• Ben Roethlisberger
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  • , Pittsburgh Steelers
  • 37
  • 241 lbs
  • 6' 5"
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by Dale Lolley

PIT QB Ben Roethlisberger - 2019 Fantasy Football Outlook

Fantasy Upside
Ben Roethlisberger led the NFL in passing attempts and yardage in 2018 while setting a career-high with 34 touchdown passes. With 15 NFL seasons under his belt, he's also trusted to make a lot of his own calls at the line of scrimmage. He's averaged at least 272 yards passing per game every season for the past five years and there's no reason to think he's going to go under that for 2019.

Fantasy Downside
Despite his big yardage totals, Roethlisberger has never produced more than the 34 touchdown passes he had last year. He also is now without Antonio Brown this season, which helped produce a lot of those big yardage seasons. The Steelers feel they have the cast in place to help make up for the loss of Brown, but that could mean leaning more heavily on the running game in 2019, which would affect Roethlisberger's passing numbers.

2019 Bottom Line
Roethlisberger isn't going to give you much as a runner anymore, which hurts his overall value, but he's a player who can single-handedly win you a game if the matchup is right. That's especially been true when he's been at home over the past five or six years. He might not be an every-week starter, but he's just outside the top-12 in fantasy quarterbacks and is a valuable backup who will have several weeks where he outproduces your starter. Even at 37, he should produce 4,500-plus yards and 25-plus touchdowns again in 2019.

by Dale Lolley

PIT QB Ben Roethlisberger - Week 17 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 17 vs. Cincinnati Bengals

Ben Roethlisberger lit the Saints defense up for 380 yards and three touchdowns last week in a big-time road performance. The NFL's passing yards leader has already set the team record for TD passes in a season and could lead the league in passing yardage. He gets a soft Cincinnati defense that has been better since Marvin Lewis took over playcalling duties but is still allowing nearly 290 yards passing per game with 31 touchdowns. Roethlisberger is a very solid QB1 play in a game the Steelers need to win.

by Dale Lolley

PIT QB Ben Roethlisberger - Week 16 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 16 at New Orleans Saints

The Steelers leaned on their running game last week against the Patriots last week, as Ben Roethlisberger threw for just 235 yards and two touchdowns with two interceptions. But against the Saints' No. 1 run defense, the plan figures to be to put the ball in the air more often. Roethlisberger has averaged 340 passing yards per game on the road this season, but the Saints have given up just six passing touchdowns in their past six games. It's not the easiest matchup, but Roethlisberger should be a solid QB1 play.

by Dale Lolley

PIT QB Ben Roethlisberger - Week 15 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 15 vs. New England Patriots

Ben Roethlisberger threw for 282 yards and a pair of score despite missing a quarter and a half last week at Oakland. Don't worry about the rib issue. He'll play this week. He's topped 300 yards in five of his past six games against the Patriots with a low of 281 yards. The Patriots' pass defense also hasn't been good on the road, allowing 13 TD passes in those games despite playing a bad road schedule. Roethlisberger is a solid QB1 play this week.

by Dale Lolley

PIT QB Ben Roethlisberger - Week 14 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 14 at Oakland Raiders

Ben Roethlisberger threw for 281 yards and a pair of scores last week against the Chargers at home, a decent, but not great, effort. Now, he faces an Oakland defense that has allowed a league-worst 29 touchdown passes despite opposing teams passing just 49 percent of the time. Add to that the fact James Conner will be missing and the Roethlisberger appears to be a very strong start this week on the road, where he's averaged 350 passing yards per game.

by Dale Lolley

PIT QB Ben Roethlisberger - Week 13 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 13 vs. Los Angeles Chargers

Ben Roethlisberger threw for 462 yards and a touchdown but had two interceptions last week at Denver. But he returns home for a prime-time matchup, where he's had great success over the years. The Chargers' pass defense is highly ranked, but that's been built on bad quarterbacks. They allowed nine TD passes to the Chiefs, Rams and Seahawks and seven to everyone else. So that good pass defense is built on bad quarterbacking. Roethlisberger should be a nice QB1 start at home.

by Dale Lolley

PIT QB Ben Roethlisberger - Week 12 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 12 at Denver Broncos

Ben Roethlisberger owners were probably feeling pretty silly midway through the third quarter last week for starting him as he had negative fantasy points. But he finished with 322 yards and two scores -- offsetting his three interceptions -- and also rushed for a game-winning score to post a solid day. Roethlisberger has been rock solid in five of his past six games and Denver has allowed 9.1 yards per pass attempt in its past three games. Don't fade Roethlisberger in this one. If he can light of Jacksonville's top-rated pass defense on the road, he can do the same against a middling Denver defense.

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