NFL fantasy football: Steelers expecting change at RB

Mendenhall not expected back in PIT: Try as they might, the Pittsburgh Steelers couldn’t run the ball effectively in 2012. With three different backs seeing 50 or more carries, the team ran for a grand total of 1,537 yards — or 560 fewer yards than Adrian Peterson. That ineffectiveness has led general manager Kevin Colbert to declare that the Steelers will make changes in the backfield. Already the team has cut ties to Chris Rainey after an arrest for battery and it seems a near-certainty that Rashard Mendenhall will depart via free agency. That leaves Jonathan Dwyer and Isaac Redman, both of whom were pretty mediocre during the season. There should be opportunities for Pittsburgh to address the issue through the free agent market, if not the draft. However, unless the Steelers can first shore up an aged and questionable offensive line, it might not matter who is getting the carries.

Davis, Kaepernick building chemistry: Ever since Colin Kaepernick took over the starting quarterback job for the San Francisco 49ers, Vernon Davis has become a smaller part of the offense while  Michael Crabtree’s role has grown. It’s something that Davis admits he’s working on with the young signal-caller, telling that “when a new quarterback comes in you have to learn from him, adapt to him and start all over.” While that won’t excite anyone playing in the Playoff Challenge, it does provide some hope for the offeseason as well as the 2013 campaign. Kaepernick is undoubtedly San Francisco’s QB of the future and Davis is still one of the team’s most talented weapons. If the two can get on the same page next season, it would re-inflate the value of a quality player at a weak position.

Moore wants a starting job:  After spending the first five seasons of his career primarily as a backup, Matt Moore reportedly wants a starting job. With so many teams seeking quarterback help, it wouldn’t be surprising if he found the gig he’s looking for — especially in a year with a weak quarterback draft class. However, it seems unlikely that a player who hasn’t been able to break through and become a consistent starter after so many years in the league would be the long term answer for a franchise. But if Moore does land a starting job somewhere, it will have a fantasy impact on the guys around him. Stay tuned.

— Marcas Grant
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