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Ben Roethlisberger | Steelers QB

Date of Birth:  03/02/1982
Age:  38
Height  6'5"
Weight:   240
College:  Miami (OH.)
Drafted:  2004 | Round 1 | Pick 11
Depth Chart:  Starter

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Ben Roethlisberger | Steelers QB

Ben Roethlisberger is throwing fully.

Roethlisberger had said that he will not shave his massive beard until he is able to throw an NFL football around like normal, and the two-time Super Bowl quarterback is now clean shaven. The full expectation has been that Roethlisberger would be ready to go for Week 1, and it looks like Big Ben will be able to fully participate throughout any pre-season training that takes place this summer. Pittsburgh is an interesting team because they have a top defense they might want to play to, but a healthy Roethlisberger could certainly step in an operate a high-octane passing attack if the strategy calls for it this season.

Ben Roethlisberger | Steelers QB

Ben Roethlisberger (elbow) is throwing.

The Steelers posted a video of Roethlisberger tossing around a ball. Considering there's been some unfounded talk that Big Ben might not play again because of his shoulder issue, this is a promising sign. Roethlisberger is fully expected to be good to go for the start of the 2020 season, and he'll ideally be ready to go for the beginning of training camp this summer.

Ben Roethlisberger | Steelers QB

Ben Roethlisberger (elbow surgery) is out for the season.

The Steelers just released a statement from head coach Mike Tomlin, reading: "Ben Roethlisberger had an MRI on his right elbow Sunday evening and it was determined by the Steelers’ medical team that surgery will be required. We expect the surgery will be scheduled for this week. He will be placed on our Reserve/Injured List and is out for the season." This is obviously a terrible break for the Roethlisberger and the Steelers, who are now 0-2 and without their future Hall of Fame starting quarterback. Second-year quarterback Mason Rudolph now has a huge opportunity in front of him as he looks to become the long-term option at the position after Big Ben retires, but this is a definite blow to Pittsburgh's offense including skill position players James Conner and JuJu Smith-Schuster. Rudolph played well in yesterday's loss to Seattle, though, and he has the ability to keep the Steelers in contention. Roethlisberger's season ends with 351 yards and one interception; he'll turn 38 this offseason, but he just signed a two-year extension with the team earlier this year.

Ben Roethlisberger | Steelers QB

Ben Roethlisberger (right elbow) is out to start the second half.

At the beginning of the second half, Mason Rudolph is in for Roethlisberger. It's officially being called a right elbow injury, and Roethlisberger's return is questionable. Big Ben had gone into the locker room toward the end of the first half but made his way back to the sideline, but his injury is keeping him out of the game for now as the Steelers and Seahawks return to action. We'll update you as more information becomes available on Roethlisberger's status.

Ben Roethlisberger | Steelers QB

The Steelers have finalized a new three-year contract for Ben Roethlisberger, according to multiple reports.

The deal was first reported by Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The Steelers and their franchise quarterback wanted to get a new contract done before the draft, and the two sides were able to come to an agreement to keep Big Ben in Pittsburgh through the 2021 season. Roethlisberger will be 39 years old when this contract expires, and he's come quite a long way from apparently contemplating retirement a couple of offseason ago. As someone that's gotten in better shape over the years and still has an excellent supporting cast sans Antonio Brown, Roethlisberger should remain among the league's best quarterbacks in 2019, and he should remain a QB1 option for fantasy purposes.

Ben Roethlisberger | Steelers QB

Steelers owner Art Rooney II says the team is talking to Ben Roethlisberger about a contract extension.

Rooney said Roethlisberger has one year left on his contract, so they've already started talking about extending him, adding: "So, I think that Ben has some good years left. He’s still, I would say, close to being in the prime of his career and now that we see quarterbacks around the league that are playing into their 40s, I am not sure there is any reason why Ben can’t play for several more years. So we are looking forward to that." Big Ben was considering retirement in recent years, so to hear talk about him potentially playing several more years is a bit surprising. He does appear to be taking better care of his body, though, and he probably has fun throwing the ball around in an offense that gives him a ton of freedom. Expect an extension to be worked out at some point before the regular season, and it'll be interesting to see how long it is.

Ben Roethlisberger | Steelers QB

Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers win a close one against the Bengals, 16-13.

Roethlisberger was 31/45 for 287 yards, one touchdown, and one interception, also adding three carries for three yards. The turnover was returned for a touchdown in the first half, but Big Ben found JuJu Smith-Schuster on a smoke route in the second half from 11 yards away to tie things up at 10-10 before trading field goals in the fourth quarter. Unfortunately, the Steelers didn't get the help they needed from the Browns in Baltimore, but they obviously have no one to blame but themselves for missing the playoffs. Roethlisberger's year ends by completing 67.0% of his passes for 5,129 yards and a 34:16 touchdown-interception ratio in the first 5,000-yard season of his career. He should be drafted as a solid QB1 next summer.

Ben Roethlisberger | Steelers QB

Ben Roethlisberger throws three touchdowns in Steelers' Week 16 loss.

