Ben Roethlisberger is a high-end No. 2 QB worth a pick in the double-digit rounds. It's safe to assume he will be amongst the league leaders in pass attempts, but his efficiency will have to rebound from 2020 if that's to matter for Fantasy. His 6.6 yards per attempt was a career-low and nearly 20% worse than his career average. That could signal incoming regression, or it could be that at 39 years old he's never going to get back to the quarterback he was. He's worth the risk as a backup, but not much more.
You have to love Roethlisberger’s supporting cast. Diontae Johnson, JuJu Smith-Schuster, Chase Claypool and Eric Ebron form one of the league’s top pass catching units.We simply don’t have a ton of faith in Big Ben — now 39 — showing pre-2019 form. And as good as the pass catchers are, the O-line has the potential to really limit this offense.The bull case for Ben is that he’s cheap, currently coming off the board at QB26 in FFPC best balls.
Roethlisberger is back for his 18th season as the Steelers' starting QB. After missing nearly the entire 2019 campaign, Roethlisberger bounced back with a high-volume season that saw him finish third in the league in both pass attempts and completions, but seventh in touchdowns and 16th in passing yards. Roethlisberger's 6.3 YPA was the worst of his career, though certainly influenced by a league-high 34 drops. Roethlisberger has a very good group of targets, but the Steelers' line took a big hit during the offseason and the 39-year-old is a zero as a rusher (11 rushing yards in 2020). Roethlisberger has finished better than ninth at QB only once over the past six years and is best valued as a mid-range QB2 in 2021.
Ben Roethlisberger is not the player he used to be. We saw his game fall off a cliff in 2020, but the team decided to bring him back for what is likely his last hurrah in the NFL. The Steelers tried to be a pass-happy team in 2020, but with Roethlisberger's game in decline it didn't work out in terms of wins. Even from a fantasy perspective, he finished as just the no.14 quarterback in 2020 despite filling the air with footballs. Roethlisberger threw a whopping 608 passes in 2020, but he only threw for 3,804 yards. His 33 touchdowns were great and only the fourth time in his career he posted over 30 but how many think that can continue? It's time for the Steelers to run the ball more and take some responsibility off Roethlisberger's plate, similar to what the Broncos had to do with John Elway late in his career. There will be games where Roethlisberger can win your week, as he still has the ability to "go off" as a passer but those days might be few and far between. His current ADP (low end QB2) reflects how Fantasy GMs believe he's on his last leg and not the set-it-and-forget-it starter he used to be.