The Pittsburgh Steelers have been waiting for RB Rashard Mendenhall to return to the lineup since the start of the season. They won’t have to wait much longer as the team expects to start Mendenhall in week five against the Philadelphia Eagles. The Steelers are hoping the infusion of Mendenhall back in the lineup will help to jump start a sagging rushing attack.
Mendenhall will become the starting running back for the Steelers and Isaac Redman will become the backup. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette is reporting that Jonathan Dwyer will be “squeezed out” of the mix for carries in the Steelers offense.
Mendenhall is returning to the Steelers lineup after suffering season ending ACL surgery last year. He has posted two 1,000-yard seasons in the last three years and will add an explosiveness to the Pittsburgh running game, something which has sorely been lacking. The Steelers are currently ranked 31st in the league, averaging just 65 yards per game on the ground, and just 2.6 yards per carry.
Fantasy owners should scan their waiver wires to see if Mendenhall is available in their leagues. Mendenhall should add a boost at the running back position if you need help. The Illinois product has posted 29 touchdowns in the last three seasons. I don’t think Mendenhall is a must start next week against a staunch Eagles defense, but if you can afford the roster move or own Redman or Dwyer, this is a must make roster move.