Roethlisberger was 33/50 for 380 yards and three touchdowns in the tough loss at New Orleans. Big Ben played about as good as you can play, hitting Antonio Brown for two scores and Jaylen Samuels for the other, but the defense couldn't quite hold on to a lead and then a JuJu-Smith-Schuster fumble in Saints territory killed their chances of a game-tying field goal or go-ahead score, so Pittsburgh now needs some help in the form of a Ravens loss to the Browns to get into the postseason as AFC North champs. In Week 17, Roethlisberger faces a Bengals team he had 369 yards and a touchdown against earlier this season.

Ben Roethlisberger | Steelers QB

Ben Roethlisberger throws two touchdown in win over the Patriots.

Roethlisberger was 22/34 for 235 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions in the Steelers' Week 15 victory at home. The first touchdown was on an out-and-in type of route for five yards to cap Pittsburgh's opening drive, and he found Antonio Brown open down the seam for 17 yards in the second quarter. Roethlisberger's first interception was an overthrow of JuJu Smith-Schuster, and the second was on a tipped pass intended for Brown that was deflected for a turnover. Overall, Big Ben did a good job of buying time and making some plays in what was surprisingly a defensive game against the Pats. Roethlisberger has big point potential when he heads to New Orleans to face the Saints next week, so he should be a strong QB1 option in the first week of fantasy championship games.

Ben Roethlisberger | Steelers QB

Ben Roethlisberger throws two touchdowns in Steelers' Week 14 loss.

Roethlisberger was 25/29 for 282 yards and two touchdowns in about 40 minutes of play, as he missed the entire third quarter and about ten minutes of the fourth quarter while dealing with a rib injury suffered at the end of the first half. When he was in the game, it was one of the best games of the season for Roethlisberger, as he put most passes on the money. Both scores were to JuJu Smith-Schuster, including the first one at the end of the first half where JuJu saved Roethlisberger by making a fantastic toe-tapping catch on a high throw when he was wide-open in the back of the end zone. Big Ben might tend to make things dramatic at times, but we doubt he'll miss Week 15 against the Patriots as Pittsburgh looks to stop its three-game losing streak. Roethlisberger is obviously in the QB1 mix for the matchup.

Ben Roethlisberger | Steelers QB

Ben Roethlisberger (rib) has returned for the Steelers.

Roethlisberger missed about the last 20 minutes of game time, but he's back in the game against the Raiders. Perhaps he's just returning because his team is now down on the scoreboard, but hopefully his injury isn't too serious.

Ben Roethlisberger | Steelers QB

Ben Roethlisberger is not in for the Steelers to start the second half.

The Steelers initially gave no information but they now say Roethlisberger is being evaluated for a rib injury. He's officially questionable to return against the Raiders. Joshua Dobbs is currently in the game for Pittsburgh, and we'll update you as more information becomes available.

Ben Roethlisberger | Steelers QB

Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers contained in the second half of 33-30 loss to the Chargers.

Roethlisberger was 29/45 for 281 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception. The first score was a 28-yard strike to Antonio Brown at the end of the first half, but a 23-7 lead at the break was overcome with big second half by Los Angeles, and they ended up winning on a last-second field goal. It's fair to wonder if all the throwing for Pittsburgh is reason for their recent struggles, but Big Ben likely isn't going to dial things back, as it seems like his show for better or worse. Next week in Oakland should be an excellent rebound spot for Roethlisberger, so keep him in lineups as a solid QB1 for the start of the fantasy playoffs.

Ben Roethlisberger | Steelers QB

Ben Roethlisberger throws for 462 yards in loss to Denver.

Roethlisberger was 41/56 for 462 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions along with two carries for 18 yards in the Steelers' Week 12 loss. The Broncos did a nice job of limiting James Conner on the ground, but it was surprising that the Steelers threw the ball as much as they did. The score was a 97-yarder to JuJu Smith-Schuster, as Big Ben delivered a strike down the field while getting pressured in the end zone. He nearly had another score, but Xavier Grimble fumbled out of the end zone for a touchback after it looked like he would get into the end zone on a 23-yard reception. The first interception appeared to occur after Antonio Brown stopped on his route; and the second was a crusher on a zone-read play at the end of the game, as Roethlisberger targeted Brown over the middle on an easy interception by defensive lineman Shelby Harris (it likely would've been picked off by the cornerback in front of Brown if Harris didn't intercept it). Roethlisberger tends to make some questionable decisions at times, and he now has five interceptions in the last two weeks. He's still putting up fantasy numbers, though, and he'll probably throw the ball around a lot against 2004 draft classmate Philip Rivers next Sunday night.

Ben Roethlisberger | Steelers QB

Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers overome 16-0 deficit late in the third quarter to beat the Jaguars, 20-16.

Roethlisberger was 27/47 for 314 yards, two touchdowns, and three interceptions, also adding two carries for one yard, including the game-winning touchdown run. It looked like it was going to be a very long day for Pittsburgh as they threw three interceptions and punted five times to start the game, but a 78-yard touchdown pass to Antonio Brown in the third quarter opened things up, and Big Ben was able to find Vance McDonald from 11 yards out in the fourth quarter to make it a 16-13 game. Then, on the team's final offensive drive, Roethlisberger found a connection with JuJu Smith-Schuster to get deep into Jacksonville territory before running for a one-yard score with eight seconds remaining. The Steelers have now won six games in a row heading into next week's game in Denver. Consider Big Ben a low-end QB1 for that road matchup.

