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2020 REWIND: Our Preseason 2019 Overvalued Report Review (#10 James Conner)

Date:
May 15, 2020 11:37 AM
May 26, 2020 10:00 PM

 

2020 REWIND: Our Preseason 2019 Overvalued Report Review (#10 James Conner)

 

INTRO: In preparation for our 2020 Fantasy Football Draft Guide, I like to go back and look at the prior year’s reports and review/analyze what worked and what didn’t on our projections/predictions we gave before the season started. Two of my favorite reports in our draft guide package are the Undervalued and the Overvalued Reports.

Two reports identifying players that I and my computer models see as much more valuable (or not) compared to the public valuation (in ADP in actual rankings/drafts taking place). They are great reports to plan redrafts around or for making trades in Dynasty or Redraft leagues already drafted.

We list about 30+ names on each report each preseason, and they are ‘fluid’ all preseason/summer – as the market/ADPs are changing we update their over/undervalued rankings as needed and we’ll add/drop players as we go along. The first official 2020 reports with the top 20+ overvalued and undervalued commentary/our case and the data are the first reports made available when we open up the draft guide season (approx. June 1st).  

All month of May, I’m working on the initial list of players and commentary for the initial 2020 group of over and undervalued – so, with the over/undervalued reports in mind, I want to highlight a player a day from each report from our 2019/last year’s end of preseason report…looking at the top 15 players from each report that we ended the preseason with and sharing the commentary/logic we had then, and adding new commentary for judging how good of a call (or not) it was a year later.

We’ll start with our #1 and work to #15, looking back at one of each per day, adding new commentary and keeping a running tally of ‘wins’ and ‘losses’ on the call…and also ‘neutral’ if we see where it would be unfair to take a win or loss on the situation. You can see if you agree with our assessments and what our record on such things might have been.

One player assessment and new commentary from the undervalued and one from the overvalued will be released every day starting May 17th to take us up to June 1st and the new Draft Guide season. Enjoy this look back in time to get ready for 2020!

The daily release of the Undervalued report review – will post every day (May 17-June 1) at 10amET.

The daily release of the Overvalued report review – will post every day (May 17-June 1) at 10pmET.

 

  

 #10) RB James Conner, Pittsburgh

2019 Commentary = There’s a problem here that could set up a massive fall from fantasy grace this season. We rode him big last year, but now’s the time to cash out. Conner is not better than Jaylen Samuels, as a talent – and that’s going to manifest itself in two ways: (1) Samuels could just pull past him as the starter, but more likely they will be in a hot hand split. (2) Worst case, Samuels is so good in the passing game that he becomes the 3rd-down back and Connor becomes limited to 1st-2nd-down. Conner, to me, may be the single greatest overvalue risk of 2019. The fantasy experts are not taking Jaylen Samuels seriously, rather they are blowing him off because they are SO sure Conner is such a force of nature that he cannot be brought down by Samuels. Embarrassing it is…fantasy experts and their abject lust for running backs who did well the prior year/running backs they ‘knight’ for reasons that rarely make sense. 

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2020 Ruling = Another win.

I flirted with calling this a ‘neutral’ because Conner got hurt midseason and that took him down for good in 2019, but then as I look back over his 2019 season, I’m reminded that he was very ineffective early on and an 0-3 Steelers team hosted Cincy Week 4 on MNF, they turned to Jaylen Samuels to save them…and he did, but then the Steelers went right back to Conner the next week and he was doing well for a few weeks but then got hurt Week 7 and his season was lost from there.

I’m going to claim victory because by Weeks 3-4-5, people were bailing hard on Conner…he was considered a problem to be dealt with in fantasy – which is what I expected out of the gates.

 

2019 OVERVALUED PRESEASON REPORT TOP 15 (win-loss-neutral record on ‘the call’):

#1) Ronald Jones (win) 1-0-0

#2) Kalen Ballage (win) 2-0-0

#3) T.J. Hockenson (win) 3-0-0

#4) Delanie Walker (win) 4-0-0

#5) Damien Williams (win) 5-0-0

#6) Miles Sanders (loss) 5-1-0

#7) Robby Anderson (win) 6-1-0

#8) David Montgomery (win) 7-1-0

#9) James Washington (win) 8-1-0

#10) James Conner (win) 9-1-0


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About R.C. Fischer

R.C. Fischer is a fantasy football player analyst for Fantasy Football Metrics and College Football Metrics. 

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