| Quarterback, Pittsburgh Steelers
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|Draft: 2004 Round 1 (11)
Ht: 6’5” Wt: 241 DOB: 1982-03-02 Age: 33
|Roethlisberger put together another workmanlike season in 2011, throwing for the 2nd most yards in his career (4,077) with 21 touchdowns. While those numbers are reasonably impressive, they were only good enough to rank as the 13th best fantasy quarterback and 14th on a FPts/G basis. He failed to put up starter quality fantasy points partly due to the decline in his rushing production, as he ran for just 70 yards and no touchdowns after averaging 125 yards and two touchdowns over the first seven years of his career. A late season high ankle sprain didnít help matters, further proof that his refusal to throw the ball away increases his risk of injury. In 2012, Big Ben gets a new offensive coordinator in Todd Haley with Bruce Arians having been shown the door. While Haleyís Kansas City tenure was marked by huge production in the running game, he relied heavily on the pass as the Cardinals offensive coordinator so concern that the Steelers will pound the ball on the ground is overblown, especially considering that largely unproven Isaac Redman will assume the starting role while Rashard Mendenhall recovers from a torn ACL. With a pair of quality starting wide receivers in Mike Wallace and Antonio Brown and the talented yet injury-prone Emmanuel Sanders coming off the bench, the Steelers may actually throw the ball more this season. Consider Roethlisberger a low-end fantasy starter but one who could surprise on the upside, provided the offensive line replenishments work out. He could be a bargain on draft day.
| Steelers' QB Sunday remains unclear -- Fri Nov 13 4:30 pm --|
Roethlisberger listed as questionable
|Who is playing quarterback this Sunday in this Steelers-Browns matchup? No, seriously? While the Browns intend on locking down that information for strategic reasons, the Steelers are still dealing with an injury situation. Ben Roethlisberger shed a walking boot on his sprained left foot earlier this week, but according to the team's public relations staff, Roethlisberger is questionable. He was limited during Friday's practice. Pittsburgh's insistence on not declaring Roethlisberger out could have been the kickstarter for this weekend of intrigue, although Roethlisberger has made a career of healing fast when the outlook is grim. The good news is that backup Landry Jones can play well enough to win. On the season he's hit on almost 60 percent of his passes and has a 3-2 TD to INT ratio. Against an opportunistic, but porous Browns defense this weekend, he could fare quite well. Of course, at 5-4 Pittsburgh would prefer the sure thing. Whether or not they'll get lucky remains to be seen. (NFL.com)|
FF Today's Take: This one is likely to be a gametime decision. With the Steelers set to kick off early, this will allow Roethlisberger owners to insert him into their lineups if he gets the green light.
| Big Ben listed as probable to play Sunday -- Fri Oct 30 4:40 pm --|
Star QB has been out since week 3 with a knee injury
|Barring an unforeseen calamity, the Steelers are going to have Ben Roethlisberger back at quarterback on Sunday afternoon. The team listed Roethlisberger as probable on their final injury report of the week on Friday, which all but ends any lingering suspense about the teamís plans at quarterback this weekend. Most of it had already disappeared over the course of the week as Roethlisberger practiced without any issues in his injured knee. Roethlisbergerís previous performances in his first game back from injuries isnít great, although the team and Roethlisberger seem to have taken their time with his recovery this time around to ensure that heís not playing at less than 100 percent. (NBC Sports)|
FF Today's Take: Antonio Brown owners rejoice! Roethlisberger's return should mark an uptick in production from one of the game's top receivers, and Martavis Bryant should be more dangerous as well. The Steelers' matchup with the Bengals this week could be a shootout, so don't hesitate to throw Big Ben back into your lineup.
| Steelers welcome Big Ben's return to practice -- Wed Oct 28 8:00 pm --|
Returning from MCL sprain
|Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (MCL) was a full participant in practice in Wednesday and told NFL Media's Aditi Kinkhabwala that he'll practice fully this week. (NFL.com)|
FF Today's Take: Ben Roethlisberger's return to the practice field should pave the way for him to return to the starting lineup on Sunday. This is great news for Antonio Brown owners as the team should be able to open up the passing game this week against the Bengals.
| Ben Roethlisberger to be inactive, Jones to start -- Sun Oct 25 11:30 am --|
Mike Tomlin confirms
|Ben Roethlisberger did just enough this week to raise some suspicions, but the Steelers arenít ready to put him back on the field yet.
