The James Conner show just became the Jaylen Samuels show for the Pittsburgh Steelers, at least for one week. After Conner suffered a leg injury during the team’s Week 13 game against the Los Angeles Chargers, there didn’t seem to be much concern about his status moving forward. But that changed on Monday, and the team’s starting running back will miss at least one game.
As NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport revealed, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin made it known Conner would sit out the game against the Oakland Raiders.
It’s a tough blow for the Steelers, as they find themselves at 7-4-1 on the season after the loss to the Chargers, just narrowly ahead of the Baltimore Ravens atop the AFC North. With Samuels now set to do the heavy lifting in Week 14, let’s take a look at whether he’s a fantasy football start or sit.
Matchup and Workload for Jaylen Samuels
Much of the decision on how to approach Samuels will come down to your specific situation. If you’re in need of a one-week (or possibly a bit longer) filler, then the rookie out of North Carolina could make sense. The matchup against the Raiders isn’t daunting, as they’ve allowed 1,566 yards on 307 carries to opposing running backs this year. Along with that, Oakland has given up 40 receptions for 413 yards through the air with 12 combined touchdowns.
It’s a fine spot for Samuels, who’s coming off a fairly quiet game, but one in which he saw a fair amount of work. Samuels only had two rushing attempts for five yards but caught all three of his targets for 20 yards and one touchdown.
Source: Heavy Sports