Pittsburgh Steelers running back Isaac Redman had a great game in Week 9 against the New York Giants. If you had him on your fantasy team, he was likely the difference between a win and a loss, running for 147 yards and a touchdown on 26 carries.
If you had him on your fantasy team in Week 10, Redman was again the difference between a win and a loss—only this time for the opposite reason. He would end his game with only 11 yards, a fumble and no touchdowns on only five carries to go along with one reception for eight yards.
It should be noted that his fumble against Kansas City in the first half got him benched until the second half. Running back Jonathan Dwyer had the majority of the carries for Pittsburgh, running for 56 yards on 19 carries.
Since Dwyer has been the more effective back this season, it's likely he will get the majority of the carries in the future. Pittsburgh will have to focus more on the run now if Ben Roethlisberger isn't able to bounce back from an injured right shoulder he suffered in the third quarter against Kansas City. Based on this tweet from Mark Kaboly of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, the injury seems to have been serious enough to warrant a hospital visit during the game:
Reports say that Roethlisberger left the stadium on his way to the hospital— Mark Kaboly (@MarkKaboly_Trib) November 13, 2012
This news means more carries for both Steelers running backs. Redman's history, however, shows that his production might not be too productive.
Outside of his amazing effort against the Giants, Redman has run for 138 yards and one touchdown on 55 carries for an average of 2.5 yards per carry. Redman has actually been a better receiver out of the backfield, as he has 13 receptions for 165 yards, which gives some possibility of him being used primarily as a receiver.
Redman is a nice back to have on the bench and only start when absolutely necessary. Save for one week, he really hasn't produced for fantasy owners, and as long as Jonathan Dwyer is getting the majority of the carries, that story won't change.