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QB Ben Roethlisberger - Pittsburgh Steelers

6-5, 241Born: 3-2-1982College: Miami (OH)Drafted: Round 1, pick 11

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Week 3: at Philadelphia Eagles

All QB vs PHI

Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. Ben Roethlisberger had 19/37 for 259 yards passing, three TDs and two interceptions thrown vs. the Bengals last weekend, and is currently the fifth-ranked fantasy quarterback in the land with 46/74 for 559 yards passing, six TDs and three interceptions thrown through two weeks, with two rushes for 12 yards so far this year. Antonio Brown is the eighth-ranked fantasy wide receiver in the land, with 12/165/2 through two games - Jesse James is the 15th-ranked fantasy tight end with 8/60/1 so far. On Wednesday, September 21 head coach Mike Tomlin said Markus Wheaton (shoulder) looks 'ready to go,' though Tomlin indicated that Wheaton's participation in practice leading up to Week Three would determine his availability. The Steelers are getting healthier as September rolls along. The Eagles' pass defense has generated six sacks and two interceptions while allowing zero TD passes through two games, and currently sits at fifth in the NFL averaging 194 yards passing allowed per game. Over the first two weeks of the season, Philadelphia has averaged just 11.5 fantasy points allowed per game to opposing quarterbacks (least in the NFL); and 16.5 fantasy points per game allowed to wide receivers (fifth-least in the league); with 2.1 fantasy points given up per game to tight ends (least in the NFL). This is a vastly improved pass defense that is playing quite well in Philadelphia right now. Advantage, Eagles.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPCMPATTYDTDINTRSHYDTDFumLPts
1 at WAS 68 27 37 300 3 1 1 -2 0 0 23.8
2 vs CIN 74 19 37 259 3 2 1 14 0 0 24.35
3 at PHI 0 24 44 257 0 1 1 7 0 1 10.55
3 at PHI PROJ-Dodds * 26 37 * * * 2 * * * *
3 at PHI PROJ-Tremblay * 23 37 * * * 1 * * * *
3 at PHI PROJ-Bloom * 24 33 * * * 0 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2016 Week 2 vs CIN (19 / 37 / 259 / 3 / 2 pass, 1 / 14 / 0 rush)

Ben Roethlisberger was inconsistent as he battled both slick conditions and a fierce Bengals pass rush. Roethlisberger went to his 2nd and 3rd passing options with the majority of his pass attempts. Mid 1st quarter on a 4th and 5 from the Bengals 37-yard line, the Steelers decided to go for it. The wet ball slipped out of Roethlisberger's hands as the pass ended up behind Antonio Brown leading to an interception by Adam Jones. Late 1st quarter on a 3rd and 9, Roethlisberger scrambled and pivoted out of the pocket, while extending the play, as he lobbed up a pass down the left sideline to Sammie Coates for a 44-yard gain. A couple plays later, Roethlisberger found TE Xavier Grimble running a post-route for a 21 yard passing touchdown. On the play, Roethlisberger placed the ball high where only Grimble could come down with the pass before he dove into the end-zone. Late 2nd quarter, Roethlisberger threw a deep pass down the right sideline for his 2nd interception of the half. The pass was intended for Sammie Coates but Bengals CB Dre Kirpatrick had position on Coates and came down with the deep pass. Mid 3rd quarter, Roethlisberger threw a perfectly timed deep pass for Ciates for a 53-yard reception. On the next play, Roethlisberger kept the momentum by throwing his 2nd touchdown pass of the afternoon. On the play, Roethlisberger threw a high pass to Jesse James who went up and came down with the 9-yard touchdown reception. Mid 4th quarter, Roethlisberger evaded pressure by scrambling forward and ran for a 14-yard gain to the Bengals five-yard line. A few plays later on 3rd and goal, Roethlisberger found Williams for his 3rd touchdown pass of the afternoon. Williams was left uncovered for an easy 5-yard touchdown pass.

