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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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Summary

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, 7, 12, 14, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 16, 16, 16, 16, 16, 16, 17, 17, 17, 17, 17, 18
QB Dynasty - 17, 15, 15, 16, 17, 18, 21

Stats and Projections

YEARGCMPATTYDTDINTRSHYDTDFumL
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 15 336 540 * * * 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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QB: 17

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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