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  Ben RoethlisbergerB. Roethlisberger
QB - PIT
Ben Roethlisberger
vs. HOU, Sun 1pm EDT
Kirk CousinsK. Cousins
QB - MIN
Kirk Cousins
vs. TEN, Sun 1pm EDT
 
 
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Rankings 
    
ECR# 10# 24-
Best Rank# 7# 22-
Worst Rank# 16# 30-
    
Matchup 
    
Opponent vs. HOU vs. TEN-
Matchup RatingThis is a 4 star matchup. QBs perform better than their average vs HOUThis is a 3 star matchup. QBs perform close to their average vs TEN-
    
    
Stats Allowed   
Pass Comp1417.3
Pass Yds126.7177
Pass TD1.31.3
    
Fantasy Points 
    
Season Total41.324.3-
Avg Game20.712.2-
Avg Projection17.914.9-
Week 219.21.5-
    
Misc 
    
Injury Alert-
Weather82 F, Partly cloudy throughout the day.Indoor-
    
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Beast Dome
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BRoto Fantasy
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Player Game Logs Comparison
  Ben RoethlisbergerB. Roethlisberger
QB - PIT
Ben Roethlisberger
Kirk CousinsK. Cousins
QB - MIN
Kirk Cousins
2020 Schedule 
Week 1 at NYG
21/32, 229 pass yds, 3 td, 0 int
3 rush, 9 yds, 0 td
vs. GB
19/25, 259 pass yds, 2 td, 1 int
4 rush, 34 yds, 0 td
Week 2 vs. DEN
29/41, 311 pass yds, 2 td, 1 int
3 rush, -2 yds, 0 td
at IND
11/26, 113 pass yds, 0 td, 3 int
Week 3 vs. HOU vs. TEN
Week 4 at TEN at HOU
Week 5 vs. PHI at SEA
Week 6 vs. CLE vs. ATL
Week 7 at BALBYE WEEK
Week 8BYE WEEK at GB
Week 9 at DAL vs. DET
Week 10 vs. CIN at CHI
Week 11 at JAC vs. DAL
Week 12 vs. BAL vs. CAR
Week 13 vs. WAS vs. JAC
Week 14 at BUF at TB
Week 15 at CIN vs. CHI
Week 16 vs. IND at NO
Week 17 at CLE at DET
Player Projections Comparison
  Ben RoethlisbergerB. Roethlisberger
QB - PIT
Ben Roethlisberger
vs. HOU, Sun 1pm EDT
Kirk CousinsK. Cousins
QB - MIN
Kirk Cousins
vs. TEN, Sun 1pm EDT
Passing
   
Pass Att36.231.5
Pass Cmp24.021.0
Pass Yards279.2241.1
Pass TDs1.91.5
Ints0.80.8
   
Rushing
   
Rush Attempts2.02.3
Rush Yards6.17.6
Rush TDs0.10.1
   
Misc
   
Fumbles0.10.2
   
Points
   
Fantasy Points17.914.9
   
Player Fantasy Points Comparison
  Ben RoethlisbergerB. Roethlisberger
QB - PIT
Ben Roethlisberger
Kirk CousinsK. Cousins
QB - MIN
Kirk Cousins
2020 Points 
Week 122.122.8
Week 219.21.5
Week 3
Week 4
Week 5
Week 6
Week 7
Week 8
Week 9
Week 10
Week 11
Week 12
Week 13
Week 14
Week 15
Week 16
Week 17
Total41.324.3
Average20.712.2
Notes for Player Combination
  Ben RoethlisbergerB. Roethlisberger
QB - PIT
Ben Roethlisberger
vs. HOU, Sun 1pm EDT
Kirk CousinsK. Cousins
QB - MIN
Kirk Cousins
vs. TEN, Sun 1pm EDT
Expert 
Mike Tagliere
FantasyPros
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.The Vikings are running an average of just 48.0 plays per game while their opponents have averaged 71.5 of them. That's... bad. Their two opponents have held the ball for 66.4 percent of the game, which is the most in the league. In fact, the Jets are the only other team whose opponents have had the ball more than 58.0 percent of the time. It's going to be difficult to produce in those circumstances, and it doesn't help that Cousins played one of the worst games of his career in Week 2. After being under pressure on 38 percent of his dropbacks in Week 2, Cousins should have a bit more time against a Titans front that has just a 2.5 percent sack-rate through two weeks. They're still without their top cornerback Adoree Jackson, and they also had veteran Johnathan Joseph leave the game in Week 2 with a leg injury. If they're without Jackson and Joseph, they'll be starting Malcolm Butler and rookie Kristian Fulton. It's not a bad matchup, but there's no way you can trust Cousins after the outing he just had, combined with his defense's inability to get off the field. He doesn't come with a high floor and his ceiling is limited considering his current stable of pass catchers and lack of mobility. He's just a low-end QB2.
Kyle Yates
FantasyPros
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.I'm trying to find a nice way of describing what Cousins did on the field last week against Indianapolis, but I'm coming up short. This was a disastrous performance and Cousins cannot be trusted anywhere near your starting lineup moving forward. The Vikings need to figure out what they're doing on offense or their season is going to quickly get away from them.
Derek Lofland
FantasyPros
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.