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By Eric McQuillen, Steelers Correspondent, Sun, Oct 12th 4:44pm EDT

The offense couldn't get it rolling today and it all started with Big Ben. The timing wasn't there, nor were the accurate passes as Roethlisberger completed just half of his throws. His 50% completion percentage was his lowest of the season He finished the day with a line of 21/42 for 228 yards with a TD and a pick.

Fantasy Impact: It was a day to forget for Roethlisberger, and it doesn't get any better Week 7 as the Steelers take on the Texans at home. Roethlisberger tends to thrive against defenses with good pass rushes as we've seen through the years, but unless you're in a really deep league, there are surely safer options out there. Pencil him in as a high-end QB2 Week 7 against Houston.

By Eric McQuillen, Steelers Correspondent, Sun, Oct 5th 8:45pm EDT

It wasn't pretty, but the Steelers pulled it out Sunday afternoon. Roethlisberger put out a line of 26/36 for 273 yards and a score to backup tight end Michael Palmer at the goal line just before half.

Fantasy Impact: It wasn't the breakout performance of the week that a lot of analysts predicted, but it was okay. Roethlisberger missed on several throws he usually makes but the team as a whole just didn't give their A-game this afternoon, as they often play down to their competition. Ben Roethlisberger will be a low-end QB1 next week, though, as the Steelers take on a Cleveland secondary that keeps getting torched, despite their talent level.

By Eric McQuillen, Steelers Correspondent, Sun, Sep 28th 9:23pm EDT

Ben Roethlisberger had a very impressive day, completing 72% of his throws for 314 yards and three scores. He had no interceptions but did lose a fumble.

Fantasy Impact: Roethlisberger is really paying off this year for those who waited to draft a quarterback and his successes should continue next week against a Jacksonville defense that Philip Rivers just picked apart. The Steelers defense has been shaky so Roethlisberger's pass attempts should stay steady. Lock him in as a QB1 next week.

By Eric McQuillen, Steelers Correspondent, Mon, Sep 22nd 1:24pm EDT

Roethlisberger went 22 for 30, completing 73% of his passes for 196 yards, two TD passes, and zero turnovers against a stout Carolina defense.

Fantasy Impact: Roethlisberger can not be counted on week to week as a QB1, but he showed that he can be the man when he needs to. This array of weapons he has at his disposal this year are unlike any in recent memory. Since the Steelers are running the ball at the pace they are, Roethlisberger remains a backup QB to many for fantasy purposes or a bye-week filler. This performance showed that he can be trusted when needed. Lock him in this week as a mid to low-end QB1, though, against a Tampa Bay defense that got throttled against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 3.

By Eric McQuillen, Steelers Correspondent, Fri, Sep 12th 2:53am EDT

Ben Roethlisberger completed 22 of 37 attempts for 217 yards and one interception. This effort ended a 30-game passing touchdown streak for Roethlisberger.

Fantasy Impact: It was certainly a game to forget for Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers offense in it's entirety. The line was getting throttled by Baltimore which led to Roethlisberger hurrying passes and not letting plays work to their potential. Ben Roethlisberger is still a back-end QB1, though, with great upside and a nice set of weapons, but faces a stiff challenge next week on the road in Carolina in what could be a low-scoring affair. There are better options in Week 3 as your fantasy QB.

By Eric McQuillen, Steelers Correspondent, Mon, Sep 8th 12:30am EDT

Ben Roethlisberger completed 23 of 34 for passes for 365 yards with a touchdown and an interception in the Steelers victory over the Cleveland Browns at Heinz Field.

Fantasy Impact: Roethlisberger is entering a year with a revamped line and a plethora of weapons he has not seen in quite some time. He had a great day spreading the ball around and compiling over 250 yards at half. Those who waited on him in drafts could be looking at season long value and success as he put up these numbers today against one of the very best secondaries in all of football. You could probably choose a safer option, however, when the Pittsburgh Steelers travel to Baltimore for the week two opener at M&T Bank Stadium as this rivalry usually includes only a score or two with field goals aplenty. Roethlisberger will be a mid QB2 with upside as a low QB1 against the Ravens.

