Isaac Redman: What Fantasy Owners Should Expect from Steelers RB vs. Giants

Patrick Clarke@@_Pat_ClarkeCorrespondent IMarch 31, 2017

PITTSBURGH, PA - DECEMBER 8:   Isaac Redman #33 of the Pittsburgh Steelers carries the ball against the Cleveland Browns during the game on December 8, 2011 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
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Fantasy owners should be wary of starting Pittsburgh Steelers running back Isaac Redman against the New York Giants this weekend. 

Sure, Redman looks to be the Steelers' best option in the backfield with both Jonathan Dwyer and Rashard Mendenhall banged up. But that doesn't mean Redman will spark Pittsburgh's 21st-ranked rushing attack in Week 9.

Here's what fantasy owners should expect from Isaac Redman on Sunday afternoon. 


Workload and Production

Isaac Redman has underachieved in his first five appearances for the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2012. The third-year back out of Bowie State is averaging a pitiful 2.5 yards per carry this season and has found the end zone just once—back in Week 2 vs. the New York Jets.

Redman is only owned in about 60 percent of all ESPN fantasy leagues, and even that number seems too high given his health and production woes this year.

Quite frankly, Redman has given NFL fans little reason to expect he will shine in Week 9. He hasn't touched the ball more than 13 times in a game, or rushed for more than 41 yards in a single game this season. 


Giant Defense?

The New York Giants' rushing defense has been anything but giant for Tom Coughlin's squad this season. New York ranks 19th in rush defense by yards allowed per game, surrendering roughly 113 yards on the ground per week.

Opponents are averaging 4.6 yards per carry against the Giants' run stoppers, which seems to bode well for Redman owners in Week 9. 

But, not so fast.

New York has still only given up five rushing touchdowns in eight games this season. With Redman struggling to break free—let alone score touchdowns—Sunday's matchup in East Rutherford looks to be anything but a promising one for Redman owners. 

There's potential there given the Giants' defensive lapses against the run; but once in the red zone, Redman and the Steelers will find points hard to come by on the ground. 


Decision: Bench

Until Redman proves that his bum ankle is no longer an issue, fantasy owners are better suited benching the Steelers running back. His production so far this season has been dreadful, and he's hardly worth starting on the road this weekend against a defense that bends but doesn't break. 


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