Dwyer is the Guy in Pittsburgh, For Now
Byron Lambert, Rosterwatch.com
Photo via Jonathan Dwyer Twitter
We were ready to say good riddance to bad rubbish and leave Dwyer and his plodding style out to pasture this year. With the injury to Le’Veon Bell, however, Dwyer is now back on the radar. Making his first appearance on our Updated Cheat Sheet.
Admittedly, at this point, a very underwhelming talent with an inability to seize the job- anyone who has read this website since Rashard Mendenhall went down in 2011 knows we have always maintained Jonathan Dwyer was the most talented alternative on the Steelers roster.
Everywhere you look right now, Isaac Redman is listed as the starter on the Pittsburgh depth chart. Don’t be fooled. He sucks.
Dwyer was the better back last year, averaging just under 7 points/game- while Redman was complete waiver wire trash. Granted, Dwyer wasn’t much better but at least he was putting up the production you would expect from a deep waiver-wire play. We saw a little pep in Dwyer’s step last week when he led the team in rushing on 14 carries for 68 yards- operating at almost 5 yards a clip and also catching two balls for 12 yards. Preseason Week 3 wasn’t bad either, grabbing a swindly little TD reception from a scrambling Roethlisberger and amassing 45 total yards.
While this is far from any type of strong endorsement for Jonathan Dwyer in 2013, the circumstances are at least noteworthy. He’s a late-round RB flier with some upside. If he goes undrafted in your Fantasy Football league, at least put him on your free-agent watch list.