Ben Roethlisberger | Steelers QB

Ben Roethlisberger throws five touchdowns in Steelers’ rout of the Panthers.

Roethlisberger was red-hot in this one, going 22/25 for 328 yards and five touchdowns, setting a franchise-record in completion percentage in a game (88%). Big Ben also added three carries for 27 yards including a first-down run where he took a shoulder to the head from Panthers safety Eric Reid, who was ejected from the game. This could’ve been an even bigger game, but Roethlisberger didn’t play for the final 14:55 of the game with Pittsburgh up by 36 points. Roethlisberger hit nine different receivers in the game, including five different guys (JuJu Smith-Schuster, Antonio Brown, Vance McDonald, Jesse James, and Jaylen Samuels) for his five scores. Roethlisberger is obviously in the QB1 mix next week against the Jaguars, though it’s worth noting the game is on the road at Jacksonville.

Ben Roethlisberger | Steelers QB

Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers take control of AFC North with 23-16 victory over the Ravens.

Roethlisberger was 28/47 for 270 yards, two touchdowns, and zero interceptions, also adding two carries for four yards and a score. The first touchdown came on a seven-yard pass over the middle to James Conner, and then he found Antonio Brown for a screen pass from six yards out (both in the first half). Big Ben was able to get in on a quarterback sneak to start the second half, and that plus a field goal were enough to hold of Baltimore and advance to 5-2-1. At the midway point of the season, Roethlisberger is on pace for 5,120 yards, 32 touchdowns, and 14 interceptions. He should be a solid QB1 down the stretch, including this Thursday night in a great game against the Panthers.

Ben Roethlisberger | Steelers QB

Ben Roethlisberger has returned to the game for the Steelers.

The future Hall of Fame quarterback can sometimes make things look more serious than they are, but thankfully it appears he just had the wind knocked out of him despite landing on his right shoulder. Roethlisberger is trying to help the Steelers seal a big win against Baltimore.

Ben Roethlisberger | Steelers QB

Ben Roethlisberger leaves game with potential shoulder injury.

Roethlisberger scrambled in the fourth quarter and was tackled from behind from Za'Darius Smith, appearing to land on his right throwing shoulder. This is obviously not good news for the Steelers, so hopefully the injury isn't as serious as it appears. Joshua Dobbs is set to enter the game for Pittsburgh, and we'll update you as more information becomes available on Big Ben's status.

Ben Roethlisberger | Steelers QB

Ben Roethlisberger plays well in Steelers' win against the Browns.

Roethlisberger was 24/36 for 257 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception along with two carries for six yards in the Week 8 victory. Both touchdowns were to Antonio Brown, with one coming on a 43-yard deep ball after Roethlisberger did a great job of buying time in the pocket; and the other was on a quick screen at the goal line. Big Ben next faces a Ravens team he had 274 yards with one touchdown and one interception against in Week 4.

Ben Roethlisberger | Steelers QB

Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers beat the Bengals, 28-21, in heated AFC North battle.

Roethlisberger was 32/46 for 369 yards, one touchdown, and zero interceptions in the victory. Pittsburgh mostly relied on James Conner (19 carries for 111 yards and two scores) early on, but Big Ben got hot late, including the game-winning touchdown throw to Antonio Brown from 31 yards away on a quick pick play. The Steelers head into their Week 7 bye with Le’Veon Bell potentially returning, but it shouldn't have much of a fantasy impact on Roethlisberger either way. Consider him a solid QB1 next time out against the Browns at home.

Ben Roethlisberger | Steelers QB

Ben Roethlisberger throws for 250 yards and three touchdowns against the Falcons.

Aside from a bad interception where he threw the ball up into coverage at the end of the first half, Roethlisberger had a very good game in a great matchup against a banged-up Falcons defense. Roethlisberger was 19/29 for 250 yards, three touchdowns, one interception, and added two carries for 16 yards. The first score was to JuJu Smith-Schuster for 18 yards on a nice throw to the end zone, and the next two were to Antonio Brown—including a 47-yard deep ball. Roethlisberger faces the Bengals on the road in Week 6.

Ben Roethlisberger | Steelers QB

Ben Roethlisberger struggles in 26-14 loss to the Ravens on Sunday Night Football.

Roethlisberger was 27/47 for 274 yards, one touchdown, and one interception as the Steelers dropped to 1-2-1. Pittsburgh was able to score 14 points in the second quarter to tie things up heading into the half, but a 26-yard touchdown to Antonio Brown was the team's only touchdown of the night. Unfortunately, Big Ben seemed to lock onto Brown far too often, (including on the game-sealing interception), and that's when Pittsburgh is at their worst. Through four weeks, Roethlisberger is on pace for 5,656 yards, 32 touchdowns, and 20 interceptions. He needs to get everyone involved next week in what will be a huge game against the Falcons.

Ben Roethlisberger | Steelers QB

Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers hold off the Buccaneers on Monday Night Football.

