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Ben Roethlisberger
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#27 Quarterback

302 Projected Points

ADP: Not Available
Bye: 7
Experience: 17 Yr(s)
Age: 39
Height: 6'5"
Weight: 241
40 Time: 4.75

Weekly Outlook

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Rest Of Way Outlook

Week 14
Roethlisberger had his biggest fantasy game of the season in Thursday night’s loss to the Vikings. He chucked for 308 yards, 3 TDs and 1 INT on a 70% completion rate and 7.7 yards per attempt.

It didn’t look like Roethlisberger would come away with much of anything for a lot of this game. He hit halftime with 86 scoreless passing yards and had just 1 TD heading into the 4th quarter. But Roethlisberger got rolling in the final frame and almost brought his Steelers back from a 29-0 deficit.

It hasn’t always been pretty, but Big Ben has now averaged 270 yards and 2.3 TDs over his last 4 games. He’s finished as a top-15 fantasy QB in 3 of those 4 games, with a pair of top-8 finishes.

We’d still have trouble trusting Roethlisberger as a QB1 down the stretch. But he should be useful in 2-QB and Superflex leagues the next 3 weeks vs. the Titans, Chiefs and Browns.
Week 13
It certainly wasn’t pretty and took some late game heroics but QB Ben Roethlisberger ended up with a relatively productive fantasy day. He completed 21 of 31 passes for 236 and 2 TDs. This was the 3rd time in the last 4 games where Big Ben threw for 2 or more TDs. Going forward, Roethlisberger is far from the QB who would carry teams to championships but he can still be a usable option. The yardage has seen the sharpest decline this year. Thus far, he has only 1 game where he has eclipsed 300 yards passing. A year ago, he had 5 games where he eclipsed that mark. It’s clear to see why this is likely the last season for the almost assuredly future Hall of Fame QB.
Week 12
There’s no sugarcoating this one…Big Ben was abysmal in Sunday’s blowout loss at Cincinnati.He completed just 24 of 41 passes for 263 yards, 1 TD and 2 picks. One pick — thrown late and to the outside — was returned for 6 by former Steeler Mike Hilton. The pass displayed Ben’s waning arm strength and suspect decision-making. He was bailed out late, getting a TD on the board due to a sweet catch from rookie TE Pat Freiermuth. He’s now in the concussion protocol, and his potential absence would hurt Ben’s fantasy prospects Sunday against Baltimore. Look elsewhere for a QB1 regardless.
Week 11
Roethlisberger was able to return from the reserve/COVID-19 list after a one-week absence. He looked fresh and was able to make throws all over the field on Sunday Night Football against the Chargers. Roethlisberger and the whole Steelers offense struggled to get anything going until the 4th quarter. Once the 4th quarter started, Big Ben and the offense was unstoppable. The Steelers were down 17 points entering the 4th quarter but ended up scoring 27 points in the period and even took the lead late in the game before the Chargers were able to gain the lead. He finished 28 out of 44 for 273 yards and 3 TDs. Big Ben has now avoided a turnover in 3 straight games and hasn’t thrown an INT in 5 games. We have Roethlisberger ranked as our QB21 this week against the Bengals. The Bengals defense has held opposing QBs below 220 passing yards in each of their last 2 games. The next three games on the schedule for the Steelers are @CIN, BAL, and @MIN.
Week 9
Facing an aggressive Bears defense that did well to jam the WRs close to the line of scrimmage, Roethlisberger was unable to have his usual success in the short area of the field. He did post quite a bit of his passing yardage on a pair of longer passes -- a 26-yard strike to Chase Claypool and a 43-yard connection to James Washington. However, each of those long passes was underthrown and required the WR to come back to make a play on the football. Roethlisberger salvaged his fantasy day by finding rookie TE Pat Freiermuth on a pair of short TDs. And with the Steelers leading for most of the game, there wasn’t much need for the passing game to have aggressive play calling.

