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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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News you need to know

General News (Wed Nov 15): practiced fully on Wednesday and is not on the team's injury report. He will play this week.

General News (Tue Nov 14): practiced fully on Tuesday.

General News (Mon Nov 13): partially participated in Monday's practice.

Week 11: vs Tennessee Titans

All QB vs TEN

FBG says: Neutral matchup. Ben Roethlisberger appears back to his game-managing days similar to his early career numbers. He's averaging just 255.3 yards per game, his lowest mark since 2012, and a truly pitiful 1.38 touchdowns. And not all of it can be blamed on his (modest) drop in volume; he merely hasn't been very efficient in his age-35 season. Through 9 games, he's posting the lowest adjusted yardage per attempt of his career, as well as his lowest completion rate since 2008 and his second-worst interception rate since 2006. Roethlisberger still has the weapons: Antonio Brown remains a week-to-week megastud, and rookie JuJu Smith-Schuster looks outstanding, with 521 yards and 5 touchdowns across 43 targets. He's usurped Martavis Bryant by two or three noses, and he's making plays all over the field at just 20 years old. His future is blindingly bright, and his per-target present is thrilling; between those two starters, the Steelers should boast a consistently high-octane passing game. The problem here is, for the sake of streamlining, Roethlisberger. Without his dynamic deep ball clicking, he's simply not producing enough opportunity to view this unit quite the way we have in recent years. They remain explosive, just on a smaller scale than we're used to. The Titans pass defense has rebranded itself majorly after a horrid start to 2017. They allowed 276.8 yards per game over the first 4 weeks, but just 208.2 since. Safety Kevin Byard's breakout season is the big catalyst for the turnaround, but another has been the play of rookie cornerback Adoree Jackson, one of the most targetable cover men in the league early on but a near-shutdown presence ever since. He helped erase T.Y. Hilton from the Colts game plan in Week 6, then performed fantastically on A.J. Green last Sunday. Jackson, like the rest of this secondary, remains a work in progress - there are a lot of missed tackles and enough blown coverages to exploit. But this is by no means the same attackable unit we saw to start the season. The flashes of dynamite coverage - as well as Byard's outstanding, ball-hawking play - are enough to make us think a bit before merely plugging their opponents into our lineups.

Recent Stats and Projections

7 vs CIN 69 14 24 224 2 0 3 -3 0 0 18.9
8 at DET 64 17 31 317 1 1 3 -2 0 0 18.65
10 at IND 66 19 31 236 2 1 2 5 0 0 18.3
11 vs TEN 72 30 45 299 4 0 1 10 0 0 31.95
11 vs TEN PROJ-Dodds * 21 34 * * * 1 * * * *
11 vs TEN PROJ-Tremblay * 21 34 * * * 2 * * * *
11 vs TEN PROJ-Bloom * 19 29 * * * 1 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 10 vs IND (19 / 31 / 236 / 2 / 1 pass, 2 / 5 / 0 rush)

Ben Roethlisberger completed 19 out of 31 passing attempts for 236 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. On the second play from scrimmage, Roethlisberger targeted Martavis Bryant with a deep pass that was underthrown and intercepted. After a slow first half, Roethlisberger was resilient passing for 164 yards and two touchdowns during the remainder of the game. Mid third quarter on a first and goal, Roethlisberger completed a seven-yard touchdown pass to JuJu Smith-Schuster. On the play, Roethlisberger was able to quickly get rid of the ball as soon as Smith-Schuster got open. Early fourth quarter on a third and goal, Roethlisberger found tight end Vance McDonald wide-open in the right side of the end zone. On the play, Roethlisberger was able to buy time in the pocket until he noticed McDonald all alone on the right side of the field. On the following play, Roethlisberger found Bryant while running in stride for a successful two-point conversion. With just over three minutes left in the game, Roethlisberger led a ten-play 70-yard drive which resulted in the game winning field goal.

2017 Week 8 vs DET (17 / 31 / 317 / 1 / 1 pass, 3 / -2 / 0 rush)

Ben Roethlisberger completed 17 passes out of 31 attempts for 317 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Roethlisberger was inconsistent as the bulk of his production (56.1%) came on three long passes, a 41-yard and 97-yard touchdown pass to JuJu Smith-Schuster and a 40-yard pass to Antonio Brown. Early first quarter on 3rd and 2, Roethlisberger threw a pass to Eli Rogers, who dropped an easy touchdown in the end zone. Late first quarter, Roethlisberger threw an interception on a pass intended for Brown. On the play, Roethlisberger put too much on the pass as it sailed over the head of Brown and into Lions safety, Glover Quin's hands. Early third quarter, Roethlisberger was off-target on what looked to be another easy touchdown pass to Darrius Heyward-Bey. Late 3rd quarter on a 3rd and 9, Roethlisberger found Smith-Schuster over the middle for a 97-yard touchdown pass. On the play, Roethlisberger showed good touch completing the pass while Smith-Schuster did the heavy lifting outrunning the defense for the touchdown.

