Steelers running back Jonathan Dwyer has been a healthy scratch in the past couple of games, but the team will definitely need his services Sunday night against the Bengals. That's because Rashard Mendenhall and Isaac Redman will not play this weekend, according to Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Neither Mendenhall nor Redman practiced at all this week. Mendenhall has been dealing with Achilles soreness since last Thursday's loss to the Titans. Redman injured his ankle in the same game. So. Dwyer is expected to get the start. Baron Batch and Chris Rainey will be involved as well.
It's a nice matchup as the Bengals' defense is in the top-10 in most fantasy points allowed to RBs. However, Dwyer is probably just a high-end flex option. He should get the bulk of the carries, but he averaged just 2.9 yards per carry this season and has been in Mike Tomlin's doghouse since fumbling in Week 3. Batch will also get some carries -- he scored a short touchdown last week -- and Rainey will be called upon for passing downs. It's a little bit of a murky situation, but with so many quality backs on bye or injured, Dwyer should at least be picked up in all 12-team leagues. Again, I would consider him a flex.