The Steelers just announced that during a taped pre-game interview with CBS, that Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said Roethlisberger would be inactive today against the Chiefs and that Landry Jones would get the start.
FF Today's Take: The Steelers waited as long as they could but it they'll go with the inexperienced Jones at quarterback against the Chiefs today. Big Ben will have a better chance to start in Week 8.
| Big Ben upgraded to questionable -- Fri Oct 23 6:20 pm --|
Roethlisberger has been out since week 3
|The Steelers left open the possibility that quarterback Ben Roethlisberger could return to action Sunday for their game at Kansas City after a three-game absence. Roethlisberger was listed as questionable on Friday's injury report after being a limited participant in practice for a third straight day. He has been out since straining the MCL in his left knee Sept. 27 in a win at St. Louis. Roethlisberger is wearing a knee brace to stabilize the sprain. Backup quarterback Mike Vick was ruled out. He strained his right hamstring Sunday in a victory over Arizona and did not practice all week. Third-string quarterback Landry Jones replaced Vick in the third quarter, rallied the Steelers to the win and is the presumptive starter this week for Pittsburgh (4-2). Players have said Roethlisberger has looked crisp at practice this week, but the team is preparing Jones with first-team reps. (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: Unless you hear otherwise leading up to Sunday's game, expect Roethlisberger to sit out in favour of Landry Jones, who performed admirably last week in his first real NFL action. While Antonio Brown and Martavis Bryant won't have the value they would with Roethlisberger at the helm, having Jones under center increases their value more than having Vick at QB.
| Big Ben ruled out Sunday -- Fri Oct 16 5:20 pm --|
Vick to remain under center
|Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger indicated this week that he was feeling good enough that he might just be ready to return. But it will be at least another week. Roethlisberger has been officially ruled out for Sundayís game against the Cardinals. Thatís no surprise, as Roethlisberger was expected to miss four to six weeks and has so far only missed two weeks. (NBC Sports)|
FF Today's Take: Antonio Brown owners felt a sudden jolt of excitement when Big Ben took the practice field Wednesday, but alas it'll be at least another week before they can expect a bump in production from the elite receiver.
| Big Ben returns to the practice field -- Wed Oct 14 6:00 pm --|
|Ben Roethlisberger wants to play against Bruce Arians, his former play caller, and the Arizona Cardinals this Sunday.
Whether Pittsburgh Steelers doctors and coach Mike Tomlin will allow the quarterback to play remains to be seen, but he took a positive step on Wednesday.
Big Ben participated in 7-on-7 work in Wednesday's practice
The veteran quarterback said his throwing is fine, but he needs to display lateral ability before he can hit the field for game action. (NFL.com)|
FF Today's Take: Ben Roethlisberger took the first important step in returning to the field today. A few more practices could be enough to get him back onto the field this week but that decision won't be made until game day. Michael Vick continues to work with the first team in practice and would be asked to challenge a quality Cardinals defense if the medical staff prevents Big Ben from suiting up.
|Josh Scobee on the outs in Pittsburgh? -- Fri Oct 2 7:30 pm --|
Steelers to try out Chris Boswell
|The Pittsburgh Steelers are on the lookout for alternatives to struggling kicker Josh Scobee. NFL Media's James Palmer reports the Steelers will try out free agent Chris Boswell, who was with the New York Giants in training camp. Less than two weeks ago, coach Mike Tomlin insisted he had no concerns about Scobee after the kicker missed two field goals in the season opener and an extra point in Week 2. It certainly appears that Tomlin has changed his mind after Scobee missed two more field goals in the final three minutes of the fourth quarter in last night's crushing loss to the Baltimore Ravens. (NFL.com)|
FF Today's Take: After last night, this should come as no surprise. Boswell is a bit of an unknown having yet to kick in an NFL season game, but if he supplants Scobee he could become a reliable fantasy kicker once Ben Roethlisberger returns to the lineup.
| Sprained MCL for Big Ben, out 4-6 weeks -- Mon Sep 28 1:00 am --|
MRI confirmed no ACL tear
|Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger suffered a sprained MCL in his left knee Sunday and will miss four to six weeks as he recovers, a team source has told ESPN senior NFL analyst Chris Mortensen. (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: It's the best-case scenario for Roethlisberger who avoided a more serious ACL injury that would've cost more time. Michael Vick will start in Roethlisberger's place and Vick's presence under center will put a damper on Antonio Brown's fantasy value and the offense in general.
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