Jonathan Dwyer: Updated Fantasy Value Following Week 10 Win vs. Chiefs

Jeremy SickelContributor IIINovember 13, 2012

PITTSBURGH, PA - NOVEMBER 12:  Jonathan Dwyer #27 of the Pittsburgh Steelers carries the ball against the Kansas City Chiefs during the game on November 12, 2012 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
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The revolving door in the Pittsburgh Steelers' backfield remains one of the more headache-inflicting situations to fantasy football owners this season.

Whether due to injuries or not holding on to the football, the Steelers offense has utilized a handful of running backs this season and each has seen a decent amount of success when given the rock.

With Rashard Mendenhall missing the bulk of the season with various leg injuries, Isaac Redman and Jonathan Dwyer have carried the bulk of the load for Pittsburgh's rushing attack.

It was the Redman show in last week's 24-20 victory over the New York Giants, as he ran for 147 yards and one touchdown on 26 carries. However, an early fumble during Monday night's 16-13 overtime win over the Kansas City Chiefs relegated Redman to the bench.

Enter Jonathan Dwyer.

Dwyer, who missed last week's game, wasn't all that productive on Monday night—rushing for 56 yards on 19 carries—but he does seem to be the most reliable running back on this roster, in terms of health, production and ability to protect the football.

On the season, Dwyer has tallied 355 yards on 77 carries, good for 4.6 yards per attempt. While Redman is the better receiver out of the backfield, Dwyer has increasingly looked the part of being the featured back in this offense.

With quarterback Ben Roethlisberger's injury, the Steelers would do well to lean on their running game going forward—even if the quarterback is healthy enough to make a quick return.

However, when all running back options are healthy and available, the Steelers will more than likely go with a running-back-by-committee approach or with the hot hand. Trying to figure that out as a fantasy owner will not be an easy proposition.


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