Big Ben was 30/38 for 353 yards, three touchdowns, and one interception in the 30-27 victory. Pittsburgh got off to a hot offensive start with a 75-yard touchdown on a catch-and-run by Vance McDonald in the first quarter, and then Roethlisberger followed it up with a 27-yard score to Antonio Brown and a one-yarder to Ryan Switzer in the second quarter. Over the final 30 minutes, the Steelers were mostly contained, but they made enough plays at the end of the game to run out the clock and keep the ball out of Ryan Fitzpatrick's hands. Back at home in Week 4 against the Ravens (on Sunday Night Football), Big Ben remains a solid QB1, even in a tough matchup.

Ben Roethlisberger | Steelers QB

Ben Roethlisberger totals four touchdowns in loss to the Chiefs.

Roethlisberger's right elbow is of no concern after this one, as he slung the ball around the yard while trying to keep up with Kansas City's electric offense. Roethlisberger was 39/60 for 452 yards and three touchdowns while also adding two carries for nine yards and a rushing touchdown. It was a huge day for the veteran quarterback, as he scrambled around to keep plays alive and hit big plays down the field to his receivers. Roethlisberger is a strong QB1 in Week 3 against the Buccaneers as the Steelers look to get their first win of the season, but keep in mind the game is on the road instead of at home.

Ben Roethlisberger | Steelers QB

Ben Roethlisberger (right elbow) is officially active for Week 2.

There was never really any question Big Ben would be ready to go for today against the Chiefs, a team he’s had a lot of success against in his career. Roethlisberger’s elbow isn’t much of a concern, and he is a strong QB1 option this week.

Ben Roethlisberger | Steelers QB

Ben Roethlisberger (right elbow) is listed as questionable for Sunday.

Roethlisberger was a full participant in today's practice, and it would be a major surprise if he does not play in the Week 2 contest against Kansas City. Roethlisberger should be active when the game statuses are released around 11:30 AM ET on Sunday.

Ben Roethlisberger | Steelers QB

Concerns emerge around Ben Roethlisberger's (elbow) status for Week 2.

Roethlisberger didn't practice yesterday, which was normal for a veteran player like him, but he again missed practice today. Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin had said the injury is just a normal bumps and bruises thing, but another missed practice is a slight concern. It would be a surprise if Roethlisberger doesn't play on Sunday, but he'll probably be listed as questionable when the official injury report is released tomorrow.

Ben Roethlisberger | Steelers QB

Ben Roethlisberger has a minor elbow issue.

He may be limited throughout the week in practice, but there is no question Roethlisberger will be out there on Sunday against the Chiefs. This is just something to keep in mind moving forward, but it's not a huge concern at the moment. Roethlisberger has thrown 14 touchdowns and four interceptions and has a 6-1 record in his career against the Chiefs, so it's a team he probably likes facing. He's in the QB1 mix for Week 2.

Ben Roethlisberger | Steelers QB

Ben Roethlisberger turns it over five times in Week 1 tie against the Browns.

Roethlisberger was 23/41 for 335 yards, one touchdown, and three interceptions, also fumbling twice (both lost) and rushing three times for 16 yards. Overall, it was a sloppy game for both teams, but a missed field goal kept Pittsburgh from picking up an overtime loss on Big Ben's fifth turnover. It was a discouraging performance, but weather played a factor, and Roethlisberger should bounce back in a big way next Sunday (at home) against Kansas City's weak secondary. Consider him a surefire QB1 for that matchup.

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Ben Roethlisberger says his arm feels stronger than ever.

New Steelers offensive coordinator Randy Fichtner recently said he believes this has been Roethlisberger's best training camp ever, and now Roethlisberger continues to say how great he's feeling heading into the season. Roethlisberger says his whole body feels great in general and that his "arm feels strong than it ever has." Despite talk of retirement in recent years, Roethlisberger is seemingly been re-energized this year at 36 years old. Big Ben was one of the league's hottest quarterbacks down the stretch last season, and he'll be a strong fantasy option in 2018 with one of the league's best supporting casts around him.

Ben Roethlisberger | Steelers QB

Ben Roethlisberger did not suffer a concussion in practice earlier this week, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Reports said Roethlisberger was in concussion protocol and had since been cleared, but apparently he didn't suffer a concussion after all. This is good news for Roethlisberger, who is not playing in tonight's preseason game against the Packers. Roethlisberger will get time in next week's dress rehearsal game as he gears up for his 15th NFL season.

Ben Roethlisberger | Steelers QB

Ben Roethlisberger has cleared concussion protocol.

Roethlisberger is not playing in the Steelers' second preseason game, which had been the plan anyway, but it's good to hear he's out of the protocol and probably feeling better after he landed on his head during practice earlier in the week. Big Ben should get some action in Pittsburgh's third preseason game next week as he gears up for Week 1 against the Browns.

Ben Roethlisberger | Steelers QB

Ben Roethlisberger is apparently in the concussion protocol.

Roethlisberger reportedly landed on his head while in the pocket in a peculiar situation during today's practice. Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin says the Roethlisberger "sustained a hit" and is being evaluated by doctors "as part of the concussion protocol." Tomlin announced earlier that Big Ben would not be playing in this week's preseason game, so this doesn't impact that; but hopefully Roethlisberger starts feeling better soon.

Ben Roethlisberger | Steelers QB

Ben Roethlisberger wants to play at least three more seasons.

