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|Snell, the 4th round pick from Kentucky had a decent rookie season for the Steelers in 2019. His 108 rushing attempts finished second on the team just behind James Conner, but a 3.9 yards-per-carry average and zero impact in the passing game (3 receptions on 4 targets) puts serious doubt on his fantasy upside. Sure he showed flashes of solid running ability on tape, and his poor numbers are largely due to stacked boxes and a disjointed offense, but the addition of rookie McFarland Jr., and the return to health of Conner, means Snell is a back-up one-dimensional north-south runner, not exactly a ringing fantasy endorsement. This backfield is a sloppy mess behind Conner, with each guy seeming to serve a specialized role. With Conner healthy this is likely to be a three-back committee much of the time, and Snell's lack of passing game work and big play ability make him a poor direct handcuff should something happen to the starter. I'm already hesitant to take a dip into this backfield in the first place, so end of the draft roster filler seems to be Snell's best chance right now.
| James Conner back at practice|
By: Doug Orth | Thu Sep 17, 7:35 pm
|James Conner, JuJu Smith-Schuster and Diontae Johnson were all full participants in practice today for the Steelers. (Dale Lolley on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The big surprise here is Conner, whose status seemed tenuous at best when HC Mike Tomlin said the team would "leave the light on (for him)" in regards to him playing in Week 2 earlier in the week. Conner's durability issues make him one of the more aggravating players for fantasy owners, but Week 1's early exit is much more than exception than the rule when he plays. Expect Conner to see his usual 15-plus touches in Week 2 if he is active with Benny Snell getting mixed in.