Isaac Redman: Banged-Up Steelers RB Is Not Viable Fantasy Option

Richard LangfordCorrespondent IOctober 24, 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 has so many things working against his fantasy value that it is hard to tell which one is the most detrimental. 

Let's start with Redman's health. He has an ailing ankle. It kept him out of last week's game, and it might keep him from this week's game against the Washington Redskins—and they are actually playing some solid run defense. 

CBS tweeted the following update. 

#Steelers RB Isaac Redman unable to practice...look to better Week 8 alternatives at this time: #Fantasyfootball

— CBSFantasyFootball (@CBSFantasyFB) October 24, 2012

Ankle injuries can certainly linger, and even if Redman plays this Sunday, it does not mean he is 100 percent. I completely agree that it is time to start looking for better alternatives, but this goes far beyond his health. 

Redman isn't performing. He has just 127 yards gained at 2.5 yards per carry and one touchdown. This is easily the lowest yards-per-carry number of the Steelers' top three backs. 

Given this, I'm not sure how Redman is even a consideration for fantasy lineups to begin with. 

But wait, there's more working against Redman. His opportunities are surely going to dwindle. Rashard Mendenhall will command most of the touches out of the backfield when he is healthy—his status is also up in the air for the next game, but he isn't the only Steelers back who will render Redman's fantasy value nearly worthless. 

Last week, with both Redman and Mendenhall out of the lineup, Jonathan Dwyer went for 122 yards on 17 carries. He is now the Steelers' leading rusher on the season, and he is clearly running harder and more effectively than Redman. 

When he is healthy enough to play, Redman is likely to find his duty limited to third-down situations, and that is not enough to warrant fantasy play.