Isaac Redman: Why the Steelers RB Is a Must-Start This Week

Jeremy Fuchs@@jaf78Correspondent IIINovember 10, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 04: Isaac Redman #33 of the Pittsburgh Steelers runs the ball against New York Giants during their game at MetLife Stadium on November 4, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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Looking for a running back to start this week, especially as a RB2 or flex? Look no further than Issac Redman.

In the last two games he's played, Redman has 270 yards from scrimmage. Last week against the Giants, he had 147 rushing yards.  

That's a good sign heading into this week against the Chiefs. Kansas City has the 23rd-rated rush defense, giving up 126 yards per game.

While Jonathan Dwyer will take some of the carries, Redman is the more explosive back and can break a big run at any time. Dwyer is more of a plodder. In addition, Dwyer is coming off a quadriceps injury and while he was a full participant in practice, it remains to be seen how he will respond to game action.

The big question fantasy owners have to ask is whether or not Redman will get the most carries. Mike Tomlin said that the one who "gets the totes" is the one who's running well. 

That's the good news for Redman owners. Redman is running well. In fact, he's been the most consistent back so far this season. He's coming off a great performance against the Super Bowl Champs. Unless something wacky happens, he's going to get the majority of carries.

Against the Chiefs, that's a good thing. The Chiefs give up 4.6 yards per carry. On one drive against the Chargers, San Diego averaged 9.6 yards per carry. Redman, it can be argued, is better than any of the Chargers backs and the Steelers offensive line is much better. Put two and two together and it should lead to a big game for Redman and the Steelers.

Look for Redman to have a big game. He should go well over 100 yards, and should get a touchdown or two. He may not be a consistent RB1, but as a RB2 this week, you could do a lot worse. Redman will go a long ways towards helping you win your matchup.