By , Steelers Correspondent, Thu, Sep 4th 8:11am EDT

Roethlisberger is projected for 23 of 36 passing for 263 yards, 2 TDs and 0-1 INTs against Cleveland Sunday. (Source: FantasyPros)

Fantasy Impact: With a strong front 7, Cleveland will put some pressure on Roethlisberger through the game. The key to his success will be to establish the run early and often. Failing to do so will allow the Browns' front line "to key" on the wily veteran QB. What will help Roethlisberger in the match up is his familiarity with the Cleveland personnel and their playing style. Roethlisberger is a borderline QB1 this week with upside.

By Eric McQuillen, Steelers Correspondent, Thu, Aug 21st 11:37pm EDT

Roethlisberger went 15 of 24 passing for 157 yards with one touchdown and one interception. The first-team offense clearly wasn't clicking as a whole. Roethlisberger had a few missed passes coupled with some poor routes by the receivers. His lone score was thrown to Heath Miller. (Source: Yahoo)

Fantasy Impact: It's just a preseason game so there is not much to worry about. This year is a year to wait on QBs in fantasy drafts, especially if/when the elite guys are gone and Roethlisberger offers a lot of upside because he can be had at a very good value. He is currently rated as the the 107th best player overall and the 16th best QB in fantasypros.com ECR (Expert Consensus Rankings) despite finishing last season ninth in yards passing and seventh in passing touchdowns. Expect even more this year with a deeper set of weapons at his fingertips.

By , Steelers Correspondent, Sat, Aug 16th 8:55pm EDT

Ben's stats: 8-for-11, 128 yards; 2 TDs, 0 INTs, Rating of 150.8 (Source: Bob Labriola on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Roethlisberger seemed to be in complete control of the offense and was in mid-season form for the 1+ quarter he played. What made this more impressive was the fact that Buffalo had a defense rated in the preseason top 7 by ESPN. He threw 2 TD passes to Antonio Brown and Markus Wheaton, the latter a beautifully thrown ball to the back corner of the end zone. Roethlisberger is being drafted near the end of the 10th round as the 16th QB off the board. With projected stats of 4268 yards and 28 TDs, Roethlisberger is not only a back up QB, he should be a spot starter for your team depending on the match up.

By , Steelers Correspondent, Wed, Aug 13th 9:02pm EDT

The Steelers' ground game struggled as none of their backs found much running room. Archer was swallowed up by a host of Bills defenders on several outside runs. Josh Harris caught Tomlin's wrath after one run with Tomlin barking at him to hit the hole harder. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: This could be something or it could be nothing. Teams generally don't show much in joint practices and end up running basic plays. If that's the case, this is not news as the defense is expected to play better. ESPN ranks the Bills' defense as the number 10 defense, so this could also play into the lack of a running game result. However, if today's results are indicative of a deeper problem in the running game, Roethlisberger will throw the ball a ton. His current projection per FantasyPros is for 4240 yards and 24 TDs. Currently being taken as the 16th rated QB, his ADP is in the early 120s which would put him in the early 11th round in 12 team leagues, Roethlisberger has good upside for your team's QB2 option especially if the run game falters.

By Eric McQuillen, Steelers Correspondent, Sun, Aug 10th 5:27pm EDT

The Steelers want to pass less and run the ball more. With the most balanced backfield the Steelers have had in quite some time, this news isn't by any means shocking. Roethlisberger exerted more pass attempts last year than any year in his career and it wasn't close (548 to previous high 477). (Source: Observer-Reporter)

Fantasy Impact: This won't be much of a threat to his numbers. If anything, this is a blessing in disguise. With Le'Veon Bell and Dri Archer, Roethlisberger will have a screen game out of the backfield like he has never had in his career. The supposed "run first" mentality will only open up the play-action opportunities which he has absolutely dominated in his tenure with the Steelers. Roethlisberger is currently listed as the 16th best QB in Fantasypros ECR (Expert Consensus Rankings) with nice upside in a super-deep QB class in fantasy this year.

By , Steelers Correspondent, Sat, Aug 9th 8:19pm EDT

Ben Roethlisberger plays just one series for Steelers. (Source: Alan Robinson via Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: It was a very conservative series for Roethlisberger and the Steelers. There was no no huddle offense on display, a handful of running plays along with a 46 yard bubble screen to Dri Archer being the highlight. The Steelers scored a FG on that possession. This first preseason game was only to serve as getting Roethlisberger's feet wet. Expect more of the offensive play book to be on display and perhaps Roethlisberger to play the entire first quarter next game.

