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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 (Mon Dec 15): Roethlisberger not getting a touchdown or two on Sunday was a bad break, as he played well for the entire game. LeVeon Bell scored twice on the ground, and two other times the team settled for field goals, but Roethlisberger should still be in your circle of trust for Week 16 against the Chiefs.

General News (Thu Dec 18): practiced fully on Thursday.

General News (Wed Dec 17): did not practice on Wednesday (he was excused).

General News (Tue Dec 16): and offensive coordinator Todd Haley are working very well together this season. With the game on the line late in the fourth quarter in Week 15 against the Atlanta Falcons, Haley gave Roethlisberger the freedom to decide between two different plays. The fact that Haley didn't insist on a run with just one yard to gain shows how well the relationship between the coordinator and quarterback is going.

Week 16: vs Kansas City Chiefs

Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. This game has profound playoff implications for both teams - look for a hard-fought contest. Ben Roethlisberger has thrown for 340 or more passing yards in five of his last six starts, and bombed Atlanta for 27/35 for 360 yards passing, zero TDs or interceptions (with one sack taken for -7 yards) most recently. He, Antonio Brown, and Le'Veon Bell are automatic starters here in Week 16, while Martavis Bryant, Markus Wheaton and Heath Miller should all be considered seriously as well. There are a lot of balls and lots of yardage to go around on the Steelers' offense right now. The Kansas City pass D is currently second in the NFL in terms of passing yards allowed per game (199.2 net yards allowed on average), but they've given out 21 passing scores vs. a league-worst four interceptions generated this year. Though the Chiefs do have 38 sacks (tied for sixth in the NFL), they generally pile up big sack numbers at home in thunderous Arrowhead Stadium, rather than on the road. Pittsburgh is currently 17th in the NFL with 32 sacks allowed. Derek Carr was sacked four times for -20 yards at Arrowhead last week (27/56 for 202 yards passing, one TD and zero interceptions thrown), while Drew Stanton was sacked twice at University of Phoenix Stadium (for -14 yards) on his way to 15/30 for 225 net yards passing, one TD and zero interceptions thrown. Roethlisberger has a tougher-than-usual pass coverage on the way, but he shouldn't throw a gaggle of interceptions against this surprisingly not-ball-hawking secondary.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPCMPATTYDTDINTRSHYDTDFumL
13 vs NO 32 58 435 2 2 1 8 0 0
14 at CIN 25 39 350 3 0 1 -1 0 0
15 at ATL 27 35 360 0 0 2 -2 0 0
16 vs KC PROJ-Dodds 27 39 * * * 2 * * *
16 vs KC PROJ-Tremblay 26 39 * * * 2 * * *
16 vs KC PROJ-Bloom 25 39 * * * 0 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 13 vs NO (32 / 58 / 435 / 2 / 2 pass, 1 / 8 / 0 rush)

Ben Roethlisberger had a productive fantasy football day, but his actual football performance was his worst of the season. Roethlisberger was reckless and inaccurate, throwing two key interceptions, both of which resulted in Saints' touchdowns. The first interception came in the second quarter when Roethlisberger threw an arching pass into double-coverage to Darrius Heyward-Bey; Heyward-Bey ran an awkward route and got turned around on the pass, which made it an easy interception for the Saints' safety, Kenny Vacarro. While Heyward-Bey may not have done much to prevent the interception, much of the blame has to fall on Roethlisberger for throwing a poor pass to his WR5 in double-coverage. His second interception was the result of a tip-and-pick by a defensive lineman deep in Steelers' territory in the third quarter. It is worth noting that Roethlisberger made yet another poor pass in the first quarter to Antonio Brown, which should have resulted in a pick-six, had Saints' CB Patrick Robinson been able to hold onto the ball. Throughout the season, Roethlisberger has often found himself under pressure from opposing defensive lineman, but his offensive line protected him for most of the day, allowing minimal pressure and only 1 sack (for no loss of yardage). Both of Roethlisberger's touchdowns went to Antonio Brown late in the fourth quarter during garbage time, when he also collected nearly 200 (of his 435) passing yards.

