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Ben Roethlisberger losing out to running game


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/15/2014) Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger had another big passing performance with 360 yards Week 15 against the Falcons, giving him at least 340 in four of his last five games.

But where were the touchdowns? He had zero, zip, nada. And since his back-to-back six-touchdown games in Weeks 8 and 9, that's been the norm. He's had no more than one in three of those five.

Meanwhile, Le'Veon Bell has had six of his seven rushing touchdowns this season during that same stretch ...

I think you can see where I'm going with this. For more major takeaways from Week 15, be sure to check out my latest post to the Fantasy Football Today blog.


Steelers QB Roethlisberger keys win without passing TD


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/14/2014) Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger had not thrown for more than 330 yards without a touchdown in his NFL career until Sunday in Atlanta. He's not complaining, though. He still guided his team to victory to keep them in the midst of the playoff chase.

Roethlisberger completed 27 of 35 for 360 yards with nary a score or pick. He completed his first four passes for 52 yards and maintained his accuracy throughout. He was particularly efficient in the fourth quarter as his team held off the Falcons, hitting on 11 of 14 for 150 yards.

Big Ben will try to keep up the good work against visiting Kansas City in Week 16.


Ben Roethlisberger falls flat in encore


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(11/9/2014) Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger fell flat on his face in an easy matchup Sunday, a 20-13 loss to the Jets in Week 10.

Roethlisberger entered the game riding the best two-game stretch in NFL history, having passed for six touchdowns in each of his previous two games. However, against a Jets defense that had allowed 24 touchdowns to just one interception to quarterbacks this season, Roethlisberger managed just one touchdown and was picked off twice in the surprising loss.

Roethlisberger still passed for 343 yards and completed 69.8 percent of his passes, so it's not all bad for him. He continues to show a good rapport with deep threat Martavis Bryant, as the duo connected for 143 yards and their sixth touchdown in four games.

Roethlisberger has never been a big touchdown guy, so the last two weeks certainly stand out as outliers. However, he is still completing 68.5 percent of his passes with just three interceptions on 381 attempts overall, the best numbers of his career. Roethlisberger isn't nearly as good as he looked during his historic stretch, but Fantasy owners should feel pretty comfortable relying on him down the stretch, beginning in Week 11 against the Titans. 


Steelers QB Roethlisberger racks up big yards in bad day


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11/9/2014) Anyone claiming statistics lie can cite those compiled by Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger against the host Jets on Sunday for proof.

Roethlisberger, who exploded for successive six-touchdown games heading into Week 10, would have been held to zero if not for a desperation 80-yard heave off a scramble to wide-open Martavis Bennett with 1:16 remaining. He finished 30 of 43 for 343 yards, two interceptions and a costly defeat to a team entering play at 1-8.

The numbers are not bad considering he dinked and dunked his way to a mere 8 for 10 for 24 yards in the first half. His first pick was his first pick in 147 attempts. His second was an overthrow into 3-on-1 coverage despite loads of time to throw, killing the first possession of the third quarter.

Roethlisberger will get an extra day to think about his Week 10 dud. His team plays at Tennessee next Monday night.


So many thoughts on Ben Roethlisberger


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(11/3/2014) What do you say about a quarterback who throws for six touchdowns in back-to-back games?

When that quarterback is Ben Roethlisberger, plenty. Chris Towers and I had a hard time containing our thoughts, actually, so we went to the Fantasy Football Today blog with them.

Chris gave historical context to the performance while admiring each of the 12 touchdowns individually. He also looked ahead to Roethlisberger's Week 10 matchup against the Jets, predicting big numbers for him yet again. I took more of a rest-of-season angle, assessing Roethlisberger's chances of hanging with Peyton Manning and Tom Brady.

If you own Roethlisberger or are considering trading for him, you'll want to give both a read.


Ben Roethlisberger deserves to start


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10/29/2014) It goes without saying that Ben Roethlisberger's six-touchdown, 522-yard performance Week 8 against Indianapolis was a once-in-a-blue-moon thing, and I stand by my earlier assessment that he's too inconsistent to start in standard 12-team leagues. But that's more for those weeks when every quarterback is available. With six teams on bye, that's certainly not the case in Week 9.

For those owners accustomed to starting Aaron Rodgers, Matthew Stafford, Matt Ryan or Jay Cutler, Roethlisberger may be the best choice. His matchup against Baltimore isn't great. The Ravens rank a suspect 22nd against the pass, giving up 256.0 yards per game, but having allowed just seven touchdowns through the air, they've surrendered the second-fewest Fantasy points per game to quarterbacks. Regardless of the matchup, though, Roethlisberger has a better chance than most of the quarterbacks who might be available of putting up the numbers you're accustomed to.

