This message goes out to all of you fantasy football owners who happen to have one of the Pittsburgh Steelers running backs on their roster. Don’t start them this week!
Neither Steeler’s running backs are predicted to have a big game in their Week 1 matchup versus the Denver Broncos. Rashard Mendenhall, who has come off the physically unable to perform (PUP) list much earlier than most expected, is listed as doubtful on the injury report, and his replacement, Isaac Redman, is listed as probable.
However, Redman has been hampered by injuries, and has missed virtually all of the preseason. He still may need a game or two to get his legs underneath him. Third-string running back Jonathan Dwyer may get some playing time, but it isn’t certain how much.
Even though Denver was ranked in the bottom half of the NFL in stopping the run last season, the Steelers’ offensive line is suspect, especially with the absence of rookie guard David DeCastro.
Besides, the running game could be abandoned since the Broncos had on of the worse pass defenses in the league last season. Pittsburgh just may try to take advantage of that with the arm of Ben Roethlisberger.
Having a player that is a part of a running back-by-committee won’t be of any benefit to your team this week, or any week.
My advice to fantasy football owners is to wait a couple of weeks to see just how Pittsburgh’s running game takes shape, and then make your decision on which Steelers running back to keep on your roster.
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