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Ben Roethlisberger


#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

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Yds TDs INT Rush Yds Fantasy Pts
218 1.7 0.8 0 16.9
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Rest Of Way Outlook

Yds TDs INT Rush Yds Fantasy Pts
260 1.7 0.8 1.9 19.2
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.

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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 (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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Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (pectoral, hip) did not practice on Wednesday. We don't know much about the hip issue but are tentatively expecting Big Ben to play through it vs. Denver this weekend. Check back tomorrow for another update on his status.

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Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger is dealing with "hip issues," HC Mike Tomlin said Tuesday. Roethlisberger has a lot of issues right now, if you ask us. He's looked completely washed through 4 weeks, ranking 31st in Pro Football Focus' passing grades among 33 qualifiers. It's unclear if Roethlisberger's "hip issues" will keep him out of Sunday's game vs. the Broncos, but he shouldn't be in your fantasy plans regardless.

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Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (pectoral) isn’t listed on the final Week 3 injury report. He put in a full practice on Friday, so we’re not expecting the pec to be a major issue. Big Ben has looked washed through 2 games, though, and will be without top WR Diontae Johnson on Sunday. He’s an unexciting QB2.

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