Jonathan Dwyer rushed for 122 yards on 17 carries during the Steelers' win over the Bengals on Sunday. We break down the fantasy implications.
Jonathan Dwyer rushed for 122 yards on 17 carries during the Pittsburgh Steelers' win over the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday. Dwyer shouldered the workload out of the backfield with Rashard Mendenhall and Isaac Redman sidelined with injuries.
Dwyer did not find the end zone, however. Chris Rainey scored the Steelers' only touchdown on the ground, squirting through the line in the fourth quarter for his first career score. He finished with four carries for 17 yards.
Fantasy Impact: Dwyer may have put himself back in line for more work, even when Mendenhall is able to return to the lineup healthy. That said, you should only rely on Dwyer as a starting fantasy option in standard fantasy formats as long Mendenhall is sidelined or if you are completely desperate.
Be sure to pay attention to injury reports this week. If Mendenhall and Redman can't go, Dwyer could put up decent numbers (and Chris Rainey to a lesser extent) against the Washington Redskins.