Sneaky fantasy pickups entering Week 2 

September, 13, 2013
It’s understandable that Pittsburgh Steelers running back Jonathan Dwyer would show up on ESPN’s most dropped list. After all, Dwyer didn’t even make the team a few weeks ago, a surprise victim of a numbers game, or perhaps due to the hope that starter Le’Veon Bell wouldn’t miss much time. Of course, it's worth pointing out that there are currently four Steelers running backs among the 14 most dropped, including Bell, so something has to give. I mean, someone has to get the touches, and Dwyer, who was brought back to the team this week, seems to have as good an opportunity as anyone there to seize a relevant role. They’re not bringin’ Jerome Bettis back, you know.

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AP Photo/Gene J. PuskarThe injury to center Maurkice Pouncey is a devastating blow to the Steelers.
You’re probably wondering how any member of the Steelers running game will matter in fantasy football moving forward, but here in the Sneaky Pickups blog entry we like to dream big, or at least consider possibilities, however unlikely they might be. The Steelers not only lost in Week 1 to the Tennessee Titans in a poor offensive performance, but they lost really good center Maurkice Pouncey to a season-ending injury. Not only that, but nominal starting running back Isaac Redman looked terrible, actually costing the fantasy owners who started him two points. He rushed eight times for nine yards and lost a fumble. Bell is out at least another month with foot issues, perhaps quite a bit longer, LaRod Stephens-Howling is out for the year, Felix Jones is flat-out terrible and ... welcome back, Mr. Dwyer. No hard feelings, right?

Well, fantasy owners want hard feelings, don’t they? Whatever makes a player more dedicated and motivated to produce numbers is fine with us. As stated in this blog entry from ESPN Steelers writer Scott Brown, it sure looks like Dwyer relishes the new opportunity he’s been given, and has a sizable chip on his shoulder. There’s no guarantee any Steelers running back will succeed Monday night against the Cincinnati Bengals, which is precisely why you buy low now. Nobody’s saying to use Dwyer or Redman this month! After all, the Bengals are good. Then after that ... it’s the Chicago Bears! But Dwyer isn’t as bad as most real-life free agents, either.