We probably say this every year, but it feels as though the barrage of injuries that inevitably hits has occurred far sooner than normal. It’s only Week 2, and we have a bunch of every-week fantasy starters either out or at risk of not playing.
Among those injured players is Arizona Cardinals RB James Conner. Conner appeared to make it through Week 1 unscathed but popped up on Wednesday’s injury report with a calf issue. Should fantasy football managers expect the plodding RB to play in Week 2?
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Latest News Surrounding James Conner
In recent years, Wednesday practices have largely become meaningless. This is especially the case for veterans.
Fantasy managers should only really grow concerned about missed practice time on Thursday. However, Wednesday practices do matter when the player is actually participating. In that case, it’s a very good sign.
At Wednesday’s practice, Conner was limited, but the fact that he practiced at all is very encouraging.
Given his history, fantasy managers are justifiably concerned about any Conner injury. Fortunately, this one doesn’t seem overly serious.
We do not have any additional details on the specifics of Conner’s injury, but if it were an actual calf strain, he wouldn’t be practicing at all. This is most likely just general soreness and not something that will keep Conner out of action this week.
As long as Conner practices for the remainder of the week, there’s no reason to think he won’t play. It wouldn’t surprise me if he wound up avoiding an injury designation entirely on the final injury report.
What Does This Mean for Conner’s Fantasy Ranking?
Conner currently sits at RB27 in our PFN Consensus Rankings. That is a spot at which he should probably be in lineups.
Conner’s ceiling remains capped by Arizona’s offense, but the volume will remain there in spades. He’s the only guy in this backfield worth anything.
Unless we get some bad news regarding an aggravation or setback, Conner should be good to go this week. Fantasy managers should start him with whatever confidence you had ahead of last week.
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