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Height/Weight: 6-5/241 | Birthdate: 3/2/1982 | Birthplace: Lima, OH, USA | Team: Pittsburgh | College: Miami (Ohio) | NFL Experience: 11 | Owned/Started%: 98/9 | Average Draft Position: 105.81
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Ben Roethlisberger takes a beating in MNF victory


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(11/17/2014) Facing an onslaught of Titans' blitzes, Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger completed 21 of 32 throws for 207 yards and a touchdown with an interception in Monday's 27-24 road win. Despite absorbing five sacks and several other big hits, Roethlisberger led consecutive second-half touchdown drives to secure the victory.

The pressure bothered Roethlisberger in the first half when he underthrew a wide-open Martavis Bryant on a potential touchdown, then overthrew him on an end-zone fade. Roethlisberger and wideout Antonio Brown had miscommunication right before halftime, leading to Jason McCourty's end-zone interception.

Roethlisberger heated up in the second half. On play-action, he zipped a 12-yard touchdown to Brown to put Pittsburgh ahead for good.

Roethlisberger has thrown two touchdown passes over the past two weeks after throwing 12 in the previous two games. He's on a bye Week 12.


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.


Jets DE Wilkerson: We can strip ball from Roethlisberger


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11/6/2014) Jets standout defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson has expressed hope that what he describes as "poor ball security" plaguing Steelers sizzling quarterback Ben Roethlisberger could provide positive opportunities for his team Sunday.

"You've got to make sure when you're getting up close to him that you wrap him up," Wilkerson told NJ.com. "We know that he has poor ball security, as well, so get after the ball when we get close to him."

Wilkerson, who has 4 1/2 sacks on the season, declined to elaborate when asked about his perception that Roethlisberger struggles to hold on to the ball. But Roethlisberger does have six fumbles this season with five lost.


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 sets record with second six-TD game


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(11/3/2014) Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger became the first quarterback in history to throw six touchdowns in consecutive games Sunday, completing 25 of his 37 pass attempts for 340 yards with six touchdowns and no interceptions in his team's 43-23 win over the Ravens in Week 9.

Roethlisberger delivered a six-score gem in Week 8 while throwing for 522 yards and somehow managed to rack up six more touchdowns one week later, giving him an NFL-record 12 touchdowns in a two-game span. Five different receivers hauled in his passes for scores, and Roethlisberger now owns a pristine 22:3 TD:INT ratio after his exceptional run to go with 2,620 passing yards. His next test comes against a mediocre Jets secondary in Week 10.


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 compares Blake Bortles to ... himself


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/2/2014) Ahead of their matchup in Week 5, Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said he sees a lot of himself in Jaguars rookie quarterback Blake Bortles, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

"A young me," Roethlisberger said, although, "I don’t move quite as well as I used to.

"I liked him coming out (of college). I thought he was the most ready and a guy that I thought could be the best, just because I think the things he does: He can extend plays, he can stay in, he can throw the ball, he can throw on the run. He is an impressive-type young player. He makes some rookie mistakes but he also makes some plays that you don’t expect rookies to make in a good way."


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.


Ben Roethlisberger throws for 300 yards and three TDs in loss


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/28/2014) Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger can't be blamed for a stunning late loss to Tampa Bay in Week 4. He produced arguably his finest game of the young season.

The veteran overcame five sacks to complete 29 of 40 passes for 314 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. He hit favorite target Antonio Brown for a 10-yard score with 15 seconds remaining in the first quarter and found him again for a 27-yard touchdown early in the second. His perfect bomb to an open Brown in the fourth clanked off the receiver's hands.

Roethlisberger also popped in a 5-yard score to tight end Heath Miller midway through the third quarter, but the team failed to score again.

He hit six different receivers in the first quarter and nine in the game. He will try lead the Steelers to victory next Sunday in Jacksonville.


Steelers strong physically for game against Buccaneers


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/26/2014) Cornerback Ike Taylor and linebacker Ryan Shazier are out, but the Steelers are otherwise in good shape for their Sunday clash against visiting Tampa Bay. Only one other player on their Friday injury report has been designated any worse than probable. That is guard Ramon Foster (ankle), who is questionable.

The probables are running back Dri Archer (ankle) and wideout Darrius Heyward-Bey (ankle). Standouts such as quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, tight end Heath Miller, safety Troy Polamalu and defensive end Brett Keisel are all probable with non-injury related issues.


Ben Roethlisberger ends touchdown drought


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/21/2014) Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who had failed to lead a touchdown drive in more than eight quarters, threw for 196 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday night's 37-19 win at Carolina. Roethlisberger completed 22 of 30 throws and did not commit a turnover.

As usual, Big Ben's favorite target was Antonio Brown. The duo hooked up 10 times for 90 yards, including a pair of 7-yard scores in the third quarter. The first was vintage Big Ben as he pump faked, scrambled out of the pocket and flipped it to the back corner of the end zone where Brown tapped his feet in.

Roethlisberger will try to keep it going Week 4 against the Buccaneers.


Ben Roethlisberger a risky starter in Week 3


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/18/2014) Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger might be a quarterback to avoid in Week 3 at Carolina.

Roethlisberger is off to another slow start for the second year in a row with 24 Fantasy points combined in his first two games against Cleveland and Baltimore. Last year, Big Ben had 25 points in his first two outings against Tennessee and Cincinnati before getting 20 points against Chicago at home.

A similar situation could unfold this week against the Panthers, but Carolina was able to contain Matthew Stafford in Week 2 and should have similar success against Roethlisberger. The Panthers have a 10-game streak of not allowing a quarterback to score multiple touchdowns, which extends back to Week 14 in 2012, including matchups with Matt Ryan, Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Stafford and Russell Wilson.

Roethlisberger will face a heavy pass rush in this game, and he is not a recommended starting option in most formats. 

For a complete list of Week 3 options, read my latest Start 'Em and Sit 'Em.


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. 


Stud Steelers ready to go Week 2


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/11/2014) The Steelers will go into Week 2 with all of their stud offensive players. 

A number of important players entered the week listed as probable on the injury report. Nearly all of them are active Week 2 against the Steelers. Le'Veon Bell, Antonio Brown, Heath Miller, Ben Roethlisberger, Cody Wallace and Markus Wheaton were all cleared to play. While they were all on the injury report, only Wallace was dealing with an injury. The rest missed practice for non-injury reasons. 

On defense, the Steelers will have Brett Keisel, Steve McLendon, Troy Polamalu, Ike Taylor, Shamarko Thomas and Vince Williams. Wallace was dealing with an ankle issue, but the rest were listed for non-injury reasons. 


First-half explosion leads to 365-yard day for Ben Roethlisberger


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/7/2014) Make that 18-1 lifetime for Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger against the Browns.

What appeared to be a walk in the park, however, turned into a super struggle for Roethlisberger on Sunday. Only an 11-yard to Marcus Wheaton with time running that set up the game-winning field goal allowed him to remain undefeated against Cleveland in Pittsburgh.

Roethlisberger finished 23 of 34 for 365 yards, one touchdown and one interception. It appeared he was destined to put up even better numbers when he set a personal record with 278 yards through in the air in first half and fired a 35-yard scoring strike to featured receiver Antonio Brown five minutes in the second quarter.

The veteran found tremendous success in the first half throwing short passes to backs and longer ones to Brown, but his line broke down under a fierce Cleveland rush thereafter, limiting him to 87 yards passing after intermission.

Roethlisberger and his Steelers play at Baltimore on Thursday night.