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Jonathan Dwyer to remain Steelers starter, but Rashard Mendenhall could see fantasy return

Joe Sargent

Jonathan Dwyer will remain the Steelers' starter at running back for Week 16. Head coach Mike Tomline said that he will try to find a role for Rashard Mendenhall, however. We break down the fantasy implications.

Jonathan Dwyer will start once again at running back for the Pittsburgh Steelers against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, head coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday. Tomlin also said he would try to find a role for Rashard Mendenhall, who has been a healthy scratch for three straight weeks.

Dwyer has been the Steelers' go-to running back in recent weeks, but he has struggled to produce. Last week against the Dallas Cowboys, he managed just 22 yards on nine carries, though he did score a touchdown. Mendenhall has been in Tomlin's doghouse since losing two fumbles in Week 12.

Fantasy Impact: Dwyer could be a Flex option for owners this week, but they should be aware that he has recorded less than 4.0 yards per carry in three of his last four outings. With Isaac Redman and Chris Rainey still playing limited roles, and now the return of Mendenhall, Dwyer shouldn't be expected to be a solid fantasy contributor unless he is able to find the end zone. If you can, stay away from the Steelers' running back situation as much as possible.

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