Jaylen Samuels, TE/RB, Pittsburgh Steelers
James Conner left Week 13 against the Los Angeles Chargers late with a lower leg injury, which was reported on Monday as “not major at all.” However, on Tuesday Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin came out and said Conner’s injury was more serious than originally thought and the running back will be OUT in Week 14. Factor in Conner’s Week 10 concussion and you have a running back that has been getting banged up as the season winds down. This could lead to significant value from Samuels over the remainder of the season.
In that Week 10 game game against the Carolina Panthers after Conner exited, Samuels had eight touches (five carries, three receptions) and a receiving touchdown. Against the Chargers in Week 13, he had five touches (three catches) and a receiving touchdown after Conner went out.
Tomlin said the Steelers will use a RBBC in Week 14, however based on skill set, Samuels is in line for the better part of a workload split with Stevan Ridley. It’s the time of the fantasy season running back handcuffs have to be on the waiver wire radar, and Samuels is a top waiver wire add this week, especially in Yahoo! formats in which he dual qualifies as a running back and a tight end.
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