The Arizona Cardinals lost James Conner to an ankle injury in Week 2 and while they don’t consider it serious, we don’t currently expect Conner to play, making his replacement a major addition to the waiver… if you only knew who it was. Darrel Williams and Eno Benjamin each had eight carries last week, with Benjamin taking four targets and Williams three. We’re leaning towards Williams because of the goal line work, but we’re also not sure how much it will be in Week 3 against a very good Rams defense.
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If Conner is indeed eliminated, as the predictions below show, we rate Williams as touchdown-prone and Benjamin as despair-prone. But even if Conner can play in Week 3, both caches will be good. Conner is 27 and has missed at least two games every year. His carry record is 217.
Another question is whether Conner himself needs to start if he is active. If he’s been questionable all week, then the answer is no. If he gets full practice by Friday, it’s more doubtful. This offense in Arizona has been a great hit in every one of the last three years, averaging over one point per game. But Conner only got 51 yards on 17 carries, despite the fact that they haven’t faced a good defense yet. They will definitely be in the 3rd week.
I’ll add Conner to the predictions below if he’s justified. Although I can’t say for sure where he will take, it will most likely be lower than where you drafted him. He is flexible at best if he actually decides on playing time, and borderline No. 2 in running if he clears on a Friday or Saturday. Either way, make sure you have a back-up plan.
Now let’s move on to the rest of the week 3 RB preview:
Who got out
The following players are currently not scheduled to participate in Week 3. Here’s what that means:
Numbers to know
- 48% – Jerick McKinnon received 48% of Chiefs snaps, compared to 43% of Clyde Edwards-Heler in Week 2. McKinnon was also on the field in all four Chiefs snaps at the 10-yard line.
- 26% – Brice Hall received just 26% of the Jets’ runningback snaps compared to Michael Carter’s 61% in Week 2.
- 252 – Dalwyn Cooke hasn’t faced the Lions since November 2020, but he was a monster in the last meeting, gaining 252 yards in scrimmage and landing twice. In six career games against the Lions, Cook averaged 127.8 yards per rally.
- ten – Only 10 touches of Jonathan Taylor against the Jaguars. This should be fixed this week.
- 94.5 – The number of yards per game the Steelers lost last year against the Browns. Compared to everyone else, the Steelers were trailing an astounding 150.1 yards per game.
- 48 – David Montgomery leads all runners with eight broken tackles in two weeks. That’s a big part of why he’s averaging 4.6 yards per carry in two games.
- 6.2 – D’Andre Swift averages over 6 yards per carry before contact. This front of lions dominates.
Matches that matter
Goals of ditching wires