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2013 Fantasy Outlook: Rashard Mendenhall

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Fantasy Football Outlook: Bruce Arians old starting running back from Pittsburgh should have the upper hand to start in Arizona. Coach Arians doesn’t believe in a committee backfield’s so whomever wins this job has a shot to have close to feature back role in a passing offense.

The offensive line received a big upgrade with guard Jonathan Cooper in the draft but they still need work overall and we shouldn’t expect Mendenhall to be more than a matchup play option. Consider Mendenhall as one of the last starting running backs to take off your board on draft day as an early backup depth option on your team.

Rushing Stats Receiving Stats
Attempts Yards TD Rec Yards TD
2013 Projected Stats 212 866 4 16 89 0
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Rushing Receiving
Year Age Tm G GS Att Yds TD Y/A Y/G A/G Rec Yds TD Fmb
2008 21 PIT 4 1 19 58 0 3.1 14.5 4.8 2 17 0 0
2009 22 PIT 16 12 242 1108 7 4.6 69.3 15.1 25 261 1 3
2010 23 PIT 16 16 324 1273 13 3.9 79.6 20.3 23 167 0 2
2011 24 PIT 15 15 228 928 9 4.1 61.9 15.2 18 154 0 1
2012 25 PIT 6 4 51 182 0 3.6 30.3 8.5 9 62 1 3
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To help you get ready for draft day you will notice articles for ADP advice, cheat sheets, mock drafts and projected stats for Rashard Mendenhall here. During the season, you can also find regular weekly ranking articles at this section as well.

Welcome to Rashard Mendenhall fantasy football outlook archive. At this section of Mendenhall’s player page you will notice our past thoughts and advice for fantasy football.

August, 2012: Steelers Place Mendenhall on PUP To Begin Season

In a big surprise, the Steelers activated Mendenhall off the PUP before the teams second preseason game. This move came just two days after the news that Isaac Redman had a concerning groin injury.

This isn’t good for fantasy, as Redman will be back at some point, Mendenhall should be in the mix and don’t forget about Jonathan Dwyer. Time will tell what to make of this situation, but I wouldn’t bank on Mendenhall seeing much more than around 150 carries this season.

Rushing Stats Receiving Stats
Attempts Yards TD Rec Yards TD
2012 Projected Stats 154 709 4 9 53 0

May, 2012: Fantasy Projections

What a cruel joke for Rashard Mendenhall as the off-season after he tears his ACL the Steelers upgrade the offensive line in the draft. While the Steelers maintain they expect Mendenhall to play at some point this year, he will likely begin the season on the PUP list.

By the time he comes back, it will be interesting to see how effective runners like Isaac Redman have been over the year, and if Mendenhall can win a starting job back, right away.

Don’t look to Mendenhall as a draftable option unless you play in leagues deeper than ten teams.

Summer of 2011: Fantasy Projections

Not many running backs have a traditional feature back role in the NFL these days but Rashard Mendenhall is one of those players. Mendenhall may be an idiot and a little weird but the guy has talent and will be a top ten fantasy back at drafts this summer.

Mendenhall will probably never be a top five fantasy back because he can give fantasy owners the top end stats and his receiving production is way down from most of the other top fifteen options, these days. Still, the Steelers will ride this big man as the main option in the running game, and he should have not a problem duplicating his double digit touchdown total from 2010.

Rushing Stats Receiving Stats
Attempts Yards TD Rec Yards TD
2011 Projected Stats 330 1,354 11 22 150 0

2010 Preview

Rashard Mendenhall is doing exactly what the Steelers needed from him this season and that is carrying the offense. His overtime touchdown to beat the Falcons just shows you that the Steelers continue to believe in this young tail back as a star player.

2010 Fantasy Football Outlook

2009 Fantasy Year In Review: Rashard Mendenhall went under the radar for most of last offseason as he was out for most of his rookie year with a broken shoulder. Then early in the season, Mendenhall was held out of playing with the team because he wasn’t taking care of details in practice.

Audio: RB Rashard Mendenhall | 2010 NFL Fantasy Football Player Rankings

By week four, Mendenhall received an opportunity to start because Willie Parker suffered turf toe and wasn’t able to play. In that game, the young running back pounded the football for 165 rushing yards and two touchdowns against the Chargers.

After this fine performance, Mendenhall remained the starting tailback and ran for over 1,100 yards and eight total touchdowns.

2010 NFL Fantasy Football Player Rankings: The Steelers management and fan base have been screaming for a return to hard nosed defense and a smash mouth running game. This means good things for Mendenhall because the defense should give him many opportunities and his number will be called often for the ground game.

Now, all we need to see is if Mendenhall is going to win the short yardage, goal line role on the team. One would have to believe he will succeed as he is best fit to handle these duties, but he did have struggles in this area last year.

If Mendenhall wins the job, he should creep his way into the late first round of some fantasy leagues come draft day.


– Great Tools

– Should Have A Run First Offense

– Good Team


– Needs To Win Goal Line Job

– Only One Good Year

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