Isaac Redman: Updated Fantasy Outlook & Analysis for Steelers RB

Brandon AlisogluCorrespondent IOctober 12, 2012

PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 16:  Isaac Redman #33 of the Pittsburgh Steelers scores a touchdown in the second half against the New York Jets during the game on September 16, 2012 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  The Steelers defeated the Jets 27-10.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
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The Pittsburgh Steelers must consider the New York Jets to be their big brothers. The Jets get a new injury and the Steelers feel they must keep pace.

The most recent victim is Isaac Redman.

Redman took a nasty hit to the knee and was forced out of the loss against the Tennessee Titans. While he didn't need help getting off the field, his future status remains unknown at this point. 

But we are ever optimistic here at Bleacher Report. So let's take a look at Redman's possible fantasy football value—if he can find his way back onto the field.


Fantasy Outlook

The Steelers backfield is now a minefield of injuries and backups.

Rashard Mendenhall comes back successfully from a knee injury, and then he barely sees any action the following week due to an Achilles injury.

Jonathan Dwyer has proven himself to be a banger, but he can't be counted on to be much more than that.

Redman has earned the trust of his coaches and will see the bulk of the carries and receptions going forward. He breaks the occasional tackle and always seems to squirm his way for an extra couple yards when he appears to have nowhere to go.



Every caveat needs to be thrown down before we dig too deeply into Redman's value. Considering he walked off the field under his own power, there is hope that he'll be able to play next week. 

Knee injuries are tricky, however, so be careful.

At this point, Redman is a legitimate fantasy option. His ability to catch the ball out of the backfield (four receptions for 104 yards against the Titans) gives him extra value in a PPR league.

If you can still grab him off the waiver wire, he'll be worth a roster spot. If you have to trade for him, I wouldn't give up much more than a low-level backup running back or wide receiver.

And if you have him on your squad, check his health status and consider giving him a start next week.