Fantasy Football Profile: Ben Roethlisberger
Big Ben finds himself in the news for the wrong reasons. I’m not going to weigh in on his situation because I don’t have the information and don’t want to jump to conclusions. Obviously his situation has a strong bearing on his fantasy value. If he is suspended or incarcerated he will obviously need to be reevaluated. I am assuming that he will not miss time to suspension or incarceration then I expect him to a low end fantasy starter. He has some great weapons in Santonio Holmes, who I expect to blow up this year, Hines Ward, and Heath Miller. Limas Sweed is a decent breakout
candidate. Big Ben showed in the Super Bowl that he can win a game if he needs to, but this team’s identity is still their Defense and with Rashard Mendenhall healthy, along with Willie Parker, the Steelers will be more run-heavy in 2009.
The Steelers have a sweet schedule featuring Cleveland twice, Cincinnati twice, Detroit, Denver, and Kansas City. They do have to face Tennessee, San Diego, Minnesota, and Baltimore twice so don’t expect Big Ben’s Sack totals to drop drastically. I like Pittsburgh’s first two matchups (Cleveland & Green Bay) in the fantasy playoffs, but hate that they have to face Baltimore in the fantasy championship game.
If Ben’s situation hangs over his head this Summer it will affect his draft position. Right now he’ll probably be taken in the 7th-9th round. If he stays healthy and eligible I think he’ll have somewhere around 3300 yards and 20 TDs.