2016 Week 1 vs WAS (27 / 37 / 300 / 3 / 1 pass, 1 / -2 / 0 rush)

Ben Roethlisberger was extremely efficient with finding the opening receiver. Roethlisberger started the game out of the no-huddle formation in multiple wide receiver sets. During the opening series, the Steelers offense went 3 and out. During the next series, the Steelers offense started to move the ball with a couple of quick slants before Roethlisberger threw an interception. On the play, Roethlisberger expected wide receiver Eli Rogers to continue his route rather than sitting down for the pass. Thus, the pass went through Rogers hands deflecting into a Washington defender. Unable to find any rhythm in the no-huddle formation, Roethlisberger started the 3rd series under center. On the Steelers first play under center, Ryan Kerrigan was able to apply pressure and stripped the ball which resulted in a fumble. Maurkice Pouncey was able to recover the fumble for the Steelers. Roethlisberger converted the next two passes, a 14 yard pass to DeAngelo Williams and a 13 yard pass to Antonio Brown. A few plays later on a 4th and 1 from the Redskins 29 yard line, Roethlisberger called an audible after recognizing Brown in man-to-man coverage with Bashaud Breeland. Roethlisberger sold the play-action pass and found Brown streaking down the left sideline for a touchdown pass. On the scoring drive, Roethlisberger completed 5 out of 6 passes for 71 yards and 1 touchdown. Late 2nd quarter, Roethlisberger drove the offense down the field with quick slants to Jesse James and Williams. On 4th and 1, Roethlisberger found Rogers over the middle for a 19 yard pass. A few plays later on 1st and goal from the 3 yard line, Roethlisberger pass was deflected off of Sammie Coates and into Rogers hands for the Steelers 2nd touchdown. During the first half, Roethlisberger was efficient, completing 8 out of 8 passes on 3rd or 4th down pass attempts, for 100 passing yards and 1 touchdown. Roethlisberger continued his efficiency in the 3rd quarter by finding Brown for a 17 yard pass on 3rd down. The drive stalled resulting in a Steelers field goal. On the next series, Roethlisberger fielded a bad snap and threw a perfect 42 yard pass down the left sideline to Sammie Coates. A couple of plays later on 3rd and 3, Roethlisberger found Brown streaking down the left sideline for a 26 yard touchdown pass. On the play, Roethlisberger showed precision nailing the pass right over Brown's left shoulder. Mid 4th quarter, on a 2nd and 19, Roethlisberger evaded pressure by stepping up in the pocket and throwing up a wobbly 21 yard pass to Brown.

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Latest News

Steelers | Big Ben tosses three touchdowns (Mon Sep 19, 01:29 AM) - Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger completed 19 of his 37 pass attempts for 259 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions in the Week 2 game against the Cincinnati Bengals. He also added one run for 14 yards.

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Steelers | Big Ben to struggle in Week 2? (Thu Sep 15, 01:53 AM) - Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger will face the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 2. Last season he completed 58 of his 84 pass attempts for 544 yards, one touchdown and four interceptions in two regular season games against the Bengals.

Our View: We like Roethlisberger quite a bit, and would start him without question against the Bengals shaky pass defense. While they shut down Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Jets passing offense, Roethlisberger is a much better quarterback and he has weapons like Antonio Brown.
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Steelers | Big Ben opens with huge stat line (Mon Sep 12, 10:53 PM) - Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger completed 27 of his 37 pass attempts for 300 yards, three touchdowns and one interception in the Week 1 game against the Washington Redskins. He fumbled twice, but was able to recover each ball.

Our View: That sounds about right. The game was out of hand, so Roethlisberger didn't have to throw as much as he could. He's a low-end QB1 for fantasy owners. The Steelers defense isn't great, so expect the Steelers offense to do most of the heavy lifting in 2016.
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Schedule

3@ Philadelphia Eagles
4vs Kansas City Chiefs
5vs New York Jets
6@ Miami Dolphins
7vs New England Patriots
8--- BYE WEEK ---
9@ Baltimore Ravens
10vs Dallas Cowboys
11@ Cleveland Browns
12@ Indianapolis Colts
13vs New York Giants
14@ Buffalo Bills
15@ Cincinnati Bengals
16vs Baltimore Ravens
17vs Cleveland Browns