He’ll continue to be a fantasy option in leagues that start 2 QBs, but it’s unlikely he’ll have much value in 1-QB leagues. Before this week, he threw exactly 1 TD pass in every game except for 1 game when he threw for 2 scores. And his yardage has been far from elite, as he’s surpassed 269 yards on just 1 occasion. He’ll likely be very matchup dependent, and when he has a particularly bad matchup, don’t be surprised to see him fail to throw a TD pass.
Week 6
Roethlisberger doesn’t seem to have it anymore as he continues to disappoint in real life and fantasy. Roethlisberger did complete 72.5% of his passes, but it was only for 229 yards and a score. This production came on 40 attempts. That production put him at 21st for YPA (5.7) and 20th in ADOT (7.3). At this point Roethlisberger isn’t a viable fantasy option, but he has at least shown the ability to keep the players around him viable for fantasy.
Week 5
Roethlisberger hit Diontae Johnson with a perfect 1st-quarter deep ball for a 50-yard TD. According to Next Gen Stats, though, the QB still ranked just 21st for the week in intended air yards per target.

Roethlisberger’s longest completion of the day -- a 59-yarder to Chase Claypool -- came via a big run off a short throw. He also attempted just 25 passes in the victory, which found Pittsburgh taking the lead on its 1st drive and never losing it.

Expect Roethlisberger to remain the limited passer we’ve seen since last year, though he should have an easier time supporting the fantasy values of Johnson and Claypool now that JuJu Smith-Schuster is on IR (shoulder).
Week 4
Roethlisberger continued to have issues in this contest, completing 20 of 36 passes for 232 yards with a TD and an INT. The TD came on the first drive when he found Diontae Johnson for a 45-yard score. After that drive, things got really gross for this offense. The offensive line is a serious problem for a QB who has been sacked 10 times through 4 weeks.

Going forward, it is incredibly hard to trust Roethlisberger week in and week out. His yardage totals have been all over the board with 1 TD per game thus far. With the injuries to WR core thus far and a putrid offensive line, it is hard to see this situation getting better any time soon.
Week 3
There are very few 300-yard games as unimpressive as the one that Roethlisberger had. Even though he was playing without Diontae Johnson, the problem remains that the QB simply can’t make accurate and powerful downfield throws, so he got rid of the ball in less than 2.3 seconds on average. His best deep threat, Chase Claypool, became a glorified possession WR, seeing 15 targets and not even reaching 11 yards per catch. And with the team hopelessly behind and the OL overmatched, Roethlisberger targeted RB Najee Harris 19 times.

With just 1 TD pass in each game, it’s fair to say that Roethisberger no longer has the arm to threaten defenses, and when he faces good units, he may struggle to move the ball and find the end zone. He has some value in 2-QB leagues, as all QBs have value who are starting, but it’s tough to justify starting him as more than a streaming option in 1-QB leagues. Even in this game where he surpassed 300 yards, it took the Steelers running 83 plays to get there. In most leagues, he can be safely dropped to the waiver wire.
Week 1
Roethlisberger labored through an ugly Week 1 at Buffalo. He went 18-of-32 for just 188 yards and 1 TD, a 4th quarter corner route that saw Diontae Johnson make a nice juggling catch. Just as we saw in 2020, Ben took very few shots downfield; his average depth of target was just 6.2 yards. And he struggled to hit his pass catchers, finishing with a league-low 58.1% adjusted completion rate (per Pro Football Focus). If there’s a positive, it’s that Buffalo’s O-line applied pressure on only 20% of Big Ben’s dropbacks. That was 1 of the lowest marks league-wide. The 39-year-old will look to rebound back at home vs. Vegas.