By , Steelers Correspondent, Mon, Aug 4th 9:50pm EDT

The Steelers finished Monday's practice with a two-minute drill. Working with Ben Roethlisberger were Antonio Brown, Heath Miller, Dri Archer, Markus Wheaton and Justin Brown. Will Johnson was also in there early on. They went 63 yards in 1:50 to score on a 4-yard TD pass from Roethlisberger to Antonio Brown. (Source: Observer-Reporter)

Fantasy Impact: It is no secret the Steelers are working heavily on a no huddle offense this preseason. It worked well for them at the end of the 2013 season when they went 6-2 down the stretch. What is telling is the make up of the current edition of the no huddle/2 minute drill offense. No Bell or Blount in the backfield, but the speedster Archer is there. It is no surprise that Brown and Wheaton, the team's WR1 and WR2 respectively, are lined up on the outside. Justin Brown, the WR4 on the recently released initial depth chart, is lined up in the slot. Speed will be the name of the game for the Steelers in the no huddle offense. Archer runs a 4.26, Wheaton is in the 4.3 range and Brown is in the 4.4 range. Add to that the limited time between plays and I see a lot of defenses having troubles keeping up with the Steelers this season when they do go no huddle.

By Eric McQuillen, Steelers Correspondent, Sun, Aug 3rd 1:51pm EDT

The relationship between Todd Haley and the Steelers quarterback has been noted to be a rocky one, but it appears they are clicking now better than ever. Haley is ready to roll this year with a deep receiving class Pittsburgh hasn't seen in quite some time. Roethlisberger has always been a class guy with the organization, but it appears this year he is taking things to a new level with his competitive nature and leadership. “He’s been in and around the building all the time and talking a lot of football. He’s come to camp in the same frame of mind. He’s taken the receivers and tight ends and is quizzing them on a nightly basis." said Haley. (Source: Observer-Reporter )

Fantasy Impact: It's a good thing to see Roethlisberger with a Peyton-esque attitude as a leader of this young, offensive squad. With weapons like Antonio Brown, Markus Wheaton, Lance Moore, Le'Veon Bell, and Dri Archer among other names, it is hard not to get excited about Roethlisberger's potential output this season. He is currently listed as the 16th best quarterback in the Expert Consensus Rankings (ECR) and the 110th overall fantasy player this year. This fantasy year seems deeper than ever with QBs, so why not wait later and grab a guy like Ben Roethlisberger? He flirted with career bests last year with a line of 4,261/28/14 while posting a very respectable completion percentage of 64.2%.

By , Steelers Correspondent, Mon, Jul 28th 5:48pm EDT

Despite the Steelers pushing back contract negotiations with Roethlisberger until the offseason, general manager Kevin Colbert said Monday he couldn't see “any circumstance that Ben won't end his career here (in Pittsburgh).” (Source: Pitt Trib Review)

Fantasy Impact: Colbert's statement was the most forceful made by the team that it fully expects to re-sign Roethlisberger, who has two seasons remaining on a contract he signed in 2008. Now that Roethlisberger knows the Steelers want him for sure, his future is in his hands. He can give the club a "hometown discount" or he can play "lights out" football to get a maximum deal. I think the truth will lie somewhere in the middle. Roethlisberger's stats over the past 3 years are: 2011 4077 yds/21 TDs/14 INTs (15 games), 2012 3265/26/8 (13 games) and 2013 4261/28/14 (16 games). Expect him to come close or even surpass his 2013 yards and TD totals while minimizing mistakes. His current projections (per Fantasy Pros) are 4240/28/14 which may be a little low. He may qualify for a maximum deal if he plays extremely well, but would probably take a slight discount to help the team out of any salary cap issues they may face next year.

By , Steelers Correspondent, Fri, Jul 25th 4:52pm EDT

Roethlisberger signed an 8 year 102 million dollar contract in 2008. With 2 years left on that contract, team president Art Rooney II told steelers.com, "he met with Roethlisberger last month and that the Steelers have also talked to Ryan Tollner, Roethlisberger's agent, about their intention of getting a new contract done with their franchise quarterback after this season." (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: The Steelers almost never negotiate during the season. Given the fact that Roethlisberger has 2 years remaining on his contract, shows the Steelers do not want the circus involved with playing and negotiating during the last year of a deal. Expect Roethlisberger to make this season his season to shine, thus giving him more leverage during the negotiations. With the speedy Antonio Brown and Markus Wheaton at his disposal, he may try to stretch the field more to add to his yardage and TD totals. This may cause a slight bump in his current ADP of 126 overall and 16th ranked QB.

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