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James Conner

#1 RB,

Cardinals

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ACTUAL 2022

200 FPTS

RANK: 19

2023 SEASON

200 FPTS

RANK: 19

AGE

28 yrs

HEIGHT/WEIGHT

6'1'' / 233 lbs

COLLEGE

Pittsburgh

SEASONGPFPTSRANKRUATTRUYDRUTDRUAVERECPTREYDRETD
20231420019th19983164.2423211
20221320019th18378274.3463001
3yr Ave1318820th16264683.99352802

Leader of improved backfield

RotoWire Logo Published: 2024-04-30

Rookie third-round pick Trey Benson is unlikely to take Conner's starting job but cmay eventually force a platoon, according to KC Joyner of The Athletic.

It's a bit like the situation in Los Angeles with Kyren Williams and Blake Corum, i.e., the returning starter played too well last season to lose his Week 1 starting job, but the addition of a relatively early draft pick nonetheless increases the odds of a decline in snaps/touches. In Conner's case, there's the added factor that he's missed multiple games in each of his seven NFL seasons, though never more than six in any one year. His 2023 included career highs for rushing yards (1,040) and yards per carry (5.0), with the downside being his fewest targets (33) and catches (27, 2.1 per game) since he was a barely-used rookie in 2017. The lack of receiving volume was partially a product of Emari Demercado getting playing time in passing situations, and it's worth noting that the Cardinals have two other backs (Michael Carter, DeeJay Dallas) with track records as passing-down specialists. That said, Conner still figures to be the starter and lead runner, with Benson being the main threat to poach carries and TDs even if other guys are in the mix for passing downs.

Fantasy Points by Week 2022

16.5
7.1
8.7
10.7
7.3
11.4
23.6
13.4
21
23.4
18.1
25
14

Weekly Stats 2022

Fantasy PointsBettingRushing StatsReceiving Stats
WEEKSTADIUMGAMERANKTOUCHSPREADO/UATTYDTDAVGYAC%10+20+50+RECYDTDSHARE
1 KC Dome 99° 16.5 7th 1.106.053.510262.6196%000529046%
2 @LV Dome 90° 7.1 13th 0.795.551.57253.6020%000226025%
3 LA Dome 103° 8.7 13th 0.543.548.513393.0023%100318062%
4 @CAR Outdoor 66° 10.7 11th 0.591.044.515553.7020%000322041%
5 PHI Dome 87° 7.3 16th 0.735.548.59556.1044%20018035%
9 SEA Dome 72° 11.4 5th 0.95-2.549.57456.4058%200519033%
10 @LA Outdoor 68° 23.6 1st 0.983.539.521693.3254%000317081%
11 SF Outdoor 64° 13.4 9th 0.8410.043.514423.0171%100212058%
12 LAC Dome 64° 21.0 1st 0.753.047.5251204.8029%210320174%
14 NE Dome 54° 23.4 1st 1.112.544.515855.7165%210629068%
15 @DEN Outdoor 37° 18.1 5th 0.952.036.516633.9164%100328080%
16 TB Dome 66° 25.0 1st 1.147.541.515795.3128%310741056%
17 @ATL Dome 66° 14.0 5th 0.746.540.516794.9024%100331059%

Performance Splits: 2020 to 2022

Fantasy PointsRushing AveragesReceiving Averages
LOCATIONSTADIUMGPGSGMTOUCHRANKYDTDAVEYAC%10+20+50+RECYDTD
Home Outdoor 7 516.50.9610th660.94.550%2.00.40.12.7210.0
Home Retractable Dome 14 1016.41.073rd510.84.346%1.40.20.03.5240.1
Away Outdoor 16 1115.20.8410th570.73.753%0.90.30.02.6210.1
Away Dome 2 28.10.8556th320.04.342%0.50.50.02.0290.0
Away Retractable Dome 2 29.00.6049th510.04.026%0.50.00.02.5150.0

Career Stats by Season: 2017 to 2022

Fantasy PointsRushing StatsReceiving Stats
SEASONAGETEAMGPGSTOTALRANKATTYDTDAVEYAC%10+20+50+SHARERECYDTD
2017 22 PIT 14 0 14 115th3214404.542%6107%000
2018 23 PIT 13 12 280 6th215970124.547%279062%554971
2019 24 PIT 10 10 146 35th11646444.057%162029%342513
2020 25 PIT 13 11 165 27th16972164.347%195145%352150
2021 26 ARZ 15 6 258 5th202752153.756%153041%373753
2022 27 ARZ 13 13 200 19th18378274.343%153042%463001
"YAC%" is percent of total yards gained after first contact. "Share" of team passing targets.

