Monday, November 06, 2006

The Many Questions Surrounding Ben Roethlisberger

Maybe a better title should be: What's wrong with Big Ben? Many fantasy owners drafted him as a solid number 2 QB. If you are lucky and only start 1 QB each week, you don't have to worry too much about Ben filling in for you. Bye weeks are over now, for better or worse. I'm not going to go over all the injuries Ben has had...that horse has been beaten. I will however discuss his potential fantasy value and how it effects the other Steelers' players.

So far this season (through yesterday's loss against the Broncos), Ben has thrown 1,779 yards, 7 TDs, and 14 INTs in 7 games. He has thrown for 734 yards in the last 2 games! His interceptions, however, are proving costly. He is only averaging about 9 fantasy points a game, that is horrible for your starting QB. Mark Brunell averages more fantasy points then Roethlisberger, and you aren't starting him...right? Ok, so Big Ben's injuries may have played a roll in his poor play, but the truth is he is making poor decisions. That is why I think he is a risky start even at your number 2 QB position. Each week we say he is going to turn it around, and each week he throws another 3 INTs.

I'm not going to go into my opinion (unless you want to hear it) as to why he shouldn't be benched, because that is unrelated to fantasy football. I will say, however, that his play is seriously downgrading Willie Parker, Hines Ward, Heath Miller, and the Pittsburgh D's fantasy value. Willie Parker only had 15 carries against the Denver D. That was because they had to throw it 54 times just to try and stay in the game. I don't see when this trend will end. Hines Ward should continue to post big receiving yards, and I think he is still a good number 2 receiver.

As for Heath Miller, I dropped him for Jerramy Stevens last week. Pittsburgh doesn't have a clue about how great of a TE he is, and until they realize it, he is a number 2 fantasy football TE. The Pittsburgh D is on the field way too often, and having to deal with horrible field position. Because of that they have dropped in value from last year. They are still a solid fantasy play though.

In conclusion, hold onto Big Ben if you start 2 QBs and you have an extra roster spot (after all, he does get to play Cleveland twice still). Other than that, I wouldn't rely on him too much, and if you need to pick up someone in another position, and are debating whether or not to drop Big Ben...I would.


Anonymous said...

This should be no suprise coming from a Browns fan, but here goes:

Ben is over-rated. Has been since day one. He's nowhere near as good as his success shows, and this year, with the absence of support that he's previously had, he's crumbling.

You put any QB in the situation Ben came into, and they'd look like a prodigy too. He is simply a reflection of the system around him, and this year, that reflection is simply average or below


Matthew said...

thanks for your post brownie! lol

tough bein a browns fan eh? 49er fan here lol

Pratt said...

I completely agree with you Brownie. Ben is only good at managing the game and handing the ball off. When you put the pressure on him of having to make quick decisions, and put the game on his shoulders he makes stupid mistakes.

Maybe the Browns will sweep this year ;)