Steelers owner Art Rooney II spoke to reporters and said his quarterback told him he wants to play "beyond" his current contract, which has two years remaining. This is quite the change for Roethlisberger compared to last year when there was real thought that he would call it a career. At 35, Big Ben appears poised to play until he's at least 38 barring injury, as it'd be hard to believe he would tell his team's owner this if it wasn't true. The exciting core that got a jolt with rookie JuJu Smith-Schuster this season might have given Roethlisberger a second wind on the back nine of his career. An extension should get done at some point, even if it's not for a year or two, as it's difficult to imagine Roethlisberger playing anywhere other than Pittsburgh.

Ben Roethlisberger | Steelers QB

Ben Roethlisberger says he plans to play next season.

The potential drama has seemingly ended quickly, as Roethlisberger likely still feels he can play at a very high level after he did from the middle-end of the season. Also, according to Aditi Kinkhabwala, Roethlisberger told a disappointed Antonio Brown in the locker room that "we'll get there," which obviously indicates he plans on staying around to help AB and the younger guys try to get a Super Bowl. This should be the end of it, and Roethlisberger will enter next season as a QB1 option considering how well he played down the stretch at 35 years old.

Ben Roethlisberger | Steelers QB

Ben Roethlisberger throws five touchdowns in Divisional Round loss.

Big Ben and the Steelers certainly did their part offensively, scoring 42 points in their 45-42 loss to the Jaguars. Roethlisberger did throw an early interception on a spectacular play by Jaguars linebacker Myles Jack, but he played well after that mostly working underneath routes before taking shots to the end zone for his first four scores. The fifth touchdown was to JuJu Smith-Schuster on a quick slant route with one second remaining. He also had a fantastic play late in the game, running past the line of scrimmage before flipping the ball back to Le'Veon Bell, who ran in for a touchdown. Overall, Roethlisberger was 37/58 for 469 yards, five touchdowns, and one interception and also had two carries for 16 rushing yards and a fumble lost on a strip sack that was returned for a touchdown. While there has been some discussion about retirement and it wouldn't be a surprise if Roethlisberger did retire, he might not want to hang it up after a big performance like this against the league's number one pass defense. Roethlisberger's potential retirement should be a big storyline this offseason.

Ben Roethlisberger | Steelers QB

Ben Roethlisberger is officially out for the regular season finale.

The Steelers are confident that Landry Jones can lead them to a win over the 0-15 Browns, and they’re presumably figuring the health of their starting quarterback is more important than potentially securing the number one seed in the AFC (which would happen with a win and a Patriots loss to the Jets). Roethlisberger’s regular season ends with 4,251 passing yards, 28 touchdowns, and 14 interceptions, with a 64.2% completion percentage. He’s played really well lately, and he’ll look to make a run to another Super Bowl starting in a couple of weeks with the Divisional Round.

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Ben Roethlisberger is reportedly not playing in the regular season finale.

Neither is Le'Veon Bell, according to Steelers offensive tackle Marcus Gilbert, who may or may not have been authorized to speak on the subject. This is a curious move considering the Steelers can take the top seed in the AFC with a win over the Browns paired with a Jets win over the Patriots, but they must believe the health of two of their best players is more important than potentially getting the top seed with them in the lineup (and they still can beat the Browns without Roethlisberger and Bell). Big Ben was looking like a fine fantasy option for Week 17, but now fantasy owners will have to look elsewhere.

Ben Roethlisberger | Steelers QB

Ben Roethlisberger tosses two touchdowns in Steelers' blowout Christmas win.

This is two straight years with Christmas wins for Big Ben and the Steelers, and this one was in blowout fashion over the Texans. Roethlisberger was 20/29 for 226 yards and two touchdowns in the win, as he played a very solid game to help lock the Steelers into a first-round bye in the playoffs. The first touchdown was to Justin Hunter on five-yarder to the end zone after a scramble. And the second was to JuJu Smith-Schuster on a stick and nod type of route for 18 yards. Roethlisberger will be a strong option in Week 17 against the Browns.

Ben Roethlisberger | Steelers QB

Ben Roethlisberger commits late mistake to cost Steelers in 27-24 loss to New England.

Roethlisberger was 22/30 for 281 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception. He also rushed three times for 10 yards. Unfortunately, his lone turnover could wind up costing Steelers home-field advantage in the playoffs and possibly a Super Bowl appearance, as it's difficult to see them beating Tom Brady and Bill Belichick in Foxborough. After Tom Brady orchestrated a go-ahead drive to put the Pats up 27-24 with 28 seconds to go, Big Ben hit JuJu Smith-Schuster for a 69-yard gain to set up the game-tying field goal, but a fake spike turned disastrous when Roethlisberger inexplicably tried fitting the ball into tight coverage instead of throwing it out of bounds, and cornerback Eric Rowe deflected the pass, which resulted in an interception by Duron Harmon. He will look to make amends on Christmas Day against the Texans, where he should be a solid QB1.

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Ben Roethlisberger goes over 500 yards in win over the Ravens.

The Steelers really tossed the ball around the yard in this one, as they put up 19 fourth-quarter points to come back and clinch the AFC North with three weeks to go in the season. Roethlisberger was 44/66 for 506 yards and two touchdowns (and he added a five-yard carry), with the 66 attempts setting a new career high. The touchdowns were to Le’Veon Bell and fullback Roosevelt Nix, but his best connection was with Antonio Brown, particularly on deep go routes down the field. With next week’s matchup against the Patriots at home in Heinz Field, a hot Roethlisberger should be a strong option in fantasy lineups for the second week of the fantasy playoffs.

