Fantasy Football Talk: Pittsburgh Steelers Running with Authority

Ryan LesterSenior Writer INovember 4, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 4: Running back Isaac Redman #33 of the Pittsburgh Steelers runs for a one yard touchdown against the New York Giants in the fourth quarter during an NFL game at MetLife Stadium on November 4, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Steelers defeated the Giants 24-20. (Photo by Rich Schultz /Getty Images)
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The Steelers have had a carousel of players at running back, with four different running backs leading the team in rushing in the past five games.

Over the past three games, Jonathan Dwyer has twice topped the 100-yard mark.

Today, it was Isaac Redman’s turn. Redman, filling in for Dwyer who was filling in for Rashard Mendenhall, had 147 yards and a touchdown on 26 carries.

Redman was very busy on the day but managed an impressive 5.7 yards per carry. He also caught two passes for four yards.

After a game like that, it would make sense for Redman to keep the starting role.

That would, of course, discount the back-to-back +100-yard games Dwyer had before going down with a quad injury.

Dwyer has been the best back on the year, averaging 5.2 yards per carry. His powerful running helped the Steelers knock off Washington and Cincinnati.

That said, Redman helped defeat the champion Giants.

Let’s not forget about Mendenhall, who averaged 1297.0 total yards and 10 touchdowns from 2009-2011.

Mendenhall has been limited to two games because of injury, but had 101 total yards and a touchdown to help the Steelers beat the Eagles.

At this point, it doesn’t really matter who is running the ball for Pittsburgh; Mendenhall, Dwyer and Redman have all been successful in recent weeks.

There was plenty of talk of the Steelers becoming a pass-first team, but they have won four of their past five games, and it has been in large part because of their running game.

Once they are all healthy, it will be tough to figure out which back has the most fantasy value, but until then don’t be afraid to use whoever starts for Pittsburgh.

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