Jun 30, 2012
The Pittsburgh Steelers addressed their offensive line woes this April by drafting Stanford guard David DeCastro and Ohio State tackle Mike Adams with their first two picks in the 2012 NFL draft.
The addition of DeCastro and Adams will transform an area of weakness into a strength, and the addition of offensive coordinator Todd Haley should ignite an offensive scheme that got away from the power running attack in 2011.
A player poised to benefit the most from the key offensive line additions is running back Isaac Redman, a fourth year player from Bowie State college that is going to be the primary tailback while Rashard Mendenhall heals from a severe knee injury.
Redman played well in limited action last season, rushing for 479 yards and three touchdowns on 110 carries. Projecting those numbers over the course of a full 250-300 carry season would make Redman a 1100 yard, eight touchdown back, and a viable number two running back in standard twelve team leagues.
As of the date of publication, Redman has an ADP of 32nd overall, and is the 21st running back taken off the board. Fantasy owners looking for a solid number two running back to target in the late third round should consider targeting Redman, as he is likely going to be one of the final workhorse backs left on the board.
Although is not the flashiest of backs and his pass catching skills are less than desireable, he should see close to 250 touches in the Steelers offense this season and will likely be the goal line back for Mike Tomlin. For those reasons, Redman is a nice value at his current ADP.