2017 Week 7 vs CIN (14 / 24 / 224 / 2 / 0 pass, 3 / -3 / 0 rush)

Ben Roethlisberger completed 14 passes out of 24 attempts for 224 yards and 2 touchdowns. Most of the production (12 completions, 193 yards, 2 touchdowns) came during the first half while the game was still competitive. Roethlisberger started the game with a nine-play 75-yard drive that completed with a seven-yard touchdown pass to Antonio Brown. On the play, Roethlisberger placed the pass in a spot where only Brown could complete the reception. Early second quarter, Roethlisberger found a wide-open JuJu Smith-Schuster for a 31-yard touchdown reception. On the play, Roethlisberger hit the receiver while running in stride over the middle of the field for the touchdown. Roethlisberger only completed two passes during the second half as the focus was on the running game.

2017 Week 6 vs KC (17 / 25 / 252 / 1 / 1 pass, 2 / -2 / 0 rush)

Ben Roethlisberger completed 17 passes out of 25 attempts for 252 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Roethlisberger played a smart game and took what the defense gave him. Early second quarter on a third and five, a pass intended for Antonio Brown was intercepted by Marcus Peters. On the play, there was miscommunication between Roethlisberger and Brown after the receiver stopped running the route early. After the play, Brown was shown pointing to himself and saying that the interception was his fault. Late fourth quarter on a third and two, Roethlisberger targeted Brown who was locked in tight coverage. On the play, the ball tipped off the Chiefs defender into Brown's hands and he ran for a 51-yards touchdown.

2017 Week 5 vs JAX (33 / 55 / 312 / 0 / 5 pass, 1 / 1 / 0 rush)

Ben Roethlisberger threw a career-high five interceptions as the accuracy on his deep passes has been off-target all season. His completion percentage is now 61% on the season, the lowest mark for the Steelers quarterback since 2009. Late first quarter, Roethlisberger was pressured and quickly threw a pass that was intercepted by Jalen Ramsey, who jumped a Vance McDonald route. Mid third quarter, a pass intended to Antonio Brown was tipped at the line of scrimmage directly into the hands of Jaguars linebacker Telvin Smith, who returned the interception for a touchdown. During the next series on a third and 18, a high pass intended for Brown was tipped into the hands of Barry Church for a 51-yard interception return. Late fourth quarter on a third and ten, Roethlisberger threw his fourth interception when JuJu Smith-Schuster was tripped up while running a route. Late fourth quarter, a pass intended for Brown was thrown well short resulting in his fifth interception of the afternoon. During a post-game interview, Roethlisberger commented that "maybe I don't have it anymore."

2017 Week 4 vs BAL (18 / 30 / 216 / 1 / 1 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)

Ben Roethlisberger was not asked to do much as the Steelers played a conservative game plan which focused on the running game and short passing game. He finished with 18 completions on 30 passing attempts for 216 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Early second quarter on a third and four, Roethlisberger missed Antonio Brown, who was left uncovered over the middle of the field, as Roethlisberger unsuccessfully attempted to check-down the pass to LeVeon Bell. Late second quarter, Roethlisberger went through his progressions and found JuJu Smith-Schuster open over the middle of the field for a 11-yard touchdown pass. Early third quarter on a third and six, Roethlisberger looked to complete a short pass to Brown, but the play was challenged and controversially reversed to an interception as Brown lost control of the ball as he was being tackled. Mid fourth quarter, Roethlisberger overthrew Martavis Bryant on what would have been a wide-open touchdown pass.

2017 Week 3 vs CHI (22 / 39 / 235 / 1 / 0 pass, 1 / 6 / 0 rush)

Ben Roethlisberger was aggressive pushing the ball downfield throughout the game. However, he was only able to complete 56% of his passes as the Bears defense offered strong resistance. Mid first quarter on a third and eight, Roethlisberger was hit from behind and stripped of the football which resulted in a turnover. The offense started slowly with only 14 passing yards after the first three offensive series. They put together one solid series early in the second quarter as Roethlisberger led a 13 play 77-yard drive that concluded with a seven-yard touchdown pass to Antonio Brown. On the play, Roethlisberger exploited the one-on-one coverage by throwing a quick screen to Brown, who did the rest by running for the touchdown.