I'd prefer Carson Palmer, Nick Foles and Cam Newton to him, to name just a few fringy types, but Jamey Eisenberg and Dave Ricahrd both have Roethlisberger in their top 10 for this week.


Big game only makes Big Ben more frustrating


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10/27/2014) Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger had a career performance Week 8 against Indianapolis, setting franchise records with 522 yards passing and six touchdowns. It was just the latest high mark in a career of high marks and a reminder why you should never sell him short in Fantasy.

The problem is he so often tempts you to sell him short with his on-again, off-again play. Actually, blaming it on him isn't entirely fair because he's pretty much always good. But what's good in real life isn't always so good in Fantasy.

Roethlisberger's six touchdown passes in Week 8 give him 16 for the season, which puts him on pace for 32 for the year, good by anyone's standards. But 13 of those touchdowns were divided between four games. Roethlisberger had a combined three in the other four.

If you started him for one those other four, there's a good chance he lost it for you. It's a 50-50 proposition whether he'll greatly help you or hurt you in Fantasy. As more than a bye-week replacement, I need more from a quarterback than that.


Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger lights up Colts on Sunday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/26/2014) If the NFL handed out a First Half of the Season Greatest Single-Game Performance Award, Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger would have captured it hands-down on Sunday.

Roethlisberger set personal records with 39 completions, 522 yards and six touchdowns in overwhelming visiting Indianapolis. His brilliance throughout proved necessary in the wake of continued Colts comebacks. His yardage total ranks fourth all-time - just 32 behind the mark set by Norm Van Brocklin of the Rams in 1951.

The 11-year veteran completed all five of his passes for 63 yards and a touchdown to Markus Wheaton on the team's first possession of the game and he remained sizzling in burying Indianapolis. He was 23 of 25 for 320 yards at one point late in the second quarter and put the game away with 5:14 remaining on an 11-yard scoring strike to tight end Heath Miller.

Roethlisberger, who is on pace to throw for a career-best 4,760 yards this season, will try his hot hand against Baltimore in Week 9.


Big Ben throws for 265 yards, two TDs in victory


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(10/21/2014) Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger threw multiple touchdown passes for the first since Week 4, completing 23 of 33 throws for 265 yards and two scores Monday against the Texans. Roethlisberger did not toss an interception but lost a fumble while getting sacked.

It was a nice bounceback for Roethlisberger, who had accounted for two touchdowns and two turnovers in Weeks 5-6.

Roethlisberger found rookie Martavis Bryant for a 35-yard touchdown and running back Le'Veon Bell for a 2-yard score in a 24-point onslaught right before halftime. He had a touchdown pass called back when it was ruled Antonio Brown did not get both feet down.

Roethlisberger plays the Colts in Week 8.


Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger finally falls to Browns


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/12/2014) Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger arrived in Cleveland with an 18-1 lifetime record against the Browns. He left 18-2 - and it wasn't close. The 31-10 blowout marked his first defeat to their turnpike rival since 2009.

Roethlisberger was held without a touchdown until firing a meaningless one to 2014 disappointment Lance Moore with just 2:36 remaining in the game to chop the deficit to 31-10. He should have tossed one earlier in the fourth, but he overthrow an uncovered Markus Wheaton in the end zone.

His finished the game 21 of 42 for 228 yards and a tipped interception late in the third quarter. He will try to right himself and his offense when Pittsburgh hosts Houston in Week 7 on Monday Night Football.


Ben Roethlisberger should carve up Browns again


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10/9/2014) Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger disappointed Fantasy owners in what seemed like a favorable matchup Week 5 at Jacksonville. But just because he was short on Fantasy points doesn't mean he didn't play well, completing 72.2 percent of his passes for 273 yards. He was simply lacking in touchdowns.

So you should still like his chances for big numbers Week 6 at Cleveland, especially since he had them against the Browns back in Week 1, throwing for 365 yards. Of course, he also had just one touchdown pass in that game.

The Browns have given up the eighth-most Fantasy points per game to quarterbacks, though, so I'm thinking Roethlisberger has a better chance than not of throwing for a couple scores in this one. It's not like Le'Veon Bell is piling up the touchdowns, so what would stop him?

