1Highest floor among backup Pittsburgh RBs?
Last year’s Pittsburgh RBs who weren’t named Najee Harris collected 137 yards on 51 carries (2.69 yards per carry). In that context, Benny Snell (2.72 ypc) was a hair better than average, but of course, that’s not saying much. Still, the Steelers have only Anthony McFarland Jr. pushing Snell for No. 2 RB duties. That gives Snell, a 2019 fourth-round draft pick, arguably the highest floor among his fellow backups (and possibly the highest ceiling). But again, that’s not saying much.
2Fantasy starter if Najee Harris misses time?
If Najee Harris gets hurt, would the Steelers add a veteran starter off waivers? That’s the relatively big question surrounding Snell’s ultimate upside. It would mean the difference between 10-14 touches (and perhaps top-36-to-42 RB fantasy production) if he leads a committee or 4-6 touches (and fantasy irrelevance) if Pittsburgh doesn’t trust Snell.
3Very low floor
Even if Harris doesn’t get hurt, we should not be surprised if the Steelers sign an RB to compete with Snell, whose rookie contract will expire after this season. This would be a realistic worst-case scenario for Snell, who could be on the weekly inactive list by the latter half of the season.