Sep 11, 2012
Issac Redman was named the starter for week one, but Jonathan Dwyer was the running back who provided the most promise for the Steelers physical running style. Mike Tomlin saw what the rest of us did; Dwyer looked for contact, and won many battles with defenders. He had 11 touches for 54 yards (Redman has 13 for 27), and Tomlin told the media today that Dwyer will see an “increased workload” against the Jets this weekend. Those totals were deflated by a penalty that brought back his longest gain and a TD that was reversed via replay.
With Rashard Mendenhall likely out of action again, Dwyer is the fantasy running back for your team. Expecting a CJ Spiller like performance is foolish, as many of his yards came in garbage time. But the Jets defense does excel against the pass, and with the ground and pound mentality of the Steelers, he should be considered a flex play in most leagues.