Week 1- A combination of Jonathon Dwyer’s dominance this preseason and Isaac Redmans inability to stay healthy has kept him from being a RB2. I would still consider him a solid Flex option until Mendenhall returns sometime in October. He could still be a three down back until then if Dwyer doesn’t eat into his early down carries which should keep him fantasy relevant in the short term. He should be more useful to fantasy players who have guys like Ryan Matthews or MJD to get them by while their stud gets healthy.
Isaac Redman will open the 2012 season as the #1 RB on the Steelers depth chart with Rashard Mendenhall being placed on the PUP list. Mendenhall is expected to miss at least the first six games of the season and possibly more, meaning Redman will have plenty of value for the first half of the fantasy football season. The problem is when Mendenhall returns, will Redman be the backup or the starter? If performing well, there is a chance that Redman will hold onto the job, but you’re not going to want to waste an early pick on that chance. Draft Isaac Redman as a #3 RB, who will perform like a #2 RB for the first few weeks of the season, but when you need him the most during your fantasy playoffs, there is a healthy chance he won’t be racking up the yards that you will be looking for.