Rashard Mendenhall returns from Achilles injury: Fantasy Implications

Jamie Squire

Pittsburgh Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall expects to return to action following a four-game absence. We breakdown the fantasy implications.

Pittsburgh Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall is expected to return to action in Week 11, per Gerry Dulac. Mendenhall has been sidelined with an Achilles injury, but will reportedly be active in Sunday's game versus the Baltimore Ravens. This a great sign for the Steelers, who just saw their starting QB go down with a rib injury.

Mendenhall will return just in time, as the Steelers cannot afford to be shorthanded in this last stretch of regular season games. Pittsburgh will face their heated division rival twice in the next three weeks.

Fantasy Analysis: When Mendenhall is healthy, he is a solid RB2 or flex option. And given the team's recent medical issues, the Steelers might emphasize the run on offense. Of course, the team would be wary to give Mendenhall any sort of sizable workload in his first week back.

Mendenhall should return from his four-game absence to a three-man rotation featuring himself, Isaac Redman and Jonathan Dwyer. It would be wise to monitor Mendenhall's return before committing a spot in your lineup to him.

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