2017 Week 2 vs MIN (23 / 35 / 243 / 2 / 0 pass, 2 / -2 / 0 rush)

Ben Roethlisberger took what the Vikings defense would give as he finished with 23 completions on 35 passing attempts for 243 yards and two touchdowns. Mid first quarter, Roethlisberger led a nine play 78-yard drive that finished with a 27-yard touchdown pass to Martavis Bryant. On the play, Roethlisberger delivered a crisp pass to Bryant while he was in stride and he outran the Vikings defense for the touchdown. Early second quarter, Roethlisberger led a five play 60-yard drive that concluded with a 4-yard touchdown pass to JuJu Smith-Schuster. On the play, Roethlisberger sold the play before dropping a quick shovel pass to Smith-Schuster. Roethlisberger finished the first half with 9 completions on 18 pass attempts for 81 yards and two touchdowns. He found some rhythm during the second half with the short passing game. Mid third quarter, Roethlisberger completed two passes to Bryant for 13 and 51 yards. He caught the Vikings defense offsides and showed renewed chemistry with Bryant on the 51-yard completion. Early fourth quarter, Roethlisberger completed passes of 8, 16, and 11 yards to Eli Rogers. He also completed a 26-yard pass to Antonio Brown halfway through the fourth quarter.

2017 Week 1 vs CLE (24 / 36 / 263 / 2 / 1 pass, 3 / -8 / 0 rush)

Ben Roethlisberger produced a solid game-winning performance with 24 completions on 36 pass attempts for 263 yards and 2 touchdowns. The offense started out of the spread formation passing the ball on the Steelers first five plays. However, offensive holding penalties quickly stopped any momentum. The offense struggled getting into rhythm until late in the 2nd quarter when Roethlisberger targeted Antonio Brown on three consecutive passes which resulted in gains of 50, 11, and 19 yards. Roethlisberger finished the 7 play 91-yard drive by completing a 4-yard touchdown pass to Jesse James. On the 3rd and goal, Roethlisberger placed the ball in a small window in the middle of the end zone. Roethlisberger finished the half with 13 completions on 20 pass attempts for 148 yards and 1 touchdown. Mid 3rd quarter, Roethlisberger led a 6 play 75-yard drive which concluded with his second touchdown pass of the afternoon to James. On the drive, Roethlisberger completed passes of 14 yards to Martavis Bryant and 10 yards to Le'Veon Bell. On 3rd and goal, Roethlisberger found James peeling off of his block for the short touchdown pass. Early 4th quarter on a 3rd and 9, a pass intended for Martavis Bryant was tipped and intercepted by the Browns.


Latest News

Steelers | Four touchdowns for Big Ben (Thu Nov 16, 11:59 PM) - Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger completed 30 of his 45 passes for 299 yards and four touchdowns and rushed once for 10 yards in a 40-17 win over the Tennessee Titans in Week 11.

Our View: Roethlisberger has been better at home for the last few years, and Week 11 reminded us of that. It was his best game of the year by a large margin. Roethlisberger is gaining trust again in fantasy leagues heading into another home prime time matchup against a weak secondary next week - Green Bay.
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Steelers | Ben Roethlisberger ready to go (Wed Nov 15, 06:17 PM) - Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (rest) practiced in full Wednesday, Nov. 15, and he is off the injury report heading into Week 11 against the Tennessee Titans.

Our View: The Steelers are at home this week against the Titans on Thursday night. That makes us feel better about Roethlisberger and his fantasy prospects. He's a QB1 this week.
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Steelers | Pittsburgh injury report for Week 11 (Wed Nov 15, 06:15 PM) - Pittsburgh Steelers CB Joe Haden (fibula) and TE Vance McDonald (ankle) did not practice Wednesday, Nov. 15. Haden has been ruled out for Week 11 against the Tennessee Titans. LB James Harrison (back) and S Mike Mitchell (ankle) were limited in practice. Both players, and McDonald, are listed as questionable. WR Martavis Bryant (illness), OG Ramon Foster (rest), CB William Gay (rest), WR Darrius Heyward-Bey (rest) and QB Ben Roethlisberger (rest) practiced in full and are off the injury report.

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Steelers | Ben Roethlisberger limited (Mon Nov 13, 05:01 PM) - Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (non-injury) was limited during practice Monday, Nov. 13. The Steelers did not hold a practice Monday, so this is an estimation.

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Steelers | Ben Roethlisberger rallies team to win (Sun Nov 12, 06:13 PM) - Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger completed 19 of his 31 pass attempts for 236 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in the Week 10 game against the Indianapolis Colts.

Our View: Roethlisberger was better in the second half, but still should have been able to do a lot more against the poor Colts defense. He's a dicey play on a short week of rest, but the opponent (Tennessee) and home cooking could make Roethlisberger a possible streamer.
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