Jonathan Dwyer: Steelers' Star RB Is Fantasy Must Start vs. Chiefs

Darin PikeContributor INovember 7, 2012

PITTSBURGH, PA - OCTOBER 28: Jonathan Dwyer #27 of the Pittsburgh Steelers avoids a tackle by Reed Doughty #37 of the Washington Redskins on October 28, 2012 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)
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Jonathan Dwyer has made a huge impact for Pittsburgh Steeler fans and fantasy football owners in place of injured starter Rashard Mendenhall, racking up two consecutive 100-yard performances.  

There is still some questions lingering on who will get the carries in the Steelers' next game against the Kansas City Chiefs. Isaac Redman got the start last week and ran for 147 yards and a touchdown, but he was largely ineffective earlier in the season.

Mike Tomlin did speak to the question of who will get the carries at his press conference, something he's been reluctant to do earlier in the season. Pittsburgh has gone with a running back-by-committee approach throughout the year, but Tomlin said the team was going to move in a different direction, as the former approach wasn't working.

"Whoever is being productive when healthy is going to get the totes. I really think it's that simple."

Dwyer had the hot hand for two weeks, while Redman surged last weekend. It is possible Tomlin will go with Redman, but matching Dwyer up against the struggling Kansas City Chiefs' defense is too tempting for fantasy owners to pass up.

The Chiefs are in the bottom-third of the NFL in yardage, allowing 126 yards per game and 4.6 yards per carry. They surrender 30 points a game, good for 30th in the NFL.

Dwyer owners should follow the chatter for the next few days, but it appears he'll be a valuable starting option on Monday. Unless there is a major change before finalizing rosters on Sunday morning, the potential for a huge game will be worth the risk for owners lacking top players for their flex position.

Tomlin may want to avoid competition by committee, but there will be plenty of snaps to go around.

Dwyer and Redman are both big backs that will have success against the Chiefs. Tomlin was given the nod over Redman prior to the leg injury, and it stands to reason he'll get the start against Kansas City.


Darin Pike is a writer for Bleacher Report's Breaking News Team and a Featured Columnist covering the NFL and the Seattle Seahawks.