2014 Week 14 vs CIN (25 / 39 / 350 / 3 / 0 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)

A week after his worst outing of the season, Ben Roethlisberger rebounded nicely in a must-win situation against his AFC North rival, the Cincinnati Bengals. Roethlisberger reportedly watched game film after his poor performance against the Saints last week and found some flaws in his mechanics that were in need of adjustment; whatever he and Todd Haley found seemed to have an effect because Roethlisberger was markedly improved over his Week #13 performance. Big Ben benefited from superb pass blocking for the entire afternoon; the Bengals rarely got substantial pressure on Roethlisberger and he escaped the day without being sacked for the first time in six weeks. Roethlisberger threw three touchdowns on the afternoon, the first of which was a 1-yard block-and-release dump to TE Heath Miller. His second touchdown pass went to Le'Veon Bell in the third quarter, when Bell ran an option route and jived a defender before Roethlisberger dropped a short pass over the line of scrimmage for a 5-yard score. Roethlisberger's longest pass of the day was a dandy; he lofted a pass 50-yards downfield to rookie WR Martavis Bryant, who caught the ball in stride on a 'go' route and ran another 50-yards for a 94-yard touchdown, the NFL's longest score of the season.

2014 Week 15 vs ATL (27 / 35 / 360 / 0 / 0 pass, 2 / -2 / 0 rush)

Ben Roethlisberger was efficient against the Falcons, but his fantasy numbers were somewhat of a letdown against one of the league's worst passing defenses; he completed 27 of 35 attempts for 360 yards, but failed to find the endzone for only the second time this season. Roethlisberger enjoyed minimal pressure from the Falcons' front seven, which was reflected on the stat sheet with only a single sack and no interceptions. While his fantasy output was limited due to the lack of touchdowns, Roethlisberger put together five drives of 50 yards or more by consistently finding (and connecting with) his open receivers. Despite his disappointing fantasy numbers, Roethlisbeger had a solid 'game manager' type performance and Steelers' fans are likely content with how he played, including the result of the game.

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Latest News

Steelers | Ben Roethlisberger probable (Fri Dec 19, 02:26 PM) - Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (non-injury) fully participated in practice Friday, Dec. 19, and is listed as probable for Week 16.

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Steelers | Big Ben, Heath Miller back at practice (Thu Dec 18, 06:14 PM) - Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (non-injury) and TE Heath Miller (non-injury) both returned to a full practice Thursday, Dec. 18, after taking the day off Wednesday, Dec. 17.

Our View: Roethlisberger is a top QB1 this week, while Miller is a generally underrated TE2 if you need the extra help.

Steelers | Ben Roethliberger does not practice (Wed Dec 17, 04:47 PM) - Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (non-injury) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Dec. 17.

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Steelers | Roethlisberger, OC clicking (Mon Dec 15, 07:20 PM) - Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger and offensive coordinator Todd Haley are working very well together this season. With the game on the line late in the fourth quarter in Week 15 against the Atlanta Falcons, Haley gave Roethlisberger the freedom to decide between two different plays. The fact that Haley didn't insist on a run with just one yard to gain shows how well the relationship between the coordinator and QB is going.

Our View: Giving Roethlisberger freedom to run the offense has benefited the Steelers greatly. Haley is taking more of a backseat on game day, and it's helped the team thrive on offense. Roethlisberger was 12-for-14 for 191 yards on plays in which the Falcons rushed at least five defenders, according to ESPN Stats & Information.
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Steelers | Ben Roethlisberger expected to play (Fri Dec 12, 03:31 PM) - Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (non-injury) fully participated in practice Friday, Dec. 12, and is listed as probable for Week 15.

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Schedule

16vs Kansas City Chiefs
17vs Cincinnati Bengals