Steelers RB Jonathan Dwyer 'will probably get an increased opportunity'


Steelers RB Jonathan Dwyer 'will probably get an increased opportunity'

It wasn't an eye-popping, presses-halting performance, but Jonathan Dwyer @JDwyer27 looked to be the Steelers' best running back Sunday night in Denver. He gained 54 yards on 11 touches. Isaac Redman @ired33 gained 27 yards on 13 touches, and Rashard Mendenhall @R_Mendenhall didn't play. Head coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday it's probable Dwyer will be rewarded for his outing.
"I thought Jonathan Dwyer provided a spark play and represented himself well and will probably get an increased opportunity because of it," Tomlin said.

Fantasy Analysis:

It's early in the week and nothing has been confirmed, but it seems like Mendenhall will miss Week 2 versus the Jets as well, leaving Dwyer, Redman and Chris Rainey @crainey3 to carry the load. But mostly Dwyer. He was inches away from scoring against the Broncos, averaged nearly five yards per carry and now gets to face a defense that got absolutely scorched by C.J. Spiller. Granted, Spiller and Dwyer are two very different runners, but the opportunity, as Tomlin mentioned, should be there for the 230-pounder to put up a nice fantasy line. He's currently No. 37 in FFToolbox's RB rankings for Week 2, but I think he's easily worth a flex play. He should get 15-17 touches at the very least, including everything down by the end zone.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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