QB Ben Roethlisberger - Pittsburgh Steelers

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

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Roethlisberger (elbow surgery) is out for the season

Week 12: at Cincinnati Bengals - $

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FBG says: Great matchup. Mason Rudolph escaped last Thursday's melee without a suspension, but he may not be long for the Pittsburgh lineup anyway. He's guided the team to a 4-3 record as the starter, but has yet to show impact-making ability. And last week, a lack of impact wasn't even the problem; sheer ineffectiveness was. Rudolph had his worst game thus far against the Browns, hitting on just 23 of his 44 throws for 221 yards, with a touchdown and 4 interceptions. He was close to a few more giveaways, as well, and has taken a major step backward. Over 4 games since returning from injury, he's produced just 5.9 yards per attempts and 5 touchdowns. His deficiencies have weighed heavily on his receivers, including JuJu Smith-Schuster, who's been held below 45 yards in 4 of his 7 full games since Ben Roethlisberger's injury. He looks unlikely for Sunday after a scary Week 11 concussion, but even if he plays, he'll boast a low fantasy floor. With Rudolph struggling, peripheral options Vance McDonald, Diontae Johnson (also unlikely with a concussion), and James Washington don't factor into the fantasy picture. Names like Johnny Holton, Tevin Jones, and even Deon Cain are now shuffling into this unit, and no one can be trusted. Holton (7 targets last week) could lead the way through all of the injuries, but it's not encouraging that he's caught just a single one of his 13 looks on the season. The Bengals pass defense continues to flounder as one of football's worst. Their raw numbers look passable - they've allowed a middle-of-the-road 266 yards per game and 15 touchdowns. But in terms of efficiency, virtually no unit league-wide has been worse. With little pass rush to speak of, they sit 31st in pressure rate and dead last in sacks. That puts a ton of pressure on the cornerbacks to hold downfield coverage, and they haven't been up to the task. William Jackson and B.W. Webb have been beaten frequently, while safeties Shawn Williams and Jessie Bates have been among the league's weakest in help coverage. The Bengals' soft downfield play has allowed huge games up the seams to the likes of Cooper Kupp (7 catches for 220 yards and a touchdown), Dede Westbrook (6 for 103), and the Ravens tight ends (10 for 131 and 2). Opponents tend to run over these Bengals, which can affect their game flow and volume, keeping raw stats mostly in check. But any passing game - even that of the snakebitten Steelers - takes on a handsome projection boost in this matchup. When these teams faced off in Week 4, Mason Rudolph completed 24 of his 28 throws and fired a pair of touchdowns.

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.

Recent Game Summaries

2019 Week 2 vs SEA (8 / 15 / 75 / 0 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush - 3 points, $7600)

Ben Roethlisberger, coming into his 2019 home opener, had a 68.9% completion percentage and a 22-7 touchdown to interception ratio. Unfortunately, his sterling track record did not carry over into this game. Roethlisberger was seeing extreme pressure as early as the second play of the game. He took a sack where he landed awkwardly on his elbow. Similar to Week 1, Roethlisberger did take his deep shots against the Seahawk's secondary. Also similar to Week 1, Roethlisberger targeted speedy wide receiver, Johnny Holton. Holton, this time, was open as he split his defenders deep, but Roethlisberger overthrew the ball. Roethlisberger's best pass of the game came just before half time. Roethlisberger looked the defender inside so Juju Smith-Schuster could gain outside leverage and work in space. Roethlisberger went to the locker room with a couple minutes left in the first half and did not return the rest of the game.

2019 Week 1 vs NE (27 / 47 / 276 / 0 / 1 pass, 1 / 7 / 0 rush - 10.74 points, $7600)

Drops and overthrows are the story of Ben Roethlisberger's night against the New England Patriots. Similar to last year, Ben Roethlisberger and his offensive coordinator, Randy Fichtner, started the game with short passes and allowing Roethlisberger to get into rhythm. In fact, Roethlisberger started the game three for three with a pinpoint pass to Juju Smith-Schuster converting a first down on their opening drive. Unfortunately, instead of continuing to pick the Patriots apart underneath, Roethlisberger took a deep shot on third down to Johnny Holton. The ball was underthrown and Holton was not able to make a play to keep the drive alive. As the game continued, Roethlisberger was trying to find other weapons to step up due to tight coverage on Juju Smith-Schuster from Stephon Gilmore. Roethlisberger not only found safety in dumping the ball off underneath to both James Conner and Jaylen Samuels, but also found reliability in slot receiver Ryan Switzer. Unfortunately, Roethlisberger's best throw of the night came on a dropped pass in the end zone by Donte Moncrief. The pass was exactly where it needed to be for an 18-yard touchdown, but the ball was separated from Moncrief by the defender. Ben did have one other highlight toss second year wide receiver James Washington on a 45-yard completion. The ball was thrown well ahead of the receiver and Washington made a good play tracking the ball. Ultimately, something we to remember from this game is that things could have been a lot worse for Roethlisberger. Roethlisberger ended the game with one turnover, an interception in the end zone in the fourth quarter when the game was out of hand, and he easily could've had two more. One from a fumble in the red zone when he was hit from behind and another when a defender undercut Juju Smith-Schuster's route.


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