4. James Connor will score over 15 fantasy points in all formats
The Le’Veon Bell contract situation has taken another turn this week. It’s looking increasingly likely that James Connor will at the very least get the start against the Cleveland Browns. There’s a chance that his opportunity gets extended as Bell could miss multiple games.
For this week, Connor faces a Browns team looking to get off to a fast start. They have added some nice pieces on both sides of the ball. However, that shouldn’t keep Connor from producing.
Connor had a strong showing during the preseason and appears ready to take advantage of Bell’s absence. Stevan Ridley is the only real option to challenge Connor for touches which won’t happen.
He’s in for a heavy workload this week and should put up solid numbers. The interior of the Browns defense is a little thin.
They are projected to start Larry Ogunjobi and Trevon Coley at defensive tackle. Ogunjobi had a strong rookie season, but is more of a penetrator than a space eater. Pittsburgh’s interior offensive line of David DeCastro, Ramon Foster and Maurkice Pouncey should be able to create space.
Connor is a prime candidate to put on in the end zone while racking up a good chunk of yardage.