Fantasy Football: Can You Trust Benny Snell in Week 16?

Benny Snell was a bright spot for the Steelers in Week 15, but is he a bankable fantasy asset for Week 16?

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In fantasy football and real-life terms, Week 15 was a dud for the Pittsburgh Steelers against the Cincinnati Bengals. But with James Conner (quad) out, running back Benny Snell had 107 total yards (84 rushing) and a rushing touchdown on 21 touches (18 carries). That was good for RB12 in standard leagues for the week (RB14 in full PPR).

Conner may be able to play in Week 16 against the Indianapolis Colts. But it’s hard to have any confidence in that as a fantasy manager who has him rostered. And it’s not as if he’s been any good lately anyway (over 50 yards once in his last five games).

Snell has double-digit carries (more than 15 actually) in three games this season. In standard scoring, he was RB21 (Week 1), RB20 (Week 12) and RB12 (Week 15, as mentioned before) those weeks. In three other games, he has scored a touchdown. Those weeks, he was RB23 (Week 6), RB30 (Week 7) and RB31 (Week 11) in standard fantasy scoring.

The Colts enter Week 16 allowing the 13th-fewest fantasy points per game to running backs (Yahoo! 0.5-point PPR) this season. Take out two games against Derrick Henry, where he topped 100 yards in both and totaled 281 rushing yards, and they haven’t allowed 70 yards on the ground to another back all season. Three of the nine rushing touchdowns they’ve allowed to running backs came courtesy of Henry in Week 12 (27 carries for 178 yards), a game defensive tackle DeForest Buckner missed.

Is Benny Snell A Must-Add?

Snell is owned in 27 percent of Yahoo! leagues, and 35.2 percent of ESPN leagues. He’s worth adding (or holding) in all leagues, and if Conner is out he’s a low-end RB2 value based on volume even in a tough matchup against Indianapolis. If Conner plays Snell is still an option for Week 16, but much more of a boom-or-bust (touchdown-or-bust) flex in deeper leagues.