Basic Stats Preseason Player Analysis

What You Need to Know:

  • Big Ben made only 2 appearances during the 2019 season. He underwent right elbow surgery in September of ’19.
  • Roethlisberger revealed last August that prior to surgery, he’d been playing through elbow pain for “probably 13, 14 years.” He was healthy for Week 1 of 2020.
  • Under former OC Randy Fichtner, Pittsburgh ranked 7th in total plays last year; 2nd in pass rate.
  • Pittsburgh really abandoned the run early in the season. From Week 7-Week 16, Big Ben led the league in pass attempts by 20. (He was rested for Week 17.)
  • As a result, Roethlisberger ranked 3rd among QBs in attempts (608). He simply wasn’t efficient with an ugly 6.3 YPA mark.
  • Ben finished as a QB1 only 4 times. 3 of them surfaced over the final 8 games.
  • His pass catchers combined for a poor drop rate of nearly 9%. Still, Ben ranked a subpar 25th among 44 QBs with 100+ dropbacks in adjusted completion rate (75.5%).
  • A declining deep ball made Ben more reliant on short passes. His 7.4-yard average depth of target ranked near the bottom of the league.
  • Big Ben’s contract was restructured over the winter. He’ll return for his 18th season.
  • Ben’s top weaponry (Diontae Johnson, JuJu Smith-Schuster, Chase Claypool, Eric Ebron) also return. Pittsburgh upgraded their TE depth with Round 2 pick Pat Freiermuth.
  • After investing a Round 1 pick in hulking ‘Bama RB Najee Harris, look for Pittsburgh’s offense to show more balance.
  • Losing OL Alejandro Villanueva, Maurkice Pouncey and Matt Feiler leaves this unit thin and unproven along the line. It’s a concern for the immobile Roethlisberger.
  • The Steelers promoted Matt Canada — the team’s 2020 QB coach — to OC. Primarily an offensive coach in stops with Maryland, LSU and others, 2020 marked Canada’s first pro experience. He brings 14 years of experience as a college OC.
  • The offense won’t be overhauled in what might be Roethlisberger’s last season. But Canada is expected to incorporate more pre-snap motion/play-action passing. Ben ran play-action on a league-low 9.6% of his dropbacks in 2020.
  • Roethlisberger appeared in Pittsburgh’s voluntary May OTAs. Per beat writer Mark Kaboly, he was “slinging the ball all over the field and looking strong at doing it (even the deep pass). He hardly resembled a Tier 6 quarterback who has been in a free fall for years.” There’s at least no obvious health issue with Big Ben entering the summer.

Draft Sharks Bottom Line

You have to love Roethlisberger’s supporting cast. Diontae Johnson, JuJu Smith-Schuster, Chase Claypool and Eric Ebron form one of the league’s top pass catching units.

We simply don’t have a ton of faith in Big Ben — now 39 — showing pre-2019 form. And as good as the pass catchers are, the O-line has the potential to really limit this offense.

The bull case for Ben is that he’s cheap, currently coming off the board at QB26 in FFPC best balls.

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Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger is officially active for tonight’s game vs. the Chargers. He came off the COVID list on Saturday, so he’ll be playing without any practice reps. Big Ben is a low-end QB2 vs. Los Angeles’ 3rd-ranked QB defense.

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Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger has been activated from the COVID list. He'll fly separate from the rest of the team to Los Angeles but is expected to start Sunday night's game vs. the Chargers. Roethlisberger is just a low-end QB2 against the league's 3rd-ranked QB defense. But his return is good news for Pittsburgh's skill-position guys after QB Mason Rudolph's Week 10 flop.

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The Steelers are placing QB Ben Roethlisberger on the COVID list, which means he'll miss Sunday's game against the Lions. The timing could put his Week 11 in doubt as well, depending on the specifics of his situation. Mason Rudolph will start against Detroit. He's clearly not much of a fantasy option overall, but Rudolph did throw for 315 yards and 2 TDs in a narrow loss to the Browns in Week 17 last year -- his most recent start.

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Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (hip, pectoral) put in full practices on Thursday and Friday and isn’t listed on the final Week 5 injury report. He’ll start Sunday’s game vs. the Broncos but isn’t a recommended play in any fantasy league.

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Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (pectoral, hip) returned to a full practice on Thursday. He'll be out there -- for better or worse -- vs. the Broncos on Sunday.

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