QB Ben Roethlisberger - Pittsburgh Steelers

6-5, 241Born: 3-2-1982College: Miami (OH)Drafted: Round 1, pick 11 (2004)

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How much game does Ben Roethlisberger have left? This is the biggest question mark for him, the Pittsburgh Steelers and Fantasy GMs who may take a chance on the veteran. Roethlisberger only made it through two games in 2019 before an elbow injury knocked him out for the remainder of the season. In his one full game starting (Week 1 versus the Patriots), Roethlisberger didn't throw a touchdown. He was hurt the next week against the Seahawks and he failed to throw a touchdown in that abbreviated contest either. Roethlisberger is fully healthy entering 2020, one which could be the final season of his career. Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin gave an update on Roethlisberger's rehab and it was all positive. 'As we sit here today, we are extremely confident in his readiness,' Tomlin said. 'We are enjoying the process that he's going through right now. Obviously, it's not without its angst. The guy is coming off a season-ending injury and surgery. But we like where we are. He's throwing on a rehab schedule, and it's going well, and we fully anticipate him being ready to go for that opener.' The Steelers have upgraded the talent around Roethlisberger this offseason. Before we get to the upgrades, Fantasy GMs need to know that top wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster should be back at full strength as well. A knee injury kept him out of four games last year and poor quarterback play after Roethlisberger was hurt led to a down season for the young and talented receiver. Having Smith-Schuster back with Roethlisberger should really boost the passing game. We saw James Washington emerge last year and that progression of his talent should continue as he enters year three of his career. He was the main deep target for the Steelers in 2019, averaging a healthy 16.9 yards per catch. He should be able to continue building chemistry with Roethlisberger this season. Diontae Johnson flashed some talent as a rookie in 2019. The third-round pick out of SMU last year has speed and can be considered an ascending talent for the Steelers offense. Add in rookie Chase Claypool, a second-round pick out of Notre Dame, and you can see a nice collection of talent around the veteran quarterback. Oh yeah, the team added move tight end Eric Ebron in free agency so there's yet another way Roethlisberger can attack a team...if he's healthy. That injury history...and Roethlisberger's age...have Fantasy GMs shying away from him in recent drafts. As of this writing, Roethlisberger has a current ADP of QB22 (13.06) in 12-team PPR leagues. (May 10)

FBG Staff Rankings

QB Redraft - 15, 9, 11, 13, 14, 14, 14, 15, 16, 16, 17, 17, 17, 18, 18, 19
QB Dynasty - 27, 23, 24, 25, 26, 28

Stats and Projections

2017 PIT 15 360 561 4251 28 14 28 47 0 1
2018 PIT 16 452 675 5129 34 16 31 98 3 2
2019 PIT 2 35 62 351 0 1 1 7 0
2020 PROJ-Dodds 14.9 332.0 525.0 * * * 22.0 * * *
2020 PROJ-Henry 14.0 353.0 550.0 * * * 29.0 * * *
2020 PROJ-Wood 14.0 335.0 520.0 * * * 25.0 * * *
2020 PROJ-Tremblay 15.0 329.0 537.0 * * * 41.0 * * *
2020 PROJ-Consensus 14.5 339.4 534.8 * * * 27.8 * * *

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Weekly Performance vs QB 1, QB 12, QB 24

Percentile ranks

Ben Roethlisberger's percentile rank in each category, among QB with more than 50 fantasy points.

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QB: 16

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Latest News

Steelers | Ben Roethlisberger details injury (Tue Aug 4, 11:53 AM) - Updating previous reports, Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (elbow) said he tore three flexor tendons off the bone, and he's attempting to come back from a surgery he believes no quarterback has ever come back from. It wasn't Tommy John surgery, but it was somewhat similar and equally serious.

Our View: It's a serious injury that Roethlisberger is coming back from...at age 38. Who knows what Roethlisberger has left in the tank but after most of 2019 off (only 2 games played) he could look better than some expect. Roethlisberger will be on a rep count in training camp to help keep him fresh for the regular season.
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Steelers | Big Ben encouraged (Tue Aug 4, 11:47 AM) - Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (elbow) said his arm feels really good Tuesday, Aug. 4, after throwing the previous day. He said he has been throwing more than usual this offseason, but he'll still be on a pitch count in training camp.

Our View: Steelers fans and Fantasy GMs should be encouraged too. A healthy Roethlisberger means good things for the passing game and assets like WR JuJu Smith-Schuster. He's a QB2 with QB1 upside in 2020 with a current ADP of QB16 (11.10) in 12-team PPR leagues.
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Steelers | Ben Roethlisberger takes part in practice (Mon Aug 3, 07:35 PM) - Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (elbow) threw passes during practice Monday, Aug. 3.

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2020 Schedule

1@ New York Giants
2vs Denver Broncos
3vs Houston Texans
4@ Tennessee Titans
5vs Philadelphia Eagles
6vs Cleveland Browns
7@ Baltimore Ravens
8--- BYE WEEK ---
9@ Dallas Cowboys
10vs Cincinnati Bengals
11@ Jacksonville Jaguars
12vs Baltimore Ravens
13vs Washington Football Team
14@ Buffalo Bills
15@ Cincinnati Bengals
16vs Indianapolis Colts
17@ Cleveland Browns