Ben Roethlisberger | Steelers QB

Ben Roethlisberger throws two touchdowns as Steelers improve to 10-2.

The Bengals jumped ahead to an early 10-0 lead and led for most of the night over the Steelers, but Roethlisberger led his team to 13 fourth-quarter points, including setting them up for another game-winning field goal by Chris Boswell as time expired. Overall, Big Ben was 24/40 for 290 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception—and he even kept the ball on a zone read where he picked up four yards. Roethlisberger's first touchdown was to Le'Veon Bell on a pass to the flat that was taken up the sideline and through a non-tackle for 35 yards. And the second was on a bullet throw on a slant route to Antonio Brown in the end zone. The Steelers face a very stingy Ravens defense next Sunday night, so there's some risk inserting Roethlsiberger into fantasy lineups for Week 14.

Ben Roethlisberger | Steelers QB

Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers avoid upset with last-second field goal against the Packers.

Roethlisberger was 33/45 for 351 yards, four touchdowns, and two interceptions. He also rushed three times for 25 yards. The first touchdown came on a shovel pass to Xavier Grimble from one yard away, then he connected with Martavis Bryant on a 17-yard score in the second quarter before finishing things off with two touchdowns to Antonio Brown in the second half. Despite the turnovers, it was another great performance by Big Ben after a disappointing start to the season. He should provide QB1 value down the stretch, including next week against the Bengals, but it will be the low-end variety on the road. Still, it's hard to bench a guy with four touchdowns in two-straight games.

Ben Roethlisberger | Steelers QB

Ben Roethlisberger tosses four touchdowns as Steelers improve to 8-2.

This was Big Ben's best game of the season, as he was in complete command in Heinz Field, going 30/45 for 299 yards and four touchdowns while also adding a ten-yard rush. The first touchdown was to Antonio Brown on a free play where he drew the Titans offsides and took a shot to the end zone. The second was to Brown on a slant route. The third was on a play-action fake at the goal line that left tight end Jesse James wide open. And the final one was on a spectacular helmet-catch by Brown on a slot fade. Those that played Roethlisberger in this home matchup despite his lack of fantasy success this season certainly had it pay off. He'll remain home and face the Packers in another primetime matchup on Sunday night in Week 12.

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Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers able to avoid road upset with big second half.

Roethlisberger was 19/31 for 263 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception. After an ugly first half, Big Ben got going late with touchdowns to JuJu Smith-Schuster and Vance McDonald, and he made plays—including a 32-yard pass to Antonio Brown—to set up the game-winning field goal on the final drive of the game. Despite sub-par play from Roethlisberger this season, the Steelers are 7-2 heading into a Thursday night matchup with the 6-3 Titans. Back at home, it will be as good a time as any for Ben to go off.

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Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers improve to AFC-best 6-2 with close SNF win over Detroit.

Roethlisberger was 17/31 for 317 yards, one touchdown, and one interception. The highlight of the night was a 97-yard touchdown to JuJu Smith-Schuster, as Big Ben dropped it in on a seam route and let JuJu do the rest. There was also another score called back on an Antonio Brown offensive pass interference. Heading into the bye week, Roethlisberger is on pace for 4,124 yards, 20 touchdowns, and 18 interceptions through eight weeks. He should be better in the second half, which starts in an easy spot against the Colts.

Ben Roethlisberger | Steelers QB

Ben Roethlisberger plays well as Steelers improve to 5-2.

Roethlisberger was 14/24 for 224 yards and two touchdowns, as he helped keep the offense moving while it relied on the strong running of Le'Veon Bell. The first touchdown was on a nice throw on a slant route to the end zone to Antonio Brown, and the second touchdown was to a wide-open JuJu Smith-Schuster for 31 yards. The Steelers are on the road to face Detroit next Sunday night, so Roethlisberger is more of a QB2 in that contest—given he's on the road and the Lions are coming of a bye.

Ben Roethlisberger | Steelers QB

Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers rely on the running game to knock off the undefeated Chiefs.

Roethlisberger was 17/25 for 252 yards, one touchdown, and one interception, though the interception was Antonio Brown's fault. Considering how bad Big Ben and the Steelers were a week ago, it was an encouraging effort to pickup a huge win in Arrowhead. Roethlisberger returns home to face the Bengals next Sunday, but he'll probably just be a low-end QB1 with Pittsburgh expected to use a similar ground-and-pound approach.

Ben Roethlisberger | Steelers QB

Ben Roethlisberger throws five interceptions in 30-9 loss to the Jaguars.

Roethlisberger was 33/55 for 312 yards, zero touchdowns, and the five picks, two of which were returned for scores on back-to-back series. It was so bad that Roethlisberger openly questioned whether he still has it after the game, though Big Ben has always been a bit dramatic. Pittsburgh should have had much more balance, as they only ran the ball 15 times with Le'Veon Bell against a weak run defense, and Jacksonville has the NFL's top pass defense. Roethlisberger should turn things around, but he's off the QB1 map for next week's game in Arrowhead against the Chiefs.

