Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Steelers: Fantasy Football Outlook
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Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Steelers

Position/Rank ADP NFL Team Status Experience Age Height Weight
QB - #20 128.86 PIT Active 11 years 32 6'5 241

2014 Outlook: Quality Backup

Last updated on Jul-01-2014 by Mark Morales-Smith

At the age of 32, Big Ben is coming off one of his best fantasy seasons. Roethlisberger threw for 4,261 yards and 29 TDs. He attempted the most passes of his career last season by more than 70 attempts. This stat could take a drastic downward turn in 2014. The Steelers allowed Roethlisberger's second and third receivers (Emmanuel Sanders and Jerricho Cotchery, respectively) to walk via free agency in favor of an aging Lance Moore and promising, yet still unproven talents Martavis Bryant and Markus Wheaton. Pittsburgh will also have a healthy Le'Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount in the backfield to help them get back to Steelers' smash-mouth football. Roethlisberger was sacked 42 times and turned the ball over 20 times. The offensive line must better protect him. In spite of the questions with the offense, the former Miami of Ohio QB is still a seasoned veteran with two Super Bowl rings on his hand. His fantasy value has been underrated his whole career. He knows how to make something out of nothing and get the job done. It also helps to have budding superstar Antonio Brown at his disposal. The duo connected for 110 receptions in 2013. If healthy, Roethlisberger can be one of the better quarterbacks in the NFL.

Latest Update

Jul-27-14 Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger will get contract extension after season

Pittsburgh Steelers President Art Rooney spoke about QB Ben Roethlisberger's contract situation saying "we intend on addressing Ben's contract situation after the season, so that we could address a number of players who were going into their last year in 2014. I think Ben understands that's our intention and the way we'd like to proceed. I think we had a good conversation." There were talks of extension when the Steelers signed center Maurkrice Pouncey back in June. Roethlisberger signed an eight-year, $102 million contract back in 2008, is scheduled to make $12 million this year and be a free agent after next season.

Fantasy Analysis:

It's a nice confidence boost by Rooney to show signs of locking Big Ben into a long-term contract. The Steelers offense is starting to come into form with RB Le'Veon Bell, WRs Antonio Brown and Markus Wheaton and a healthy Heath Miller returning. Roethlisberger can be viewed as a shaky QB1 option.

FFToolbox NFL News & Rumors

7/27 - Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger will get contract extension after season
7/25 - Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger will get long-term deal after 2014
7/12 - Steelers want to use rookie WR Martavis Bryant in red zone

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2013 Mock Draft Results

Month Position Franchise/Comments
2013 FFToolbox Staff Mock Draft #1
June 18th, 2013
12.05 FFToolbox - Brian Murphy - Again, the guy I wanted -- DeAngelo Williams in this case -- flies off the board with the prior pick. By now, I'm throwing a fit. I usually play in two-QB leagues. If that was the case in this league, I wouldn't have waited until the 12th round to get my second quarterback. With each of us starting only one quarterback, some very good players dropped a long way in this draft. Case in point, Big Ben, who is still a top-notch QB2 without Mike Wallace. I would like to use Roethlisberger as trade bait since I know I am never going to bench Russell Wilson outside of his bye week. But with Wilson not on bye until Week 12, I probably have to keep Ben for the long haul.
2013 FFToolbox Expert Mock Draft #2
July 2nd 2013
15.04 Zach Law on Sports 
2013 FFToolbox Expert Mock Draft #1
June 25th, 2013
12.09 FFToday 
2013 FFToolbox Expert Mock Draft #3
July 9th, 2013
14.03 FootballDiehards - I always seem to gravitate to Big Ben as my QB2 -- if for no other reason than it's safe to assume he'll be on the field as long as he's healthy (something that's admittedly not a lock). In hindsight, wishing I would have waited and nabbed Carson Palmer later.
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