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  Ben Roethlisberger
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  Ben Roethlisberger
QB - PIT
Ben Roethlisberger
Philip Rivers
QB - LAC
Philip Rivers
2019 Schedule 
Week 1 at NE vs. IND
Week 2 vs. SEA at DET
Week 3 at SF vs. HOU
Week 4 vs. CIN at MIA
Week 5 vs. BAL vs. DEN
Week 6 at LAC vs. PIT
Week 7BYE WEEK at TEN
Week 8 vs. MIA at CHI
Week 9 vs. IND vs. GB
Week 10 vs. LAR at OAK
Week 11 at CLE vs. KC
Week 12 at CINBYE WEEK
Week 13 vs. CLE at DEN
Week 14 at ARI at JAC
Week 15 vs. BUF vs. MIN
Week 16 at NYJ vs. OAK
Week 17 at BAL at KC
  Ben Roethlisberger
QB - PIT
Ben Roethlisberger
Philip Rivers
QB - LAC
Philip Rivers
Passing
   
Pass Att620.6546.0
Pass Cmp408.6359.9
Pass Yards4,688.04,393.0
Pass TDs29.329.8
Ints15.512.6
   
Rushing
   
Rush Attempts22.714.3
Rush Yards72.725.4
Rush TDs1.30.3
   
Misc
   
Fumbles1.81.4
   
Points
   
Fantasy Points284.8271.2
   
  Ben Roethlisberger
QB - PIT
Ben Roethlisberger
Philip Rivers
QB - LAC
Philip Rivers
2018 Points 
Week 19.029.0
Week 239.022.7
Week 324.017.0
Week 414.921.7
Week 521.621.4
Week 620.614.3
Week 720.1
Week 816.9
Week 925.217.1
Week 1035.815.0
Week 1120.719.6
Week 1220.320.7
Week 1317.224.0
Week 1419.313.5
Week 1513.118.5
Week 1629.63.3
Week 1713.87.0
  Ben Roethlisberger
QB - PIT
Ben Roethlisberger
Philip Rivers
QB - LAC
Philip Rivers
Expert 
Kevin Roberts
Breaking Football
Big Ben is still fantastic and his supporting cast - contrary to popular belief - is loaded. He'll be right around the top-5, if not better.Rivers is again coming at a discounted price. He's an unsexy but stable QB1 that can be had relatively late. I do wonder if the potential absence of Melvin Gordon hurts him and LA's offense.
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
Roethlisberger threw the ball 675 times last year for 5,129 yards and 34 touchdowns, all easily career highs. But what happens when you take away Antonio Brown, with whom Roethlisberger had an incredible connection and without whom, Roethlisberger's efficiency dropped like a rock? The answer is that unless you buy James Washington or Donte Moncrief as the second coming, you drop him in your rankings precipitously. Roethlisberger still has plenty of skills and will almost certainly continue to exploit the right matchup, particularly at home. But without Brown, fantasy owners shouldn't come close to valuing him as a QB1. particularly since he is now 37 years old.Rivers is a bit like the Rodney Dangerfield of fantasy quarterbacks: He gets no respect. He basically has no downside: he rarely misses games, he has an outstanding group of playmakers on the offensive side of the ball, and he's coming off one of his best seasons ever. He almost certainly won't blow you away with his numbers - but he's a set it and forget it guy who you can get later than you should be able to.
Derek Lofland
FantasyPros
Big Ben had 5,129 yards passing, 34 passing touchdowns and he was the 3rd ranked fantasy quarterback. The loss of WR Antonio Brown will hurt his fantasy value, but Big Ben should still be a high-end QB2 with QB1 upside in favorable matchups. It speaks to the depth of the quarterback position that he is not ranked in the Top-10.Rivers was the 11th ranked fantasy quarterback thanks to 4,308 yards and 32 passing touchdowns in 2018. He remains a low-end QB on an offense that is one of the best in the NFL.
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
Big Ben threw for over 5000 yards last season on a ridiculous 675 attempts, both numbers can obviously not be expected again this year, but Big Ben is a beast of a QB and I do expect the Steelers will need to pass a lot this season again. Yes, AB is gone, but Juju is an absolute beast, Vance will be more involved and one of Washington or Moncrief should be able to make some plays on the outside. Regressions is being overly accounted for, he is still a rock solid QB1 and the reason why you don't tale a QB early.Should be a QB1 streaming option. Consistent.
Mike Tagliere
FantasyPros
Losing Antonio Brown won't do Roethlisberger any favors and it's not as if he was a lock to finish top-10 before then. In fact, Roethlisberger has finished inside the top 10 quarterbacks just four times in his 15-year career. You thought he had ups and downs before? He's not worth the headache and we're surprised many experts are willing to invest a top-12 quarterback selection on himHere's the example of a player who's top-five at his position in real-life, but not when it comes to fantasy. You've probably heard it a million times - Rivers has been a top-14 quarterback in 11-of-13 seasons, so you're drafting him at his floor if he's being taken as the QB14. Well, no. Rivers is a very consistent quarterback, but he's not going to help lead your team to a championship. There was just one game in 2018 where he totaled more than 24 fantasy points, and it's because his defense has continually gotten better. He also doesn't offer anything rushing, so unless his defense takes a step back in 2019, he's not going to have much of a chance to deliver much better numbers in 2019
Sean Koerner
The Action Network
going to be hurt a bit by AB gone. regress from career high in pass attempts, pass TDs, rush TDs (3). don't want to overweight last year's finish. only played 16 games 4 of 15 seasonsvery high floor, very likely to play all 16 games. should finish higher. bunched up Tier of QBs
Nick Zylak
Fantasy Football Advice
I was all in on Big Ben last season. I predicted he would lead the league in passing for the first time in his career, and I beat the drum hard for him as an under valued QB. This season though, I'll be passing. I just can't justify drafting him as the 13th QB in the 9th round. There are a million QB options this season, so spending a 9th round pick on a QB that doesn't run the ball, and just lost their top WR is a losing strategy. He could absolutely be amongst the league leaders in passing again. But the more likely scenario is that they run the ball more, he loses some efficiency, and finishes as more of a streaming option than a full time fantasy starter. He's going to win someone a million dollars one week. But he's also going to have some dumpster fire performances. It's a no for me this season.Rivers is a solid late round pick this season. The Chargers have been hit with the injury bug for a few seasons in a row now...but this could be the year they're finally healthy. His supporting cast of Allen/Gordon/Williams/Henry/Ekeler is one of the best in the league. He's thrown for over 4,300 yards in each of the last 4 seasons, averaging 30.5 TD's per season over that stretch. He, somewhat impressively, hasn't scored a rushing TD since 2011. So all of his value comes through the air. That likely means he won't finish in the top 5, but if his team can stay healthy (and not hold out) this season, then 38 TD passes is within his range of outcomes. I'm comfortable drafting Rivers late in drafts if you miss out on the earlier options.
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
Six hundred and seventy five. That's how many pass attempts Big Ben threw in 2018. That number is going to drop, perhaps even by 100 so don't be expecting another 5,000 yards or another QB3 fantasy performance on the season. With that said, when Big Ben has been on the field, he is a consistent top 15 option so we ought to plan for much of the same even despite the decrease in volume and the loss of Antonio Brown.Since throwing 661 passes four years ago, the Chargers have slowly been pulling it back, all the way down to 508 in 2018. While he does have killer weapons in the receiving game, Gordon, Ekeler and even Justin Jackson make it likely that Rivers' fantasy production will again be hindered by the running game. Furthermore, his 6.3% TD-rate is almost certain to come down as well so don't be surprised if he ends up lower than his standard fringe QB1 finish.