Ben Roethlisberger | Steelers QB

Ben Roethlisberger's road struggles continue, but Steelers handle Ravens 26-9.

Roethlisberger was 18/30 for 216 yards, one touchdown, and one interception. The score was an 11-yarder in the second quarter to JuJu Smith-Schuster. Big Ben spread the ball around, and the Steelers relied on Le'Veon Bell to lead the way against their division rival. Roethlisberger gets another tough matchup against Jacksonville in Week 5, but at least it's at home. Still, he will be a back-end QB1 option at best.

Ben Roethlisberger | Steelers QB

Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers lose in overtime to Chicago.

Roethlisberger was 22/39 for 235 yards and one touchdown as the Bears handed Pittsburgh a 23-17 loss. He also lost a fumble. Big Ben's road struggles are a real thing, but it's fair to wonder if the team declining to go out for the national anthem had an impact on Sunday. Roethlisberger isn't in a good bounce back spot with a trip to Baltimore on deck, especially after the Ravens were just embarrassed by the Jaguars in London. Streaming might be your best option for Week 4.

Ben Roethlisberger | Steelers QB

Ben Roethlisberger leads the Steelers to Week 2 win over the Vikings.

Big Ben was in the comfortable confines of Heinz Field and played very well against a tough defense, going 23/35 for 243 yards and two touchdowns. The first touchdown came on a in-breaking route to Martavis Bryant, while the second came on a shuffle pass to JuJu Smith-Schuster. The Steelers scored in every quarter while pretty handily defeating a Vikings team that was without Sam Bradford (knee). Roethlisberger and the Steelers travel to Chicago for Week 3 in what won't be an easy matchup away from home.

Ben Roethlisberger | Steelers QB

Ben Roethlisberger was 24/36 for 263 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception in Sunday's season opener.

Roethlisberger did most of his damage throwing to Antonio Brown, as the two connected on all 11 of their targets for 182 yards in the 21-18 victory over Cleveland. Big Ben hit Jesse James on both of his scores, which were from two and four yards out. Roethlisberger plays at home next, but it's against the Vikings elite pass defense. He'll be a low-end QB1 at best.

Ben Roethlisberger | Steelers QB

Ben Roethlisberger looks sharp in Steelers' third preseason game.

Big Ben was 6/9 for 73 yards, leading the Steelers to a field goal drive in the first quarter against the Colts. The pass offense was clicking, and the running game will get a big boost when Le'Veon Bell returns to the team in September. Roethlisberger offers high-end QB1 upside on any given week, but he's currently going outside the top ten quarterbacks in fantasy drafts. Remember: his home/road splits last season were drastic, as he played much better at home in Heinz Field.

Ben Roethlisberger | Steelers QB

Ben Roethlisberger is not at the Steelers' first padded practice.

It's an excused absence, according to Aditi Kinkhabwala. Hopefully everything is OK with Roethlisberger personally.

UPDATE: Unfortunately, a close friend of Roethlisberger's passed away, Mike Tomlin told Ike Taylor.

Ben Roethlisberger | Steelers QB

Retirement "remains an option" for Ben Roethlisberger after the season.

Roethlisberger told Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that his wife would like him to retire. The two-time Super Bowl champion says he's been in the league for a long time, and notes that football takes up a lot of your time, which includes being away from family. Roethilsberger would not commit to playing past this season, insisting that he's just focused on this year and will think about it after the season. The Steelers drafted Joshua Dobbs out of Tennessee in the fourth round, and he could be the future for the Steelers. If not, they might have some searching to do after 2017. It wouldn't be surprising to see Roethlisberger, 35, play for a few more seasons, either—despite the talk of potential retirement.

Ben Roethlisberger | Steelers QB

Ben Roethlisberger confirms on Twitter that he will be playing this season.

This was expected. Big Ben might tend to be a little overdramatic at times, but he may be reaching the end his career. Pittsburgh needs to really think about the quarterback of the future. As for this season, Roethlisberger will be a solid QB1 this season, with a boost in home games.

Ben Roethlisberger | Steelers QB

Ben Roethlisberger is "leaning towards" returning in 2017, according to the Observer-Reporter.

No one took Roethlisberger too seriously when he hinted at retirement after the season. He has a great supporting cast and will be back next season. Big Ben will be a QB1 for fantasy purposes (keep in mind, he was lights out at home last season, and he is a great option to potentially pair with another quarterback for his road games).

Ben Roethlisberger | Steelers QB

In an interview with 93.7 The Fan, Ben Roethlisberger hints at retirement.

Roetlhisberger said he wants to take a step back and evaluate everything with his family and evaluate next season, "if there's going to be a next season." Roethlisberger tends to be a bit of an overdramatic person, but he's accomplished a lot in his career and may decide he's done enough and move on to the rest of his life. We would expect this to be mostly smoke and for Big Ben to be back in 2017.

Ben Roethlisberger | Steelers QB

Steelers, Ben Roehtlisberger fall to Patriots in AFC Championship.

Roethlisberger was 31/47 for 314 yards, one touchdown, and one interception. Roethlisberger's interception was not a good one as he seemingly under threw a deep ball that was easily picked off by Eric Rowe. Besides that, Roethlisberger played pretty well. Looking to next season, Roethlisberger will be worth selecting in the top ten quarterbacks. We suggest that you maybe pair Big Ben with another quarterback and stream; Roethlisberger was lights out at home this season, but struggled a bit on the road.

