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Isaac Redman: Updated Fantasy Projections for Steelers RB

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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Jesse ReedCorrespondent INovember 8, 2012

Isaac Redman isn't a must-start fantasy player in Week 10, but he is a player worth taking a gamble on considering his 147-yard, one-touchdown performance against the New York Giants last week. 

Alan Robinson of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports:

With Dwyer back, Mendenhall on the mend and Isaac Redman coming off his 147-yard game against the Giants, Tomlin must sort out who gets the carries against the Chiefs on Monday...Tomlin didn’t name a starter and said the running back who “gets the totes” will be the one who is running well.

Robinson also noted that the offensive line seems to prefer to run-block for one back a game, as it's easier to "anticipate where a back is going."

While Jonathan Dwyer was emerging as the team's featured back before he went down with his quad injury, Steelers beat writers have been speculating that Redman will get the start this week against the Kansas City Chiefs, according to Rotoworld.com

Even if Dwyer and Redman spit carries on Monday Night Football, there's a good chance both will make a big impact against the Chiefs' struggling run defense. 

Looking ahead, Redman doesn't look to be a long-term fantasy option. 

According to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review's Mark Kaboly, running back coach Kirby Wilson recently said:

Rashard has always been our lead dog and our top runner...Rashard is the complete package — power, speed, explosiveness. He is the guy who can take a 10-yard run and make people miss and get 20 more. We think Jonathan has things that he is great at. Isaac has some things that he is great at. But Rashard is the complete package. Rashard has proved that he can do it over the long haul.

 

Conclusion

Redman is an excellent option as a flex running back in Week 10, and he isn't a bad play for a RB2. 

If Mendenhall is ready to play in Week 11, then you should think about dumping Redman and picking up another running back who has a better chance of producing respectable points every week. 

That said, I'm projecting Redman to have a big game this week on Monday Night Football against the Chiefs.

Prediction: Redman will rush for 80-plus yards and one touchdown.

 

Follow me on Twitter @JesseReed78 and check out my weekly NFL picks at Pickfactor.com

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