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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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Best ball is perfect for Roethlisberger because fantasy teams can avoid his road and injury duds while still getting the benefit of his home scoring sprees. Martavis Bryant is back. If Bryant, Ben, Brown, and Bell can stay on the field for most of the season, Roethlisberger should have than enough top 5 scoring weeks to profit on his 9th/10th round cost in drafts.

Summary

There may not be a 'next year' with Ben Roethlisberger as he has not committed to playing football past this season. The Steelers (and fantasy owners) may be taking one last ride with Roethlisberger and the potential for him to once again be a top-10 fantasy quarterback is there. Injuries have piled up for the veteran quarterback and last year in 14 games, Roethlisberger finished as the 18th fantasy quarterback in standard scoring leagues. If he can stay healthy for a full 16-game season, something he hasn't done in two years, Roethlisberger will have a full array of weapons at his disposal. Martavis Bryant is back after a year-long suspension, and in the second round of the 2017 NFL draft the Steelers selected JuJu Smith-Schuster out of USC. Oh yeah -- Antonio Brown is arguably the best receiver in the league and running back Le'Veon Bell is a fantastic receiver out of the backfield. The Steelers offense features a high-powered passing attack led by Roethlisberger. His current ADP has him going off the board near the end of the eighth round in 12-team leagues. That's too good given the potential to finish any week as the best fantasy quarterback in the NFL. Yes, there's risk involved with Roethlisberger. He was only sacked 17 times in 2016 (3rd lowest), and Roethlisberger was only contacted 31 times (lowest total in 2016) on 527 dropbacks. The Steelers line is much better than it used to be, and it's well worth taking a chance on Roethlisberger to see if he can go out with a bang in 2017. (July 9)

FBG Staff Rankings

QB Redraft - 9, 1, 5, 5, 6, 7, 8, 8, 9, 9, 9, 10, 10, 11, 12, 12, 13, 13, 14, 14, 16
Overall Redraft - 59, 19, 32, 48, 49, 60
QB Dynasty - 15, 10, 15, 15, 15, 15, 16

Stats and Projections

YEARGCMPATTYDTDINTRSHYDTDFumL
2014 PIT 16 408 608 4952 32 9 32 27 0 5
2015 PIT 12 319 469 3938 21 16 15 29 0
2016 PIT 14 328 509 3819 29 13 16 14 1 2
2017 PROJ-Dodds 15 365 555 * * * 22 * * *
2017 PROJ-Henry 14 345 525 * * * 17 * * *
2017 PROJ-Wood 14 355 533 * * * 25 * * *
2017 PROJ-Tremblay 16 391 605 * * * 21 * * *

* - Footballguys Insiders can see full projections on this page. See just below for how to sign up.

Average Draft Position

Overall: 82
QB: 10

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Latest News

Steelers | Martavis Bryant wants to talk to QB (Fri Jul 14, 09:31 PM) - Pittsburgh Steelers WR Martavis Bryant said he wants to talk with QB Ben Roethlisberger 'man-to-man' about the public comments Roethlisberger made about Bryant's suspension. 'Hopefully we'll have it before the season starts,' Bryant said. 'If not, that's fine. I'm still going to go out and perform and do what I have to do to be the best teammate I can be.'

Our View: We have a feeling the two are going to make big plays for the Steelers this year. Bryant comes with plenty of risk, but he's a high-end WR2 for fantasy owners when he's playing at his best.
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2017 Schedule

1@ Cleveland Browns
2vs Minnesota Vikings
3@ Chicago Bears
4@ Baltimore Ravens
5vs Jacksonville Jaguars
6@ Kansas City Chiefs
7vs Cincinnati Bengals
8@ Detroit Lions
9--- BYE WEEK ---
10@ Indianapolis Colts
11vs Tennessee Titans
12vs Green Bay Packers
13@ Cincinnati Bengals
14vs Baltimore Ravens
15vs New England Patriots
16@ Houston Texans
17vs Cleveland Browns