• Ben Roethlisberger

  • QB
  • , Pittsburgh Steelers
  • 39
  • 241 lbs
  • 6' 5"
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Draft note
by John Paulsen
Roethlisberger was the No. 14 quarterback last season, but he missed a game, so he had the No. 13 per game average. So why is he the 27th quarterback off the board at Underdog? Well, there are a couple of concerns. At 39 years old, he’s in the twilight of his career, and he’s coming off of a season where he posted a career-low 6.3 yards per attempt. But some of that was by design. Since he was coming off of shoulder surgery, the Steelers went with a short passing game in 2020, but they reportedly expect his arm to be stronger this season. Given his weapons (Diontae Johnson, Chase Claypool, JuJu Smith-Schuster, among others), there is a chance for a QB1-type season, but the arrival of Najee Harris indicates that the Steelers are going to “establish the run” more in 2021, so Roethlisberger’s pass attempts may be down. Since he offers no rushing floor and seems to be at a high risk of injury, he’s not a coveted asset at a deep position.

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Scouting report

by Bill Riccette

PIT QB Ben Roethlisberger - 2021 Fantasy Football Outlook

Fantasy Upside

In the ever-growing world of 2QB and Superflex leagues and being in an offense with a wide array of weapons, Ben Roethlisberger can still provide upside as a QB2 or a Superflex. For the current low price of a 12th or 13th-round pick, Roethlisberger will give you a quarterback that will continue to sling the ball (only Matt Ryan and Tom Brady had more attempts and completions than Roethlisberger in 2020). He still has Diontae Johnson, Chase Claypool and JuJu Smith-Schuster to throw to and a fresh, young rookie running back in Najee Harris. The Steelers could have no problem moving the ball and still have room for improving what was the 15th-ranked passing offense in 2020.

Fantasy Downside

There's no question Big Ben is fading. The arm talent has dropped and he is 39 years old. There's a very good chance that 2021 will be Roethlisberger's swan song. He also has a very different-looking offensive line in front of him. Maurkice Pouncey retired, Matt Feiler and Alejandro Villanueva signed elsewhere in free agency and the Steelers released David DeCastro. Will the new-look line be able to protect Roethlisberger as well as the previous group did? We also should expect an uptick in the running game as well under new offensive coordinator Matt Canada.

2021 Bottom Line

Roethlisberger still has the looks of a solid QB2 for 2021, but probably not much more. He stills see the window slightly cracked open, which is why he took a pay cut to come back for 2021. The Steelers felt the same way, attacking offense early in the 2021 draft, including Harris, TE Pat Freiermuth and IOL Kendrick Green. He's a late-round ticket but one with plenty of upside.

2021 Strength of Schedule - PIT

W1W2W3W4W5W6W7W8W9W10W11W12W13W14W15W16W17
17
@BUF
20
LV
18
CIN
6
@GB
13
DEN
29
SEA
BYE26
@CLE
12
CHI
32
DET
22
@LAC
18
@CIN
14
BAL
10
@MIN
30
TEN
19
@KC
26
CLE

Schedule difficulty based on schedule-adjusted, positional defensive ranking. Top DEF = 1, bottom DEF = 32.

Game Stats

WkOppCompAttPaYdsPaTDIntYPAYPRRuAttYdsTDFumYPCPtsSnaps%
1@NYG2132229307.1610.9039003.0022.164/64100.0%
2DEN2941311217.5910.723-200-0.6718.265/65100.0%
3HOU2336237206.5810.305-300-0.6019.280/80100.0%
4BYE---------------
5PHI2734239307.038.852-200-1.0021.475/75100.0%
6CLE1422162107.3611.5735001.6711.058/6589.2%
7@TEN3249268235.478.381-100-1.0012.679/79100.0%
8@BAL2132182205.698.6700000.0015.353/53100.0%
9@DAL2942306307.2910.5518008.0025.065/6994.2%
10CIN2746333407.2412.3310000.0029.369/7394.5%
11@JAX3246267215.808.3400000.0016.769/7592.0%
12BAL3651266115.227.391-100-1.0012.572/72100.0%
13WAS3353305215.759.2410000.0018.271/71100.0%
14@BUF2137187225.058.9000000.0013.557/57100.0%
15@CIN2038170114.478.502-101-0.506.765/65100.0%
16IND3449341306.9610.032-100-0.5025.568/68100.0%
17@CLE---------------
Per game26.6040.53253.532.200.676.259.531.670.7300.070.4417.8167.33/68.7398.00%
Totals399608380333106.259.532511010.44267.221010/103198.00%
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