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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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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Tue Oct 21): Roethlisberger could have easily had a third and even a fourth touchdown pass against the Texans, but before the Texans fell apart at the end of the first half, he was doing very little. He's still tough to trust going into a matchup against the suddenly good Colts defense.

Week 8: vs Indianapolis Colts

Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. Ben Roethlisberger bounced back from a blah outing at Cleveland (21/42 for 228 yards passing, one TD and one interception thrown, with two sacks taken for -7 yards) to post 23/33 for 265 yards passing, two TDs and zero interceptions with two sacks taken for -16 yards vs. Houston last week. Antonio Brown (13 for 9/90/0) and Le'Veon Bell (eight for 8/88/1) were his main receivers last week, with Martavis Bryant (five for 2/40/1) also bringing down a TD. Lance Moore (2/12/1 receiving) caught a TD from Brown (1/1 for three yards and a TD). Pittsburgh had fun beating the Texans last week. The Colts' pass D is ranked fifth in the NFL in net yards allowed per game (214.4), with eight passing scores balanced by six interceptions (tied-14h in the NFL) and 21 sacks (tied for third). The Steelers have allowed 20 sacks this season (29th in the NFL) - you can expect Roethlisberger to go down at least a few times during this game. Last week, Cincinnati was utterly dominated by the Colts in this phase of the game (18/38 for 103 net yards, with four sacks taken for -23 yards), while Ryan Fitzpatrick was sacked five times for -16 yards two weeks ago (15/23 for 196 net yards, one TD and zero interceptions thrown). Advantage, Indianapolis.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPCMPATTYDTDINTRSHYDTDFumL
4 vs TB 29 40 314 3 0 2 4 0 1
5 at JAX 26 36 273 1 0 3 -2 0 1
6 at CLE 21 42 228 1 1 1 7 0 0
7 vs HOU 23 33 265 2 0 4 3 0 1
8 vs IND PROJ-Dodds 21 36 * * * 2 * * *
8 vs IND PROJ-Tremblay 24 37 * * * 2 * * *
8 vs IND PROJ-Bloom 21 34 * * * 0 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 5 vs JAX (26 / 36 / 273 / 1 / 0 pass, 3 / -2 / 0 rush)

Roethlisberger had a disappointing fantasy day given the attractive matchup against the Jaguars, who, entering this game, were ranked last in the NFL against the pass. Roethlisberger distributed the ball to 11 different receivers in the game, with half of his attempts going to either Antonio Brown (x12) or Le'Veon Bell (x6); the remaining 18 attempts were sparsely distributed to 9 other receivers. Roethlisberger was largely successful in finding the open receiver, but only 2 offensive drives resulted in scores, which limited his fantasy output. His lone touchdown of the game was to backup tight end, Michael Palmer; it was a 1-yard pass on a naked rollout that found Palmer as he literally fell into the endzone. Roethlisberger lost a potential scoring opportunity when he fumbled during a sack deep in Jaguars' territory; this was 1 of 4 sacks that Roethlisberger endured on the afternoon. Roethlisberger has now been sacked 15 times through 5 games, which ranks 30th in the NFL.

2014 Week 6 vs CLE (21 / 42 / 228 / 1 / 1 pass, 1 / 7 / 0 rush)

Roethlisberger had his second disappointing fantasy performance in as many weeks, finishing the day with a garbage-time touchdown pass to Lance Moore to salvage any semblance of fantasy output. The touchdown to Moore came with two minutes remaining in the game, when the Browns were leading 31-3; on the play, Roethlisberger rolled out of the pocket when his receivers were in tight coverage and eventually found Lance Moore near the endzone for 26-yards yards. Roethlisberger was sacked only twice on the day and those sacks came on back-to-back plays in the third quarter in the middle of a promising 60+ yard drive that subsequently ended with a punt. He was credited with an interception after a short pass intended for Markus Wheaton was tipped at the line of scrimmage by a defensive lineman and caught by a diving Buster Skrine; that interception ended a streak of 129 passes without an interception by Roethlisberger.

2014 Week 7 vs HOU (23 / 33 / 265 / 2 / 0 pass, 4 / 3 / 0 rush)

Roethlisberger accumulated the majority of his fantasy output in a 48-second stretch near the end of the first half; during that period of time, Roethlisberger threw for a quick 76 yards and 2 touchdowns, which accounted for ~ 75% of his fantasy point production. Roethlisberger's first TD pass went to Martavis Bryant on a go route, where Bryant got behind the cornerback and Roethlisberger adeptly dropped the 35-yard pass into Bryant's arms in the back of the endzone. Roethlisberger's second TD pass came less than a minute later (after a Texans' turnover) when Le'Veon Bell went into motion to the right flank and was left uncovered by the Texans' defense; Bell caught a quick 2-yard pass in the front corner of the endzone to give the Steelers an 11-point lead. Roethlisberger tossed a third touchdown in the 3rd quarter to Antonio Brown that was reversed when instant replay showed that the tip of Brown's shoe touched the sideline during the catch. Roethlisberger was sacked 3 times in the first half and lost a fumble during one of those sacks (his 4th fumble in 3 games); he did not, however, throw an interception.

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Latest News

Steelers | Big Ben likes facing Cleveland (Sat Oct 11, 12:38 AM) - Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger threw for 365 yards with a touchdown in Week 1 against the Cleveland Browns, the team's Week 6 opponent. Over his past eight starts against the Browns, Roethlisberger has thrown two or more touchdown passes. However, in 19 career starts, he has eclipsed 281 yards just twice.

Our View: We expect touchdowns, but as the article points out, Roethlisberger's yard total might be lower than we'd like. If you get 6 points for QB touchdowns, we feel confident he'll be a solid QB1 start. If it's just 4 points, drop him down a tad, to a borderline QB1/QB2 start. Still a very good option.
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Schedule

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