 5 and could either be limited or re-aggravate his injury against a Colts defense. If this happens, Edmunds would be in line for a massive workload.
Beyond that, given Samuels' relative lack of experience as a lead back, there is a good chance that Edmunds mixes in even if Samuels stays healthy. With Connor's long-term status up in the air, it seems likely that Mike Tomlin and the Steelers organization would want to ensure they leave this game with as many healthy running backs as possible.
Finally, with this game projected to be close (the Steelers are 1.5-point favorites on FanDuel Sportsbook), the Steelers should be right in the thick of things from start to finish. In desperate need of a win, it will be all hands on deck in this one, and that includes Trey Edmunds.
Edmunds may not have come into this week as a valuable fantasy asset, but with the limited options on the Steelers roster, he is shaping up to be a sneaky play who could end up winning you your matchup.
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