Fantasy Football 2012: Jonathan Dwyer Will Remain Starter

By Adam Pfeifer
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There are many running back headaches in fantasy football.

All season long, the Pittsburgh Steelers have been more of a migraine.

Earlier in the season, the team switched back and forth between Issac Redman and Rashard Mendenhall. However, lately, head coach Mike Tomlin has been sold on sticking with the hot hand. That hot hand has been Jonathan Dwyer, although “hot” may be pushing it a bit. Over the three games where Dwyer has started, he has averaged 3.12 yards per carry. However, fantasy owners could care less, as long as he is scoring touchdowns (two over the last three games).

Tomlin also went on to add that the team will “find a role” for former starter Mendenhall, while Redman will remain the number two back. Needless to say, I’m avoiding all three of these guys, if possible. Sunday will be a huge divisional game against the Cincinnati Bengals, a defense that ranks ninth against the run this season. Dwyer could be looked at as a flex option, if needed, but I expect this game to be a low-scoring, physical, defensive battle. If you are forced to play him, hope for a touchdown and that’s about all. Fantasy expectations should surely be tempered for this week’s matchup.

Here are a few guys I would rather play over Dwyer this week: Vick BallardDeAngelo Williams, David Wilson.

Adam Pfeifer is a featured fantasy football columnist for Rant Sports.

You can follow him on Twitter @aPfeiferRS.

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