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Ben Roethlisberger

Ben Roethlisberger

QB - PIT
Height: 6' 5"Weight: 240 lbsAge: 38College: Miami, O.Drafted: #11 (1st Rd. by Pittsburgh)

Week 3 Outlook

HOU @ PIT
Sun 1:00pm ET
Matchup (?)
Week Rank (ECR) QB #9
Projection 17.9 pts

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Big Ben has averaged 270 passing yards over his first two games, throwing 5 TDs to just one INT, while posting a 107.1 QB rating. He's looked as sharp as ever thus far and draws a solid matchup against the Texans in Week 3, where he'll be a top-12 option.

Big Ben has returned to low-end QB1 status. His big arm means that he's always a threat to score a deep touchdown (see: James Washington in Week 1, Chase Claypool in Week 2) even in run-heavy game scripts. That said, the Texans have surrendered the third-fewest passing yards per game. While we can attribute some of that to their high-quality opponents' big leads, as the Chiefs and Ravens mostly ran out the clock in their second halves, the Steelers could easily end up doing the same. That risk means, as in most weeks, Roethlisberger is nothing more than a low-end QB1 play.

It would seem Roethlisberger hasn't missed a beat while completing 68.5 percent of his passes for 7.4 yards per attempt and five touchdowns through two games, but we can't forget he's played the Giants and Broncos injury-riddled defense over the first two weeks. Fortunately, he gets another plus matchup in Week 3 when the Texans come to town. The Texans have had a gauntlet of a schedule to start the year, playing against Patrick Mahomes in the opener, and then Lamar Jackson in Week 2. They've walked out of those games allowing just 415 passing yards with four passing touchdowns. If you combined them together, they would be the QB14 in fantasy, slightly ahead of Mitch Trubisky. Not bad for a unit we all left for dead, though it's worth noting that neither quarterback attempted more than 32 passes. It's still a team that's allowed 14 of the last 18 quarterbacks they've played to finish as a top-15 quarterback, including six top-six performances. The concern for Roethlisberger's ceiling is that the Texans aren't putting points on the board, which could lead to a ho-hum fantasy day for the Steelers pass attack. Roethlisberger should be someone we can pencil in for 250 yards and two touchdowns, but I don't know if he'll need to do more than that, which makes him a mid-to-high-end QB2 this week.

As Ben continues to get back up to speed, we're seeing him develop more and more chemistry with his receiving weapons. This is a favorable matchup for Ben and the Steelers offense and Ben should be viewed as a low-end QB1 in this one.

The Texans actually have not been bad against fantasy quarterbacks, ranking 12th despite playing the last two regular season MVPs to open the season. Big Ben has been hot to start the season, but he is more of a QB2 this week at home.

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