It’s looking more and more like Isaac Redman will be the starting running back heading into the 2013 season for the Steelers. Redman was slotted to take over the starting position once rookie running back Le’Veon Bell went down with a mid-foot sprain.
However, Redman is dealing with injuries of his own and has sat out the last two preseason games with a stinger and will likely miss the finale. Pittsburgh could play Redman if it was a regular season game, but they are taking their time with him.
Jonathan Dwyer looked good during the preseason against the Washington Redskins, but has leveled off since then. From reading the tea leaves, it appears that the Steelers will be forced to employ the running back by committee option again this season.
Dwyer will likely split carries with Redman. This leaves fantasy owners in a malaise at who to draft. If owners are willing to draft Redman late and take a flyer on him, it would not be a waste.
Redman has an average draft position (ADP) of 205.7. This means that in most 12 man leagues, he’s going in the early 17th round. To be able to get a starter that late means there is high reward and low risk involved.
For example, Redman is being drafted around the same time as Ryan Tannehill and Nate Washington. Fantasy owners should expect his ADP to rise since being named the starter, but should not reach for him as most people will forget he is there. Keep Redman in mind while drafting as he could be a good bye-week fill in at running back.