James Conner

Overall Rank
RB18
2023
Height
6' 1"
Weight
233 lbs
BMI
30.7
(67th)
Draft Pick
3.41
(2017)
College
Pittsburgh
Age
29.1
Best Comparable Player
Samaje Perine
Workout Metrics
4.65
30th
99.7
65th
105.8
6th
11.72
19th
20
53rd
40-Yard Dash
Speed Score
Burst Score
Agility Score
Bench Press
34.4%
(81st)
College Dominator
5.5
(54th)
College YPC
7.7%
(61st)
College Target Share
James Connor Wants to Retire as a Cardinal
3 weeks ago

Running James Connor is looking to end his career in Arizona.

Running Back James Connor is entering the last year of a 3 year contract signed in 2022. He has stated he wants to finish his career as a Arizona Cardinal. Connor has been a productive back for the Cardinals in the seasons he has played. Connor eclipsed 1,000 yards rushing for the first time in his career in 2023.

 

 

 

It’s understandable Connor wants to retire in Arizona after his injury plagued career with the Steelers. Connor has been a great zero running back flier in the middle to late rounds. He has never been the sexy athletic running back to target, but has been reliable when healthy. Connor is worth a very deep stash best ball and redraft formats. Avoid him completely in Dynasty. I firmly believe it will be difficult for the coaching staff to keep rookie running back Trey Benson on the bench. I do not believe Connor will get his wish to retire in Arizona.

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James Conner- Out on IR until at least week 10
7 months ago

James Conner suffered a knee injury in week 5 and is eligible to return for Arizona’s week 10 matchup against the Falcons.

While his snap share through the first 5 weeks of 2023 wasn’t quite in the 90% range we saw last year, Conner asserted himself early on this season as one of the few remaining bell-cow running backs who you can count on to get roughly 20 touches per game. With Conner set to miss at least 2 more games with a knee injury, the Cardinals are forced to turn to Emari Demercado and Keaontay Ingram to handle backfield duties. Through the first 2 games Conner has been out, the backfield has been a headache for fantasy managers, but it seems like Demercado is beginning to separate himself as the lead running back.

At this point, there haven’t been a lot of updates around the progress of Conner’s injury, and it’s no guarantee he’ll be back by week 10. Some Cardinals beat writers have even teased the idea that Arizona may consider waiting to activate Conner until after their bye in week 14 if he’s not 100% healthy. Demercado should be rostered in all leagues for the time being, and it’s worthwhile to roster Ingram in deeper leagues.

In week 7, Demercado seized the lead role and handled 80% of the snaps for the Cardinals backfield while scoring 11.5 fantasy points in PPR format. This was after being the most popular waiver wire add and dropping a total dud in week 6. Fantasy Managers should double check he wasn’t dropped by a frustrated manager after his disappointing week 6, and shouldn’t be afraid to fire him up in week 8 against a Ravens Defense that has been porous against the run.