First 1,000-yard season

RotoWire Logo Published: 2024-01-07

Conner finished with 27 carries for 150 yards and a touchdown Sunday, adding four receptions on as many targets for 54 yards in a 21-20 loss to Seattle.

Conner nearly wore a hero's cape for the second week in a row after scoring another late touchdown to give the underdog Cardinals a shot at victory. Unlike the Eagles before them, the Seahawks were able to strike back on Sunday and spoil Conner's first 200-yard game of the campaign. The veteran workhorse was unconscious over the last quarter of the schedule (104/514/5) to produce the first 1,000-yard season of his career in just 13 games. Conner will enter the final year of a three-year contract with Arizona with little competition for the starting role pending the club's offseason roster moves.

Hero of upset victory

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-12-31

Conner took 26 carries for 128 yards and a touchdown while catching his only target for five yards and another touchdown in Sunday's 35-31 win over Philadelphia.

Conner was the late-game hero of Sunday's upset win over the Eagles after he punched in a two-yard score with less than a minute left on the clock. It was the bruising tailback's second trip to the end zone in the second half after he caught a short touchdown pass from Kyler Murray in the third quarter. The red-hot Conner will carry a scoring streak of four games into the final game of the 2023 regular season.

Goes past 100 yards from scrimmage

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-12-24

Conner compiled 12 carries for 45 yards and five catches (on five targets) for 67 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 27-16 loss in Chicago.

Sunday's outing marked Conner's first of the campaign with less than 4.0 yards per carry, but he made up for it with his performance as a receiver. Typically, he earns a few targets per game, but his five looks in Week 16 included a 16-yard catch and run for a TD and a personal game high of 20 yards. Conner thus recorded 100-plus yards from scrimmage for the fourth time in 11 appearances this season. He'll aim to keep it up Sunday, Dec. 31 at Philadelphia.

Stays hot with another TD

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-12-17

Conner rushed 14 times for 86 yards and a touchdown while catching all three of his targets for three yards in Sunday's 45-29 loss to San Francisco.

Conner followed up his best fantasy performance of the season against his old club last week with another strong outing in Week 15. It was especially impressive considering that the 49ers boast the third-stingiest run defense in the league. Conner has contributed 191 rushing yards and three touchdowns over his last two games after just providing modest results in the three games prior following his return from IR. The bruising back is gaining momentum at a crucial point of the fantasy schedule, making him a hot commodity heading into next Sunday's tilt against Chicago.

Two scores in return to Pittsburgh

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-12-03

Conner rushed the ball 25 times for 105 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's 24-10 win over the Steelers.

Conner topped 20 carries for the second time this season and for the first time since Week 2, likely in part due to his return to Pittsburgh and also because Emari Demercado (neck) was forced to exit the game. Regardless, he turned in a strong effort, highlighted by a long gain of 29 yards as well as touchdowns of one and nine yards. Conner had failed to top 73 rushing yards in three previous games since returning from a knee injury and will now head into a bye before facing a stout San Francisco defense in Week 15.

Quiet day in loss

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-11-26

Conner rushed six times for 27 yards and brought in four of five targets for five yards in the Cardinals' 37-14 loss to the Rams on Sunday.

Conner's day quickly fell victim to a game script that saw the Cardinals already down by 13 points at halftime. The veteran back also found running room to be mostly at a premium, considering 14 of his rushing yards came on one carry. Conner yardage tally was a season-low total, and he'll aim to bounce back from the unproductive afternoon against his old Steelers squad on the road in Week 13.

Solid numbers in Week 11 loss

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-11-19

Conner rushed 14 times for 62 yards and brought in two of three targets for one yard in the Cardinals' 21-16 loss to the Texans on Sunday. He also recovered a fumble.

Conner did well with the opportunities he had on the ground, posting his second solid performance since returning from a stint on injured reserve due to a knee injury. Conner also got reintegrated into the passing game, albeit modestly, after being shut out altogether in that department in his Week 10 return. Conner has now cleared the 60-yard mark on the ground in each of his first two games back, sending him into a Week 12 home matchup against the Rams with some momentum.

Returns as lead runner Sunday

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-11-12

Conner (knee) turned 16 carries into 73 yards during Sunday's 25-23 win versus the Falcons.

After a four-game stint on injured reserve due to a knee injury, Conner made his first appearance since Week 5 and immediately took over the Cardinals backfield. His 16 rushes easily outpaced the three combined for reserve backs Keaontay Ingram and Tony Jones, and Conner also ceded just six carries to quarterback Kyler Murray, who saw his first game action in 11 months following last year's ACL tear. As was usually the case before his own injury, Conner wasn't looked at by Murray in the passing game, which is consistent with the two or fewer targets he received in four of five contests to begin the campaign. Conner next will take on the Texans on Sunday, Nov. 19.

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