Conner is a top-20 running back who should be drafted no earlier than Round 3. With Chase Edmonds off to Miami, there is some hope that Conner could maintain the receiving role that saw him produce like a top-five running back from Weeks 9-14 last year. In that stretch, Conner caught 24 passes. The rest of the season he only had 13 grabs. Conner's career 7.0 yards per target is elite and suggests he should keep the role, but the Cardinals did draft Keaontay Ingram and sign Darrel Williams, so it's far from a sure thing. If he gets that role, Conner is worth a borderline first-round pick. But if one of the other backs takes Edmonds' role, Conner may be overdrafted in Round 3 due to the coming touchdown regression. Conner's age and injury history makes him a sell for any Dynasty manager who isn't a surefire contender in 2022.
You can certainly argue that Conner is a bigger injury risk than most RBs. He’s missed 14 games over the last 4 seasons with ankle, shoulder, quad and heel injuries.
But Conner also looks like a good bet for RB1 production when he’s on the field. He actually scored as the #2 RB in all of fantasy football in 6 games last year without RB Chase Edmonds, who’s now in Miami. Conner should be in a similar role in 2022 with only Darrel Williams, Eno Benjamin and 6th-round rookie Keaontay Ingram behind him on the depth chart.
We like Conner as a target in Round 3 or later of fantasy drafts.
Conner re-signed with Arizona and, with Chase Edmonds no longer in the mix, he's now the team's clear-cut feature back. We saw Conner in that role for six weeks last season and the results were impressive. He totaled 665 yards and 10 TDs on 130 touches, trailing only Jonathan Taylor in fantasy points during the span. Of course, Conner was productive even with Edmonds active thanks to heavy usage near the goal line. Conner registered 12 carries from opponent's 1-yard line, which was three more than any other player. He finished no lower than third among RBs in TDs (18), expected TDs (11.8) and carries inside the 5-yard line (16). Probable TD regression is likely to be offset by more touches, so 27-year-old Conner is very much on the RB1 radar and has top-five upside.
What a season from James Conner in 2021, he quietly scored 15 rushing touchdowns in 15 games played and also scored three receiving touchdowns. He finished as the fifth best fantasy running back in 2021 and entering 2022 his parth to production is even higher with Chase Edmonds now in Miami. Conner saw all the goal line work and although he only rushed for 752 yards his 15 touchdowns can't go over looked. He also caught 37 of 39 targets for 375 yards and was the centerpiece of the Cardinals offense for most of 2021. With only Eno Benjamin and rookie Keaontay Ingram behind him, he is set up nicely for another big season ahead.