Isaac Redman: Pittsburgh Steelers RB Does Not Deserve Fantasy Roster Spot

Adam WellsFeatured ColumnistOctober 17, 2012

NASHVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 11:  Isaac Redman #33 of the Pittsburgh Steelers rushes past Colin McCarthy #52 of the Tennessee Titans at LP Field on October 11, 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)
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Pittsburgh Steelers running back Isaac Redman is more of an enigma than anything else, especially for fantasy owners waiting for the big breakout season to come.

It is because of the uncertainty surrounding him that he is not worth the headache. 

With Rashard Mendenhall out for the first three weeks of the season, Redman had his chance to emerge as a potential starting running back—or at least one-half of a two-back system. 

Instead, Redman looked dreadful. He had 32 carries in the first three weeks of the season for a grand total of 72 yards. If that wasn't enough, he only scored one touchdown. 

Considering that Redman averaged 4.8 and 4.4 yards per carry in his first two seasons in the NFL, this was a huge step backwards for the promising 27-year-old.

All the blame can't be placed on Redman. The Steelers' offensive line is still among the worst in the NFL. They don't run block or pass protect at all, which forces the running backs and Ben Roethlisberger to create plays on their own. 

Some players are capable of doing that, but it is incredibly hard for a running back to run through holes that are never there. 

Given Redman's lackluster season, a porous offensive line and the return of Mendenhall (who isn't exactly racking up the yards), fantasy owners would be wise to cut their losses with Redman now rather than fooling themselves into thinking that something is likely to materialize this year. 

Redman might boast some value in a points-per-reception league, especially after he had four receptions for 105 yards last week against Tennessee. But if you look at what happened in the four games before that (six catches for 45 yards), his production as a receiver is not likely something that is sustainable. 

Frankly, if you are still counting on Redman, you are most likely sitting near the bottom of the standings in your league. There are plenty of viable options out there on the waiver wire who will give you infinitely more production. 

Someone like Felix Jones of the Dallas Cowboys would make for a great No. 2 or flex option this week. Redman isn't even on the radar as the Steelers head to Cincinnati

Cutting bait with a player who does have talent can be hard, but the circumstances surrounding Redman in Pittsburgh are far from ideal. A bad offensive line and lack of explosiveness makes him a fantasy washout for 2012.