Isaac Redman: Assessing Fantasy Value for Steelers' Starting RB in Week 9

Ethan GrantAnalyst INovember 2, 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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With Rashard Mendenhall and Jonathan Dwyer both expected to miss the Pittsburgh Steelers' Week 9 game against the New York Giants, it's Isaac Redman who figures to get the first shot at cracking the G-Men defense.

Steelers beat writer Mike Bires had the news on his Twitter account today, as the merry-go-round that is the Pittsburgh backfield continues to run nonstop.

RBs Isaac Redman & Baron Batch isted as probably. Redman will start vs. Giants. #steelers

— Mike Bires (@mikebires) November 2, 2012

Redman has had a couple of nice games in his black and gold career, including a Week 6 game against the Tennessee Titans where he had over 100 yards receiving by the end of the night.

With Baron Batch and Chris Rainey as the only other options on the roster, it's a good idea to go ahead and snag Redman now. He'll be the starter, and with the Steelers always insistent on having a good running game, he's got the best shot of being the work-horse back out of the three.

Michael Fabiano, the expert on fantasy football, laid it out very simply when the news broke on Friday.

Jonathan Dwyer and Rashard Mendenhall are both doubtful for Week 9. Pick up Isaac Redman.

— Michael Fabiano (@Michael_Fabiano) November 2, 2012

So you've picked up Redman, per the advice of this article and Fabiano. What's his value for a start this weekend?

Redman isn't the down-the-field runner that both Dwyer and Mendenhall are. He's more of a change-of-pace, third-down back, and hasn't registered more than 41 yards rushing so far this season.

The only saving grace for Redman seems to be the offense he's employed by, and his backups both being similar-type runners. Rainey should see some opportunities in the return game, as well as when Pittsburgh is in a true passing situation.

Redman should be no more than a flex play this weekend. He's averaging only 2.5 yards per carry so far, while Dwyer was averaging 5.2 in the same system. That's a troubling stat for the Steelers, especially against the league's 8th best defense against fantasy points for running backs.

Make no mistake, Redman is well-worth the add. He'll be the No. 1 option in an offense known for getting running backs 20+ touches per game, whether that be out of the backfield via pass or on the ground in the grind-it-out offense Pittsburgh has been known for as long as many can remember.

Pick him up, but only start him at flex. There are better options in the RB1 and RB2 slots, but he could very well put up nice numbers at flex, especially if you're in a bind with bye-week players.


Ethan Grant is a featured columnist for Bleacher Report and a member of the Breaking News Team.