• Ben Roethlisberger

  • QB
  • , Pittsburgh Steelers
  • 38
  • 241 lbs
  • 6' 5"
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Draft note
by John Paulsen
The last time we saw Big Ben for an extended period of time, he was slinging the ball a league-high 675 times en route to a No. 4 finish at his position. He had surgery on his elbow (which may or may not have been Tommy John surgery, the team won’t confirm) and is reportedly throwing without pain for the first time in years. He’s already throwing with teammates and is expected to be ready for Week 1. He doesn’t offer anything as a runner, but of the guys in the QB2 ranks, he has a very wide range of outcomes thanks to a potent receiving corps and the team’s pass-happy ways in 2018. From 2016 to 2018, Roethlisberger finished no lower than 11th in per game fantasy production.

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Scouting report

by Bill Riccette

PIT QB Ben Roethlisberger - 2020 Fantasy Football Outlook

Fantasy Upside

There certainly isn't much chance of Ben Roethlisberger going down from 2019, a season in which he only played a game and a half due to an elbow injury. He should be ready for Week 1, and Pittsburgh fans couldn't be happier to have No. 7 back in the lineup after living through Mason Rudolph and Devlin Hodges for almost 15 weeks. And if Ben can stay healthy, he should provide good value at his current price of a 12th-round pick. The Steelers will likely rely on Roethlisberger's arm to move the ball and get into the hands of receivers JuJu Smith-Schuster and Diontae Johnson.

Fantasy Downside

The concerns are quite clear for a 38-year-old quarterback who has played all 16 games just once in the past five seasons. Age is one. Durability is another, and perhaps the most significant question mark. It's far from a guarantee he will play all 16 games (if we even have 16 games) in 2020. As odd as it may sound, the shorter the season, the better chance he'll have at a full season.

2020 Bottom Line

As our current QB23, you can do worse as a backup option in your fantasy leagues. Based on our schedule-adjusted, positional defensive rankings, Roethlisberger has six games against bottom-ten defenses. Three of those games come in the first six weeks of the season (at NYG, vs. HOU, vs. CLE) and the other three come in the final five weeks of the season (vs. WAS, at CIN, at CLE). So he has some intriguing streamable weeks and has value in a 2QB league. He's not the Big Ben of old, but he still has some juice left in the tank (but that value could be running on fumes soon).

2020 Strength of Schedule - PIT

W1W2W3W4W5W6W7W8W9W10W11W12W13W14W15W16W17
31
@NYG
11
DEN
24
HOU
19
@TEN
13
PHI
23
CLE
3
@BAL
BYE20
@DAL
28
CIN
22
@JAX
3
BAL
26
WAS
4
@BUF
28
@CIN
14
IND
23
@CLE

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

2019 Game Stats

WkOppCompAttPaYdsPaTDIntYPAYPRRuAttYdsTDFumYPCPtsSnaps%
1@NE2747276015.8710.2217007.009.769/69100.0%
2SEA81575005.009.3800000.003.029/5750.9%
3@SF---------------
4CIN---------------
5BAL---------------
6@LAC---------------
7BYE---------------
8MIA---------------
9IND---------------
10LAR---------------
11@CLE---------------
12@CIN---------------
13CLE---------------
14@ARI---------------
15BUF---------------
16@NYJ---------------
17@BAL---------------
Per game17.5031.00175.5000.505.6610.030.503.50007.006.3749.00/63.0075.44%
Totals3562351015.6610.0317007.0012.7498/12675.44%
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