Jamey Eisenberg and Dave Richard both rank Roethlisberger ninth among quarterbacks for this week, and I'm good with that given that Tony Romo and Tom Brady both have tough matchups and Matthew Stafford has been equally unreliable.


Ben Roethlisberger can't take advantage of prime matchup


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(10/5/2014) Quarterbacks have taken great pleasure in padding their stats against the Jaguars this season, which makes Ben Roethlisberger's performance Sunday a pretty disappointing one.

Roethlisberger was efficient, in completing 26 of 36 passes in the game, but had trouble finishing in the red zone. With the exception of a 10-play drive capped off by a 1-yard pass to Michael Palmer, Roethlisberger saw two drives stall in the red zone, with both ending when Roethlisberger took ill-timed sacks.

Given the way to game went and how ineffective Jacksonville's offense was throughout, the Steelers had little reason to ask Roethlisberger to force things. Still, we were certainly hoping for more from Roethlisberger against the lowly Jaguars, who had allowed 28 Fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks this season; Roethlisberger's 14-point effort is by far the lowest for a quarterback against the Jaguars this season.

Roethlisberger has a good chance to bounce back in Week 6, with the Browns on the schedule. He carved Cleveland up for 365 yards in a prior meeting in Week 1, and should be worth starting even coming off this disappointing showing. 


Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger throws one TD in Week 5 win


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/5/2014) Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger threw for 273 yards and one touchdown during a 17-9 win Week 5 at Jacksonville. He completed 26 of 36 passes, while rushing for minus-2 yards on three carries.

Roethlisberger's lone touchdown pass was a 1-yarder to tight end Michael Palmer in the second quarter, which gave Pittsburgh a 10-3 lead. He has now totaled one or no passing touchdowns in three of five games.

Roethlisberger also lost a fumble early in the fourth quarter inside the red zone. The football was knocked loose on a quarterback sack.

The Steelers are back in action Week 6 at Cleveland.


Ben Roethlisberger looking to keep rolling in Week 5


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(10/1/2014) Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is off to the most productive start of his career, and he will look to keep rolling in Week 5 against the Jaguars.

The only concern Fantasy owners should have about Roethlisberger's value in Week 5 is whether he will throw enough or rack up the kind of numbers you are hoping for. Roethlisberger is attempting 35.3 passes per game, and passing for 273 yards as a result. If the Steelers don't open up a lead early and shut the passing game down, he should easily reach his season averages against a defense that is allowing opposing quarterbacks to average 28.0 Fantasy points per game.

The good news is, opposing quarterbacks are attempting 40-plus throws per game against the Jaguars, mostly because it is just too easy to pass against them not to. Roethlisberger should put together another solid game, and should be considered a strong starting option for Week 5. 


Ben Roethlisberger takes advantage of matchup


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/28/2014) Facing the same Buccaneers defense that got shredded by Matt Ryan and company on national TV in Week 3, Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger turned in his best game of the season, throwing for 314 yards and three touchdowns.

So that's two big-yardage games in four. The other -- a 365-yard effort in Week 1 -- came against a Browns defense that has also struggled against the pass. The Ravens and Panthers, meanwhile, had fared pretty well prior to Week 4.

Through four games, Roethlisberger is looking like one of the more predictable matchup plays at the quarterback position, which means you'll probably want to keep him active for Week 5 at Jacksonville.


Three injured players on inactive list for Steelers


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/28/2014) Guard Ramon Foster (ankle), linebacker Ryan Shazier (knee) and cornerback Ike Taylor (forearm) head a list of injured inactives for the Steelers in Week 4 against Tampa Bay.

The healthy scratches are wideout Martavis Bryant, quarterback Landry Jones, nose tackle Daniel McCullers and offensive lineman Wesley Johnson.


Ben Roethlisberger still hurting from 'significant shot'


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/16/2014) Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said Tuesday he's still hurting from the illegal hit he received from Ravens linebacker Courtney Upshaw last Thursday, reports Steelers Depot. The hit, which drew a roughing-the-passer flag, occurred on Pittsburgh's first possession.

"I lost my breath instantly and remember hitting the ground thinking, 'Boy, that hurt a lot,'" Roethlisberger said in a radio interview about Upshaw burying himself into the quarterback's chest. "I kind of pride myself on not taking those big hits, but I sure as heck didn't see it coming."

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said Roethlisberger was hurting the rest of the game. "That was a significant shot, but that comes with the territory and that's something that he's embraced over the years," the coach said.


Ben Roethlisberger held without a touchdown Week 2


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/11/2014) Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was held without a touchdown Week 2 against the Ravens.