Steelers advance to AFC Championship behind five field goals from Chris Boswell.

Ben Roethlisberger was 20/31 for 224 yards and one interception. He and the Steelers will travel to Foxborough to face Bill Belichick, Tom Brady, and the Patriots.

Ben Roethlisberger | Steelers QB

Ben Roethlisberger (foot) fully participates in Thursday practice.

It'd be a major, major shock if Big Ben didn't play in the Divisional Round Sunday against the Chiefs.

Ben Roethlisberger | Steelers QB

Ben Roethlisberger (foot) did not practice on Wednesday.

Mike Tomlin did say the foot "shouldn't be an issue," so we expect this was just a precautionary rest for Big Ben. He should practice tomorrow and Friday, but we'll keep you updated.

Ben Roethlisberger | Steelers QB

Steelers advance to Divisional Round with win over Dolphins.

Ben Roethlisberger was 13/18 for 197 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions versus Miami. Both of Roethlisberger's touchdowns came in the first quarter on short passes to Antonio Brown. Pittsburgh didn't throw much after their two early touchdowns, instead giving the ball to Le'Veon Bell who had over 160 yards. The Steelers will head to Kansas City to face the Chiefs in the Divisional Round.

Ben Roethlisberger | Steelers QB

Ben Roethlisberger is inactive for the Steelers.

With Pittsburgh locked into the #3 seed, the Steelers aren't going to risk injury to their quarterback. Big Ben ends the season with 3,819 yards, 29 touchdowns and 13 interceptions in 14 games. He'll try to win a third Super Bowl for the Steelers in the postseason.

Ben Roethlisberger | Steelers QB

Big Ben, Steelers win AFC North with 31-27 Christmas Day victory over rival Ravens.

Roethlisberger was 24/33 for 279 yards, three touchdown, and two interceptions. The first touchdown was down the seam to Xavier Grimble for 20 yards, and the second was a short schoolyard score to Le'Veon Bell. Ben also tossed two interceptions that put the Steelers in a hole, but he made up for it with the game-winning touchdown drive with less than two minutes left in the game and ended with a touchdown pass to Antonio Brown. The Steelers clinched the division and are locked into the #3 seed no matter what happens in Week 17, so fantasy owners will probably have to find another quarterback option if Roethlisberger sits.

Ben Roethlisberger | Steelers QB

Ben Roethlisberger was 21/36 for 286 yards and one touchdown in Pittsburgh's 24-20 win over the Bengals.

Roethlisberger struggled for much of the game as the Bengals forced the Steelers to settle for six field goals until the game-winning touchdown pass to Eli Rogers. Big Ben should be better at home next Sunday as the Ravens come to town on Christmas Day. Ben will be a solid QB1.

Ben Roethlisberger | Steelers QB

Ben Roethlisberger was 17/31 for 220 yards and three interceptions in Sunday's 27-20 win over the Bills.

In a snowy game where Le'Veon Bell dominated with nearly 300 yards, Big Ben didn't need to play well to win. Roethlisberger's interceptions were not pretty, and fantasy owners are surely disappointed by the performance, but he should bounce back next week against Cincinnati if you're still alive in the fantasy playoffs.

Ben Roethlisberger | Steelers QB

Roethlisberger was 24/36 for 289 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception in Sunday's 24-14 win over the Giants.

Big Ben owners didn't get the pleasure of a shootout, as Pittsburgh fed Le'Veon Bell another 35 touches as they led throughout. Roethlisberger remains a solid QB1 for the fantasy playoffs. The Steelers take on the Bills in Week 14; they will get in a shootout one of these weeks.

Ben Roethlisberger | Steelers QB

Ben throws three touchdowns in Thanksgiving Night victory over Colts.

Roethlisberger was 14/20 for 221 yards and three touchdowns. All the touchdowns went to Antonio Brown and they were all perfect throws from Roethlisberger, despite good coverage. It could've been a bigger game, but the Colts were trailing all game and there was no need for the Steelers to keep throwing the ball around. His fantasy owners will take it. Big Ben is a great QB1 next week against the Giants.

Ben Roethlisberger | Steelers QB

Roethlisberger was 23/36 for 167 yards, no touchdowns, and no turnovers in Sunday’s 24-9 win over the Browns.

The weather was definitely a factor for the quiet day, as there was wind and flurries that lead to Pittsburgh feeding Le’Veon Bell with 36 touches. Antonio Brown was the only wide receiver to surpass 20 yards on Sunday; the Steelers need someone to step up besides Brown and Bell. Fantasy owners shouldn’t panic though, as Big Ben should eat on Thanksgiving Night against the Colts. He will be an elite QB1.

Ben Roethlisberger | Steelers QB

Big Ben goes off in Steelers' Week 10 loss to Cowboys.

Roethlisberger was 37/46 for 408 yards and three touchdowns. He also perfectly executed a fake spike for a touchdown to Antonio Brown late in the game. The FOX broadcast actually picked it up Roethlisberger giving the hand signal to Brown that he was fake spiking it, but not many people seemed to notice. Roethlisberger is a great QB1. Expect a huge game against the Browns this week.

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