Isaac Redman | Pittsburgh Steelers | RB
2013 Experience: 4th Season
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Fantasy Football Outlook: Well, it looked like Redman had a golden opportunity to win a starting job heading into camp last year. Then a groin injury set up a disappointing season, where Redman struggled off and on as Johnathan Dwyer took away playing time.
We figured the Steelers would drop a bomb on Dwyer and Redman in the draft and sure enough they selected Michigan Stat product Le’Veon Bell in the second round. Bell has the skill set to be a three down bell cow back, and when he’s ready, we should expect him to do just that.
That means Redman is stuck as a backup to Bell this year. We will have to keep an eye on Bell’s productivity during the summer. If the rookie has a minor injury like a hamstring and misses valuable camp time, perhaps Redman could start early.
If Bell goes down at any time (was a durable back in college) Redman could have matchup play fantasy starter value if he lands in the starting lineup.
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2012, August: Redman Has Groin Injury, Fantasy Stock Falling
What looked to be a promising situation for Redman has turned sour as a groin injury is likely to keep him out of practice, and the team countered by surprisingly activating Rashard Mendenhall from the PUP list.
Clearly not good signs for Redman’s odds of holding onto a feature role, and we should now look to Redman as just an RB3 and possibly an RB4 if he should miss time, deep into camp.
I still like Redman as the top runner in this offense, but until he’s healthy and it’s clear Mendenhall is just a reserve, look to Redman as only a matchup play.
2012, August 5th: Fantasy Projections
It’s time to hop-on the Isaac Redman bandwagon. Steelers running back coach Kirby Wilson has already informed us the Steelers plan on using Redman as the third down back to go with his early down duties.
Pittsburgh is making it a point to focus on the running game in camp, and with a nasty group up front, Redman should benefit and be a regular RB2 through the first half of the season.
While Rashard Mendenhall will likely be back by November, I have to believe the Steelers will continue to use Redman as the main option if he’s running well. Based on his camp thus far, we should feel good about Redman keeping the job.
2012 Early Fantasy Projections
Isaac Redman isn’t as talented as Rashard Mendenhall but look to his performance in the playoffs, as a reason to believe he can start in Pittsburgh. Someone has to carry the load early on as Mendenhall will likely start the year on the PUP list.
The only addition the Steelers made to the running game was taking Chris Rainey in the middle rounds of the draft. Rainey is almost built like a slot receiver, and will be used as a moveable piece, more for passing situations.
While this likely means Redman won’t be a three down back, he still holds value, and he should live up to being a reasonable flex play start.