Roethlisberger completed 22 of 37 passes for 217 yards. He threw one interception during the game. Roethlisberger had a tough time getting any passes down the field. He averaged just 5.9 yards per attempt. Roethlisberger was a victim of poor luck as well. After leading a long drive to open the game, the Steelers turned the ball over on a fumble. The team would also fumble away another possession in the fourth quarter. Roethlisberger was able to get the team into Ravens territory a few times, but couldn't find a way to get into the end zone.

Roethlisberger will take on the Panthers Week 3. 


Ben Roethlisberger has up-and-down preseason game


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/21/2014) Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger had an up-and-down performance in what may have been his final tuneup before the start of the regular season, Thursday in Philadelphia.

Roethlisberger was intercepted by Nolan Carroll in the second quarter. He stayed on with the first-team offense after halftime and fired a 27-yards touchdown pass to Heath Miller in the third quarter. He compiled 157 yards through the air while completing 15 of 24 passes. He added one touchdown and one interception, registering a 78.0 passer rating.

Through three preseason games, Roethlisberger has passed for 331 yards.

Ben Roethlisberger strikes twice in preseason game vs. Bills


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/16/2014) Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger made some big plays and found the end zone twice during Saturday’s preseason game at home against the Bills.

Roethlisberger found and open Antonio Brown for a 76-yard touchdown strike in the opening quarter. Late in the same quarter, he connected with Markus Wheaton for a 16-yard touchdown strike. He played for three drives and compiled 128 yards through the air while completing 8 of 11 passes. He added two touchdowns and no interceptions, registering a 150.8 passer rating.

Ben Roethlisberger limited to one drive in preseason action


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/9/2014) Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger completed only one pass, but it was enough to make an impact in Saturday's preseason opener against the Giants.

Roethlisberger worked with the first-team offense for just one series. He hooked up with Dri Archer for a gain of 46 yards in the opening drive. Roethlisberger completed 1 of 2 passes for 46 yards before backup quarterback Bruce Gradkowski relieved him in the first quarter.

Steelers to run more no-huddle offense


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(6/8/2014) The Steelers ran at least 15 no-huddle plays in each of their final nine games, a stretch in which they went 6-3 and averaged more than 10 points more than in the first seven games, reports the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. The team is spending a lot of time on the no-huddle during OTAs and plans to use it more in 2014.

"I think it's something that we realized where we can be and what we did last year, and where we were successful, so I think we'll use it more," quarterback Ben Roethlisberger told the paper. 

"I don't want to call it our base offense,” Roethlisberger added, "but I think you'll see more of it, so it was more important for us to get it in early and often."

According to the report, the Steelers used the no-huddle on 23 percent of their plays last year. Roethlisberger hit 102 of 163 passes for 1,221 yards and 10 touchdowns out of the no-huddle.


Ben Roethlisberger likes continuity up front


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(5/28/2014) Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger finished last season strong as the team used the no-huddle frequently. He told the team's website he's excited about an offensive line that returns every starter and gets Pro Bowl center Maurkice Pouncey back from a torn ACL. 

"That’s a big part of being able to run the no-huddle because those guys are up there and they’re comfortable, they’re familiar," Roethlisberger said. "They’ve got another offseason in training of continuity and learning from each other. I tell them before each game that they are what is going to drive this team and this offense. As long as they stay healthy and can play every game we’ll be good."


Big Ben aims to play 5-7 more years


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(5/7/2014) Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who just turned 32, said he's not nearing the end of his career. "I feel like I'm in great shape," Roethlisberger said on 93.7 The Fan. "I think I can get five, six, seven more years out of this arm and these legs."

Roethlisberger played every snap last season, throwing for 4,261 yards and 28 touchdowns against 14 interceptions.


Steelers might not address Big Ben's contract this offseason


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/23/2014) The Steelers traditionally address their quarterbacks' contracts two years out, but general manager Kevin Colbert said that might not be the case with Ben Roethlisberger. Big Ben is set to make $12 million this year and $11 million in 2015. His deal carries cap hits of nearly $18.9 million and $18.3 million.

“We'll get through free agency, get through the draft and see where we are,” Colbert said, per the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “Traditionally we have done quarterbacks (contracts) two years out, but as (team president) Art (Rooney) stated, we may or may not be in a position to do something this summer.”

The Steelers won't be able to lower Roethlisberger's cap impact unless they sign him to a long-term extension. He turned 32 this month.