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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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The Steelers are looking to Ben Roethlisberger to lead them to the playoffs again. Fantasy owners are doing the same thing. It may not seem like it to some, but Roethlisberger was a top-10 fantasy quarterback (8th) in 2013. We could see him improve slightly on those numbers this season. The Steelers have worked to improve the offensive line play in recent years. Getting a player like center Maurkice Pouncey back will greatly upgrade the protection for Roethlisberger. Pouncey was knocked out in Week 1 with an ACL/MCL tear, and the offensive line gave up the 5th-most sacks (42) in 2013. Roethlisberger did a good job in his second year running Todd Haley's offense, but his production was not consistent. In eight of 16 games last year, Roethlisberger failed to score 20 or more fantasy points. This makes him an unreliable starter even though his season totals look good. The team will have a more consistent ground game this year, and that should help Roethlisberger. Having Le'Veon Bell as the primary back will help keep defenses honest, and this will allow Roethlisberger to set up play-action passing. Last year, Bell missed a portion of the season due to injury and the team struggled to move the ball on the ground without him. The Steelers lost Emmanuel Sanders (Broncos) in free agency, and they will replace him with second-year pro Markus Wheaton. How guys like Wheaton, Lance Moore and Martavis Bryant perform will help determine how productive Roethlisberger is in 2014. Things are looking up for Roethlisberger. The offensive line and ground game are improved for the Steelers, and he's well-versed in the Haley offense. Roethlisberger may once again finish as a top-10 fantasy quarterback this year, but this season he could be more consistent on a week-to-week basis. (May 25)

FBG Staff Rankings

QB Redraft - 16, 11, 12, 14, 14, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 16, 16, 16, 16, 16, 17, 17, 18, 18, 19
QB Dynasty - 15, 11, 16, 17, 18, 18

Stats and Projections

2011 PIT 15 324 513 4077 21 14 31 70 0
2012 PIT 13 283 448 3252 25 8 26 92 0
2013 PIT 16 375 584 4261 28 14 26 99 1 5
2014 PROJ-Dodds 15 345 550 * * * 27 * * *
2014 PROJ-Henry 15 346 540 * * * 30 * * *
2014 PROJ-Wood 16 355 555 * * * 30 * * *
2014 PROJ-Tremblay 16 351 554 * * * 29 * * *

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Average Draft Position

Overall: 117
QB: 16

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Latest News

Broncos | Emmanuel Sanders compares QBs (Mon Jul 28, 08:11 PM) - Denver Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders said QB Peyton Manning is a 'better leader' than Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger. 'This is the first time that I had a quarterback that stays every single day after practice, no matter what his accolades,' Sanders said. 'From NFL MVP, Super Bowl rings. He keeps guys like me and (Cody) Latimer after practice and we're out there 15, 20 minutes. And he's not one of those guys you gotta go chase down, he's gonna be right at the same spot ready to work, every single day.'

Our View: It's a good comparison to have, but Manning obviously has the upper hand. There's a reason why Sanders called Denver "wide receiver heaven" when he signed with the team earlier this year. Sanders is going to be a big part of the offense, and he could be a nice value at his current ADP. He's coming off the board at WR28 (6.05) in 12-team PPR leagues.
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Steelers | GM confident team will extend Ben Roethlisberger (Mon Jul 28, 01:50 PM) - The Pittsburgh Steelers are confident that they will be able sign QB Ben Roethlisberger before his current contract expires, according to general manager Kevin Colbert.

Our View: We just can't imagine Roethlisberger suiting up for another team. Colbert said he expects Roethlisberger to retire as a member of the organization.
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Steelers | Ben Roethlisberger improved arm strength (Sat Jul 26, 05:41 PM) - Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger concentrated on strengthening his throwing arm in the offseason and said it is the strongest it has been in his career. He also worked with a personal trainer and nutritionist for the first time to keep his weight down and endurance up.

Our View: We may see a rejuvenated Big Ben in 2014. The Steelers are reportedly going to use more of the no-huddle offense this year. That could boost his fantasy stock, so make sure not to overlook Roethlisberger in your draft.
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Steelers | No extension expected for Ben Roethlisberger now (Thu Jul 24, 11:22 PM) - The Pittsburgh Steelers are not expected to sign QB Ben Roethlisberger to a contract extension during training camp, and an extension may not come until 2015 at the earliest.

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2014 Schedule

1vs Cleveland Browns
2@ Baltimore Ravens
3@ Carolina Panthers
4vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
5@ Jacksonville Jaguars
6@ Cleveland Browns
7vs Houston Texans
8vs Indianapolis Colts
9vs Baltimore Ravens
10@ New York Jets
11@ Tennessee Titans
12--- BYE WEEK ---
13vs New Orleans Saints
14@ Cincinnati Bengals
15@ Atlanta Falcons
16vs Kansas City Chiefs
17vs Cincinnati Bengals